About 12 years ago, this was only possible in PlayStation and on the imaginary games young boys and girls played in their minds. Now, thanks to franchise cricket, one of the most destructive batsman of this era, Alex Hales will partner a retired hard hitting Australian who played for the black caps to open the innings for Islamabad. On the other side, would be another destructive black cap opener, along with Pakistan’s best batman in a generation. The wicket is flat, out-field large enough but fast. This should be fun.
Munro, has perhaps contributed more with the ball than with the bat. Ronchi has been hit and miss. While, Babar un-characteristically under whelming. Hales is coming fresh from his exploits in the West Indies. Both teams have been inconsistent and need the openers to give them a strong start. It is the critical stage now, the pressure is on. Your mistakes would be remembered, your performance cherished a wee bit more.
One would perhaps rate the Islamabad United attack higher given their pacer’s experience. But in the spin department their key bowler is out of form. Kings on the other hand, have dependent on their rookie spinner and captain’s left arm non spin bowling. Their fast bowlers have often travelled. They might to so again tonight.
Umer Khan was nullified with the outrageously small boundaries in the last game. However, the rope or advertising cushioning has been pushed back. He has been picking up one giant after another. Perhaps in the battle of two outstanding top orders, it is this young men from Rawalpindi who would triumph. It could be like a dream, similar to one we envisioned on our PlayStation sets.