Karachi Kings vs Peshawar Zalmi Match Prediction, PSL 2020
After defeat in last season’s final, Peshawar Zalmi start their 2020 Pakistan Super League campaign against Karachi Kings. The match takes place at Karachi’s National Stadium on February 21 and the live action starts at 14:00 local time.
Zalmi have added Shoaib Malik and big-hitting Englishmen Tom Banton and Liam Livingstone to the team which finished second last season. They have also retained the services of Kamran Akmal, Darren Sammy and Imam-ul-Haq, but they will start the tournament without Kieron Pollard due to international commitments.
Karachi Kings, on the other hand, are looking to improve on last season’s fourth-place finish. The Kings have Babar Azam and Mohammad Amir in their squad and have signed Alex Hales and Chris Jordan for this year’s tournament.
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Peshawar Zalmi lost the toss and were asked to bat in their most recent match in Karachi – last year’s final. They mat want to field first this time.
A little cloudy, but otherwise warm and dry, conditions will be good in Karachi.
The Karachi wicket is one for batting.
Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds and match prediction for Karachi Kings vs Peshawar Zalmi, Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020.
Karachi Kings Team News & Playing 11
KRK Team News
Platinum pick Alex Hales was Karachi Kings’ most notable draft signing, while Chris Jordan and Cameron Delport have also been signed up. Since the draft, injured Liam Plunkett and England Lions ace Dan Lawrence have both withdrawn from the tournament.
KRK Key Players
Babar Azam: His unbeaten 66 in his most recent T20i innings was his 35th half-century in the format. He has also hit three centuries and averages 42.60 with a strike rate of 125.44.
Mohammad Amir: His stint in the Bangladesh Premier League in January included taking a career-best 6-17 for Khulna Tigers. He has now taken 189 wickets in 152 innings.
Alex Hales: The big-hitting Englishman will not have given up hope of an England recall ahead of the T20 World Cup and, after some excellent batting form at the Big Bash, this is another opportunity to prove his worth.
KRK Team Form
Karachi Kings finished fourth last season and were eliminated in the first eliminator. Babar Azam hit 42 in a total of 161/9, but Alex Hales – who now plays for the Kings – top-scored as Islamabad United chased it down with four wickets and three balls to spare.
Karachi Kings Predicted Playing 11
Alex Hales, Babar Azam, Cameron Delport, Chadwick Walton, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim (c), Chris Jordan, Mohammad Amir, Umer Khan, Usama Mir
Peshawar Zalmi Team News & Playing 11
PSZ Team News
In a bid to go one further than last year, Peshawar Zalmi have signed up veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik and big-hitting Englishmen Tom Banton and Liam Livingstone in PSL 2020. The latter two could be handed a chance to shine while Kieron Pollard is away with West Indies.
PSZ Key Players
Shoaib Malik: His stunning form earned a Pakistan recall, where he hit an unbeaten half-century – his 58th 50 in T20 cricket – against Bangladesh. He is closing in on 10,000 T20 runs.
Kamran Akmal: Continues to churn out big performances in this tournament. He has four T20 centuries and 40 half-centuries to his name.
Tom Banton: The big-hitting Englishman has earned a big reputation on the T20 scene and he will want to build on the half-centuries he hit for Brisbane in the Big Bash League in January.
PSZ Team Form
Peshawar Zalmi topped last season’s table but lost to Quetta Gladiators in the first qualifier. They beat Islamabad United to reach the final, after Kamran Akmal hit 74 in a total of 214/5 in a 48-run win, but they came unstuck against the Gladiators again in the final. They posted a below-par 138/8 and lost by eight wickets.
Peshawar Zalmi Predicted Playing 11
Kamran Akmal, Tom Banton, Liam Livingstone, Imam-ul-Haq, Shoaib Malik, Umar Amin, Darren Sammy (c), Carlos Brathwaite, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Rahat Ali
Karachi Kings vs Peshawar Zalmi Team Form in Last Five Matches
KRK : L L W W W
PSZ : L W L W W
KRK vs PSZ Head to Head
Karachi Kings have only won two of their ten matches against Peshawar Zalmi, losing both of last season’s matches by big margins too. Imam-ul-Haq hit a half-century as Zalmi posted 153/8 and won the first by 44 runs, and he repeated the feat alongside Kamran Akmal’s 86 as 203/7 proved far too much for the Kings in the second match. Hasan Ali claimed 3-15 as the Kings were all out for 142.
KRK vs PSZ Head to Head Stats
Karachi Kings vs Peshawar Zalmi Betting Odds
Karachi Kings might have a poor record in this fixture but they actually start this match as favourites.
KRK Bet365 Odds
KRK to Win the Match: Karachi Kings can be backed at 1.80 to win with Bet365.
KRK Top Batsman: Babar Azam is 3.25 favourite with Bet365 to be Karachi Kings’ top team batsman. Alex Hales is 4.33, while Cameron Delport can be backed at 5.00 – as can Chadwick Walton.
KRK Top Bowler: Mohammad Amir leads the Kings’ bowling and he is 3.50 to be their top team bowler. Chris Jordan is 4.33 with Bet365 and Umer Khan is 4.50, while Imad Wasim is 5.00.
PSZ Bet365 Odds
PSZ to Win the Match: Peshawar Zalmi are 2.00 outsiders with Bet365 to beat Karachi Kings.
PSZ Top Batsman: Tom Banton is 4.00 favourite to be Peshawar Zalmi’s top team batsman, while Liam Livingstone, Imam-ul-Haq – who scored two half-centuries in this fixture last season – and Kamran Akmal are all 4.50 with Bet365. Shoaib Malik is 5.00.
PSZ Top Bowler: Hasan Ali is 3.75 favourite with Bet365 to be Peshawar Zalmi’s top team bowler, while Wahab Riaz can be backed at 4.33. Carlos Brathwaite is 6.50 as he fills in for Kieron Pollard.
KRK Betway Odds
KRK to Win the Match: Karachi Kings big 1.72 favourites to win with Betway.
KRK Top Batsman: Babar Azam is 2.80 favourite to be Karachi Kings’ top team batsman with Betway, while Alex Hales is 3.75 and Chadwick Walton is 5.00.
KRK Top Bowler: Mohammad Amir is 3.00 favourite with Betway to be the Kings’ top bowler, ahead of Chris Jordan at 3.50. Umer Khan is 4.50 with Betway.
PSZ Betway Odds
PSZ to Win the Match: Peshawar Zalmi are 2.00 outsiders to beat Karachi Kings with Betway too.
PSZ Top Batsman: Tom Banton is 3.75 favourite to be Peshawar Zalmi’s top team batsman with Betway, while Shoaib Malik can be backed at 4.50. Imam-ul-Haq is 4.75, as is Kamran Akmal. Liam Livingstone is an interesting outsider at 5.00.
PSZ Top Bowler: Betway are offering 3.25 on both Hasan Ali and Wahab Riaz to be Peshawar Zalmi’s top team bowler. Rahat Ali is 3.75 with Bet365. Shoaib Malik is an outsider at 7.00.
Karachi Kings vs Peshawar Zalmi Prediction
Peshawar Zalmi are surprisingly outsiders for this one considering the strength they have added to a team that proved too good for the Kings last season.
Back Peshawar Zalmi to beat Karachi Kings at 2.00 with Bet365 and Betway.
Tom Banton showed flashes of his big-hitting best for Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League and he will want to hit the ground running with Peshawar Zalmi. He and Kamran Akmal are both nine credits, but both are going to be key batsmen for the team.
For Karachi, their batting will be led from the front by Babar Azam and Alex Hales – both worth spending big on. Liam Livingstone is 9.5 credits for Peshawar Zalmi, meanwhile, and Imam-ul-Haq had a good record in this fixture last season but only costs 8.5 credits.
Shoaib Malik is ten credits but his T20 form makes him hard to ignore. If you do overlook him, Imad Wasim and Carlos Brathwaite can both justify their nine-credit costs too.
Wahab Riaz is nine credits and selecting one of he or Chris Jordan could be fruitful given both are excellent T20 players. Hasan Ali may be too expensive at 9.5 credits, however. In fact, eight-credit options like Umaid Asif and Umer Khan are tempting to balance the expensive purchases above. Rahat Ali is 8.5 credits and also potentially better value.
Shoaib Malik is in excellent T20 form and could feature with bat and ball, making him an ideal pick as captain. For vice-captain, Babar Azam’s T20 record is hard to ignore and there are big hitters like Tom Banton and key bowlers like Wahab Riaz to continue too.