KARACHI: Lahore Qalandars will attempt to keep away from one other collapse when the crew led by Sohail Akhtar face arch-rivals and defending champions Karachi Kings within the 27th Pakistan Tremendous League 2021 recreation on Thursday at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
The sport would be the second match of the Double-Header-Day on the PSL in Abu Dhabi and has way more to supply than simply cricket.
Qalandars vs Kings are normally known as the PSL El-Clasico resulting from a standard sporting rivalry between two cities they belong to.
Each groups come to this recreation after shedding back-to-back video games and wish to get better and regain momentum earlier than the subsequent stage of the match.
Qalandars misplaced in a row after an excellent begin to the match in Abu Dhabi – to Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators, whereas the Karachi Kings misplaced all three video games.
The Karachi Kings, led by Babar Azam, are at the moment fifth within the PSL factors desk with three wins from 5 video games. In the present day’s recreation is essential for them and shedding will definitely cut back their possibilities of advancing within the match.
The Lahore Qalandars are at the moment third on the factors desk with 5 wins from eight video games and are comparatively snug in comparison with the Karachi Kings, however Sohail Akhtar needs his batsmen to not repeat the errors that led to the crew shedding final time have led two video games.
That they had an excellent begin to the match in Abu Dhabi and received their first two video games in opposition to Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi, respectively. However then they misplaced two back-to-back matches that uncovered the vulnerability of Qalandars’ middle-class eyelashes.
Tim David is the one Lahore Qalandars batsman who has proven some consistency. Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez and Captain Sohail Akhtar have struggled to boost giant sums of cash. The crew should construct partnerships if they’re to face in opposition to the Karachi Kings at greatest.
Nonetheless, Qalandars may have nice religion in James Faulkner with one of many match’s greatest bowling assaults, who has been raging for the reason that begin of the Abu Dhabi leg. Together with Faulkner, Rashid Khan and Shaheen Shah Afridi will surely be an enormous problem for Karachi Kings.
The Karachi kings, then again, are closely depending on Babar Azam. Within the earlier recreation, the Pakistani captain was sacked for a duck and the Kings might solely rating 108 factors in opposition to Zalmi. Even when Babar scored a purpose within the 1980s, the crew could not win the sport, which reveals the crew’s fragility.
The defending champion will definitely be disenchanted by the assault. Mohammad Amir did not choose up a wicket in Abu Dhabi and has leaked runs continuously.
The Qalandars may also maintain this truth in thoughts that they beat the Kings by six wickets throughout their earlier PSL assembly in Karachi in 2021.
Gamers to be seen:
James Faulkner, Rashid Khan (Lahore Qalandars)
Babar Azam, Martin Guptil (Karachi Kings)
Karachi Kings: Imad Wasim (c), Abbas Afridi, Amir Yamin, Arshad Iqbal, Babar Azam, Chadwick Walton, Danish Aziz, Martin Guptill, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Ilyas, Mohammad Haris, Thisara Perera, Najeebullah Zadran, Noor Ahmed, Qasim Akram, Sharjeel Khan , Waqas Maqsood and Zeeshan Malik
Lahore Qalandars: Sohail Akhtar (c), Ahmed Danyal, Ben Dunk, Callum Ferguson, Dilbar Hussain, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, James Faulkner, Maaz Khan, Mohammad Faizan, Mohammad Hafeez, Rashid Khan, Salman Ali Agha, Seekuge Prasanna, Shaheen Shah Afridi Sultan Ahmed, Tim David, Zaid Alam and Zeeshan Ashraf.
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