Arijit Kundu ∙ Feb 14 2023, 9:00 AM | 4 Min Read

PSL 2023, Match 2: KAR vs PES | Fantasy Tips and Teams

image-le36luonSource: Twitter (Karachi Kings)

The 8th edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) have taken off and match no. 2 will see Karachi Kings square off against Peshawar Zalmi at National Stadium, Karachi.

The hosts will be without the services of star-studded batter Babar Azam this year as they traded Shoaib Malik with the former.  Imad Wasim will be leading Karachi this year and will be supported by the experience of Sharjeel Khan, Mohammed Amir, Shoaib Malik, and Matthew Wade.

The Karachi-based unit had a horrendous season last year, winning just one match out of 10 matches. They underwent eight consecutive defeats and won a game against the to-be champions Lahore Qalandars.

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On the flip side, the Zalmi's were positioned third in the points table with 12 points from 10 games. They went on to play the eliminator against Islamabad United and to their disgrace, had to return back home.

They've got a new skipper in the form of Babar Azam this season and will hope to have the desired results. The presence of Rovman Powell, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Wahab Riaz, Jimmy Neesham, and Shakib Al Hasan forms an audacious side.

So, let us have a look at the necessities for building the fantasy teams.

The National Stadium at Karachi is known to be a batting paradise. The decks are flat and generally favours pacers with good speed and variation. The spinners might get modest turns but certainly not sharp enough at the start.

Numbers at the ground (Last five T20 Matches)

Matches won batting first: 4
Matches won batting second: 1

Average score batting first: 190
Average score batting second: 167

Average runs per over: 9.07
Average runs per wicket: 30.81

KAR vs PES, Match 2: Head-to-Head

In head-to-head records in the last 10 matches between the Zalmi's and Kings', it is the Javed Afridi-led unit that eclipses the Kings 7-3. 

Total Matches: 10
Matches won by Peshawar Zalmi: 7
Matches won by Karachi Kings: 3

KAR vs PES, Match 2: Probable Playing XI

Karachi Kings Team News

No major updates

Karachi Kings Probable Playing

Sharjeel Khan, James Vince, Haider Ali, Matthew Wade (wk), Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim (c), Qasim Akram, Ben Cutting, Mir Hamza, Mohammed Amir, Tabraiz Shamsi

Peshawar Zalmi Team News

No major updates

Peshawar Zalmi Probable Playing XI

Babar Azam (c), Tom Kohler-Cadmore (wk), Mohammad Haris, Rovman Powell, Haris Sohail, Sherfane Rutherford, Danish Aziz, Usman Qadir, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Wahab Riaz, Salman Irshad

KAR vs PES, Match 2: Top Five Picks

  1. James Vince (KAR): The English top-order batter has been in surreal form recently. He tonked a century in the recently concluded ILT20.
  2. Babar Azam (PES): How can one keep out Pakistan's premier batter? He has been having an incredible few years across formats and is one of the top picks.
  3. Tom Kohler-Cadmore (PES): The swashbuckling opener has been firing all guns across various T20 leagues. He has the knack of offering rollicking starts.
  4. Mujeeb Ur Rahman (PES): The Afghan finger spinner has the tendency to bowl economic spells. Mujeeb's ability to take wickets in the powerplay and middle phases makes him a top mention.
  5. Imad Wasim (KAR): The skipper of the Kings have had a rosy time during the Caribbean Premier League few months back. He is supposed to come out of his shell and lead from the front.

KAR vs PES, Match 2: Must Picks

Peshawar Zalmi

  • Babar Azam
  • Tom Kohler-Cadmore
  • Mujeeb Ur Rahman

Karachi Kings

  • Imad Wasim
  • James Vince
  • Sharjeel Khan

KAR vs PES, Match 2: Risky Picks

Peshawar Zalmi: Rovman Powell, Wahab Riaz
Karachi Kings: Mohammed Amir, Matthew Wade

KAR vs PES, Match 2: Best choices for Captain and Vice-captain

  • Babar Azam
  • Imad Wasim
  • James Vince

KAR vs PES, Match 2: Team for Head-to-Head contests

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Wicketkeepers: Matthew Wade
Batters: Babar Azam, Sharjeel Khan, James Vince, Rovman Powell, Tom Kohler-Cadmore
All-rounders: Imad Wasim
Bowlers: Wahab Riaz, Mohammed Amir, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Andrew Tye

Captain: James Vince
Vice-captain: Babar Azam

KAR: 6   PES: 5

KAR vs PES, Match 2: Team for Winner Takes All contests

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Wicketkeepers: Mohammed Harris
Batters: Babar Azam, James Vince, Rovman Powell, Tom Kohler-Cadmore
All-rounders: Imad Wasim, Qasim Akram
Bowlers: Wahab Riaz, Mir Hamza, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Andrew Tye

Captain: Tom Kohler-Cadmore
Vice-captain: Andrew Tye

KAR: 4 PES: 7