Pakistan Super League, 2022 – Karachi Kings vs Multan Sultans – 1st Match Prediction
The defending champions Multan Sultans will face Karachi Kings in the first round of the PSL 2022. The first phase of 15 league games is set to take place at Karachi’s National Stadium. Multan Sultans and Karachi Kings have won the PSL title in the last two seasons and will be looking to defend their title. Every year, the PSL gains more sponsors and viewers, and we expect it to start off strong this season as well.
The game between the two teams will take place on January 27th, 2022 at National Stadium in Karachi.
Match Details to Note
Match: Karachi Kings vs Multan Sultans, 1st Match, Pakistan Super League, 2022
Date: January 27, 2022 (Thursday)
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: National Stadium, Karachi
Karachi Kings vs Multan Sultans Team Previews
Karachi Kings (Match Odds – 1.75)
Due to the presence of Babar Azam on their team, the Karachi Kings will always draw a lot of attention. Babar Azam, one of the world’s best batsmen, is the main attraction in the Karachi Kings lineup. He is also one of the PSL’s most consistent performers.
His opening partnership with Sharjeel Khan will be critical to the Karachi Kings’ success.
Both players carried the batting order last season and will be hoping for more help this year. Joe Clarke, Mohammad Nabi, and Sahibzada Farhan are all likely to be in the starting lineup, with Lewis Gregory and Imad Wasim providing the impetus in the middle.
The Karachi Kings have also signed two lesser-known English players, Tom Lammonby and Ian Cockbain, in an attempt to strengthen their batting. A concerted effort to strengthen the middle order could pay dividends for the Karachi Kings, but relying on untested players to perform in the PSL could backfire as well.
The Karachi Kings’ bowling attack will be led by Umaid Asif, Romario Shepherd, and Mohammad Amir. There is no shortage of bowling talent in any PSL team, including the Karachi Kings.
The Karachi Kings are a well-balanced team, but we are concerned about their batting depth and reliance on inexperienced players to bolster their middle-order.
Karachi Kings Squad
Babar Azam (c), Imad Wasim, Mohammad Nabi, Mohammad Amir, Joe Clarke, Sharjeel Khan, Aamer Yamin, Mohammad Ilyas, Chris Jordan, Lewis Gregory, Umaid Asif, Ian Cockbain, Rohail Nazir, Muhammad Imran, Faisal Akram, Qasim Akram, Talha Ahsan, Tom Lammonby
Predicted XI: Babar Azam (c), Sharjeel khan, Imad Wasim, Mohammed Nabi, Tom Abell, Joe Clarke, Rohail Nazir, Mohammed Amir Mohammed Ilyas, Mohammed Taha, Aamer Yamin
Multan Sultans (Match Odds – 2.10)
Last season, the Multan Sultans were outstanding in the second half of the PSL. Mohammad Rizwan batted brilliantly and Shahnawz Dahani bowled brilliantly for them. Both are part of a squad that is largely unchanged from last season.
Ten of the eleven players who competed in the PSL Final in 2021 are also on the squad for PSL 2022.
This consistency is a huge advantage, and we’ve seen T20 teams in leagues all over the world enjoy a lot of success by relying on it.
In addition to Rizwan in the batting lineup, Sohaib Maqsood, Rilee Rossouw, Tim David, and Johnson Charles are all in the squad and should bat. That is a lot of power, and we believe the Multan Sultans have the upper hand over the Karachi Kings in this regard.
Imran Khan, Blessing Muzarabani, Imran Tahir, and Shahnawz Dhahani lead another potent bowling attack.
The spin-bowling lineup appears to be a bit weak and must rely on Imran Tahir to perform in every match, but Tahir is a player who commands his place in the side even at his age.
Multan Sultans Squad
Mohammad Rizwan (c), Tim David, Rilee Rossouw, Johnson Charles, Imran Tahir, Sohaib Maqsood, Shan Masood, Khushdil Shah, Shahnawaz Dahani, Rumman Raees, Asif Afridi, Anwar Ali, Dominic Drakes, Imran Khan Snr, Abbas Afridi, Amir Azmat, Blessing Muzarabani, Ihsanullah, David Willey, Rizwan Hussain
Predicted XI: Mohammed Rizwan (c), Khusdil Shah, Shan Maqsood, Rovman Powell, Jonathan Charles, Rilee Rossouw, Shahnawaz Dahani, Imran Khan, David Willey, Asif Afridi, Anwar Ali
Karachi Kings vs Multan Sultans Toss Prediction
Because no score is safe here, teams will be unsure of the pitch and chasing is the best option if the pitch suits the batters. On this track, we expect both captains to bowl first.
To Win the Toss – Karachi Kings – 1.85
To Win the Toss – Multan Sultans – 1.85
Pitch and Weather Conditions
National Stadium is a great track with a lot of bounce and carry. Batters will enjoy playing on this track, which saw scores consistently in the range of 180-190 runs last year. We anticipate that the average score in this match will be around 180-200 runs.
The weather in Karachi is expected to be bright and sunny on match day, with a 10% chance of precipitation. There will be no rain delays in this match. Karachi is one of the most well-known venues on the Pakistani circuit, and we anticipate a large crowd to attend the PSL opening ceremony and first match.
Karachi Kings vs Multan Sultans Match Prediction
Both teams are missing a large number of their squad players due to other commitments, but they are expected to join the PSL very soon. Multan Sultans have a strong batting and bowling lineup, but a lack of experienced spinners and quality all-rounders in the absence of Imran Tahir will be a major concern. Karachi Kings’ playing XI features a strong batting lineup with depth and spin all-rounders. However, with the exception of Mohammed Amir, their pace attack is inexperienced, which could be a source of concern. This match is expected to be won by Karachi Kings.
Karachi Kings is the favourite to beat Multan Sultans at the odds of 1.75.
- Karachi Kings have qualified for the PSL playoffs in all six seasons and won the league title in 2020.
- Multan Sultans won the PSL title in 2021 and have qualified for the play-offs in two of the last four seasons.
- In PSL history, Karachi Kings have a 4-2 win-loss record against Multan Sultans.