We are only a few matches away from the halfway point of the Pakistan Super League 2021, and things are heating up with each passing game. We just saw Islamabad United set a new record total, and with the way the surface is playing, we expect to see a lot of high-scoring matches in the future.
Next up in the tournament, Karachi Kings will take on Peshawar Zalmi in an attempt to earn their first victory of the season. Given that the Zalmis are also struggling, this could be the Kings’ best chance to get off to a good start in the competition.
The game between the two teams will take place on February 4th, 2022 at National Stadium in Karachi.
Match Details to Note
Match: Karachi Kings vs Peshawar Zalmi, 11th Match, Pakistan Super League, 2022
Date: February 4, 2022 (Friday)
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: National Stadium, Karachi
Karachi Kings vs Peshawar Zalmi Team Previews
Before the tournament began, the Karachi Kings were considered one of the title favourites, but their off-field and on-field strategy have fallen short of expectations. They’ve lacked focus on the field, and their team-combination strategy has been completely off so far.
We saw them tinker with their batting lineup in the previous two matches, and they may have pressed the panic button a little too soon. In their most recent match, they suffered a narrow defeat at the hands of the Lahore Qalandars, who were unquestionably the superior team in that match.
Karachi Kings are currently positioned at the bottom of the ladder and will need to do something significant to move up. Furthermore, they have a terrible net run rate of -0.998, demonstrating how bad they have been up until now.
On paper, the Kings have a solid team that appears to be overly reliant on their batting. In turn, their batting hasn’t really taken off, and they’ll be desperate to get things going in the upcoming match. Given the numbers at the top, Joe Clarke should ideally open, with Babar Azam coming in at three. The Kings, on the other hand, have taken a more cautious approach. Given their current situation, the Kings would prefer to be far more ruthless in their approach. If they can do that and play to their full potential, getting past them will be a difficult task.
Karachi Kings Squad
Aamer Yamin, Babar Azam (c), Joe Clarke, Faisal Akram, Lewis Gregory, Imad Wasim, Chris Jordan, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Ilyas, Mohammad Nabi, Qasim Akram, Rohail Nazir, Sharjeel Khan, Talha Ahsan, Umaid Asif, Mohammad Taha, Sahibzada Farhan, Jordan Thompson, Mohammad Imran, Ian Cockbain, Tom Lammonby, Romario Shepherd, Tom Abell
Predicted XI: Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam (c), Joe Clarke (wk), Sahibzada Farhan, Mohammad Nabi, Lewis Gregory, Aamer Yamin, Imad Wasim, Umaid Asif, Mohammad Taha, Mohammad Ilyas/Mohammed Amir
Peshawar Zalmi has historically been one of the most consistent sides in the competition, and their form would be disappointed if they were to finish in the bottom half of the points table. However, it is still early in the tournament, and Peshawar Zalmi has all of the ingredients that a team should have to recover from a loss.
Peshawar Zalmi is currently ranked fifth in the points table, having won one of their three matches. The more notable aspect of their performance on the ladder is their net run rate of -1.182, which is the lowest of any team in the competition. A win here will put them back in contention for the top four, and that is exactly what they will be aiming for.
The Zalmis are coming off a crushing defeat to the Lahore Qalandars in a high-scoring match. Peshawar Zalmi managed only 170 runs while chasing a total of 199, losing nine wickets in the process. They looked far from their best in both departments of the game and will need to step up their game should they want to rise up the ladder.
On paper, Peshawar Zalmi has a good team with match-winners all the way through. However, they only have one reliable batsman in their batting order, Shoaib Malik, which makes their batting a little too fragile. To relieve some of the pressure on their lower middle-order, players like Haider Ali and Hussain Talat will need to become more consistent in the future. Peshawar Zalmi could be a dangerous side to get past if that happens and they can hold their nerve in crucial moments.
Peshawar Zalmi Squad
Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Wahab Riaz (c), Shoaib Malik, Sherfane Rutherford, Saqib Mahmood, Liam Livingstone, Haider Ali, Hussain Talat, Hazratullah Zazai, Usman Qadir, Salman Irshad, Mohammad Aamir Khan, Mohammad Umar, Arshad Iqbal, Sameen Gul, Kamran Akmal, Ben Cutting, Mohammad Haris, Sirajuddin, Yasir Khan, Sohail Khan, Patrick Brown, Arish Ali Khan
Predicted XI: Kamran Akmal (wk), Hazratullah Zazai, Haider Ali, Hussain Talat, Shoaib Malik, Sherfane Rutherford, Ben Cutting, Wahab Riaz (c), Arish Ali Khan, Usman Qadir, Salman Irshad
Karachi Kings vs Peshawar Zalmi Toss Prediction
Chasing teams have won six of the eight matches played thus far, and we expect both captains to continue the trend and chase the target in this match as well.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
National Stadium is a batsman’s dream, with plenty of bounce and carry. Teams are consistently scoring 180+ run totals, and we anticipate another run feast in this match as well. Bowlers must be precise in their execution and perfect their variations and yorkers.
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 Kings vs Peshawar Zalmi Match Prediction
Karachi Kings’ batting lineup is heavily reliant on their openers and lacks the firepower in the middle order to finish with a bang. They had a strong bowling attack available to them. Peshawar Zalmi has a troublesome top order, so it is up to their middle order to save the day. Their bowling has given up runs in all of the games they’ve played so far.
Karachi Kings is the favourite to beat Peshawar Zalmi at the odds of 1.90.
- Peshawar Zalmi has two points from three games, while Karachi Kings have yet to play.
- Karachi Kings is the only team that has yet to earn its first point this season.
- In all three matches, Peshawar Zalmi bowlers went for runs at over 9.5 RPO.