Karachi Kings chose to bowl vs Multan Sultans
Karachi Kings won the toss and opted to bowl first against Multan Sultans. In the first playoff game of the 2020 edition at the National Stadium, Imad Wasim felt he was confident his batsmen had the ability to chase whatever was set. Victory here would give either side a spot in Tuesday’s final, with the loser having to play an eliminator on Sunday. Mohammd Rizwan sat out, as did Umer Khan, with Chadwick Walton keeping his place, while Wayne Parnell, Alex Hales and Shane Rutherford were the other overseas players.
Multan Sultans, who topped the group stages, were harder hit by absences. They still had Rilee Rossouw, who started, as did Adam Lyth, Ravi Bopara and Imran Tahir. Aside from the four overseas player, in-form Khushdil Shah was part of the starting eleven, as was the veteran Shahid Afridi. The pitch appeared to be hard and dry, and Multan will be keenly aware of the importance of a big total to fend off Karachi’s top order.
Multan Sultans: Zeeshan Ashraf (wk), Adam Lyth, Shan Masood (capt), Rilee Rossouw, Ravi Bopara, Khushdil Shah, Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Ilyas, Imran Tahir, Mohammad Irfan
Karachi Kings: Babar Azam, Sharjeel Khan, Alex Hales, Wayne Parnell, Chadwick Walton (wk), Imad Wasim (capt), Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Amir Shane Rutherford, Arshad Iqbal, Waqas Maqsood