Karachi Kings vs Peshawar Zalmi Preview – Betting Tips, Latest Odds, Team News and Predictions – 21/2/2020
The second day of the 2020 Pakistan Super League has a double-header. The first half of that double-header sees favourites Karachi Kings take on three-time finalists Peshawar Zalmi. The Karachi Kings have never reached a PSL final, but are looking well equipped this year. Zalmi have lost two and won one final.
Both teams, like the others, will feature prominently in our free cricket betting tips throughout the tournament. We’ll also have the latest team news to keep you informed about who is and isn’t in the XI as far as possible, which will help you make informed decisions about the latest odds.
Karachi Kings vs Peshawar Zalmi – Match Preview
Where: National Stadium, Karachi
When: Friday, 21 February 2020
Pitch conditions: The Quetta Gladiators and Islamabad United will have contested the tournament opener at this same venue, possibly on the same pitch, a day before this match gets underway. It’ll be interesting to see how the square plays if two other teams used it first. The National Stadium was used for the last eight matches of the 2019 PSL, including the play-offs and final. On three of the eight occasions, the team batting first scored over 200 and the average score was 180-plus.
Weather conditions: The weather will likely be typical of the gulf and sub-continent, with hot and dry conditions expected. There is no rain predicted, making for a dry pitch likely to produce more grip and turn than others.
Start Time: 14:30 (IST), 10:00 (GMT)
Karachi Kings vs Peshawar Zalmi – Latest Odds
Betway have the Karachi Kings and Peshawar Zalmi priced at 1.73 and 1.95, respectively, to win this match. Zalmi are offered at 2.10 and 2.05, respectively, to hit more fours and sixes than the Kings. Betway also have some attractive markets for how many runs will be scored in the first over of the match and throughout the six-over powerplay.
Karachi Kings vs Peshawar Zalmi – Team News
The Karachi Kings are looking like a really good squad this year, packed with T20 mercenaries ready to lay it all on the line for their latest franchise. South Africa’s Cameron Delport and New Zealand’s Mitchell McClenaghan don’t get a look-in for their national teams, though this is by choice for McClenaghan. But they are both big assets on the global T20 market. The Kings also have Chris Jordan, who is excellent at executing yorkers and other variations in the shortest format. They have an astute leader in Imad Wasim, who will captain the team despite the presence of Pakistan skipper Babar Azam.
Peshawar Zalmi have the highest run-scorer and top wicket-taker in the history of the Pakistan Super League in Kamran Akmal and Wahab Riaz. Tom Banton and Liam Livingstone headline their international recruits. Both are popular purchases and drafts across various domestic T20 leagues. Banton played in the Big Bash League in Australia recently. Livingstone will also bring a bit of leg-spin to the party. Zalmi are without Dwaine Pretorius, who was in the original squad, but has been picked to play for the Proteas T20I side against Australia. The availability of West Indian duo Kieron Pollard and Carlos Brathwaite is also in the balance. The pair might be with the West Indies for the Sri Lanka series during part of the PSL. Hasan Ali is recovering from a back injury, but is in the squad regardless.
Karachi Kings vs Peshawar Zalmi – squads
|Imad Wasim (captain)
||Mohammad Amir Khan
Karachi Kings vs Peshawar Zalmi – Betting Tips and Prediction
When considering the outright markets for this match, it’s well worth noting that the Karachi Kings have not beaten Peshawar Zalmi in their last four attempts in the PSL. Outside of the overall match markets, we’ve got some free cricket betting tips for you around the Karachi Kings vs Peshawar Zalmi top batsmen and top bowlers.
Alex Hales to be top batsman for Karachi Kings
England batsman Alex Hales still has points to prove in trying to get back into the national ODI or T20I teams. He was among the top run-scorers in the recent Big Bash League in Australia, where he was a key part of the Sydney Sixers’ title-winning campaign. Now in Pakistan, Hales is priced at 3.20 to be the top batter for the Karachi Kings. Alternatively, Azam at 2.40 or Delport at 4.50 are good tips for the top Kings batsman market for this match.
Liam Dawson is good value in batting and bowling markets
The advantage of betting on an all-rounder is rather obvious, in that you can go either way – or both – across the batting and bowling markets. England’s Liam Dawson is one of the lesser known names in domestic T20 cricket, but has forged a solid niche for himself regardless. His spin bowling and middle- to lower-order hitting are popular, even if he has been out of competitive cricket for a while. He’s done it for Hampshire in the United Kingdom’s T20 Blast and the Rangpur Riders in the Bangladesh Premier League before. Dawson at 4.00 to be Zalmi’s top bowler or longer odds of 17.00 for him to be Zalmi’s top batter are within the popular cricket bets for the PSL.
Best Bet: Cameron Delport to be top batter for Kings at 4.50 with Betway