Lahore Qalandars will play arch-rivals Karachi Kings in match 26 of the Pakistan Super League’s (PSL) seventh edition tonight at Gaddafi stadium in Lahore, hoping to secure a playoff berth.
Karachi has already been eliminated from the tournament after losing eight consecutive games, and their poor performance in the tournament will likely diminish the significance of this match between two rival cities.
With 10 points in seven games, Lahore appears to be in top form, and one more win will secure their place in the PSL playoffs.
The Shaheen Shah Afridi-led Qalandars will be hoping to keep the momentum going and finish the league stage among the top two teams.
Tonight, Fakhar Zaman will be crucial for the Lahore Qalandars. With 469 runs in seven innings, the opening batter has been on fire this tournament. He has five half-centuries and a century so far in the tournament, and the Qalandars’ dugout will be hoping for another tonight.
Qalandars have an advantage over their opponents thanks to the fast bowling trio of Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, and Zaman Khan.
Karachi Kings, on the other hand, is currently unattached to the tournament. They will, however, be hoping for some solace after eight straight losses in the tournament.
However, the Karachi Kings will have to put in a lot of effort to break their losing streak. Babar Azam’s side appeared to struggle to score enough runs in power-play overs in all of their matches, and this has emerged as one of the reasons for the team’s poor performance in the tournament.
The game may not be crucial for Kings’ campaign, but it could be crucial for Babar, who will be looking to relieve pressure ahead of his international commitments for Pakistan.
Fakhar Zaman and Mir Hamza are two players to keep an eye on.
XI that could be used:
Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam (c), Joe Clarke (wk), Qasim Akram, Rohail Nazir, Mohammad Nabi, Imad Wasim, Chris Jordan Bowler, Jordan Thompson, Umaid Asif, Mir Hamza, Karachi Kings: Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam (c), Joe Clarke (wk), Qasim Akram, Rohail Nazir, Mohammad Nabi, Imad Wasim, Chris Jordan Bowler
Fakhar Zaman, Abdullah Shafique, Kamran Ghulam, Mohammad Hafeez, Philip Salt, Harry Brook, Rashid Khan, David Wiese, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, and Zaman Khan are the members of the Lahore Qalandars.