PSL 2023, Match 17: PES vs KAR | Fantasy Tips and Teams

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The eighth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) resumes after a gap of one day as Peshawar Zalmi and Karachi Kings go toe-to-toe in Match no.17 on Wednesday, March 01, 2023, at the Pindi Club Ground in Rawalpindi. The game is slated to begin at 7.30 PM (IST) and 7.00 PM (local time). The Zalmi defeated the Kings by a margin of two runs when both sides met two weeks ago in Match no.2 in Karachi this season.

2017 Champions Peshawar Zalmi have made a rather poor start to this campaign as they have played five matches with two wins and three losses. Babar Azam's side won their opening encounter against tomorrow's opposition, Karachi Kings, by two runs before losing out to MultanSultans by 56 runs. They won their next game against the Quetta Gladiators by four wickets but then suffered consecutive defeats against Islamabad United and Lahore Qalandars by six wickets and 40 runs, respectively. With 4 points and a net run rate of -1.332, they are placed in the fifth position in the table.

On the other hand, Imad Wasim's Karachi Kings are going through another disappointing season. They have played six games, with two wins and four losses. The Kings lost their opening three encounters against the Zalmi by two runs, the United by four wickets and the Gladiators by six runs. They opened their account by winning against the Qalandars by 67 runs before losing yet another game against the Sultans by three runs. In the reverse fixture, Wasim's side beat Multan by 66 runs. They are positioned fourth in the table with 4 points and an NRR of +0.862.

Before the action gets underway, let us look at some of the important stats, best player picks and the best-predicted teams for the fantasy contests of the match.

Ground Stats: Pindi Club Ground, Rawalpindi

The Pindi club ground in Rawalpindi is a high-scoring venue as three times sides batting first have managed to post 175 or more in all the last 3 Twenty20 matches played at the venue.

Numbers at the ground in the last 3 T20s

Matches won batting first: 2
Matches won batting second: 1

Average score batting first: 188
Average score batting second: 179

Average runs per over: 9.38
Average runs per wicket: 26

PES vs KAR, Match 17: Head-to-Head

Peshawar Zalmi and Karachi Kings have met each other 18 times in the history of PSL, with Zalmi having complete command over the Kings as they have registered victories on 13 occasions.

Head-to-Head (Overall)

Total Matches: 18
Peshawar Zalmi won: 13
Karachi Kings won: 5

Head-to-Head (Last Season)

Total Matches: 2
Peshawar Zalmi won: 2
Karachi Kings won: 0

PES vs KAR, Match 17: Probable Playing XIs

Peshawar Zalmi Team News

No major updates

Peshawar Zalmi Probable Playing XI

Mohammad Haris (wk), Babar Azam (c), Saim Ayub, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Rovman Powell, James Neesham, Wahab Riaz, Saad Masood, Arshad Iqbal, and Salman Irshad.

Karachi Kings Team News

James Vince has left Karachi Kings due to international commitments, with England set to play the ODI series against Bangladesh in Bangladesh beginning on March 01.

Karachi Kings Probable Playing XI

Matthew Wade (wk), Haider Ali, Tayyab Tahir, Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim (c), Ben Cutting, Irfan Khan, Aamer Yamin, Muhammad Musa, Tabraiz Shamsi, and Akif Javed.

PES vs KAR, Match 17: Top Five Picks

  1. Babar Azam (PES): Peshawar Zalmi captain Babar Azam is the leading run-scorer for his side in PSL 8 so far. He is averaging 44.50 with two half-centuries to his name. He is a vital cog at the top of the order for the Zalmi.
  2. Tom Kohler-Cadmore (PES): Tom Kohler-Cadmore has struck the second-most runs for his team after Babar. He played a whirlwind innings of 55 off just 23 with three fours and five maximums in the last game and should be picked for this contest.
  3. Saim Ayub (PES): Young 20-year-old left-handed batter Saim Ayub also smashed 51 off 34 against Lahore Qalandars in the last match. Batting at a critical no.3 spot, Ayub is slowly gaining attention with his knocks as he has two fifties in 5 games.
  4. Imad Wasin (KAR): Karachi Kings skipper Imad Wasim is single-handedly performing for his side in this edition. He is the leading run-getter, wicket-taker, and most in-form player who shouldn't be ignored.
  5. Shoaib Malik (KAR): Shoaib Malik is the joint-second-highest run-scorer for the Kings this season, with 174 runs to his name in 6 outings. He is averaging 43.50 with two half-centuries and is the one to go for this contest.

PES vs KAR, Match 17: Must picks for the match

Peshawar Zalmi

  1. Babar Azam - 178 runs in 5 matches
  2. Tom Kohler-Cadmore - 160 runs in 5 matches
  3. Saim Ayub - 108 runs in 5 matches

Karachi Kings

  1. Imad Wasim - 180 runs and 7 wickets in 6 matches
  2. Shoaib Malik - 174 runs and 4 wickets in 6 matches
  3. Tabraiz Shami - 3 wickets in 1 match

PES vs KAR, Match 17: Risky Picks

Peshawar Zalmi: Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Arshad Iqbal

Karachi Kings: Irfan Khan, Aamer Yamin

PES vs KAR, Match 17: Best Captain and Vice-captain choices

  1. Babar Azam (PES)
  2. Tom Kohler-Cadmore (PES)
  3. Imad Wasim (KAR)

PES vs KAR, match 17: Team for Head-to-Head Contests

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Wicketkeepers: Mohammad Haris, Matthew Wade
Batters: Babar Azam, Saim Ayub, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Shoaib Malik 
All-rounders: James Neesham, Imad Wasim
Bowlers: Wahab Riaz, Tabraiz Shamsi, Aamer Yamin

Captain: Babar Azam
Vice-captain: Imad Wasim

PES: 6 Players, KAR: 5 Players

PES vs KAR, match 17: Team for Winner Takes All Contests

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Wicketkeepers: Mohammad Haris, Matthew Wade
Batters: Babar Azam, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, James Vince, Shoaib Malik
All-rounders: Ben Cutting, Iman Wasim
Bowlers: S Irshad, Wahab Riaz, Aamer Yamin

Captain: Tom Kohler-Cadmore
Vice-captain: Shoaib Malik

PES: 5 Players, KAR: 6 Players