Karachi Kings v Islamabad United PSL Tips: Imad worth the risk at 30/1

James Vince
Vince has been boosted to [7/2]

Ed Hawkins finds a monster top-bat winner and advises backing the outsider in Karachi on Wednesday...

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  • Imad could bat high

  • Look out for Nawaz

  • Karachi Kings v Islamabad United
    Wednesday 28 February
    , 14.00
    TV: Live on Sky743

    Karachi Kings v Islamabad United team news

    Karachi have added Tim Seifert to their squad. They were looking shy of top-order power so it seems a reasonable move. He looks to take over opening and wicketkeeping duties from Muhammad Akhlaq.

    Probable XI: Masood, Seifert, Vince, S Malik, Nawaz, Pollard, Sams, Irfan, Hasan, Hamza, Shamsi

    United dropped Alex Hales for defeat by Zalmi last time out. It looked a smart move when they were cruising in a chase of 202. But they collapsed horribly for a third-straight loss. Martin Guptill is also available but he doesn't improve this team.

    Probable XI: Munro, Cox, Shadab, Agha, Azam, Haider, Faheem, Imad, Husain, Naseem, Mills

    Karachi Kings v Islamabad United pitch report

    Fourteen from the last 24 PSL matches have been won by the side batting first. But there have been monster scores at the National Stadium. Indeed, a runs play could be the way to go on what should be a fresh surface. More than 175 has been an even money chance on that study period.

    The runs quotes on the par line have dipped slightly and now might be a good moment to go long again. It has to be said that run and economy rates for these two sides are right on the cusp. It will have to be a flat one so keep stakes smart.

    Sportsbook go 5/16.00 that both teams score 200. This happened in the last meeting between the sides but at Rawalpindi. And they offer 35/136.00 that both score 220.

    Karachi Kings v Islamabad United match odds

    Karachi are 1.9010/11 favourites with United 2.0621/20. Pre-tournament it's a price about United that one would have grabbed with both hands. But there is no doubt they will be in full-on crisis mode with another loss.

    A fourth loss of the campaign would require a minimum three wins from their last five for the play-offs. It's time they picked up.

    United have won the last six on the head-to-head but two straight wins for Kings mean this a confident opponent. Probably best keep that toss bias on side for United.

    Back Islamabad batting 1st @ 2.0621/20

    Bet here

    Karachi Kings v Islamabad United player bets

    Seifert may be out by half a point for top kings bat at 4/15.00 given we think he opens here. Note, too, Mohammad Nawaz at 10/111.00. The southpaw could be crucial in counering Shabad Khan and Imad Wasim.

    We will have a small interest on Imad Wasim at 30/131.00 for top United bat. Yes, he was down at No 8 last time but one of United's probelms this term is changing their order every five minutes. It's possible he could bat as high as No 5.

    Back Imad Wasim top United bat @ 30/131.00

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