Gladiators and Kings Look to Bounce Back After Disappointing Losses

Gladiators and Kings Look to Bounce Back After Disappointing Losses
Gladiators and Kings Look to Bounce Back After Disappointing Losses

On Saturday, January 29, former champions Karachi Kings and Quetta Gladiators will face off in the fourth match of the PSL 2022. The match will begin at 7:30 p.m. PST at Karachi’s National Stadium.

Match Preview

Both Karachi and Quetta will be aiming to rebound from disappointing losses in their first matches and put in a much-improved performance when they meet in their second match of the season. In PSL 2022, Karachi got off to a poor start, losing handily against Multan Sultans.

Babar’s troops will be hoping to turn their fortunes around and provide something to cheer about for the home crowd. Former captain Imad Wasim has totally recovered from COVID-19 and is anticipated to start the match, while seasoned pacer Mohammad Amir is also in the last stages of his recovery and may be given the go-ahead by the doctors to play in the match.

Gladiators, on the other side, were impressive in their first game, but they were unable to defend a high score, and they were defeated by Peshawar Zalmi in a heartbreaking loss on Friday night. Young players Will Smeed, Ahsan Ali, and Naseem Shah have all put in outstanding performances, which will boost their confidence ahead of the key match against the Kings. Iftikhar Ahmed, Sohail Tanvir, and James Faulkner, Quetta’s seasoned players, would be aiming for a far better performance than their last showing.

Match Details

Date Saturday, 29 January 2022
Time 07:30 pm PKT
Venue National Stadium Karachi
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Possible Playing XIs:

Karachi Possible XI –Babar Azam (c), Sharjeel Khan, Joe Clarke (wk), Mohammad Nabi, Tom Lammonby, Lewis Gregory, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Imran Jr., Talha Ahsan, Umaid Asif, Mohammad Ilyas

Quetta Possible XI –Sarfaraz Ahmed (c)(wk), Will Smeed, Ahsan Ali, Ben Duckett, Iftikhar Ahmed, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Hasnain, Luke Wood, Naseem Shah, Mohammad Ashir Qureshi

Head to Head
Overall, the two sides have come face to face 12 times in the tournament. Gladiators have an upper hand as they have won 7 while Kings have won 5. They last faced each other on 19 June 2021 in Abu Dhabi; Karachi won it by 14 runs.

Karachi’s captain, Babar Azam will be determined to pile on the runs after a disappointing performance in his previous outing. Count Babar out on your own peril as he has shown time and time again that he bounces back once his back is against the wall. Babar will be crucial for Karachi as he provides their composure at the top of the order.

Quetta’s young pace sensation, Naseem Shah was one of the shining lights in an otherwise poor bowling display. Naseem’s pace will be the key for Gladiators as they look to restrict their opponents to a much lower total.

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