Both Karachi Kings and Quetta Gladiators have lost their opening games in the Pakistan Super League season seven. Kings lost to defending champions Multan Sultans in the tournament opener while Gladiators lost to Peshawar Zalmi on January 28. Kings batting line-up failed against Sultans as they could amass only 124/5.
Khan had the highest strike rate with 138.70 and the next best was of wicketkeeper Joe Clarke with 108.33. Batters such as skipper Babar Azam, Lewis Gregory and Mohammad Nabi had a strike rate of below 100. Team owner, Salman Iqbal has expressed his disappointment over the batting performance as they lost the game by seven wickets.
Talking about Quetta, their batting doesn't have the same problem as Kings. Openers, Ahsan Ali and Will Smeed provided a dream start with a partnership of 155 runs in 15.3 overs in the previous. However, the team couldn't capitalize the start as they were restricted on 190/4 when it seemed they will end up crossing 200 easily. The rest of the batting performance doesn't look worrisome unlike Kings, where the most batters couldn't bat at a strike rate of more than 100.
The Quetta batters tried to accelerate but didn't succeed due to the pressure of slog overs which can happen. Their opposition Zalmi's batting line-up worked in unison as they had a strike rate of more than 130. Only Haider Ali batted at a rate of 90. They won the game by five wickets.
In their first game, Kings bowled decently, although they had a very low total to defend and they also missed the services of Mohammad Amir and Imad Wasim. It will be interesting to see if they can return against Gladiators. On the other hand, the 2019-winners have to sort their bowling. Against Zalmi, bowlers such as Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, James Faulkner, Ashir Qureshi, and Iftikhar Ahmed bowled with an economy of more than 10. The bowling was weak in last year.
The average score in Karachi is 167, but have been both high-scoring and low-scoring encounters at the venue so far. Expect another moderate to high-scoring between these two teams.
Babar Azam, Sharjeel Khan, Joe Clarke, Mohammad Nabi, Tom Lammonby, Lewis Gregory, Aamer Yamin, Imad Wasim, Umaid Asif, Mohammad Illyas, Mohammad Taha.
Will Smeed, Ahsan Ali, Ben Duckett, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Iftekhar Ahmed, James Faulkner, Mohammad Nawaz, Asir Qureshi, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Hasnain, Naseem Shah.
Karachi Kings vs Quetta Gladiators head-to-head
Matches-12, Quetta Gladiators-7, Karachi Kings-5, N/R-0
Karachi Kings vs Quetta Gladiators Match 4
Venue: National Stadium, Karachi
Date and Time: January 29th at 8:00 PM IST