During the group stages, both Islamabad and Karachi won five games each and were solidly average. They were better than the bottom two but not quite as good as the top two.
The head-to-head comparison somewhat deflates the notion as Islamabad won both the league fixtures against Karachi in the group stages, although in Karachi’s defence, both the games went down to the wire.
Overall, the two sides have faced each other 11 times across the four PSL tournaments, with Islamabad winning seven and Karachi four.
Moreover, United are riding a three-match winning streak against the Kings dating back to last year’s tournament.