Brendon McCullum would be leading Lahore Qalandars against Karachi Kings © AFP
Brendon McCullum would be leading Lahore Qalandars against Karachi Kings © AFP (File Photo)

Lahore Qalandars lock horns with Karachi Kings in Match 8 of the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2017 at the Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah. The live cricket streaming for this match will be available as follows: in Pakistan, the streaming will be available on PTV Sports Live, along with the live cricket telecast on Ten Sports, PTV, and Geo Super TV; in UAE, the streaming will be available on OSN Play, along with the live telecast on OSN Sports. In UK, the streaming is available on Prime TV Online, along with the live cricket telecast on Prime TV; in Bangladesh and West Indies, the live cricket telecast will be available on Gazi TV, and Flow TV, respectively. Billings’ 78* helps Islamabad United ease to 5-wicket win over Quetta Gladiators

The Karachi Kings have a stronger side as compared to any other team on paper. Despite having attacking batsmen such as Chris Gayle, Babar Azam, skipper Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Imad Wasim, Kieron Pollard, they have failed to bat given their potentials. Their batsmen have failed to click on all aspects, which is a growing concern for the management. In both King’s defeat, excluding Ravi Bopara and Shoaib Malik, all the aforementioned batsmen have struggled to get runs. Shahryar: PCB intends to hold PSL 2017 final in Lahore despite terrorist attack

For the Qalandars, they have had a see-saw start to the tournament. They lost the first game against Quetta Gladiators, but bounced back to defeat former champions Islamabad United. However, to everyone’s surprise, they were skittled out for just 59 runs against the Peshawar Zalmi in their third game. Despite having such a low score on the board, McCullum displayed his shrewd captaincy and deployed Yasir Shah early in the game. Yasir ran through the Peshawar squad to take four wickets conceding just 7 runs. Eoin Morgan stood strong for his team despite Yasir’s heroics to reach the finishing line. PCB unlikely to form commission if Sharjeel, Khalid admit to charges

All teams had a 2-day break from this tightly scheduled league. Hence, they will get enough time to evaluate their performances. Therefore, this contest is definitely going to be evenly contested encounter, which will definitely yield firecrackers given both teams would be hoping to rectify their mistakes.

Moreover, this clash will be important from both teams’ perspective. A win in the third-placed Lahore Qalandars will strengthen their case to climb to the top of the ladder, where as for the Karachi Kings, a win is must given they have lost both the games and are at the bottom of the table.