Peshawar Zalmi vs Karachi Kings PSL 2021, 24th game
Peshawar Zalmi and Karachi Kings will battle it out in the 24th match of the 2021 Pakistan Super League played at Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.
In their previous match, Peshawar Zalmi suffered a comprehensive defeat at the hands of Multan Sultans. Despite their second defeat in a row, the Peshawar Zalmi are still well placed to qualify for the playoffs of the competition. Captain Wahab Riaz will be hoping that the side put in a disciplined performance with bat and ball.
On the other hand, Defending Champions Karachi Kings will need to win at least two matches to secure their place in the playoffs of the competition. Skipper Imad Wasim will be hoping that the side can start performing as a unit and gain momentum in the final phase of the tournament.
Amad Butt and Fidel Edwards might be slotted into the XI in place of Mohammad Imran and Fabian Allen. The duo will bring a lot of experience to the table for this fixture.
The big positive from the previous game for Peshawar Zalmi was opening pair of Haider Ali and Kamran Akmal finding form with the bat.
Haider Ali and Kamran Akmal got the side off to a steady start against Multan Sultans and put on a 71-run partnership for the opening wicket. Kamran Akmal showed decent form with the bat and scored 35 runs off 27 balls with the help of five boundaries. He was well supported by Haider Ali, who chipped in with 28 runs off 30 balls.
For Peshawar, Sherfane Rutherford put in splendid innings in the final stages of the innings. Left-hander smashed a crucial half-century with the help of two boundaries and four sixes. David Miller also made a decent contribution with the bat and scored 22 runs off 14 balls.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the experienced duo of Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Irfan to make crucial breakthroughs with the new ball. Umaid Asif is another pacer, who has done a reasonable job for Peshawar this season.
Reigning Champions will be keen to deliver a clinical performance with bat and ball in this contest. Captain Imad Wasim will be hoping that the side can show positive intent against Peshawar Zalmi.
In the batting department, the side will be relying heavily on the explosive opening duo of Babar Azam and Sharjeel Khan to do the bulk of the scoring. For King, Sharjeel will need to find form with the bat. Left-hander has all the class and caliber to deliver match-winning performances for the side in this contest.
Besides the openers, the onus will be on the overseas trio of Martin Guptill, Najibullah Zadran, and Chadwick Walton to deliver crucial runs for the side.
In the bowling department, the side will be depending on left-arm spinner Imad, pacers Mohammad Amir and Waqas Maqsood to deliver wickets in the Powerplay overs.
The wicket prepared at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium has provided a decent contest between bat and ball. Given the dew factor, batting becomes much easier in the second half of the innings.
Players in form
Pacer Mohammad Amir has been a bankable performer with the bat for Karachi Kings. Left-arm quick has put in match-winning performances for the franchise in the past. He will be looking to deliver his absolute best with the new ball against Peshawar Zalmi.
Given their head-to-head record in the Pakistan Super League, Peshawar Zalmi have dominated the proceedings with eight victories. On the other hand, Karachi Kings have managed to come out on top on twelve occasions.
In their previous three meetings between the two teams, Karachi Kings managed to come out on top on all three occasions.
Given their recent performances this season, Karachi Kings will be favorites to win this game. Babar Azam has been in exceptional form for the Kings, the rest of the batting order will have to come to the party for this must-win game.
On the other hand, Peshawar Zalmi’s main weakness has been their bowling, which has looked one-dimensional at times on a placid pitch at Abu Dhabi.
Expect Karachi Kings to beat Peshawar Zalmi by a comfortable margin.
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