Karachi Kings will face off against the Quetta Gladiators in the opening match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021. Hopefully a good game to start off the campaign for the PSL. It has come back at a very crucial time, because it will be a major event in Pakistan. However, even for a man who loves to take risks, this will be a tough fixture with respect to cricket betting and making the right calls.
Karachi Kings will be heading to the PSL 2021 intending to defend their title. They won the COVID-19 disrupted PSL 2020 playing some good live cricket. It made it their first-ever PSL title win. The team’s Head Coach Dean Jones died during the break-in play. The team still managed to win the PSL title. Imad Wasim will lead the team in PSL 2021, and local players like Babar Azam and Mohammad Amir will strengthen the side
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However, two key players in the likes of Iftikhar Ahmed and Mohammad Rizwan have departed from the club this season. Babar Azam was the key player for the Karachi Kings as he finished as the leading run-scorer last season. However, the team’s second-highest run-scorer last season, Alex Hales, has joined Islamabad United. They will be pinning their hopes on all-rounders Mohammad Nabi and Dan Christian. The duo can give them the depth they want in the team.
Quetta Gladiators had a poor outing in the PSL last season. They failed to even qualify for the playoffs last season. This time around they have bought the big hitters like Chris Gayle and Tom Banton in their team. The likes of Cameron Delport, Azam Khan, Ben Cutting and skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed are also present in the squad. The bowling attack looks like one of the strongest in the tournament. Mohammad Hasnain and Naseem Shah will now be supported by Dale Steyn, Qais Ahmad and Usman Shinwari.
Karachi Kings and the Quetta Gladiators have faced each other ten times. The Kings have won three matches while the Gladiators have won ten matches.
The opening game of the tournament will be a fascinating contest between the two sides. Both the teams have made some important changes in their squad. However, the Gladiators look stronger due to their strong bowling line up. Babar Azam again has the responsibility to deliver for the Karachi Kings. However, he was not in the form during the recent T20I series against South Africa at home. So, there are questions over the Kings’ batting line up. The Gladiators’ strong bowling line up is expected to put them in an advantage in the opening match.
Date and Time:
20 February 2021 (Saturday)
National Stadium, Karachi, Pakistan
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