Karachi and Lahore are two of the most buzzing metropolises in Pakistan with a burgeoning combined population in excess of 25 million. The diversity in the culture, cuisine and dialects draws lots of comparisons and there has always been a friendly rivalry when it comes to cricket.
The blockbuster marquee clash between Lahore Qalandars and Karachi Kings is expected to be a sellout event. Qalandars are riding high on confidence after routing Quetta Gladiators by eight wickets last night as Samit Patel took the game away from overwhelmed Gladiators by returning his 17-year career-best figures of 4/5.
The spinners thrived in Lahore yesterday as the track offered massive assistance and the Qalandars would be praying to get a similar surface tonight at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore.
Karachi Kings are peaking at the right time as Mohammad Amir, Alex Hales and Babar Azam steered Karachi Kings to their second consecutive win of the tournament as they overpowered Peshawar Zalmi by six wickets on March 2.
There are going to be many rivetting battles tonight. One of them will be between the top-ranked T20 batsman Babar Azam and Qalandars' strike bowler Shaheen Afridi.
Mohammad Amir, who got all the plaudits for his breathtaking performance against Peshawar Zalmi the other day, will be after Mohammad Hafeez's wicket and it will be interesting to see how he fares tonight in the high octane clash.
Qalandars sit at the bottom of the tree with four points while Kings have bagged seven points and are on the fourth position on the points table.
In head-to-head, Qalandars have emerged victorious on three occasions while Kings have won the contest on five occasions.
Lahore Qalandars squad: Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Chris Lynn, Shaheen Afridi, David Wiese, Usman Shinwari, Haris Rauf, Sohail Akhtar (c), Samit Patel, Salman Butt, Seekkuge Prasanna, Ben Dunk (wk), Farzan Raja, Jaahid Ali, M Faizan, Dane Vilas (wk), Dilbar Hussain
Karachi Kings squad: Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam, Alex Hales Cameron Delport, Awais Zia, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim (c), Aamer Yamin, Chris Jordan, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Chadwick Walton (wk), Mohammad Amir, Umaid Asif, Umer Khan, Arshad Iqbal, Ali Khan, Usama Mir, Mitchell McClenaghan