Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan in focus as PSL 7 kicks off with mouthwatering clash

Multan Sultans won the title in the previous edition.

Karachi Kings
Karachi Kings (Image Credit: Twitter)

The much-awaited Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2022 is all set to commence today, January 27. Karachi Kings and Multan Sultans will battle it out in the tournament opener. Owing to the fact that both the teams look strong on paper, this game promises to give an ideal start to the seventh edition of the league.

The captains of the two teams, i.e. Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan, have been in superb form of late and thus, a lot of expectations would be there from the two mainstays of Pakistan’s batting unit. Besides, the Kings would want to forget what happened in the PSL 2021 Eliminator and make things right for them this time around.

The 2020-champions have got some superb hitters in the form of Sharjeel Khan and Tom Abell. Moreover, they have some veteran all-rounders in the form of Mohammad Nabi, as well as their former captain, Imad Wasim. 

On the other hand, the defending champions have a formidable batting lineup. With the likes of Tim David, Rilee Rossouw and Sohaib Maqsood in their side, the Rizwan-led side should fancy themselves to defend the title.

Pitch Report:

The match is going to be played in Karachi and batting is expected to get easier as the game progresses. As the ball tends to hold a bit during the start of the innings, the top order batters need to be a bit more careful. However, the spinners are expected to play a crucial role as well.

Probable XIs

Multan Sultans:

Mohammad Rizwan (c & wk), Khushdil Shah, Sohaib Maqsood, Shan Masood, Rilee Rossouw, Tim David, Asif Afridi, Anwar Ali, Blessing Muzarabani, Rumman Raees, Shahnawaz Dahan

Karachi Kings:

Babar Azam (c), Sharjeel Khan, Tom Abell, Umaid Asif, Rohail Nazir (wk), Mohammad Nabi, Lewis Gregory, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Taha, Mohammad Imran

Multan Sultans vs Karachi Kings head-to-head

Matches-9, Karachi Kings-7, Multan Sultans-2, N/R-0

Match Details:

Match: Karachi Kings vs Multan Sultans, Match 1, Pakistan Super League 2022

Date and Time: January 27th 2022, Thursday, 07:30 PM IST

Venue: National Stadium, Karachi

Where to watch: SonyLIV

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