Both of these teams have been poor in this edition of the PSL but their campaigns have been hampered by injuries and international call-ups. The Qalandars will have genuinely thought that their chances would have come down to this final day of matches in the group stage but Karachi’s miraculous win on Sunday robbed them of that.
Ireland’s bowlers have made this series competitive so far and they are keeping them in all of the matches played. The Irish will be content chasing once again here and will be confident of restricting Afghanistan to a modest score, but they desperately need their batsmen to regain some form.
All the motivation and urgency coming into this game is with the Karachi Kings against the Quetta Gladiators who have already qualified for the knockout phase. The Kings will have support on their side in Karachi too but it will be interesting to see how they play with the pressure in this game.
Quetta Gladiators had a dip in the middle of the group stage but have shown a big improvement in their last couple of matches to return to the top of the ladder. They come off an impressive win over Peshawar Zalmi on Monday and the only concern coming into this match will be fatigue or complacency.
A fascinating match in store between two teams that need to win here. Zalmi were particularly disappointing on Monday against the Gladiators and will be keen to bounce back here. The Qalandars have lost De Villiers which is a huge blow to their hopes.
This is becoming something of a must-win game for the Sultans who sit adrift at the bottom of the ladder and only have three matches remaining. Realistically they need to win all three of their matches to ensure a play-off place but victory here is the starting point for them.
There two are in the top two positions in the PSL ladder coming into this game and it would be a surprise if either of them did not manage to make the knockout phase. Both teams are coming off a win last time out and victory here will go a long way to sealing a top four spot.
This series is nicely poised at 1-1 as they head into this third ODI in Grenada, but despite losing last time out, England will not be too disheartened by the defeat on Friday. While the result did not go their way, England were in control of it for long spells of the game and they will be confident of getting back to winning ways.
Desperate times for the Kings as they are in dire need of a win to get their PSL campaign back on track after three consecutive losses. The Gladiators are flying with confidence after winning all four games so far and when some of their key men have failed, others have stepped up.
Afghanistan blew the Irish away in the second T20 international on Saturday smashing all kinds of records on the way to an 84-run win. It is hard to see how Ireland can respond with this third T20 match – albeit a dead rubber – coming just one day later at the same venue.
This promises to be a classic match between two well-matched teams. Peshawar Zalmi have relied heavily on the bowling attack and that has been the difference maker for them so far while their batting has not quite matched those standards.
The Kings have been hugely disappointing in their last two matches and they are under some pressure to perform here. Islamabad got back to winning ways on Friday and that should give them some confidence but there remain plenty of holes in their performances.