Karachi Kings (KAR) will host defending champions Multan Sultans (MUL) in the opening match of Pakistan Super League 2022 at the National Stadium in Karachi on Thursday, January 27. The match will start at 7:30 PM IST.

KAR vs MUL Dream11 prediction

Led by Mohammad Rizwan, Multan Sultans defeated Peshawar Zalmi in the Pakistan Super League 2021 final to claim their maiden title. The Sultans had earlier finished second in the league phase with five wins and as many losses.

On the other hand, Karachi Kings have appointed Pakistan cricket team captain Babar Azam as their new skipper in place of Imad Wasim. The Kings were knocked out by Peshawar Zalmi in the PSL 2021 playoffs after they finished fourth in the standings.

Karachi Kings have a superior head-to-head record against Multan Sultans in the PSL, winning five times while the Sultans have secured two wins.

Going by the head-to-head record and home advantage, KAR will have a slight edge over MUL in the PSL 2022 opener on Thursday.

KAR vs MUL Dream11 team tips for Pakistan Super League 2022

Top tip: Best batter

Karachi Kings captain Babar Azam will look to make an impressive start to the new PSL season. Azam was the highest run-getter in PSL 2021, amassing 554 runs in 11 matches at an average of 69.25. The 27-year-old has also been the standout batter for Pakistan in T20Is, aggregating 2620 runs in 73 matches at an average of 45.17 and a strike rate of 129.13. Picking Babar Azam in your fantasy cricket team for this clash is a no-brainer.

Top tip: Best bowler

Shahnawaz Dahani was the wrecker-in-chief for Multan Sultans in the previous edition of PSL. The right-arm pacer had ended the season as the highest wicket-taker in the tournament, picking 20 wickets in 11 matches at an average of 17. At just 9 credits, Dahani will be a worthy fantasy pick for the opening match in PSL 2022.

Top tip: Best all-rounder and wicket-keeper

As far as all-rounders are concerned, one must pick Imad Wasim of Karachi Kings in your fantasy cricket team for this clash. The Pakistan all-rounder contributes with both bat and ball and can also assist Babar Azam with his leadership skills. Imad Wasim will be a great fantasy pick at 9 credits.

For the wicket-keeper spot, Multan Sultans captain Mohammad Rizwan will be the overwhelming choice over Karachi Kings’ Joe Clarke. Apart from his wicket-keeping and leadership responsibilities, Rizwan finished as the second-highest run-getter in PSL 2021, accumulating  500 runs in 12 matches at an average of 45.45. 

KAR vs MUL probable playing XI

KAR playing XI (probable): Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam (captain), Joe Clarke (wicket-keeper), Sahibzada Farhan, Mohammad Nabi, Imad Wasim, Lewis Gregory, Mohammad Ilyas, Aamir Yamin, Chris Jordan, Mohammad Amir

MUL playing XI (probable): Mohammad Rizwan (captain/wicket-keeper), Shan Masood, Sohaib Maqsood, Rilee Rossouw, Tim David, Khushdil Shah, David Willey, Anwar Ali, Shahnawaz Dahani, Imran Khan, Imran Tahir

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