You know the times have changed when the winner of Karachi Kings and Lahore Qalandars can go second on the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2012 points table.
The two sleeping giants have finally come alive this year, with Karachi, although still just fifth on the table, boasting seven points but resting easy as they have three more matches in hand — more than everyone else.
Lahore, meanwhile, are the form team of the tournament, having won three straight matches that have boosted their tally to eight and propelled them up to third.
A victory tonight for either of the side will push the winner up to second place and edge them closer to playoff qualification. It still wouldn't guarantee it though.
Over the years, there was nothing to choose between these two sides. Lahore were awful but Karachi were not significantly better. This reflects in their head-to-head record as in nine meetings, Karachi have an edge (5-4) but only and edge.
Lahore trail in the matchup but they will take comfort in the fact that they won when these sides last met last week. Ben Dunk happened again that night.
Karachi look more like a unit, and Lahore look more like a one or two-men unit. Don't be fooled by Fakhar Zaman's half-century the other night. If Chris Lynn or Dunk don't produce with the bat, the Qalandars get jittery.
That and the home advantage makes us want to say that Karachi win this one.
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