The 1st match of the Pakistan Super League 2021 will be played between Karachi Kings and Quetta Gladiators on February 20th at National Stadium in Karachi. We will cover KAR vs QUE Dream11 Prediction, match preview, and Fantasy Cricket Tips.
Karachi Kings Preview:
Karachi Kings come into this new Pakistani Super League campaign determined to defend their crown after winning their first-ever PSL trophy in the COVID-disrupted 2020 edition where they managed to win the trophy despite the death of their head coach Dean Jones during the break-in play.
They will be led by Imad Wasim and they can boast some key local players such as Babar Azam and Mohammad Amir but they have seen two key departures as Iftikhar Ahmed and Mohammad Rizwan have both left the club which weakens them somewhat.
Babar Azam was the standout player for them last year as the top runscorer in the tournament but their second-highest scoring batsmen Alex Hales has joined Islamabad United but they will have high hopes for T20 specialists Mohammad Nabi and Dan Christian who will add great depth as all-rounders
Quetta Gladiators Preview:
Quetta Gladiators come off a hugely disappointing campaign last year where they failed to make the knockout phase so the 2019 champions will be desperate to bounce back this time around and go deep in the tournament.
There is no Jason Roy nor the retired Shane Watson this time around but they have recruited big-hitting Chris Gayle and Tom Banton to lead their batting with Cameron Delport, Azam Khan, Ben Cutting, and skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed.
The bowling attack has a formidable look about it with Mohammad Hasnain and Naseem Shah now supported by Dale Steyn, Qais Ahmad, and Usman Shinwari which looks to be one of the strongest in the tournament.
KAR vs QUE Match Details:
Match: Karachi Kings vs Quetta Gladiators, Match 1
Date: 20th February 2021
Time: 7:30 PM
Venue: National Stadium, Karachi
The pitch is one that will favor the batsmen. The batsmen will get complete value for their shots on this pitch and they can cash in and score some big runs if they can settle down. The bowlers will have to bend their backs if they have to get wickets on this surface.
Average first innings score:
156 (Last 5 matches played on this venue)
Record of chasing teams:
Won – 3, Lost – 1, Tie – 1
Probable Playing 11:
Sharjeel Khan, Chadwick Walton (WK), Babar Azam, Colin Ingram, Zeeshan Malik, Daniel Christian, Mohammad Nabi, Imad Wasim (C), Mohammad Amir, Aamer Yamin, Waqas Maqsood.
Bench: Joe Clarke, Danish Aziz, Qais Akram, Arshad Iqbal, Mohammed Ilyas, Aamer Yamin, Abbas Afridi
Chris Gayle, Tom Banton, Cameron Delport, Sarfaraz Ahmed (WK & C), Azam Khan, Ben Cutting, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Hasnain, Naseem Shah, Usman Shinwari, Anwar Ali.
Bench: Saim Ayub, Abdul Nasir, Usman Shinwari, Qais Ahmed, Arish Ali Khan, Hassan Khan, Dale Steyn, Zahid Mehmood
KAR vs QUE Player Stats for Dream11 Team:
Sharjeel Khan: (LHB)
PSL 2020 – (12 M, 216 R, 21.6 A)
Chadwick Walton: (RHB)
PSL 2020 – (12 M, 176 R, 22 A)
Babar Azam: (RHB)
PSL 2020 – (12 M, 473 R, 59.1 A)
Colin Ingram: (LHB)
PSL 2020 – (9 M, 206 R, 29.4 A)
Zeeshan Malik: (RHB)
PSL 2020 – (NOT PLAYED)
Mohammad Nabi: (RHB, RAO)
PSL 2020 – (NOT PLAYED)
Imad Wasim: (LHB, LAO)
PSL 2020 – (11 M, 158 R + 7 W)
Daniel Christian: (RHB, RMF)
PSL 2019 – (8 M, 97 R + 5 W)
Mohammad Amir: (LAF)
PSL 2020 – (11 M, 10 W, 32.7 A)
Aamer Yamin: (RAO)
PSL 2020 – (3 M, 3 W, 16 A)
Waqas Maqsood: (LMF)
PSL 2020 – (3 M, 6 W, 10.5 A)
Chris Gayle: (LHB)
PSL 2020 – (NOT PLAYED)
Tom Banton: (RHB)
PSL 2020 – (7 M, 74 R, 12.3 A)
Cameron Delport: (LHB)
PSL 2020 – (8 M, 178 R + 1 W )
Sarfaraz Ahmed: (RHB)
PSL 2020 – (9 M, 148 R, 21.1 A)
Azam Khan: (LHB)
PSL 2020 – (9 M, 150 R, 18.7 A)
Ben Cutting: (RHB, RMF)
PSL 2020 – (7 M, 146 R + 8 W)
Mohammad Nawaz: (LHB, LAO)
PSL 2020 – (9 M, 116 R + 6 W)
Mohammad Hasnain: (RMF)
PSL 2020 – (9 M, 15 W, 19.1 A )
Naseem Shah: (RAF)
PSL 2020 – (6 M, 5 W, 32.4 A)
Anwar Ali: (RHB, RMF)
PSL 2020 – (3 M, 30 R + 0 W)
KAR vs QUE Top Picks for Today’s Dream11:
Babar Azam was the leading run-scorer of the competition in the last edition. He scored 473 runs at an average of nearly 60 and a strike rate of over 120.
Chris Gayle will expect to light up the PSL with his power-hitting. The Universe Boss has scored over 13500 runs in T20 cricket at an average of nearly 40. His presence will certainly boost the Gladiators.
Daniel Christian is coming into this competition on the back of a splendid Big Bash League season. He scored 272 runs and also picked up 15 wickets while playing for Sydney Sixers.
Having called curtains to his international career, Mohammad Amir will now dedicate his focus to PSL. He picked up 10 wickets in the last edition and had an economy rate of under 8 runs per over.
Cameron Delport also had a fairly satisfactory season with the bat last time around, having scored 178 runs at an average of over 20. He has enjoyed much success in this competition.
KAR vs QUE Dream11 Prediction:
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Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
- Babar Azam
- Dan Christian
- M Amir
- Chris Gayle