We have reached the business end of the tournament where every game has a consequence on the points table. Lahore Qalandars will be up against Karachi Kings in the high-voltage game of the tournament. After three successive losses, Karachi find their backs against the wall and must win the game to stay alive in the tournament.
The past matches between Lahore Qalandars and Karachi Kings in Pakistan Super League have been very overwhelming, so these two teams are also considered to be the biggest rivalry of PSL.
Lahore, after starting the Abu Dhabi leg of the tournament with two wins, has now suffered two losses and will be looking to bring their campaign back on track.
Babar Azam-led Karachi Kings are currently placed at fifth in the PSL points table with three wins from five games. Today’s match is crucial for them and a defeat will surely dent their chances to proceed further in the tournament.
Qalandars are currently in third place on the points table with five wins from eight games and are comparatively in a comfortable position as compared to Karachi Kings but Sohail Akhtar would want his batsmen not to repeat the mistakes that led to the side’s defeat in the last two games.
The Karachi Kings team is relying massively on Babar Azam as he is the highest run-scorer in the PSL.
Karachi Kings have no experienced bowler other than Mohammad Amir who can put the Lahore Qalandars batsman in trouble.
On the other hand, the Qalandars team has outstanding bowlers like Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, James Faulkner who can change the match situation at any time.
The Qalandars will also have this fact in their memory that they had defeated the Kings by six wickets during their earlier PSL 2021 meeting, in Karachi.
Imad Wasim (c), Abbas Afridi, Amir Yamin, Arshad Iqbal, Babar Azam, Chadwick Walton, Danish Aziz, Martin Guptill, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Ilyas, Mohammad Haris, Thisara Perera, Najeebullah Zadran, Noor Ahmed, Qasim Akram, Sharjeel Khan, Waqas Maqsood and Zeeshan Malik
Sohail Akhtar (c), Ahmed Danyal, Ben Dunk, Callum Ferguson, Dilbar Hussain, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, James Faulkner, Maaz Khan, Mohammad Faizan, Mohammad Hafeez, Rashid Khan, Salman Ali Agha, Seekuge Prasanna, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Sultan Ahmed, Tim David, Zaid Alam, and Zeeshan Ashraf.