Peshawar Zalmi will face off against the Karachi Kings in the 24th Pakistan Super League match. Both teams will want to win this tie, as they are in the third and fourth spot respectively. They will be keen on climbing up the points table. The cricket news has been positive so far and both teams are focused on winning this game.
Revenge is on the plate for Peshawar Zalmi as they take on the team that defeated them in the first leg. Karachi beat them by six wickets in the first round. Zalmi has been inconsistent in the UAE. They started the leg by losing to Lahore and then coming back very strong to register a 61-run win against Quetta. However, Multan’s eight-wicket win over Peshawar has exposed quite a few lacunae. They will want to play good live cricket once again in this game.
Bowling-wise, the likes of Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Irfan will have to step up. The spin department is expected to be led by the likes of Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Ravi Bopara. It will be interesting to see how Shoaib Malik is used in the game.
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
Two games in two days could either help the team with all the momentum or just create exhaustion. Karachi Kings will be playing two games on consecutive days. However, Babar Azam clicking is the best that could happen to the team as the No 3 T20 batsman has scored two half-centuries in a row. He got a fine 85 against Multan and then followed it up with a 54 ball 81 versus Islamabad. Najibullah Zadran also scored 71 runs. Skipper Imad Wasim will want Martin Guptill and opener Sharjeel Khan to pick up form as they go ahead.
Bowling-wise, Imad Wasim and company look just fine. Mohammad Amir, Maqsood, Iqbal and Abbas Afridi can be dangerous on their day.
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
Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators have faced each other 12 times in PSL. United have won 5 matches and Gladiators have emerged victorious on 7 occasions.
Sheikh Zayed Stadium presents a dry pitch, that means spinners and batsmen will be looking forward to the contest. The first innings average score on the pitch is 162 runs. Karachi are the better team in better form. Peshawar will have to produce something special to get past Imad Wasim’s side.
Date and Time:
June 15, 2021, 11:30 PM IST
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi