Defending champions Karachi Kings (KAR) will lock horns with Peshawar Zalmi (PES) in Eliminator 1 of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, UAE on Monday, June 21.

The Imad Wasim-led Kings defeated Quetta Gladiators and Lahore Qalandars in their last two matches to seal a place in the PSL playoffs. KAR finished fourth in the PSL 2021 points table with 10 points from 10 games.

On the other hand, Peshawar Zalmi ended the league phase in the third spot with 10 points from as many matches. Led by Wahab Riaz, PES will look to claim their second PSL title since they won it in 2017.

KAR vs PES Dream11 prediction

Peshawar Zalmi defeated Karachi Kings by six wickets in their recent meeting held at the same venue. However, KAR have an upper hand in their last five meetings with PES, winning three of those encounters. Going by current form, Peshawar Zalmi are likely to seal their place in the Eliminator 2 scheduled for Tuesday.

KAR vs PES best players to pick for PSL 2021 fantasy team

Top Tip: Best batsmen

Karachi Kings will bank on their talisman Babar Azam to score the maximum runs in the Eliminator 1 on Monday. The Pakistan captain has been the highest run-getter in the ongoing edition of PSL, amassing 501 runs in 10 matches at an average of 71.57. The 26-year-old has smashed six half-centuries in PSL 2021. He will undoubtedly play a vital role for the Kings in the high-profile encounter.

For Peshawar, former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik will be the batsman to watch out for. The veteran batsman has been the leading run-scorer for PES, aggregating 244 runs in 10 innings at a strike rate of 140.22. Malik will look to use his experience in a must-win game for Zalmi.

Top Tip: Best bowlers

As far as bowlers are concerned, Mohammad Ilyas has been a revelation for Karachi Kings since the tournament shifted base to UAE. The 22-year-old has picked seven wickets in four PSL matches this season at an average of 20.42. He will look to continue his good form in the upcoming match against Zalmi.

Meanwhile, Peshawar Zalmi captain Wahab Riaz has been the prime wicket-taker for his side in the ongoing edition of PSL. The Pakistan international has bagged 14 wickets in nine PSL matches this campaign. The 35-year-old will be the bowler to watch for PES in the eliminator.

Top Tip: Best all-rounder and wicket-keeper

 One must pick Karachi Kings skipper Imad Wasim as their star all-rounder in their fantasy cricket team. The 32-year-old has claimed seven wickets in 10 matches at an economy of 7.67. He has also added valuable runs lower down the order.

For the wicket-keeper spot, Peshawar Zalmi’s Kamran Akmal will be the preferred choice over Chadwick Walton. Kamran has scored 226 runs while opening the batting for PES as compared to Walton who has only managed 80 runs in five innings.

KAR vs PES probable playing XI

KAR playing XI (probable): Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam, Martin Guptill, Najibullah Zadran, Chadwick Walton (wicket-keeper), Imad Wasim (captain), Danish Aziz, Mohammed Ilyas, Noor Ahmad, Mohammad Amir, Arshad Iqbal

PES playing XI (probable): Hazratullah Zazai, Kamran Akmal (wicket-keeper), Imam-ul-Haq, Shoaib Malik, Rovman Powell, Sherfane Rutherford, Wahab Riaz (captain), Umaid Asif, Abrar Ahmed, Sameen Gul, Waqar Salamkheil

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