Peshawar Zalmi vs Karachi Kings PSL 2021, Eliminator game
Defending Karachi Kings and Peshawar Zalmi will lock horns in the Eliminator 1 game of 2021 Pakistan Super League at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. In their final round-robin game, Karachi Kings managed to register a hard-fought win over Quetta Gladiators. With this result, Defending Champions have managed to qualify for the playoffs of the competition. With back-to-back victories in the competition, Karachi Kings have managed to get some nice momentum ahead of the knockout stages.
On the other hand, the 2017 PSL Champions have just done enough to make it to the playoffs of the tournament. The side will make changes to their playing XI and select their best combination for this eliminator game.
Peshawar Zalmi were placed at the third position in the Pakistan Super League 2021 points table with losses in 5 and wins in 5 of their 10 games with a net run-rate of +0.586.
For Peshawar Zalmi, Middle-order batsman Shoaib Malik is the top scorer with 244 runs at a strike rate of almost 140.22. He has scored one half-century to his name. Besides Malik, Sherfane Rutherford and Kamran Akmal have accumulated 241 and 226 runs respectively.
In the batting department, the onus will be on the likes of Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Malik, and Sherfane Rutherford to deliver the bulk of the runs.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Irfan, and Umaid Asif. Captain Wahab Riaz is currently the franchise's leading wicket-taker in the tournament with 14 scalps to his name. Mohammad Irfan has shown decent form for Peshawar with the new-ball and taken seven wickets this season.
With consecutive wins in their previous two matches, the Kings finished fourth in the preliminary stages of the competition. The franchise has won five matches out of ten played so far this season.
In the batting department, the onus will be relying heavily on the opening pair of Sharjeel Khan and Babar Azam to deliver the bulk of the runs.
After accumulating 500 runs in the competition, Babar Azam will be leading the batting efforts for Karachi for this eliminator game. Swashbuckling opener Sharjeel Khan showed excellent form in this last round-robin game.
The big positive from the previous game was Danish Aziz, who delivered a late blitz with the bat. He scored 45 runs off just 13 balls with the help of two fours and five sixes.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Imad Wasim, Mohammad Ilyas, and Noor Ahmed to make crucial breakthroughs in this contest.
Pacer Mohammad Ilyas was the pick of the bowlers for Karachi Kings in the previous game and claimed 3 for 39 in his four overs.
The surface wicket prepared at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium will favor the batsmen. The pace bowlers will certainly get some help out of this surface.
Players in form
There is no doubt that Babar Azam has shown impeccable form with the bat for Karachi Kings this season. The 26-year old has continued his excellent form in the UAE leg of the Pakistan Super League. The premier batsman will be looking to deliver something special with the bat against Peshawar Zalmi.
In 14 matches between Peshawar Zalmi and Karachi Kings, the Wahab Riaz-led unit has managed to win nine matches. On the other hand, Karachi have come out on top on five occasions
In the past four games played between the two teams, Karachi Kings have an upper hand winning three games. Peshawar Zalmi registered a comfortable in their previous game played against Karachi Kings.
After analyzing both the teams, Karachi Kings will be favorites to win this Eliminator game against Peshawar Zalmi. Karachi Kings have a strong batting line-up with the likes of Babar Azam, Sharjeel Khan, and Martin Guptill delivering match-winning performances in this second phase of PSL.
Expect Karachi Kings to come out on top in this Eliminator game.