Karachi Kings (KAR) will lock horns with Lahore Qalandars (LAH) in match 27 of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, UAE on Thursday, June 17.

The Imad Wasim-led Kings have had a disappointing campaign so far, winning just three of their eight matches so far. They are currently placed fifth in the PSL points table with six points from eight games.

Lahore Qalandars, on the other hand, have suffered successive defeats after making a great start to the UAE leg. With 10 points from eight matches, Sohail Akhtar’s Qalandars are third in the standings.

KAR vs LAH Dream11 prediction

In the Karachi Kings vs Lahore Qalandars head-to-head record in the last five matches of PSL, Karachi have won three. However, the Qalandars defeated the Kings by six wickets in their recent meeting held in Pakistan in February. Going by the current form, LAH will look to bag two points against KAR on Thursday.

KAR vs LAH Dream11 team tips for PSL 2021

Top Tip: Best batsmen

Karachi Kings talisman Babar Azam has been the leading run-scorer in PSL 2021, amassing 424 runs in eight matches at an average of 84.80. He has hit five fifties in the tournament. Azam will look to continue his good form on Thursday and help his team secure a crucial win.

Meanwhile, Lahore Qalandars will depend on their opening batsman Fakhar Zaman to score maximum runs against Karachi Kings. Zaman has scored 255 runs in eight matches at a strike rate of 130. He will hope to play another match-winning innings for his team.

Top Tip: Best bowlers

As far as bowlers are concerned, Waqas Maqsood has been the leading wicket-taker for Karachi Kings, picking seven wickets in as many PSL 2021 matches. Maqsood will play an important role for the Kings on Thursday.

For the Qalandars, Rashid Khan has been the wrecker-in-chief for his side. The 22-year-old had claimed eight wickets in six outings including a five-wicket haul against Peshawar Zalmi at the same venue. He will undoubtedly be the bowler to watch out for once again.

Top Tip: Best all-rounder and wicket-keeper

Several quality all-rounders will be on display in the KAR vs LAH encounter, however, one must pick James Faulkner in their PSL fantasy cricket team. Since the rescheduled PSL started, the Australian all-rounder has picked 11 wickets in four matches at an economy of 6.18. The 31-year-old has also scored valuable runs lower down the order.

For the wicket-keeper spot, Lahore Qalandars keeper Ben Dunk will be the preferred choice over Karachi Kings’ Chadwick Walton. Dunk has scored 129 runs in six innings along with fulfilling his wicket-keeping responsibilities.

KAR vs LAH probable playing XI

KAR playing XI: Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam, Martin Guptill, Chadwick Walton (wicket-keeper), Najeebullah Zadran, Imad Wasim (captain), Aamer Yamin, Abbas Afridi, Waqar Maqsood, Mohammad Amir, Noor Ahmad

LAH playing XI: Fakhar Zaman, Sohail Akhtar (captain), Zeeshan Ashraf, Mohammad Hafeez, Ben Dunk (wicket-keeper), Tim David, Rashid Khan, Ahmed Daniyal, James Faulkner, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf

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