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Toss Winner - Lahore Qalandars won the toss and chose to bowl first
Lahore Qalandars beat Karachi Kings by 6 wickets
Karachi Kings’ challenge to see middle-order deliver
Lahore Qalandars to win
Tournament: Pakistan Super League 2022 | Format: T20 | Venue: National Stadium, Karachi, Pakistan | Toss: To BowlBet Now
Karachi Kings would face a massive challenge as they take on the Lahore Qalandars in the 6th game of the Pakistan Super League 2022. They come here with a massive loss against the Quetta Gladiators, their second loss in two games. The Lahore Qalandars also lost their opening game against the Multan Sultans after failing to defend a big score on the board.
Karachi Kings’ batting has looked in poor shape in the two games they have played with scores of 124 and 113. They would have to recover from this mess to create a chance for themselves. The Qalandars on the other hand have their batsmen in great form and this would add to the side’s confidence in this game.
Two losses in two games have pushed Babar Azam’s side to the bottom of the points table. The side went down by 8-wickets against the Quetta Gladiators failing to compete once again. Their batting is looking in poor shape and they will have to make a quick recovery. Azam would want his players to deliver to their potential in this game.
Babar Azam and Sharjeel Khan must score quick runs and lay a strong platform here. Joe Clarke, Tom Lammonby, and Mohammad Nabi have failed so far, and the side would like to see them add runs in the middle order. Lewis Gregory, Imad Wasim, and Aamer Yamin are known for being good finishers and they must prove their worth in this game.
Imad Wasim and Nabi bowled well in the last game, but the rest of the bowling looked ineffective. The side would need good spells from Yamin and Mohammad Illyas with the new ball after they failed in the last game. Gregory is yet to shine with the ball and there would be big responsibilities on him and Mohammad Imran.
Babar Azam (c), Sharjeel Khan, Joe Clarke (wk), Mohammad Nabi, Tom Lammonby, Lewis Gregory, Imad Wasim, Aamer Yamin, Mohammad Imran, Mohammad Taha, Mohammad Ilyas
Mohammad Ilyas, Lewis Gregory, Imad Wasim, Joe Clarke, Mohammad Nabi, Babar Azam, Mohammad Taha, Aamer Yamin, Sahibzada Farhan, Sharjeel Khan, Umaid Asif
Shaheen Afridi would be extremely upset with his bowlers after the 5-wicket loss against the Multan Sultans in their opening game. They failed to defend a total of 206 runs with poor bowling from all ends. Afridi would be aware of the struggles that Kings are going through and exploit this to win the first game of the season.
Fakhar Zaman looked in splendid form in the last game and he would look to set up a good opening wicket stand with Abdullah Shafique. Mohammad Hafeez, Kamran Ghulam, and Ben Dunk form a strong middle order for the side. In David Weise, Samit Patel, and Rashid Khan the side good batting to follow in this game.
Rashid Khan was the only bowler who had respectable figures in the last game and he will have to work his magic here. Afridi would have to lead from the front with the new ball with Zaman Khan. Patel and Haris Rauf have to get their bowling plans right. Weise also looked in poor shape and he has to deliver here with the ball.
Shaheen Afridi (c), Fakhar Zaman, Abdullah Shafique, Mohammad Hafeez, Kamran Ghulam, Samit Patel, Ben Dunk (wk), David Wiese, Rashid Khan, Haris Rauf, Zaman Khan
Abdullah Shafiq, Mohammad Hafeez, Fakhar Zaman, Samit Patel, Kamran Ghulam, Zaman Khan, Rashid Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Ben Dunk, David Wiese, Haris Rauf
The skies over Karachi would be clear on January 13 and it would warm afternoon. We expect to see a flat surface here where there isn’t likely to be much for the bowlers. The side batting first in this game would be eying a score near the 180 run mark to feel comfortable and defend it.
National Stadium Karachi is a great surface to bat on and batsmen can play the ball on the up with not much bounce available to the fast bowlers. Fast bowlers have struggled here at this venue in the past as there is hardly anything on the surface for them. Spinners have enjoyed success given the turn that is on offer.
Four games have been played so far at this venue and all four have been won by sides that have chased the scores. The wicket here has always favored sides that have chased scores and hence the side winning the toss here would have no hesitation in bowling first.
Karachi Kings have their task cut out. They have failed as a batting unit in the two games that the side has played. Babar Azam would have to lead the side from the front and regain their lost confidence. The Qalandars on their part are looking good with their batting and this would put them ahead of Karachi Kings in this game.
Lahore Qalandars to win
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