PSL Match 23: MS vs KK Preview

PSL Match 23: MS vs KK Preview
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PSL Match 23: MS vs KK Preview

The 23rd match of the PSL 2022 will be played between the Multan Sultans and Karachi Kings. This will be the second game between the two sides in PSL 2022 after the inaugural face-off.

Multan Sultans are the best team of the tournament as they are at the top of the points table with 6 wins in 7 matches. They are playing as a unit and won 6 games in a row before they were defeated by the Lahore Qalandars in the last match. Their batters have been very consistent and the bowlers have played their part as well. They have a balanced squad as well. Mohammad Rizwan, Shan Masood, Tim David, etc have been exceptional for them with the bat while Shahnawaz Dahani, Imran Tahir, Khushdil Shah, etc have been excellent with the ball. They will look to come back on the winning track by winning this game. 

The misery for the Karachi Kings doesn’t seem to end in PSL 2022. They are yet to win a  game after 7 matches and are at the bottom of the points table with 7 defeats in a row. Their batting and bowling looks all-sorts. Their batters have failed to perform consistently apart from Babar but he has been batting with an unacceptable strike-rate for an opener. They almost won their first game of the season in their last game but were unfortunately defeated by 1 run. Their bowling has looked ineffective as well. Karachi are officially out of the play-offs race and will look to play for pride and win the remaining 3 games including this one. 


Probable Playing XI

Multan Sultans: Shan Masood, Mohammad Rizwan (c & wk), Sohaib Maqsood, Rilee Rossouw, Tim David, Khushdil Shah, Abbas Afridi, Anwar Ali, Imran Tahir, Blessing Muzarabani

Karachi Kings: Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam (c), Joe Clarke (wk), Sahibzada Farhaan, Jordan Thompson, Mohammad Nabi, Qasim Akram, Imad Wasim, Chris Jordan, Umaid Asif, Mir Hamza


Pitch Report

An outstanding wicket for batting will await the players in this match. 5 out of 6 games played here have seen scores of above 180. The pitch will be flat with some assistance for the sinners. Teams will look to chase. The average first innings total here is 181 runs in PSL 2022.


Head to Head

Overall: Karachi leads 5-3
Last 5 matches: Multan leads 3-2


Match Ups

Multan Sultans
Rizwan vs Jordan: 48 runs off 28 balls with no dismissals
Maqsood vs Imad: 30 runs off 17 balls with 1 dismissal
Maqsood vs U Asif: 41 runs off 22 balls with no dismissals
Rossouw vs U Asif: 20 runs off 17 balls with 2 dismissals

Karachi Kings
Babar vs Tahir: 94 runs off 79 balls with 3 dismissals
Nabi vs Tahir: 34 runs off 30 balls with 4 dismissals
Babar vs Muzabarani: 36 runs off 30 balls with 2 dismissals
Nabi vs Muzabarani : 43 runs off 23 balls with 1 dismissal


Key Players

Multan Sultans 

● Shan Masood: Masood is the second-highest run scorer in PSL 2022 with 351 runs in 7 games. He is averaging 50.14 and his strike-rate is 147.47. Masood has been excellent for Multan and will look to continue his good form. 

● Mohammad Rizwan: Rizwan has been the anchor in this Multan batting unit. He holds one end and plays till the end with others playing around him. He has 269 runs at an average of 44.83 at a strike-rate of 124.53. 

● Tim David: Tim David has been in outstanding form. He has scored 221 runs in 7 games at an average of 55.25 and striking at 206.54. David has been excellent as the finisher for the Sultans. 

● Imran Tahir: The evergreen Imran Tahir has picked 12 wickets at an economy of 6.67. He is the joint second-highest wicket-taker alongside his teammate Khushdil Shah who has 12 wickets to his name as well. 

Karachi Kings 

● Babar Azam: Babar Azam hasn’t been at his best in PSL 2022. He has scored 266 runs in 7 matches at an average of 44.33 but his strike-rate has been only 121.46. He hasn’t scored those consistent 40s & 50s as well. He will be eyeing a good performance in the remaining 3 games. 

● Imad Wasim: Imad Wasim finally found some form in the last game. He scored 55 runs and picked 2 wickets as well and almost took his team over the line. Karachi will expect him to do well in this game as well. 

● Qasim Akram: U19 star, Qasim Akram showed his class in the last game. He scored 51 runs when his side was in trouble after a batting collapse. He will bowl as well and picked one wicket in the second last game. 

● Chris Jordan: Jordan has bowled well for Karachi. He has been quite expensive at an economy of 9.66 but has picked 6 wickets in 3 matches.


Fantasy Tips 

Top Captain and Vice-Captain Picks

● Shan Masood
● Mohammad Rizwan
● Babar Azam
● Imran Tahir
● Khushdil Shah


Dream11 Team 

Disclaimer:  These teams are based on the writer's understanding of the game and do not guarantee to win in fantasy cricket. Users are advised to create their own teams with the information provided.

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