Pakistan Super League 2021 Match 27
Karachi Kings vs Lahore Qalandars – June 17th
SULTANS TO REGAIN FORM:
Lahore Qalandars, after a fierce beginning to the UAE leg of their PSL 2021 campaign, have surrendered to two successive losses. They presently find themselves in third spot in the standings at the time of writing, with a top-two finish certainly within reach.
Nevertheless, they will need their top order to fire with Mohammad Hafeez and Fakhar Zaman underwhelming so far. All eyes will be on their bowling line-up, which has been the glowing light of their battle so far.
Possible playing XI: Sohail Akthar (c), Rashid Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Ben Dunk, Tim David, Haris Rauf, James Faulkner, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shaheen Afridi and Ahmed Daniyal.
They will come across a Karachi team which have lost all their matches in the UAE leg so far. Although Babar Azam presently tops the run-scoring tables, the rest are yet to step up with steady performances.
Their bowling has also seemed out of touch, with a lot dependent on Mohammad Amir ahead of the game. Karachi will begin the match as underdogs, but with the talent they acquire, a win against Lahore is a real option.
Possible playing XI: Sharjeel Khan, Najeebullah Zadran, Babar Azam, Chadwick Walton (wk), Thisara Perera, Imad Wasim (c), Mohd Amir, Martin Guptill, Arshad Iqbal, Waqas Maqsood and Abbas Afridi.
The venue, Pitch Report, and Toss Prediction:
With this being the second PSL 2021 match of the night, the wicket could be slower than normal, getting the spin bowlers into play. Apart from getting some seam movements with the new ball, the speedsters should also be able to extract some swing and extra bounce off the wicket. Although the spin bowlers will find it tricky to grip the ball, they will play a vital role in the middle overs. 175 should be par at this ground, with dew expected to play a massive role in the proceedings.
With two precious points up for grabs, another exciting PSL 2021 game summons at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Owing to the disastrous form Karachi Kings have been in, they begin this game trailing at the pre-match odds of 2.10. Whereas Lahore Qalandars begins as the favourites at the odds of 1.71.
Karachi Kings need one match to get going. We know they possess inevitable talent, and they can upset the odds in no time. Thus, placing bets could be risky before the toss.