Peshawar Zalmi, Karachi Kings Face Off in Bid for Pride Redemption

Wed Feb 21 2024
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LAHORE: The showdown between two struggling teams, Peshawar Zalmi and Karachi Kings on Wednesday is a battle for redemption during the  Pakistan Super League (PSL) season 9.

Peshawar Zalmi suffered defeat at the hands of Quetta Gladiators, while Karachi Kings faced a setback against Multan Sultans. Both teams are eager to secure their first victory in this tournament, promising an exhilarating game for the fans.

Under the leadership of Shan Masood, Karachi Kings stumbled in their opening game against Multan Sultans, despite a valiant effort from Reeza Hendricks, who scored 79 runs and propelled Multan to a total of 185. Despite a strong batting lineup, Karachi Kings faltered under pressure and were dismissed for 130, with Shoaib Malik’s fifty offering a semblance of pride.

Similarly, Peshawar Zalmi started their campaign with a defeat against Quetta, unable to contain the opposition’s onslaught in the death overs, resulting in a daunting target of 206. Although Saim Ayub and skipper Babar Azam provided a solid start with a 91-run partnership, Peshawar lost momentum in the middle overs, falling short by 20 runs.

The encounter at Gaddafi Stadium promises excitement on a surface known to favor batsmen but also aids spinners as it dries up.

Probable squads for the match are as follows:

Karachi Kings:  Shan Masood (c), Saad Baig (wk), Mohammad Nawaz, Shoaib Malik, James Vince, Kieron Pollard, Daniel Sams, Hasan Ali, Tabraiz Shamsi, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Amir Khan.

Peshawar Zalmi: Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Haris (wk), Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Rovman Powell,  Luke Wood, Saim Ayub, Asif Ali, Dan Mousley, Aamer Jamal, Mohammad Zeeshan, Salman Irshad.

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