Pakistan Super League Preview: Karachi Kings vs Quetta Gladiators

The sixth edition of Pakistan Super League begins on February 20. The live coverage will be broadcasted on Sony Network from IST 7:30 PM onwards. International T20 stars like Babar Azam, Mohammad Nabi, Chris Gayle and Tom Banton will be in action on Saturday.
Rohan Gulaty Author

Updated - 20 February 2021 12:12 pm

Match Details

Date: 20th February 2021
Time: 7:30 PM (IST)
Venue: National Stadium, Karachi

Preview:

Reigning champions Karachi Kings will lock horns with 2019 winners Quetta Gladiators in the opening match of the sixth edition of the Pakistan Super League.

Both the sides have retained their core players from the last season. Karachi Kings kept hold of their star players Babar Azam, Mohammad Amir and Imad Wasim. On the other hand, Quetta Gladiators also retained Sarfaraz Ahmed, Ben Cutting and Naseem Shah.

However, the additions in the 2021 draft have certainly given a new outlook to both Kings and Gladiators. The defending champions have bolstered their middle-order and have added two international all-rounders in the form of Mohammad Nabi and Dan Christian. Quetta Gladiators, who failed to make the play-offs last year, have added explosive cricketers like Chris Gayle and Tom Banton to strengthen their batting line-up.

In the last season, Quetta Gladiators defeated Karachi Kings in both meetings. The Gladiators have always had the upper hand in this fixture and they would be hoping for a similar result on Saturday. Meanwhile, Kings will look to improve on their record against an opponent they have struggled quite a lot. The stage is set for a scintillating start to the 2021 season of the Pakistan Super League.

Head-to-Head record:

Matches Played: 10
Quetta Gladiators: 7
Karachi Kings: 3

Players to watch out for:

Babar Azam:
Matches: 47 | Runs: 1516 | Avg: 37.90 | SR: 117.97

Cameron Delport:
Matches: 34 | Runs: 860 | Avg: 27.74 | SR: 129.12

Mohammad Amir:
Matches: 48 | Wickets: 49 | Avg: 25.48 | ER: 7.15

Mohammad Nawaz:
Matches: 52 | Wickets: 49 | Avg: 25.55 | ER: 7.12

Probable Playing XI

Karachi Kings:
Sharjeel Khan, Chadwick Walton (wk), Babar Azam, Colin Ingram, Zeeshan Malik, Mohammad Nabi, Imad Wasim (c), Daniel Christian, Mohammad Amir, Aamer Yamin, Waqas Maqsood

Quetta Gladiators:
Chris Gayle, Tom Banton, Cameron Delport, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c/wk), Azam Khan, Ben Cutting, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Hasnain, Naseem Shah, Usman Shinwari, Anwar Ali