Quetta Gladiators vs Karachi Kings PSL 2021, 29th match
Quetta Gladiators will be looking to end their disappointing season on a positive note when they face on Karachi Kings in the 29th match at Abu Dhabi.
In their previous game, Quetta Gladiators suffered comprehensive at the hands of Multan Sultans. The team management will be looking to bring in new players for this dead rubber. Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed will be hoping that the side can put on a decent show in this final round-robin game of the competition.
On the other hand, Karachi Kings have struggled to produce positive results in the UAE leg of the Pakistan Super League. The bowling has looked out of sorts so far this season. Skipper Imad Wasim will be hoping that the side can make amends for their mistakes and put in a disciplined performance in this fixture.
The franchise endured their worst ever PSL season this year and will be looking to end their campaign with a consolation win. Gladiators have lost seven matches out of nine matches played so far this season.
The batting hasn’t looked settled in this second phase of PSL as team management tried different opening combinations in the previous matches.
In the batting department, the onus will be on the likes of captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, rookie opener Usman Khan and Jake Weatherald to deliver notable scores in this dead rubber.
Middle-order woes continued in the previous match as Azam Khan, Cameron Delport and Mohammad Nawaz perished for low scores.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Usman Shinwari, Mohammad Nawaz, and Mohammad Hasnain to deliver crucial breakthroughs in this contest.
Defending Champions will have to win this game at all costs to keep their playoff hopes alive in the competition. Kings will need to bring their A-game to the table to get a positive result out of this game.
In the batting department, the side will be relying on in-form opener Babar Azam to deliver the bulk of the runs. Besides Babar, Sharjeel Khan, Najibullah Zadran, and Chadwick Walton have put in decent contributions for Kings in this second phase of PSL.
In the previous game, Babar Azam perished for a duck against Peshawar Zalmi. With their premier batsman dismissed in the opening over of the innings, King struggled to get going in their innings and just managed to post 109 runs in their 20 overs.
For Kings, the experienced players will need to raise their game and make notable contributions with the bat in this final game.
In the bowling department, Mohammad Illyas is expected to come in place of Mohammad Amir, who has looked ineffective in these conditions. Aamer Yamin and Waqas Maqsood are prominent pace options for Kings for this game.
The surface wicket prepared at Sheikh Zayed Stadium will be excellent for batting. The pace bowlers will be able to get some assistance off the pitch with the new ball.
Players in form
Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed will be determined to make a strong statement with the bat for Gladiators in this dead rubber. The wicket-keeper batsman has been a lone warrior in the batting department this year and will be looking to make a notable score for the side against Karachi Kings.
In 11 matches between Karachi Kings and Quetta Gladiators, the Sarfaraz Ahmed-led unit has managed to win 7 matches. On the other hand, Kings have come out on top on 4 occasions
Historically, both these teams have been consistent performers in the PSL. The two sides have produced classic matches when contesting against each other. In the past five games, the Kings have an upper hand winning three games whereas Gladiators has managed to bag a victory in two matches.
Based on the current form, Karachi Kings will be favorites to win their game against Quetta Gladiators. With the likes of Babar Azam, Sharjeel Khan, and Chadwick Walton at their disposal, Karachi have a superior batting lineup in comparison to Quetta Gladiators, who rely heavily on Sarfaraz Ahmed to lead the way with the bat.
Expect Karachi Kings to beat Quetta Gladiators in this fixture