Karachi Kings v Multan Sultans
Sunday 26 February, 09:00
TV: Live on Sky Sports
Kings are in a battle to avoid the wooden spoon with Quetta. They have won once this season in five. They gave a good account of themselves with the bat last time out against Sultans, going down by just three runs in a chase of 196. James Vince and then Imad Wasim almost caused a shock.
Possible XI: Wade, Vince, Haider, Shoaib, Imad, Cutting, Irfan, Amin, Umar, Takir, Akif
Multan have lost the services of Josh Little to injury. It's not a big deal, though, as he hadn't been playing. It will be inetersting to see whether Sultans start testing bench strength with Wayne Parnell and Akeal Hosein options.
Possible XI: Rizwan, Masood, Rossouw, Pollard, Miller, Khushdil, Brathwaite, Usama, Abbas, Ilyas, Ishanullah
We know the National Stadium pitch is full of runs. Islamabad United's 220 could well be matched by Multan here. One would expect 190 is minimum for Sultans and 180 for Kings. The par line for Sultans may well approach 180.
How to play
Kings are 2.427/5 with Sultans 1.695/7. When these sides met just a few days ago we were on the trade with Kings. It was a decent strategy and one we may revisit with the caveat that they must bat first. Posting more than 180 will take a bite out of those odds and then you can get green on both sides.
An alternative is taking the 6/5 that Sultans win and both sides score 160. We got our fingers badly burnt by Quetta on this market against United by just three runs but Kings are slightly more reliable.
Mohammad Rizwan and Rilee Rossouw, who have dominated with the bat, are 6/1 and 8/1 for man of the match. It's not a bad strategy given Sultans' expected dominance. The pair are 7/2 and 6/1 for top match bat.