Our Prediction is Karachi Kings to win!
Host Karachi Kings will be looking to continue their winning momentum when they face Peshawar Zalmi in the 30th game of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in Karachi on Monday.
Kings have already secured their place in the playoffs of the competition due to their narrow-win over Quetta Gladiators in the previous game. Captain Imad Wasim will be confident that side can continue their winning streak in front of home crowds.
On the other hand, Quetta Gladiators will look to continue their winning momentum in the competition. The franchise might look to field new players for this game as they have already sealed their place for the playoffs of the competition.
Karachi Kings pull off heist over Quetta Gladiators due to spectacular final over produced by pacer Usman Khan Shinwari.
Babar Azam showed good form in the previous game played against Quetta Gladiators. He scored 56 runs off 46 balls with the help of six fours and a six. Azam has so far scored 280 runs in 9 matches with three half-centuries to this name. He was well supported by Colin Munro, who chipped in with 30 off 36 balls with the help of two sixes.
Liam Livingstone failed to produce a score for the side in the game played against Quetta Gladiators. He will be looking to do well in the final round-robin game against Peshawar Zalmi.Colin Ingram and Ben Dunk produced crucial cameos to see Karachi get quick runs in the later stages of the game against Quetta Gladiators.Ifthikhar Ahmed’s late blitz helped Karachi post a competitive score on the board. He scored 44 runs off just 18 balls with the help of five fours and two sixes.
In the bowling department, Umer Khan bowled well and finished with three wickets from his four-over spell. Imad Wasim conceded only 16 runs from his four overs. Pace bowler Usman Khan Shinwari was the star of the show with the ball as he picked three wickets and conceded just three runs to help Karachi edge out Quetta in a thriller.
Imad Wasim (c), Ifthikhar Ahmed, Liam Livingstone, Babar Azam, Colin Ingram, Colin Munro, Ben Dunk (wk), Aamir Yamin, Sohail Khan, Usman Khan Shinwari, Umer Khan.
2017 PSL Champions will certainly be keen to adjust to the conditions and continue their winning streak in this game. Captain Darren Sammy and co. have certainly done well in the last couple of matches and would be maintain consistency with bat and ball.
The opening pair of Imam-ul-Haq and Kamran Akmal have done a decent job for Peshawar at the top of the innings. Imam is franchise’s leading run-scorer so far this season with 198 runs in 8 matches with two half-centuries to his name.
Akmal will certainly the batting conditions that are prevalent in Karachi. He will certainly be keen to raise his game for this contest. He has gone through a poor run with the bat in this year’s tournament and will be keen deliver the goods in the big games of the competition.
Umar Amin, Liam Dawson and Kieron Pollard have delivered match-winning performances for the side so far in this year’s competition. The batting trio will need to continue their good form in the remaining games of the competition.
Misbah-ul-Haq made an emphatic return to the side by producing unbeaten 59 runs off 55 balls with the help of four fours and two sixes. He certainly delivered a magnificent innings as Zalmi were in all sorts of trouble at 20 for 5 in the previous game. Captain Darren Sammy also played well and scored 46 off 36 balls with the help of four fours and a six.
In the previous game, Tymal Mills was standout performer with three wickets to his name. Medium pacer Sameen Gul also picked up two wickets from his four overs.
The new-ball pair of Hasan Ali and Wahab Riaz have done a splendid job for the side. Hasan Ali is currently leading the bowling charts for Peshawar Zalmi with 18 wickets to his name in this year’s competition.
Kamran Akmal (wk), Imam-ul-Haq, Umar Amin, Misbah-ul-Haq, Kieron Pollard, Darren Sammy (c), Liam Dawson, Tymal Mills, Sameen Gul, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz.
The wicket prepared for the game will be excellent for batting. The spinners will need to work hard for their wickets on such a placid surface. The weather forecast for the game on Monday is going to be bright sunshine.
National Cricket Stadium has proven to be favorable for batsmen than bowlers. It will how surface behaves in this game. Islamabad United posted the highest total in this year’s competition with 239 runs in their 20 overs.
The side that wins the toss would be looking to bat first and register a mammoth score on the board. The last two games played at the venue have been won by sides batting first.