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PSL 2018: Match 27 - Peshawar Zalmi v Karachi Kings - Preview

Mohammad Hafeez has been in top form for Peshawar Zalmi
Mohammad Hafeez has been in top form for Peshawar Zalmi
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Game: 27th game, Peshawar Zalmi v Karachi Kings
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium
Timings: 11:30 AM GMT / 03:30 PM Local

Peshawar Zalmi will be hoping to keep their hopes of play-off alive when they face Karachi Kings in the 27th game of the Pakistan Super League in Sharjah on Thursday.

Peshawar are currently at the fifth position in the table with six points and now need to win both their remaining games to go past Multan Sultans and seal a berth in the next stage. It will not be easy for them though as they are currently on a three-game losing streak. Mohammad Hafeez has been their best batsmen and his promotion to opening was seen as a move to address their top order issue. Kamran Akmal has been good in patches but was never consistent leaving Dwayne Smith and Darren Sammy to do much of the work with the bat. Despite possessing, Wahab Riaz and Hasan Ali in their ranks along with Mohammad Nawaz, they never were able to exert pressure with the ball. They will be hoping for their Pakistan and Windies international to deliver in what will be must-win last two games for the Zalmis.

Karachi Kings need to win at least one of their remaining two games to reach the play-off and they can still make it to the top four provided they don't lose both their games by a huge margin because of their better net-run-rate over Multan Sultans. After starting the season with three straight wins, their campaign deviated a bit with as they suffered three defeats and a rain abandoned game in their last five encounters that also included a Super Over defeat to Lahore Qalandars. Babar Azam has picked up form as the tournament progressed while the likes of Joe Denly and Ravi Bopara were good in patches.

Head to Head Record:

The teams have met each other six times with Peshawar Zalmi winning four out of it including last season's play-off but Karachi defeated them by five wickets when they met earlier in the season.

Squads:

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

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

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