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The Karachi Kings are one of the perennial underperformers of the Pakistan Super League. They enter PSL 2020 with great hopes of setting the record right thanks to the presence of plenty of T20 superstars in their squad. They are going to be starting their campaign against Peshawar Zalmi, one of the more successful sides of the PSL and generally considered as a very canny T20 outfit.
Peshawar Zalmi has always managed to keep a strong core of players together but there are questions arising whether they have stuck with players past their prime now. Starting well has always been something that successful teams at the PSL have done in the past. Which side will claim a win to start its PSL 2020 campaign?
Karachi Kings vs Peshawar Zalmi PSL 2020 is going to be played at the National Stadium, Karachi on the 21st of February 2020.
The Karachi Kings have some of the jewels of Pakistan cricket in their midst. Babar Azam, considered as one of the best T20 batsmen in the world, Mohammad Amir, and Imad Wasim form the core of their squad.
These three give the Karachi Kings three world-class players to build around. Neither of them has really had a great PSL season so far and we think the move back to Pakistan is going to be very beneficial to them.
Mohammad Rizwan is also the first-choice wicketkeeper for Pakistan now and adds another good local component to the squad. The Karachi Kings also have two world-class overseas T20 players who are currently in excellent form. Alex Hales and Chris Jordan have been performing very well off-late and are going to be important cogs in PSL 2020.
Players like Chadwick Walton, Iftikhar Ahmed, Usama Mir, and Aamer Yamin round out a very solid squad for the Karachi Kings. We are very bullish on their prospects in PSL 2020 because of the kind of form Babar Azam has been in the last few months. This is the time for him to really make a mark in front of a supportive home crowd.
SI Wasim, Babar Azam, Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Rizwan, C Delport, CAK Walton, Mohammad Amir, Umaid Asif, Chris Jordan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Arshad Iqbal.
Peshawar Zalmi has a reputation for being a very smart T20 side. They don’t often follow the traditional statistical ways and go with their gut. It has served them well in the past. For this season, Peshawar Zalmi has two of the most explosive T20 batsmen going around.
Liam Livingstone and Tom Banton are exceptional hitters of the cricket ball. Both of them are also going to go the IPL and this will give a good indication of how they perform in spin-friendly conditions. We are a little worried about Liam Livingstone but think that Tom Banton will be able to adapt quite nicely.
Peshawar Zalmi is also going to be without Kieron Pollard for much of PSL 2020 and that is a huge loss. Darren Sammy is a skilled slogger but nothing more at this stage in his career while Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, Hasan Ali, Rahat Ali, and Wahab Riaz are all at the final stages in their careers.
All of these players have excellent records in the PSL but whether they will be able to achieve the same kind of heights in PSL 2020 is a big question mark.
Overall, the Peshawar Zalmi side is full of experienced T20 players that will not be fazed by playing in front of big crowds. If their overseas power-hitters can light up PSL 2020 and their domestic senior players can turn the tide of time back then Peshawar Zalmi is going to be a serious contender once again.
Kamran Akmal, Tom Banton, Haider Ali, Liam Livingstone, Shoaib Malik, LA Dawson, DJG Sammy, Mohammad Mohsin, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Rahat Ali.
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Karachi is forecast to experience excellent weather for the foreseeable so we should not have any trouble with rain interruptions. The pitch is going to undergo a lot of work as the matches come thick and fast. The surface should be flat and favor the batsmen more to begin with after which the spinners will start to come into play.
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We are going to stick with the home team in this match. Babar Azam, Imad Wasim, and Mohammad Amir are three of the best T20 players that Pakistan has. Their presence makes the local contingent much stronger in the Karachi Kings side.
We have seen in tournaments in the past that teams that have the better set of local players end up being more successful.
Bet on the Karachi Kings to win.
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