Karachi Kings will take on Quetta Gladiators in the fourth match of the Pakistan Super League Season 7 at the National Stadium, Karachi on January 29, 2022.
Karachi Kings suffered a seven-wicket defeat at the hands of Multan Sultans in the opening game of the season but they will have a chance to make a solid comeback in their second game when they take on Quetta Gladiators at the National Stadium, Karachi. The Quetta side also lost their opening game to Peshawar Zalmi and in search of a win, they will have a Babar-sized hole to fix. Can they come out on top? Or will it be the Pakistan skipper who would manage to break the duck? We shall find out very soon.
In the opening encounter against Multan Sultans, Sharjeel Khan was a big star for the home side, scoring 43 runs in the process. In domestic T20s, Khan, a former Pakistan international, has an average of 27.14 but his overall T20 average goes up to 31.33 in wins. This is a spectacular achievement. Another factor that must be taken into consideration that works in Sharjeel’s favour is his propensity to score the same amount of runs in both batting first and batting second - 25.35 and 27.27 respectively. He has 554 runs in 27 games for Karachi Kings in the Pakistan Super League which boils down to an average of 26.38. Add his strike rate of 143.90, you have a recipe for success. At the National Stadium in Karachi, he has also maintained his average with a score of 23.30 runs per dismissal and that makes for a narrative as good as any. Hence, I would go all-out in my bet and expect Sharjeel to put up another show at the venue in order to make some quick and big buck this weekend. Watch out for these odds on Parimatch.
While T20 cricket has evolved pretty smartly in the last one and half a decade, one thing that the bookmakers have failed to understand is the way strikes rates have become the biggest differentiating factor in terms of judging a batting prowess. But given the fact that strike rate is a complex solution, Azam can be your pick in terms of averages. Babar struck 23 off 29 balls at a strike rate of 79.31 but it must be kept in mind that he is the highest scorer in the history of the PSL as the Pakistan skipper broke Chris Gayle's record for most T20 runs in a single calendar year in 2021. Babar has a T20 average of 45.55 and in the PSL, his average stands at 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 adept in setting up the total and chasing it down as well, averaging 47.07 and 43.09 respectively. That calls for the fact that we must have Babar Azam as the primary architect of this bet to generate a lot of hard cash on Parimatch.
Joe Clarke's importance to the set-up as the street-smart multitasker for Karachi Kings and has scored 26 in the opening game of the season. Clarke has 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 last year. In domestic T20s, Clarke averages 29.39 and despite some early career drawdowns, and in wins, his runs per dismissals stand at 37.38. He is equally apt in both batting first and second, averaging 28.44 and 28.69 respectively. For Karachi Kings, his average stands at 30.25 which means he is a batter who can be responsible and at the same time, can bat at a strike rate of 175 as he did last year. In the only match that Clarke played against Quetta Gladiators last year, he scored a brutal 46 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.
Sharjeel Khan to have a big game (Parimatch)
Babar Azam to make his bat talk (Parimatch)
Clarke to boss the proceedings once again (Parimatch)
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