PSL 2018: Eliminator 2 - Karachi Kings v Peshawar Zalmi - Preview

Shahid Afridi will be a key performer for Karachi Kings
Shahid Afridi will be a key performer for Karachi Kings
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Game: Eliminator 2 - Karachi Kings v Peshawar Zalmi
Venue: Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
Timings: 02:00 PM GMT / 07:00 PM Local

Peshawar Zalmi and Karachi Kings will aim to make it to the final of the Pakistan Super League when they lock horns with each other in the Eliminator 2 contest at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

Peshawar managed to edge out Quetta Gladiators in the Eliminator 1 by just one run and much of the credit should go to Liam Dawson, who counterattacked with a 35-ball 62 that included six boundaries and four maximums to help them recover from being 86 for five to help them post 157 runs. The absence of Dwayne Smith did hurt their cause as Andre Fletcher failed to make an impact but the return of Tamim Iqbal will be heartening. Hasan Ali, Sameen Gul, Wahab Riaz and Umaid Asif all impressed with two wickets apiece but they will be looking to address their fifth bowler woe going into the final two games.

Karachi Kings had already confirmed Joe Denly, Tymal Mills, Colin Ingram, Lendl Simmons and David Weisse will travel to Pakistan while Eoin Morgan, who led the team in the absence of Imad Wasim will not be on the touring squad for family reasons. Though they will have the services of Ravi Bopara, who had decent performances at the start of the tournament. Colin Ingram's unbeaten 68 did help them recover and post 154 in the Qualifiers 1 but were blown away by a Luke Ronchi special and their confidence will be dented by the way they lost the encounter. Nevertheless, the fact that they never won a title should motivate them to create history this time around.

Squads:

Peshawar Zalmi: Tamim Iqbal, Kamran Akmal (wk), Andre Fletcher, Mohammad Hafeez, Saad Nasim, Darren Sammy (captain), Liam Dawson, Umaid Asif, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Sameen Gul, Chris Jordan, Riki Wessels, Khushdil Shah, Khalid Usman, Mohammad Asghar, Ibtisam Sheikh, Hammad Azam, Haris Sohail

Karachi Kings: Khurram Manzoor, Joe Denly, Babar Azam, Colin Ingram, Shahid Afridi, Ravi Bopara, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Imad Wasim (captain), Mohammad Irfan Jnr, Mohammad Amir, Usman Khan, Tymal Mills, Usama Mir, Tabish Khan, Saifullah Bangash, Hasan Mohsin, Mohammad Taha, David Wiese, Lendl Simmons

Prediction: Both teams have their batting woes exposed in the tournament but the 1-run win over Quetta in the previous knock out game should give Peshawar the confidence and momentum to beat Karachi and keep their hope of defending the title alive.

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