Lahore Qalandars have won five of their seven matches so far in PSL 2022 and boast 10 points to their name, with a playoff berth all but guaranteed.
The Qalandars are currently the team with the most momentum and the fact that they are the only side to have beaten defending champions Multan Sultans this season gives them an extra thing to be proud of.
However, they face a banana skin of an opponent in the form of Karachi Kings. The port city side have lost all eight of their matches and are so devoid of life that they can crumble even from a gentle breeze. Thus, a defeat to such a seemingly poor side has the potential of deflating your own confidence ahead of the playoffs.
Karachi have lost so much that they have nothing more to lose. The collective ignominy of eight straight defeats means that they have almost hit their nadir. What more can two more defeats and an entire campaign without a can do to them?
Truth be told, despite their results, the Kings have played decent cricket of late and could have won at least their last two matches, had certain things gone their way.
The match also provides one of the last few opportunities for Babar Azam to get his confidence back ahead of the upcoming Australia series. Ending a rotten PSL on a high note would do him a world of good.