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PSL 2018: Match 2 - Karachi Kings vs Quetta Gladiators Preview

Mohammad Amir will have to shoulder the bowling responsibility of Karachi Kings
Mohammad Amir will have to shoulder the bowling responsibility of Karachi Kings
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The first of the double header in the ongoing edition of Pakistan Super League will kick-start with Karachi Kings taking on Quetta Gladiators at Dubai International Stadium.

Karachi Kings:

The only team to miss out on the play-off on both the previous edition have pinned their hopes on Imad Wasim, who will lead the side. However, they did manage to get few big names signed and the trading of Shahid Afridi from Peshawar Zalmi will be one of the major boost for the franchise this season. With Mitchell Johnson and Luke Wright pulling out due to different reasons, they have invested heavily on Joe Denly and Tymal Mills while the batting will rely heavily on Babar Azam, Eoin Morgan, Colin Ingram and Ravi Bopara. The batting heavy side will be banking on Mohammad Amir to provide them with early breakthroughs.

Quetta Gladiators:

The two-time finalist and one of the most consistent side in the history of the tournament will be looking to overcome the gap filled by players leaving out for international duty. Carlos Brathwaite will be out for West Indies' World Cup Qualifiers duty and the franchise have signed promising Jofra Archer as the replacement. Mahmudullah, Jason Roy and Eoin Morgan will be available in parts but the success will depend on Sarfraz Ahmed, their leader along with Rashid Khan, Shane Watson, Rilee Rossouw and Kevin Pietersen, who will remain with the franchise throughout their campaign.

Head to Head Record:

The two teams have met each other four times previously with two apiece in each season and it was Quetta Gladiators, who emerged victorious on all the four occasions.

Battle to Watch Out For:

Mohammad Amir v Kevin Pietersen - Pietersen might have retired from international cricket and has announced this will be his final year of professional cricket but the format makes him one of the destructive batsman in world cricket. His form will be crucial for Quetta Gladiators, who are hampered by stars missing out due to international commitments but it's not going to be easy upfront for him with Mohammad Amir swinging the new ball.

Probable Team:

Karachi Kings: Khurram Manzoor, Colin Ingram, Babar Azam, Joe Denly, Ravi Bopara, Shahid Afridi, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Mohammad Amir, Usman Khan, Tymal Mills

Quetta Gladiators: Shane Watson, Asad Shafiq, Kevin Pietersen, Rilee Rossouw, Sarfraz Ahmed (capt) (wk), Umar Amin, Mohammad Nawaz, Jofra Archer, Mir Hamza, Anwar Ali, Hasan Khan

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