KAR vs QUE Dream11 Prediction & Fan2Play Possible 11 Pitch Report: PSL 2022 Match 4 | KAR vs QUE Dream11 Prediction Today | Karachi Kings vs Quetta Gladiators Key Players | Karachi Pitch Report
Two teams who lost their respective first matches will go head-to-head in match two of today’s PSL double-header. Both Karachi Kings and Quetta Gladiators missed opportunities to start the season well, with the Kings making an under-par score on the tournament’s opening night and Gladiators making some questionable decisions in the field.
After sitting pretty at 155/0 courtesy of brilliance from Will Smeed and Ahsan Ali, the Gladiators had the chance to score 200+ easily against Zalmi yesterday. They ended up with 190 and surrendered the advantage with spin bowling to Hussain Talat and Shoaib Malik instead of unleashing their talented pace attack in the key middle overs.
Kings, on the other hand, struggled to 124 on a decent batting pitch two nights ago. If they are to make any mark in this year’s tournament, they need more urgency with the bat, and today is a good opportunity to do that. Batting second is proving to be the way to go on this ground, but runs on the board always gives you a chance.
Possible Playing 11
Karachi Kings: 1. Babar Azam (c), 2. Sharjeel Khan, 3. Joe Clarke (wk), 4. Mohammad Nabi, 5. Tom Lammonby, 6. Lewis Gregory, 7. Aamer Yamin, 8. Mohammad Imran, 9. Mohammad Taha, 10. Umaid Asif, 11. Mohammad Ilyas
Quetta Gladiators: 1. Will Smeed, 2. Ahsan Ali, 3. Ben Duckett, 4. Sarfaraz Ahmed (c & wk), 5. Iftikhar Ahmed, 6. Mohammad Nawaz, 7. Sohail Tanvir, 8. James Faulkner, 9. Ashir Qureshi, 10. Mohammad Hasnain, 11. Naseem Shah
Key Players to Watch/Key Stats
- Babar Azam was not at his fluent best in the first match. His 29-ball 23 ensured that the Kings couldn’t get away from the Sultans, so this is an important innings for the skipper.
- Babar has an under-par record by his standards against Quetta. The right-hander has struck 289 runs in 10 matches at an average of 28.90 and strike rate of 106.25.
- Sharjeel Khan looked in decent touch last match (43 off 31 balls). However, the left-hander has a poor record vs Quetta (7 inns, 79 runs, avg. 11.29, SR 102), so can he turn that around today?
- Joe Clarke will be key to the Kings’ batting effort. He scored 46 off 23 balls vs Quetta on this ground in PSL 2021. Also, Clarke is coming off an excellent BBL campaign: 419 runs in 13 innings at an average of 32.23 and strike rate of 151.26.
- Mohammad Nabi looked in good bowling form vs Sultans, taking 2/17. He is struggling for batting form at the moment, but he comes up against the side whom he struck 30 off 14 balls last season.
- Mohammad Ilyas was the Kings’ leading wicket-taker in PSL 2021 (eight scalps in five matches), which included 3/39 vs Quetta. He bowled just the one over against Sultans, so it will be interesting to see if he is used more here.
- Will Smeed was outstanding yesterday. The 20-year old took advantage of some early luck to play a blinder of a knock (97 off 62 balls), and he will be aiming for another big effort here.
- Ahsan Ali also looked in fine touch vs Zalmi. The right-hander struck 73 off 46 balls, part of a 155-run opening stand with Smeed. He now has 254 runs to his name in seven T20s on this ground at an average of 36.28 and strike rate of 138.04.
- Sarfaraz Ahmed has some solid numbers against Kings, with 210 runs in 10 innings at an average of 52.20 and strike rate of 120.00. The Quetta captain had a fine PSL 2021 campaign, with 321 runs in 10 innings at an average of 45.85 and strike rate of 137.76.
- Sohail Tanvir has 10 wickets in 10 matches vs Karachi. However, he averages over 40 on this ground.
- James Faulkner had a tough first game in PSL 2022, where he went the journey at the death (1/40). He was one of Quetta’s excellent performers in phase two of PSL 2021, where he took 13 wickets in six matches.
- Mohammad Hasnain takes two wickets per match vs Karachi. The pace bowler has eight wickets in four games at an average of 15.00 and economy rate of 7.50.
Stats and Facts
- Head-to-head: Matches 12, Karachi Kings 5, Quetta Gladiators 7.
- Karachi won both games against Quetta last season.
- Ben Duckett recently scored the most runs for Brisbane Heat in BBL 11 (302) with three half-centuries in 12 matches.
National Stadium Karachi Pitch Report and Weather
Chasing is the way to go on this ground. The chasing team has won 15 of the last 16 PSL matches here, with dew playing a key role. Yesterday, Quetta were unable to defend 190.
A clear evening is forecast in Karachi.
Note: The below teams are not based on the final playing XIs. We may not be able to update these teams in time.
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- Wicket-keepers: Joe Clarke
- Batsmen: Will Smeed, Ahsan Ali, Babar Azam
- All-rounders: James Faulkner, Mohammad Nabi
- Bowlers: Mohammad Hasnain
Both sides’ best chance is chasing. Chasing team to win.