Peshawar Zalmi will face off against Karachi Kings in the Qualifier of Pakistan Super League. It will be a do-or-die match for the two teams. Whichever team loses this match will be eliminated from the tournament. Both teams have been inconsistent and will be hoping to perform well. They will want to play some good live cricket to stay in the competition.
Peshawar Zalmi have not been the most dominant team but when they’ve won, they’ve won big. They have been scoring well with the cricket bat. Wahab Riaz and company finished the league with five wins and qualified for the playoffs on net run rate. The last time they faced Karachi, Zalmi restricted them to 109 runs in the first innings and chased the target in 11 overs.
Kamran Akmal (WK), Haider Ali, Shoaib Malik, David Miller, Rovman Powell, Sherfane Rutherford, Fabian Allen, Wahab Riaz (C), Umaid Asif, Mohammad Imran, Mohammad Irfan
Peshawar Zalmi squad: Wahab Riaz (c), Shoaib Malik, David Miller, Kamran Akmal, Sherfane Rutherford, Haider Ali, Amad Butt, Umaid Asif, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Aamir Khan, Abrar Ahmed, Mohammad Imran Randhawa, Mohammad Imran, Waqar Salamkheil, Bismillah Khan, Fabian Allen, Fidel Edwards, Rovman Powell, Hazratullah Zazai
Imad Wasim’s Karachi have qualified for the playoffs on very slim margins. The team has had a poor second leg of PSL 2021. UAE has just not been kind to them. However, with some key cogs firing at the right time, Karachi were able to secure wins against Lahore Qalandars and Quetta Gladiators to make it through. They managed five wins in the league stage at a net run rate of -0.115.
Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam, Martin Guptill, Najibullah Zadran, Chadwick Walton (wk), Danish Aziz, Imad Wasim (C), Mohammad Amir, Arshad Iqbal, Noor Ahmad, Mohammad Ilyas
Karachi Kings squad: Imad Wasim (c), Babar Azam, Mohammad Amir, Aamer Yamin, Sharjeel Khan, Waqas Maqsood, Arshad Iqbal, Danish Aziz, Mohammad Ilyas, Zeeshan Malik, Qasim Akram, Noor Ahmad, Abbas Afridi, Martin Guptill, Mohammad Haris, Thisara Perera, Najibullah Zadran, Chadwick Walton
Karachi Kings and Peshawar Zalmi have faced each other 14 times in PSL. Kings have won 5 matches and Zalmi have emerged victorious on 9 occasions.
Sheikh Zayed Stadium presents a dry pitch, which means spinners and batsmen will be looking forward to the contest. The first innings average score on the pitch is 169 runs. It has come to the wire for both sides. However, they have been the best when their backs were against the wall. Peshawar Zalmi and Karachi Kings will make an interesting draw but if one has to choose one, Zalmis are the one to go with.
Date and Time:
June 21, 2021, 11:30 PM IST
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi