Pakistan Super League 2021 Match 1
Karachi Kings vs Quetta Gladiators Match Prediction – Sat, 20th February
The Defending Champions:
Captain Babar Azam and the Karachi Kings are set to shield their PSL trophy with a tad refurbished side in the 2021 season. While their mainstay of Mohammad Amir, Sharjeel Khan, and Babar Azam has remained intact, a few key embellishments, such as Colin Ingram, have bolstered the Kings’ register. With some youngsters such as Zeeshan Malik and Danish Aziz eyeing to make an impression this edition, the Kings look well-outfitted for the contest.
Possible playing XI: Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam (C), Daniel Christian, Chadwick Walton (WK), Danish Aziz, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Zeeshan Malik, Colin Ingram, Arshad Iqbal/Umaid Asif, and Qasim Akram/Waqas Maqsood.
Quetta Are Strong:
Quetta Gladiators have also made a few alterations to the roster without changing the core. Led by Sarfaraz Ahmed, the Gladiators have a dangerous batting squad with Azam Khan and Chris Gayle joining powers. The inclusion of Ben Cutting’s brilliance only enhances the deal for the Gladiators, who will be eyeing to make the knockouts in PSL 2021.
Possible playing XI: Chris Gayle, Tom Banton, Ben Cutting, Mohammad Nawaz, Sarfaraz Ahmed (C&WK), Mohammad Hasnain, Cameron Delport/Saim Ayub, Azam Khan, Naseem Shah, Usman Khan Shinwari, and Zahid Mehmood/Qais Ahmed.
The venue, Pitch Report, and Toss Prediction:
The first match of the Pakistan Super League 2021 will witness defending champions Karachi Kings play against the Quetta Gladiators at the National Stadium in Karachi on 20th February Saturday.
A challenging track expects the two teams in Karachi. The wicket should offer additional swing and bounce to the speedsters, even though the ball should come onto the bat properly. While there isn’t much spin for the spin bowlers, they could get the ball to slide under the fog lights. With this being an evening match, both franchises would preferably look to chase upon winning the toss. 165-175 should be a fair score at this venue, though both sides have the guns to aim for more.
Gladiators to Topple the Champions:
The Kings are the choices for this game, given their mixture of youth and experience. But their batting squad will need to come up eclipses against a brilliant Gladiators bowling line-up encompassing Mohammad Hasnain and Naseem Shah.
With two precious points up for grasps and an opportunity to boost their campaign with a victory, a thumping game summons as the PSL 2021 kicks off in Karachi.
The defending champions start their campaign at the fair odds of 1.62, while the Gladiators begin their PSL journey at 2.30. Chris Gayle and Tom Banton will be spearheads of the batting line-up for Gladiators and could turn around the odds pretty much single-handedly.
Sarfaraz Ahmed, the former Pakistan captain, has been at the helm ever since the campaign’s initiation and will be keen to amend things in this edition of PSL.