This article will talk about the probable XIs for both teams and continue with the Dream11 predictions and the winning fantasy team for Match 27 of the PSL 2021 between Karachi Kings and Lahore Qalandars which is scheduled to take place on the 17th of June 2021.
The 2nd match of Thursday’s double-header will the defending champions Karachi Kings led by Imad Wasim taking on the Lahore Qalandars at Abu Dhabi. This will be the penultimate game of the league stages for both sides. Kings are on the back of 2 consecutive losses but have an extra game in hand before this clash with Lahore and have won 3 out of 7. The Sohail Akther led Lahore have also encountered defeats in the last 2 games and are placed 2nd with 5 wins in 8 games.
In the return fixture held in February, the Lahore Qalandars beat the Karachi Kings by 6 wickets.
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Pitch and Weather– It will be the 4th late-night start to a match in this PSL. These types of matches have yielded fewer runs for the batsman and this could be another testing batting surface as has been the trend so far. The temperature will be close to 33 C despite the game starting at 10 PM local time.
Date and time: June 17, 2021, 10 PM Local, 11 PM PKT, 11.30 PM IST
The Probable Playing XIs
The Karachi Kings could go in with the same side that they played against the Peshawar Zalmi on Tuesday. They made a decision to drop experienced Thisara, while Arshad Iqbal also faced the ax after a couple of bad outings.
Lahore once again came on the wrong side in their last fixture vs Quetta. But they may not make any changes as they are more or less through to the playoffs.
Karachi Kings– Imad Wasim (C), Babar Azam, Sharjeel Khan, Najibullah Zadran, Noor Ahmad, Martin Guptill, Chadwick Walton (wk), Abbas Afridi, Waqas Maqsood, Mohammad Amir, Aamer Yamin
Lahore Qalandars– Fakhar Zaman, Sohail Akhtar(C), Ben Dunk, Zeeshan Ashraf, Mohammad Hafeez, Tim David, James Faulkner, Rashid Khan, Ahmed Daniyal, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf
Both teams are coming from a string of losses but the Karachi Kings are in a situation where it can go any way. So they will be under more pressure than the Qalandars. Expect a close contest between the 2 top sides of this competition.
Batsmen– Babar Azam has to be the first pick when the Karachi Kings play because of his consistency and he is also the leading run-scorer in the tournament. The other batters could be the in-form Tim David from Lahore. David has been in sensational batting form for Lahore as is Najibullah Zadran for the Kings.
All-rounders– The experienced player in the T20 format, Mohammad Hafeez despite his recent failures can be picked. James Faulkner has become one among the top wicket-takers this year from just a handful of games. So these 2 can be picked.
Wicket-Keepers– The overseas keepers from both teams Ben Dunk and Chadwick Walton have done great contributions to their respective sides. So they can be selected as wicket-keeper of the side.
Bowlers– Left-arm seamers Mohammad Amir and Shaheen Afridi are 2 of the top T20 bowlers in Pakistan. They can be picked along with Rashid Khan who rarely has an off-day. The last bowling slot can be filled by Abbas Afridi due to credit constraints.
Team for fantasy: Babar Azam, Tim David, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Hafeez, Ben Dunk, Chadwick Walton, James Faulkner, Shaheen Afridi, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Amir, Abbas Afridi
Captain- Babar Azam
Babar Azam is a class act at the top of the order in T20s. So he can be made the skipper of your fantasy side.
Vice-Captain– Rashid Khan
The wily spinner is a genuine wicket-taker and a match winner with the ball.