Karachi Kings to face Peshawar Zalmi in ‘must-win’ encounter


Defending champions Karachi Kings and 2017 title champions Peshawar Zalmi will take on each other in the 24th match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season six later today.

The tournament is becoming interesting after Karachi Kings, unfortunately, lost the last two games while Multan Sultans bagged two consecutive wins. Peshawar Zalmi also looks to pose a fight back and this makes the fight for the third and fourth qualification place quite interesting indeed.

Karachi Kings posted a massive total of 190 but still could not win the match. Their bowling has struggled in Abu Dhabi will their fielding has been unsatisfying too.

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The strength lies in their batting and the form of Babar Azam as he just keeps on scoring runs, no matter what the situation or who the opponent is. He is now the highest run-getter of the ongoing season.

Meanwhile, Martin Guptill is struggling in the slow conditions and although Najibullah played very well, the Kings expect the same in today’s match.

The lack of form of Mohammad Amir is starting to hurt the Karachi Kings. Imad Wasim has also out of the groove. Waqas Maqsood bowled well and Arshad Iqbal showed promise but both of them end up giving away too many loose deliveries.

Kings need a strong fightback especially from bowlers and having experienced campaigners, the comeback is definitely on the cards.

On the other hand, Zalmi has been struggling in their batting department from the start of second-leg. Shoaib Malik has been getting out early in the last two games, Kamran Akmal is not able to convert his starts and Haider Ali has struggled to play freely as well.

After the departure of David Miller, the department has suffered a major setback. They can took out positive from Sherfane Rutherford, who played a brilliant knock against Sultans on Sunday.

The bowling has been quite good even though they failed to pick up important wickets in the previous match. Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Imran, and Umaid Asif form yet another excellent bowling lineup. It really is amazing the quality of fast-bowling in Pakistan, as cliched as it may be to say it.

We have not seen Peshawar Zalmi play to its potential so far and whether that will change in this match is the big question.

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