PSL 2019 LIVE: Pride at stake as Lahore Qalandars and Multan Sultans clash

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The 2019 Pakistan Super League (PSL) has not panned out the way Lahore Qalandars or Multan Sultans would’ve hoped.

The play-offs are beyond reach for both sides as they face each other in the 29th match of the season at the National Stadium in Karachi.

However, pride and bragging rights are still on offer.

Who will come out on top in the PSL’s basement battle?

Find out by following the ball-by-ball updates from Karachi below.

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PSL 2019: Umer Khan gets Shane Watson out for second time to continue dream campaign

Waseem Ahmed 11/03/2019
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Umer Khan. Image: PSL/Twitter

Karachi Kings’ 19-year-old left-arm spinner Umer Khan continued his dream PSL 2019 campaign by putting in a match-winning performance in a crucial game against Quetta Gladiators that sealed a playoff spot in Karachi on Sunday.

Umer now has 13 wickets from nine matches. And a major chunk of those scalps are top wickets.

The left-arm spinner has already dismissed AB de Villiers, Shane Watson (twice), Shoaib Malik, Luke Ronchi, Umar Akmal this season. All are in-form quality players of spin. For a teen finger spinner to get the best in the business out on a consistent basis is a remarkable effort.

In Sunday’ match, it was Umer’s four overs that had kept Karachi in the game before last-over brilliance from Usman Shinwari and hara-kiri from Quetta batsmen sealed the match in Kings’ favour.

Umer had the dangerous Watson caught at deep midwicket, Rilee Rossouw stumped off a wide ball and Akmal caught at deep cover. It was the second time in PSL 2019 that Umer had dismissed Watson.

It has been a dream campaign for Umer. According to ESPNcricinfo, Umer wasn’t among Karachi Kings’ first 20 players but the 21st player that teams are allowed to select from their own scouting programme. Rashid Latif, who was the franchise director, backed Umer’s inclusion.

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PSL 2019: Karachi and Peshawar search for momentum before playoff battle

Waseem Ahmed 10/03/2019
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Peshawar Zalmi's Hasan Ali. Image - @thePSLt20/Twitter.

With their 2019 Pakistan Super League (PSL) playoff berths already secured, Karachi Kings and Peshawar Zalmi will hope to gain some momentum before the business end of the tournament gets underway.

Karachi booked the final play-off spot on Sunday with a dramatic one-run victory over Quetta Gladiators and will be looking to keep that winning run going.

Imad Wasim’s men looked down and out when Ahmed Shehzad was striking the ball to all parts of the ground in Karachi before Usman Shinwari pulled a rabbit out of the hat in the final over by defending five runs and picking up three wickets.

With five wins from nine games, Karachi could still beat Islamabad United to the third spot in the table but it will not really make any difference with regards to the make-up of the play-off battle.

The Kings are almost certain to face Islamabad in the Eliminator barring a thumping win over Peshawar on Monday. Karachi and Peshawar are currently separated by only two points in the table but the latter have a much superior net run-rate (+0.566) compared to the former (-0.403).

Peshawar have a top-two finish almost secured barring a disaster against Karachi on Monday. However, Darren Sammy and his men could still finish the 2019 PSL league stage on top ahead of Quetta Gladiators should they beat the Kings.

With Sammy and his men most likely to face Quetta in the Qualifier, they will want to hit the ground running at Karachi on Monday. Another incentive for them in what is a dead-rubber clash is for Hasan Ali to regain the ‘Fazal Mahmood Cap’ (highest wicket-taker) from Faheem Ashraf who has moved to the top after a six-wicket haul against Lahore.

LIKELY XIs

Karachi Kings: Colin Munro, Babar Azam, Liam Livingstone, Colin Ingram, Ben Dunk (wk), Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim (c), Aamer Yamin, Umer Khan, Usman Shinwari, Sohail Khan.

Peshawar Zalmi: Kamran Akmal (wk), Imam-ul-Haq, Umar Amin, Misbah-ul-Haq, Liam Dawson, Kieron Pollard, Darren Sammy (c), Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Tymal Mills, Sameen Gul.

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