2020 edition champions Karachi Kings will take on defending champions Multan Sultans in the opening encounter of the seventh season of the Pakistan Super League at the National Stadium, Karachi on January 27, 2022 (Thursday).
Led by Mohammad Rizwan, T20 cricket’s one of the hottest properties at the moment and coached by former Zimbabwe batter Andy Flower, who has redefined himself as one of the leading coaches on the T20 circuit, Multan Sultans will be brimming with confidence ahead of the seventh season of the PSL. They have managed to keep most of their title-winning stars from the last season together for this edition but they will have a stern challenge from the Babar Azam-led Karachi Kings. With the likes of Imad Wasim, Mohammad Nabi, Mohammad Amir in the squad apart from Babar Azam, it will be an interesting battle for sure.
The most prolific T20 batter in the world in the last few years, Babar Azam is the poster boy of Pakistan cricket but his appointment as the skipper of the Karachi Kings franchise possibly has ended a lot of speculation around the viability of him in the T20’s growing landscape. The highest-scorer in the history of the PSL, surpassing Kamran Akmal, the Pakistan skipper broke Chris Gayle's record for the most T20 runs in a single calendar year in 2021 before Mohammed Rizwan surpassed him further. Babar has a T20 average of 45.55 and in the PSL, his average shoots upto 43.13. When he plays in the comforts of home, Babar becomes an unstoppable force, scoring runs at an average of 60.33 and an SR of 129.5. In T20 cricket, Babar has 64 fifties and 5 centuries along with 38 thirties which keep her in the good stead. He is equally prudent in setting up the total and chasing it down as well, averaging 47.07 and 43.09 respectively. Against Multans he has a perfect record, scoring 400 runs in 9 innings, averaging them to 80.00 runs per dismissal. These are some staggering numbers that is enough to blow your mind away. In such a case, I would push you to watch out for the odds on Babar Azam and make your week a prosperous one.
Mohammed Rizwan is the new blue-eyed boy of Pakistan Cricket and his rise has been as spectacular as a fairytale. His average of 39.85 in T20s may seem like some decent numbers but factor in this, you would be left scratching your head. His last 13 innings read - 87, 38, 78, 40, 39, 11, 67, 15, 79*, 8, 33, and 79*. These are some insane numbers. In 55 T20Is, he averages 51.22 - the deliverance of the fact on how he has improved his game through the glass ceiling. In 12 matches for Multan Sultans, Rizwan averages 45.45 and against Karachi Kings, his runs per dismissal stand at 36.40. At the National Stadium in Karachi, he averages 53.91 while in Pakistan, his overall number stands at 42.78. In the 2021 PSL, the wicket-keeper batter averaged a stunning 45.45 and carried that form to average 98.50 in South Africa in Pakistan T20I Series 2020/21 and 67.67 in West Indies in Pakistan T20I Series 2021/22. Overall, his 2021 T20 average of 56.56 is a classic reminder of the fact that he is the best in the world in this period. Hence, it is advisable to bet big on him through our affiliate partner Parimatch.
Joe Clarke has been making news in the English domestic circle with his audacious batting and stupendous ability to take on the bowlers. The Englishman made rapid strides in the BBL group stage as the highest overseas run-scorer but he also had a reputation to embark on as he did in the PSL which he ended at a fearsome strike rate of 175.36. In domestic T20s, Clarke averages 29.39 and despite some early career drawdowns, and in wins, his runs per dismissals stand a premium of 37.38. He is equally prudent in both batting first and second, averaging 28.44 and 28.69 respectively. For Karachi Kings, his average stands at 30.25 - something that Babar Azam will be too excited about, knowing he has a batter who can be responsible and can bat at a strike rate of 175, as he did last year. In the only match that Clarke played against Multan Sultans last year, he scored a brutal half-century and his team management will expect nothing less in return. Hence there is no better opportunity than going big on this. Watch out for the odds on Parimatch.
Babar Azam to score over 31.5 runs - @ 1.87 (Pari Match)
Rizwan to score over 29.5 runs - @ 1.87 (Pari Match)
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