Date: 15th June, 2021
Time: 11:30 PM (IST)
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
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In the match no. 24 of PSL 2021, Peshawar Zalmi will be up against Karachi Kings in a mouth-watering mid-table clash. Both the sides have had a very similar tournament so far and are two of the teams who are right up there fighting it out for the play-offs spots. The outcome of this contest could have huge ramifications on their campaign and both the sides would certainly want to leave no stones unturned to get those crucial two points in the bag on Tuesday.
Both Peshawar and Karachi have an in-form batting line-up as they have posted 190+ total in recent matches. With players like Babar Azam and David Miller on display, the fans can certainly expect some fireworks in Abu Dhabi and it is going to be a tough evening for the bowlers. As we move towards the final part of the league stage, the stage is set for another blockbuster encounter in PSL 2021.
Head to Head
Peshawar Zalmi: 8
Karachi Kings: 5
While Shoaib Malik's poor run of form is a cause of concern for Zalmi side, they are expected to stick with the experienced cricketer for this crucial contest. On the other hand, Kings might continue to prefer Abbas Afridi over Qasim Akram for that all-rounder spot in the side.
The 26-year-old is playing in the league of his own and has been scoring runs for fun in the ongoing tournament. Babar played one of the best knocks of the season against Islamabad United on Monday where he scored 81 runs off 54 deliveries and looked in sensational touch. The Zalmi bowlers will need to be vary of the batting maestro in this crucial contest.
The stylish left-handed batsman has had a mixed season so far, having scored 210 runs in 8 matches at an average of 35. Rutherford is coming to this contest on the back of an impressive half-century in the previous contest and will be the vital cog for Zalmi in the middle-order.
The tall left-arm pacer had an unbelievable outing against Quetta Gladiators few days back where he completely destroyed their batting line-up and ended the match with figures of 3/27. Irfan followed it up with another impressive spell of 1/24 against Multan Sultans and would be hopeful of continuing the same in this match.
Probable Playing XI
Haider Ali, Kamran Akmal (wk), Shoaib Malik, David Miller, Sherfane Rutherford, Rovman Powell, Fabian Allen, Wahab Riaz (c), Mohammad Irfan, Umaid Asif, Muhammad Imran
Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam, Martin Guptill, Najibullah Zadran, Chadwick Walton (wk), Thisara Perera, Imad Wasim (c), Abbas Afridi, Mohammad Amir, Waqas Maqsood, Arshad Iqbal