PSL’s Biggest Rivalry Returns as Babar vs Shaheen Kicks Off Tonight

PSL’s Biggest Rivalry Returns as Babar vs Shaheen Kicks Off Tonight
PSL’s Biggest Rivalry Returns as Babar vs Shaheen Kicks Off Tonight

Pakistan Super League’s Today On Sunday, 30 January, archrivals Karachi Kings and Lahore Qalandars will square off in the sixth match of the PSL 2022. The game, which will take place at Karachi’s National Stadium, will begin at 7:30 p.m. PST.

Match Preview

Both Karachi and Lahore will be determined to recover quickly from their disappointing losses at the start of the season. Karachi, in particular, has had a disastrous start to PSL 2022, having lost their first two matches. Karachi’s batting has been a major source of concern in the first two matches, as they have been unable to score heavily on flat tracks. They scored 124/5 in their first match and were bowled out for only 113 last night against Quetta.

Karachi will look to make a few changes to their lineup in order to solidify their batting unit and add some impetus to their underwhelming bowling so far. Mohammad Amir, an experienced left-arm pacer, is expected to make a comeback after recovering from a back injury.

Meanwhile, Lahore Qalandars suffered a heartbreaking defeat to Multan Sultans after failing to defend their mammoth total of 206. Despite having one of the most fearsome bowling lineups in the world, Lahore was unable to keep Multan’s batters at bay. Captain Shaheen Afridi will be hoping for a much improved performance from his bowling unit to add to Karachi Kings’ misery early in the tournament.

Match Details

Date Sunday, 30 January 2022
Time 07:30 pm PKT
Venue National Stadium Karachi
Live Stream LINK

Possible Playing XIs:

Karachi Possible XI – Babar Azam (c), Sharjeel Khan, Joe Clarke (wk), Mohammad Nabi, Jordan Thompson, Lewis Gregory, Aamer Yamin, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Taha, Mohammad Ilyas

Lahore Possible XI – Abdullah Shafique, Fakhar Zaman, Kamran Ghulam, Mohammad Hafeez, Ben Dunk (wk), David Wiese, Samit Patel, Rashid Khan, Shaheen Afridi (c), Haris Rauf, Zaman Khan

Head to Head
Overall, the two sides have come face to face 13 times in the tournament. Kings have an upper hand as they have won 8 while Qalandars have won 4. They last faced each other on 17 June 2021 in Abu Dhabi; Karachi won it by 7 runs.

X-Factor

Sharjeel Khan, Karachi’s opener, has had a less-than-impressive start to the tournament. Karachi will be hoping Sharjeel can quickly regain his form and perform at his best in the crucial match. Sharjeel’s form at the top of the order will aid Karachi in resolving many of their batting unit’s issues.

Shaheen Afridi is currently one of the best fast bowlers in the world. The ICC cricketer of the year will be looking for an early breakthrough and to cause panic in the Karachi dressing room. With the form of Karachi’s batters and the skill of Shaheen Afridi, another batting collapse could be on the cards.

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