Imad confident of good show against defending champions

Karachi Kings-Islamabad United 1st Eliminator on Thursday

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Karachi Kings skipper Imad Wasim confident for good show in Eliminator 1 as they will face defending champions Islamabad United in 1st Eliminator of the ongoing Pakistan Super League 2019 on Thursday at the National Stadium Karachi.

“We are looking forward to play against the defending champions, Imad said.

Imad Wasim urged his fans to turn up to stadium at large numbers and show your support with Karachi Kings.

Karachi will hope Colin Ingram, Babar Azam (293 runs in 10 matches) and Liam Livingstone (291 runs) lift them to a good total and hope their spin-cum pace attack stops Islamabad. Left-arm spinner Umar Khan has been a revelation for Karachi, having taken 13 wickets in the league phase.

The pace attack comprising of Mohammad Amir (12 wickets) and Usman Shinwari (12) is also getting better results with each match.

Sohail Khan bowled well in the win over Quetta but went wicket-less in the last four matches.

On the other hand, Islamabad captain Mohammad Sami feels that everyday is a will be a new day.

Sami said “We have done well in the league phase, but there are no advantages because come Thursday it will be a new match for both the teams.”

Sami leads a strong pace attack, which also comprise Faheem Ashraf (19 wickets) and Rumman Raees (seven wickets), besides the youthful exuberance of Musa Khan and Ammad Butt.

In Shadab Khan and Samit Patel, Islamabad have two good spinners who can check the flow of runs and also claim crucial wickets.

Ronchi with 297 runs at a strike rate of 158.82 is Islamabad’s leading run-scorer (behind Shane Watson’s 352 and Colin Ingram 321) and always comes good against Karachi. Asif also poses danger in the middle-order as he can be effective in the slog overs.

The match will start at 07:00pm PST.