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The first match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) will be played between Karachi Kings and Quetta Gladiators at the National Stadium in Karachi on 20th February.

The match between the kings and the Gladiators is scheduled to start at 07:30 PM IST. It will be aired live on Sony Ten 2 and Sony Ten 2 HD.

Preview: Karachi Kings and Quetta Gladiators, 1st Match, PSL

The first match of the PSL will be played between defending champions Karachi Kings and Quetta Gladiators who were at the fifth spot in last year’s PSL standings.

On the final’s night of PSL 2020, Karachi Kings enjoyed a 5 wicket victory against Lahore Qalandars at the National Stadium in Karachi. Karachi Kings have a well-balanced lineup with the likes of Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam, Dan Christian and Imad Wasim. The Kings will be keen to continue their winning legacy by posting a victory in the next game.

Quetta Gladiators, who were the champions in the fourth edition of the league, failed to make much of an impact in PSL 2020. However, the stellar line-up in the form of Chris Gayle, Tom Bantan and Ben Cutting makes them a top prospect in this year’s PSL.  

Pitch report

The National Stadium in Karachi has hosted 20 PSL matches to date. The sides opting to bat first at this venue have won 8 matches, while the chasing sides have been able to post a victory in 12 games. So, the team winning the toss will likely be opting to bat first.

Weather report

The weather at the National Stadium on Saturday is forecasted to be Sunny. With an average temperature of 24 degrees Celsius, a humidity of around 26% is expected during the game.

Average first innings score

The average first innings score at the National Stadium in Karachi is 168.

Karachi Kings and Quetta Gladiators probable XI

Karachi Kings Probable XI

Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam, Colin Ingram, Dan Christian, Imad Wasim, Chadwick Walton, Mohammad Nabi, Amir Yamin, Mohammad Amir, Waqas Maqsood, Arshad Iqbal

Karachi Kings XI complete squad

Amir Yamin, Arshad Iqbal, Babar Azam, Colin Ingram, Chadwick Walton, Dan Christian, Danish Aziz, Imad Wasim, Joe Clarke, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Nabi, Mohammad Ilyas, Noor Ahmed, Sharjeel Khan, Qasim Akram, Waqas Maqsood, Zeeshan Malik

Quetta Gladiators Probable XI

Chris Gayle, Tom Bantan, Azam Khan, Cameron Delport, Ben Cutting, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Zahid Mahmood, Naseem Shah, Mohammad Hasnain, Arish Ali Khan

Quetta Gladiators complete squad

Abdul Nasir, Anwar Ali, Arish Ali Khan, Azam Khan, Ben Cutting, Cameron Delport, Chris Gayle, Dale Steyn, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Qais Ahmed, Saim Ayub, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Tom Bantan, Usman Khan, Usman Shinwari, Zahid Mahmood

Wicketkeeper: Joe Clarke

Batsmen: Dan Christian, Babar Azam, Chris Gayle, Tom Bantan

All-rounders: Mohammad Nabi, Ben Cutting

Bowlers: Waqas Maqsood, Arshad Iqbal, Arish Ali Khan, Naseem Shah

Man of the match prediction

Ben Cutting is the likely prospect for the man of the match title in the next game.

Winner prediction

Both Karachi Kings and Quetta Gladiators have a stellar lineup in the form of Dan Christian, Chris Gayle, Mohammad Nabi and Ben Cutting. Of the two encounters between the Kingsand the Gladiators in PSL 2020, both the games were won by Quetta Gladiators. Also, the Gladiators had an advantage over the Kings in the fourth edition of the league. So, Quetta Gladiators are likely to win the upcoming game at the Karachi National Stadium.

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Last Updated on February 26, 2021