Playoffs Qualification in Sight for Lahore as They Face Arch-Rivals Karachi

Playoffs Qualification in Sight for Lahore as They Face Arch-Rivals Karachi
Playoffs Qualification in Sight for Lahore as They Face Arch-Rivals Karachi

The 26th match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 7 pits arch-rivals Lahore Qalandars and Karachi Kings against one other. On Friday, February 18, at 7:30 p.m. PKT, the two teams will face off at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

Match Preview

In front of a sold-out crowd at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, Lahore and Karachi will renew their rivalry.

Lahore’s position in the PSL playoffs will be confirmed for the second time in the tournament’s history if they win. The Qalandars have been outstanding throughout the campaign, winning five and losing two of their seven games. They have a well-balanced lineup and, as the event went, they established the proper team combination. While their world-class bowling attack has received widespread acclaim, their batting has been equally impressive throughout the competition. Karachi, on the other hand, has had a very bad season.

They have yet to win in their last eight games, and a loss to their arch-rivals might further deflate their confidence moving into the new season. Despite failing to strike the appropriate balance in their lineup, they have fared slightly better in their previous two outings, losing both games agonizingly. They’ll be hell-bent on sabotaging Lahore’s celebrations and delaying their qualification for the play-offs.

Match Details

Date Friday, 18 February 2022
Time 07:30 pm PKT
Venue Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
Live Stream LINK

Possible Playing XIs

Lahore Qalandars possible XI – Shaheen Afridi (c), Abdullah Shafique, Fakhar Zaman, Phil Salt (wk), Kamran Ghulam, Mohammad Hafeez, Harry Brook, David Wiese, Rashid Khan, Haris Rauf, Zaman Khan

Karachi Kings possible XI –Babar Azam (c), Sharjeel Khan, Joe Clarke (wk), Jordan Thompson, Mohammad Nabi, Rohail Nazir, Chris Jordan, Imad Wasim, Qasim Akram, Mir Hamza, Umaid Asif

Head to Head

In total, the two sides have met 14 times during the competition. With eight victories, the Kings have the upper hand, while the Qalandars have six. They last met in PSL 7, which Lahore won by 6 wickets at National Stadium Karachi on 30 January 2022.

X-Factor

Fakhar Zaman has recently been in the best shape of his life. He has been Lahore’s shining light in the batting department and is the tournament’s leading scorer. In the previous match between the two teams, he struck a century, and he will be motivated to deliver for his team in front of their home crowd once more.

So far in the campaign, we haven’t seen Babar Azam at his best. The world-class talent has struggled to find the back of the net throughout the tournament, and he will be eager to change that in the high-octane duel. Babar is at his best when he’s up against the wall, so don’t be surprised if he’s among the runners.

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