The ninth match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 4 will be played at 9-00 pm on Wednesday at the Sharjah International Cricket Stadium between Karachi Kings and Peshawar Zalmi.
Karachi Kings and Peshawar Zalmi will square off against each other in Sharjah on Thursday in the ninth match of the HBL Pakistan Super League. Both the sides have played two matches each, winning one and losing one.
Kings outlasted Multan Sultans in their opening game in Dubai on Friday by a narrow seven-run margin before going down to arch-rivals Lahore Qalandars in their second game as they failed to chase a modest 139-run target.
In contrast, Zalmi, champions of the 2017 HBL PSL, lost to Quetta Gladiators by six wickets before defeating Lahore by seven wickets to stage a comeback in the fourth edition of the league.
Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019
Timing: 09:00 PM PKT
Weather: Weather is expected to be clear with a few clouds into the afternoon.
Conditions / Pitch Report:The Sharjah surface should suit the spin bowlers but there is enough in the balanced pitch for the batsmen and seamers too. The pitch has been decent enough for batting, especially in the second half of a game.
Head to Head:
Matches: 8 | Karachi Kings: 2 | Peshawar Zalmi: 6 | NR: 0
- Karachi Kings 157/3 lost to Peshawar Zalmi 170/7
- Karachi Kings 137/8 lost to Peshawar Zalmi 181/6
- Karachi Kings 135/5 beat Peshawar Zalmi 131/9
Karachi Kings: W W L L W (completed matches, most recent first)
Peshawar Zalmi: W L W W W
1. Karachi Kings
Karachi Kings will be weighing the option of drafting Australia’s fast bowler Aaron Summers who has the ability to bowl at 150kph on a regular basis, replacing the generous Sohail Khan who went for two for 57 in his four overs in the first match and 29 in the next, without taking a wicket.
Karachi Kings went for Liam Livingstone this year. The move worked perfectly in the opening game as the Englishman scored 82 runs from just 43 deliveries but he failed in the 2nd match as he got out on 11.
Liam Livingstone and Babar Azam would continue to open the batting and need to carry on with their rich vein of form. Karachi might drop out of form Sikandar Raza.
Karachi King’s Probable XI:
1. Liam Livingstone, 2. Babar Azam, 3. Ravi Bopara, 4. Awais Zia, 5. Colin Ingram, 6. Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 7. Imad Wasim (capt), 8. Mohammad Amir, 9. Usman Shinwari, 10. Usama Mir, 11. Aaron Summers.
2. Peshawar Zalmi
Peshawar will be captained by Sammy who will be playing the role of an all-rounder. Kamran Akmal should open the batting with Imam and also keep wickets.
Peshawar has a well-tuned pace attack, comprising of Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Umaid Asif and Sameen Gul who can run through the best of batting line-ups with their wicket taking ability as they did against Lahore in Dubai. Hasan led the rout of Lahore for just 78 with four for 15 while Wahab fetched three for 17.
Peshawar will be sweating on the fitness of Misbah-ul-Haq who missed the last game against Lahore with a slight hamstring injury, as they would seek stability in the middle-order with dashing opener Kamran Akmal also failing in the Lahore game.
For Peshawar, Umar Amin hit a brilliant 61 not out in the modest run-chase against Lahore. For Zalmi there’s a bad news as Sohaib Maqsood has been injured and he might not play the match.
Peshawar Zalmi’s Probable XI:
1. Kamran Akmal, 2. Wayne Madsen, 3. Imam-ul-Haq, 4. Liam Dawson, 5. Kieron Pollard, 6. Darren Sammy, 7. Umar Amin, 8. Khalid Usman, 9. Hasan Ali, 10. Wahab Riaz, 11. Ibtisam Sheikh
Players to watch:
1. Kieron Pollard – Batsman, Peshawar Zalmi
Kieron Pollard is always a dangerous player when it comes to the shortest format of the game. One of the most powerful hitters of the ball, Pollard doesn’t need any time to adjust and can switch gears in an instant.
2. Colin Ingram – Batsman, Karachi Kings
What Kieron Pollard is to Peshawar Zalmi, Colin Ingram is to Karachi Kings. Colin Ingram is a natural when it comes to big knocks and could be a lethal player for the Karachi Kings. A player of his quality is always a danger for opposition bowlers as he often tends to take the game away with his maximums.
3. Babar Azam – Batsman, Karachi Kings
Ranked No 1 in the world ratings for T20 Batsman, the batsman was an integral part of Pakistan’s batting line-up. The right-hander has been making this column frequently in recent times, but it can’t be helped when he’s in that kind of form. Through the Tests, ODIs and T20Is, he has been Pakistan’s most consistent batsman and he will want to close out the series with a fllourish.
4. Darren Sammy – All-rounder, Peshawar Zalmi
Peshawar Zalmi’s skipper Darren Sammy is a utility player. While there may be someone who steals the spotlight, Sammy will be very consistent for Zalmi. Sammy reads the game very well and tunes his batting accordingly. He has been very good with the ball. His slow bowling and variations often put the batsmen in a heap of trouble.