PSL 2018, Karachi Kings vs Peshawar Zalmi: Preview, Stats & Predicted XI

Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2018 has started on a very competitive note where all the teams are looking capable of beating each other. Match number 7 from PSL 2018 sees Karachi Kings take on the defending Champions Peshawar Zalmi at Dubai’s International Cricket Stadium. Ahead of the Karachi Kings vs Peshawar Zalmi fixture, we look at the key stats, preview, and predicted XI line-ups of both teams.

(READ: Pakistan Super League: Full squads of PSL 2018 teams.)

Karachi Kings

Karachi Kings have the luxury of fielding one of the best fielding united and middle orders of the PSL 2018. With Colin Ingram, Ravi Bopara and Babar Azam in the side, Karachi Kings are capable of setting up and chasing any target.

In their first game of the season, Karachi managed to post a meager looking score of 140 but with their tight bowling and fielding display, they managed to restrict Quetta Gladiators to 130 with all of their 5 bowlers picking a wicket.

Peshawar Zalmi

Peshawar Zalmi have experienced an inconsistent start to the season so far after they have won 1 and lost the other game in this season’s PSL. Peshawar’s win came against  Islamabad United on the back of a strong top ord3r batting from Tamim Iqbal, Kamran Akmal and Mohd Hafeez.

When it came to Peshawar’s bowling, it was Umaid Asif who ran past Islamabad’s top order picking 4 wickets in his opening spell. Islamabad United were at 73/8 during the match but following an inspired half-century from Faheem Ashraf, Peshawar Zalmi were delayed their win and eventually won the match by 3o runs.

Karachi Kings vs Peshawar Zalmi Predicted XI

Karachi Kings Predicted XI: Shahid Afridi, Ravi Bopara, Khurram Manzoor, Mohammad Amir, Joe Denly, Colin Ingram, Tymal Mills, Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Imad Wasim (c), Mohammad Irfan Jnr
Peshawar Zalmi Predicted XI: Tamim Iqbal, Kamran Akmal (wk), Dwayne Smith, Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Darren Sammy (c), Umaid Asif, Wahab Riaz, Ibtisam Sheikh, Chris Jordan, Mohammad Asghar

Karachi Kings vs Peshawar Zalmi Preview

If I were a betting man, I would keep my money safely in my pocket as this game is too close to call for anyone’s understanding. Both teams have a solid top order and are capable of scoring big runs at the end. One major difference, however, between the two sides is Karachi’s spin ability in the middle overs.

With Imad Wasim and Shahid Afridi, Karachi Kings are guaranteed 8 overs of consistent and economic bowling which could also end up yielding crucial wickets. That is where Peshawar are being hampered with Mohd Hafeez’s dip in bowling form over the last 12-18 months.

So far in the PSL 2018, run-scoring at the top has not been easy and that is why Karachi’s spin prowess in the middle overs could swing this match in their favor as Peshawar will have to play out of their skin to come away as victorious in this match.

Karachi Kings vs Peshawar Zalmi Prediction – Karachi Kings to have a comfortable victory with Colin Ingram and Imad Wasim playing the key role for their sides.