Karachi Kings vs Lahore Qalandars, PSL 2021
Karachi Kings will take on Lahore Qalandars, with both teams looking for a third win in four matches. The match, which will mark the winner level with Peshawar Zalmi at the top of the table, occurs at Karachi’s National Stadium on February 28 at 19:00 local time.
Karachi beat Quetta Gladiators first up and later failing to defend 196/3 against Islamabad United, and they bounced back in the last T20 match. Babar Azam smashed 90* from 60 balls as the Kings chased 196 to beat Multan Sultans by 7 wickets.
Lahore Qalandars also have two wins from three matches so far. They beat Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators in their first two matches but then failed to defend 157/6 in a 7 wicket loss to Multan Sultans in their last T20 match.
KK vs LQ Live streaming
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Live Streaming: You can watch the live stream of the match on Cricketgateway.
Live Scores: KK vs LQ Match 11, PSL 2021
The fast Karachi wicket has favored the pace bowlers and the big-hitting batsmen.
The toss has been a key factor so far, with every match won by the team fielding first. Lahore had to bat first last time out and will want to field first this time.
Karachi weather is excellent throughout, and that will continue to be hot and clear in this match.
Karachi Kings Team News & Playing 11
KK Team News
Karachi Kings stuck with an unchanged team last time out and were rewarded with a much-needed return to winning ways. There will still be concerns about their bowlers, but the Kings could stick with the same XI once more.
KK Key Players
- Babar Azam: Scored 62 and 90* in his last two matches of PSL 2021, outlining why he is revered as one of the world’s finest T20 batsmen.
- Imad Wasim: Took a wicket in the first over of each of the first two matches and followed that up with figures of 1-22 from his four overs last time out.
- Sharjeel Khan: After smashing 105 against Islamabad United, the opener hit 27 from 14 balls in a 56-run opening partnership last time out.
KK Team Form
Karachi Kings have won twice, either side of a defeat to Islamabad United. Their bowlers finished against Quetta Gladiators but struggled against Islamabad United. After failing to defend 196/3 against the latter, they then conceded 195/6 against Multan Sultans in the last match also, but this time their batsmen got them out of trouble thanks to Babar Azam’s inning 90* from 60 balls that lead to a 7-wicket win.
Karachi Kings Predicted Playing 11
Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam, Joe Clarke (wk), Colin Ingram, Imad Wasim (c), Mohammad Nabi, Dan Christian, Aamer Yamin, Mohammad Amir, Waqas Maqsood, Arshad Iqbal.
Lahore Qalandars Team News & Playing 11
LQ Team News
Joe Denly took the available overseas slot with Rashid Khan having now left for international duty. Lahore lost the last match, but they may stick with what was otherwise the same team that has been in good form so far.
LQ Key Players
- Shaheen Afridi: Starred with the ball in the first game and his figures of 2-29 last time out were the pick of the Qalandars bowling.
- Mohammad Hafeez: The experienced batsman is in fine form with the bat, scoring 33* and 73* in the two wins before smashing 60 in the last match.
- Fakhar Zaman: Inconsistent at the top of the order, but the 82* he scored against Quetta Gladiators proved what he could offer when he hits top form.
LQ Team Form
Lahore Qalandars started with back-to-back wins, scoring 143/6 to beat Peshawar Zalmi by four wickets before Fakhar Zaman Mohammad Hafeez batted them to another successful chase when they faced Quetta Gladiators. After being asked to bat first last time, however, another Hafeez half-century was the lone highlight in a total of 157/6 on their way to a 7-wicket defeat to Multan Sultans.
Lahore Qalandars Predicted Playing 11
Fakhar Zaman, Sohail Akhtar (c), Mohammad Hafeez, Joe Denly, Ben Dunk (wk), Samit Patel, David Wiese, Shaheen Afridi, Ahmed Daniyal, Haris Rauf, Salman Mirza.
Karachi Kings vs Lahore Qalandars Team Form in Last Five Matches
- KK: W L W W W
- LQ: L W W L W
KK vs LQ Head to Head
Karachi Kings win against Lahore Qalandars in the 2020 Final was their third victory in their last four matches against them and their 7th in 11 games overall. Karachi chased 151 to win by ten wickets in their most recent regular-season game, and, in the final, Babar Azam’s unbeaten 63 from 49 balls anchored a 5-wicket win, and the Kings sealed the title.
KK vs LQ Head to Head Stats in T20
|Matches Played||KK Won||LQ Won||Tie||No Result|
Who will win Karachi Kings vs Lahore Qalandars Match?
Karachi Kings are big favorites to win this game as they look to repeat their victory in last season’s final.
- Karachi Kings to move level at the top with Peshawar Zalmi and continue their title defense.
- The Kings got back to winning ways in their last match, as Babar Azam smashed 90* from 60 balls in a successful chase of 196 to beat Multan Sultans by 7 wickets.
- Lahore Qalandar started with two wins but come into this game on the back of a defeat to the Sultans – failing to defend 157/6.
Karachi Kings vs Lahore Qalandars Top Team Batsmen
Babar Azam is favorite to be Karachi Kings, top team batsman, after his excellent knock last time. Opener Fakhar Zaman and in-form Mohammad Hafeez are favorites for Lahore Qalandars.
Babar Azam has hit back-to-back half-centuries, going big to smash 90* in the last match. His consistently excellent batting form in T20 cricket makes him the big favorite to be Karachi Kings, top team batsman, despite Sharjeel Khan’s recent century.
For Lahore, it is a lot more alike. Fakhar Zaman top-scored in their most recent win, but Mohammad Hafeez is in excellent form and has been their top team batsman on the other two occasions. Hafeez would be the best batsman for Lahore.
Karachi Kings vs Lahore Qalandars Top Team Bowlers
Arshad Iqbal is a favorite to be Karachi’s top team bowler. At the same time, Lahore’s left-arm paceman, and in-form Shaheen Afridi, is the comfortable favorite to be Lahore Qalandars top team bowler.
Afridi’s excellent form for the second time in three matches makes him an excellent choice for Lahore Qalandars top team bowler. Arshad Iqbal is a favorite for Karachi Kings and certainly among their top bowlers, but Mohammad Amir is capable of wickets.
Karachi Kings vs Lahore Qalandars Match Prediction
Karachi Kings are favorites to win this match as they look to make it three wins from four matches so far.
Karachi Kings bowling still has some question marks over it, but their batting with Babar Azam leading the way has been outstanding.
KK vs LQ Dream11 Prediction
Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman
Mohammad Nabi, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Hafeez
Mohammad Amir, Arshad Iqbal, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf
Captain – Vice Captain
Babar Azam (C), Shaheen Afridi (VC)