Even if they lose this match, they have already ensured a berth in the playoffs. The last match that Karachi Kings played was a cracker and went right down to the wire. At last, the team was successful in winning by just one run.
Babar Azam's half-century and Iftikhar Ahmed's 18-ball 44 helped the team post a 190-run total. However, it was the 99 from Ahmed Shahzad which took the Gladiators really close. Shahzad was unfortunate and was dismissed by Usman Shinwari just one short of a century. Shinwari took three wickets at crucial intervals and was assisted by three wickets from Umer Khan which restricted Quetta Gladiators to 189 as Karachi Kings ensured a playoff berth.
Peshawar Zalmi have won four out of the last five matches played against Karachi Kings. In the last match that was played between the two teams in this season itself, Peshawar Zalmi scored 153-8 while Karachi Kings' batting collapsed and they were dismissed for 109.
Both teams having already qualified to the playoffs, this match would not be highly consequential but both teams would want to win in order to boost their confidence before the playoffs.
Karachi Kings- Babar Azam, Colin Munro, Liam Livingstone, Colin Ingram, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Rizwan, Aamer Yamin, Mohammad Amir, Umer Khan, Aaron Summers
Peshawar Zalmi- Imam-ul-Haq, Kamran Akmal, Andre Fletcher, Umar Amin, Liam Dawson, Kieron Pollard, Darren Sammy, Hasan Ali, Umaid Asif, Wahab Riaz, Sameen Gul
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win? – Peshawar Zalmi
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) –Kamran Akmal (Peshawar Zalmi), Babar Azam (Karachi Kings)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Hasan Ali (Peshawar Zalmi), Mohammad Amir (Karachi Kings)
Most Sixes – Kamran Akmal (Peshawar Zalmi), Babar Azam (Karachi Kings)
Team Scores Batting First – Peshawar Zalmi 165+, Karachi Kings 150+
*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features soon, so stay tuned.
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