Peshawar Zalmi finds itself in a tough spot to qualify for the PSL 2018 semi-finals.
They currently have six points from eight matches and must win their remaining two to qualify. The Karachi Kings are in a better spot but they also need at least one win from their last two matches to be certain of qualification. There are quality players on both sides and we expect all teams to play with a real sense of purpose going forward.
Who Will Win Peshawar Zalmi vs Karachi Kings, PSL 2018?
Peshawar Zalmi will be hoping to keep themselves afloat in the tournament when they face Karachi Kings in a must-win contest at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. This 27th fixture of the Pakistan Super League 2018 will be played on March 15. Live action is scheduled to begin at 3:30 PM local time.
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Mohammad Hafeez and Dwayne Smith have been the major contributors with the bat for Peshawar this PSL. Both are amongst the season’s top five run-scorers and the team will want them to score the big runs against Karachi Kings. With the ball, they rely heavily on their pace trio of Umaid Asif, Wahab Riaz and Hasan Ali for getting the early breakthroughs. Wahab is currently the second-best bowler of the season with 11 wickets in 8 matches and he will pose the biggest threat to the Kings.
Peshawar Zalmi Predicted Playing 11
- Darren Sammy (c), Kamran Akmal (wk), Dwayne Smith, Mohammad Hafeez, Wahab Riaz, Liam Dawson, Riki Wessels, Umaid Asif, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Asghar, Khushdil Shah
Lendl Simmons and Babar Azam struck a fifty each in the last game against Lahore Qalandars to propel the team’s total to a respectable 163. The latter with three fifties to his name is one of the leading run-scorers of the season and he will be the key batsman for Karachi here. Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Amir and Usman Khan have all done a good job with the ball so far. Afridi has been the pick of the lot with 10 wickets in 6 matches and the team will bank on him to do most of the damage.
Karachi Kings Predicted Playing 11
- Imad Wasim (c), Lendl Simmons, Joe Denly, Babar Azam, Colin Ingram, Ravi Bopara, Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Mohammad Irfan Jnr, Mohammad Amir, Usman Khan
Peshawar Zalmi vs Karachi Kings Betting Odds
Karachi Kings are favorites amongst the bookmakers to win this match with a 1.80 offer on Williamhills. They have won four and lost three out of the eight league matches they have played so far and are currently placed third on the points table. Peshawar Zalmi are fifth in the PSL league standings with three wins and five defeats from eight matches.
Peshawar Zalmi vs Karachi Kings Prediction
There is going to be a lot more pressure on Peshawar Zalmi who need to ensure a win here at all costs in order to keep their playoffs chances alive while Karachi Kings need to win at least one of their remaining two matches to make it through. The former should gain confidence from having beaten the latter four times out of six in the PSL but they will also be aware of the defeat they suffered at the hands of the same opposition in their first head-to-head clash of the season. Karachi Kings have an edge due to their superior bowling attack which is why we feel they have a better chance of notching up a win.
Final Verdict: Back Karachi Kings to beat Peshawar Zalmi at 1.80 on Williamhills.