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The standard of cricket has been superb in the Pakistan Super League 2021 edition. The bowling has been of the highest quality and the batting is breathtaking too. The fact that every single match has been won by the chasing team is not lost on any of the teams.
Winning the toss is going to be a huge advantage but that cannot be controlled or predicted. Also, we think it is just a matter of time before the law of averages catches up and the streak is broken.
Karachi Kings played pretty well in the previous match but did not win. They would have pinpointed a few weaknesses in their batting that they would like to address. Peshawar Zalmi has won three out of the previous four matches they have played and is sitting at the top of the league table.
The contest ahead of us promises to be intense.
Karachi Kings vs Peshawar Zalmi PSL 2021 is going to be played at the National Stadium, Karachi on the 3rd of March 2021.
Karachi’s strong batting order was rocked by Lahore in the previous match. Babar Azam, Joe Clarke, and Colin Ingram got out in single digits inside the powerplay while Sharjeel Khan was lucky to survive one of the easiest catches being dropped that you will ever see.
He recovered well to score after that and Mohammad Nabi played a superb inning but the Karachi Kings did not get the boost in the end that they were looking for.
Such performances can happen from time to time and we don’t think the Karachi Kings have become a poor team just because of them. Babar Azam is in great run-scoring form, Joe Clarke has been proving his worth, and Sharjeel in great touch too.
They just have to accept that they were at the receiving end of a great bowling lineup and move forward.
Mohammad Amir was brilliant for the Karachi Kings to start out but went for runs later. Luck seems to have deserted Amir for quite a bit of time now as every edge of his bowling seems to find the boundary. Maybe he is just good enough to get so many more edges that it seems noticeable.
The rest of the bowling attack is looking a bit thin, though. Arshad Iqbal has been good in PSL 2021 but more teams will be aware of that and make better plans against him. Waqas Maqsood, Mohammad Nabi, Arshad Ilyas, and Daniel Christian all complete a good bowling attack but one that seems to lack that oomph that a few other teams in the PSL have.
SI Wasim, Babar Azam, Sharjeel Khan, Colin Ingram, Joe Clarke, Mohammad Nabi, DT Christian, Mohammad Ilyas, Abbas Afridi, Mohammad Amir, Arshad Iqbal.
Peshawar Zalmi has one of the most exciting teams to follow this PSL. They have some tremendously talented finishers in their lineup that keep them in the game till the very end. At the same time, they have a cast of unpredictable yet unmissable bowlers that vary from one day to the other as well.
Wahab Riaz had given away over hundred runs in his previous two matches but took 4 for 17 against Islamabad United when he played next! Some of the team selections have been a bit questionable and you never quite know what you will get with Zalmi.
For this match, we think the complete performance that they put up against Islamabad United will ensure that there are not too many changes to the playing eleven. The only player who would be feeling a bit nervous is Imam ul Haq.
We think he serves the team best when he gets out early as that gives the other more accomplished T20 batsmen in the side a chance to play.
Peshawar Zalmi has a fantastic middle-order that has a lot of power. Haider Ali, Sherfane Rutherford, Shoaib Malik, and even Wahab Riaz can contribute with the bat. Kamran Akmal and Tom Kohler-Cadmore are in good form at the top of the order to give Zalmi a very good batting lineup.
They are not as strong as Karachi Kings but they are not too far behind either.
Among the bowlers, Saqib Mahmood has been the best of the lot so far. He has bowled with pace and been able to pick wickets or stop the runs at the death as needed. Wahab Riaz, Mujeeb ur Rahman, and Umaid Asif help round out the bowling attack.
Kamran Akmal, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Shoaib Malik, Haider Ali, RS Bopara, Sherfane Rutherford, Amad Butt, Umaid Asif, Saqib Mahmood, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Imran.
The team that wins the toss is going to want to field first. All the matches have been won by the team that has chased. It is difficult to imagine a team doing anything else after winning the toss at this moment.
Read our guide on toss predictions to learn how we analyze and come up with our tips.
The pitch has been fantastic and kudos must be given to the groundsman for managing to provide a good batting surface day after day. The dew in the latter half helps the ball carry and the boundaries have been pulled in quite a lot as well.
Conditions remain in favor of the batsmen, although the top-bowlers will always manage to get some help with the new ball.
A score of around 185 is par but it appears as if teams need more than 200 to win batting first.
We think this is a match in which the Karachi kings will bounce back after their defeat. They are more consistent as a team than Peshawar Zalmi and we think their batsmen match-up quite well against the Zalmi bowling.
Peshawar Zalmi has some dangerous batsmen in the middle but they may be tested against a hungry Karachi Kings team.
Bet on the Karachi Kings to win.
Continuing in our theme of backing the batsmen to get plenty of runs. This one is a safer bet and one that you can even use a hedge against our first selection. The quality of the batsmen on both sides is breathtaking and they are used to hitting massive scores. The pitch holds no demons and every recent indication suggests that this is a very good bet to place.
This is a very high-risk bet to make but just look at the reward on offer. Looking at the kind of scores we have had in the past week where almost every team has hit close to 200 runs, the conditions are set for one of the batsmen to go on and score a century very soon. Worth a small sum that you are willing to risk losing!
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