Peshawar Zalmi. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Match Details:

The 2nd match of the Pakistan Super League 2020 will be played between Karachi Kings and Peshawar Zalmi at the National Stadium in Karachi.

The match starts at 3:00 PM local time (10:00 AM GMT) (3:30 PM IST). This match will be live on DSport in India.

Preview:

Karachi Kings will begin their campaign in search of their maiden PSL title against Peshawar Zalmi on Friday. They have a pretty balanced line up that is fully equipped with some amazing batsmen like Awais Zia, Alex Hales, Babar Azam, who will look to open their PSL campaign with some good knocks with the bat. On the other hand, their bowling unit looks pretty balanced due to the presence of bowlers like Chris Jordan, Mohammad Amir, Umer Khan.

Peshawar Zalmi, in the previous season, lost a close final against Quetta Gladiators. But this time they will look to get hold of their second PSL title. They look quite strong with some amazing recruitments made by them in the PSL draft. It will be interesting to watch if they can repeat their previous season’s dominance or will go flop. However, on paper, they look the overwhelming favourites to win the game against Karachi Kings.


Weather Condition/Report:

As per the weather forecast, there are no chances of rain on the match day. The wind will be blowing at a rate of 18 to 20 km/hr whereas the temperature will deviate between 17 and 30 Degree celsius throughout the day according to Accuweather.

Pitch Condition/Report:

The track at National Stadium is expected to go in the favour of batsmen based on the stats available. This ground has hosted a total of four T20s so far in which the team batting first has managed to go past 200 runs on three occasions. In the meantime, the side chasing ended up losing the game on the majority of occasions. The same trend is expected in the upcoming game between Karachi Kings and Peshawar Zalmi.

Average first innings score: 191 (T20 games played at this venue)

Record of chasing teams: Won – 1, Lost – 3

Injury and Availability:

(Will update if there is any news)


Probable Playing XIs:

Karachi Kings:

Awais Zia, Alex Hales, Babar Azam, Cameron Delport/Chadwick Walton, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Imad Wasim (C), Chris Jordan, Mohammad Amir, Umer Khan, Ali Khan

Bench – Aamer Yamin, Usama Mir, Sharjeel Khan, Cameron Delport/Chadwick Walton, Zahid Mahmood, Umaid Asif, Mithcell McClenaghan, Arshad Iqbal

Peshawar Zalmi:

Kamran Akmal (wk), Tom Banton, Liam Livingstone, Umar Amin, Shoaib Malik, Carlos Brathwaite, Adil Amin/Amir Khan, Darren Sammy (C), Hasan Ali, Rahat Ali, Wahab Riaz

Bench – Mohammad Mohsin, Adil Amin/Mohammad Amir Khan, Hyder Ali, Amir Ali


Top Picks:

Alex Hales, Tom Banton and Liam Livingstone will be the obvious pick for any fantasy side due to their current form with the bat. All the three did an impressive job in the BBL 2019-20 season. Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz cannot be ignored in bowlers category. And Chris Jordan will also play a vital role as he is a utility an all-rounder.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Captain –Liam Livingston, Alex Hales, Imad Wasim

Vice-Captain –Tom Banton, Babar Azam, Chadwick Walton


Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – Tom Banton, Chadwick Walton

Batters – Liam Livingstone (VC), Alex Hales (C), Iftikhar Ahmed, Babar Azam

All-Rounders – Carlos Brathwaite, Imad Wasim

Bowlers – Wahab Riaz, Umer Khan, Chris Jordan

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:

KeeperTom Banton (C)

Batters –Awais Zia, Alex Hales, Iftikhar Ahmed, Babar Azam (VC), Darren Sammy

All-Rounders – Carlos Brathwaite, Shoaib Malik

Bowlers – Mohammad Amir, Umer Khan, Chris Jordan

Expert Advice:

The pitch conditions are expected to go in the favour of the batsmen so try to go with more in-form batsmen, who can click good knocks with the bat.

Probable Winners:

Peshawar Zalmi is expected to open their account with a win in PSL-5.

*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.