Babar Azam Departs as Multan Sultans Pull Back With Quick Wickets

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Babar Azam Departs as Multan Sultans Pull Back With Quick Wickets
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Babar Azam has left the game after a slow 23 and Sharjeel has returned to the dugout after a rapid 43.

Pre-Match

Following a curtain-raiser opening ceremony, the seventh season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) will kick off tonight at the famous National Stadium in Karachi, with the home team Karachi Kings taking on the defending champions Multan Sultans.

Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan, two award-winning cricketers, will toss for the first match today.

Babar, Karachi’s new captain, was just named ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year, while Rizwan, Multan’s captain, was named T20I Cricketer of the Year.

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For both sides, though, things would be very different.

Because of the new captain, Babar Azam, and coach, Peter Moores, as well as the inclusion of so many great players, Karachi will have a revitalised vigour and a revamped outlook.

Chris Jordan and Lewis Gregory were rehired by the new management. To boost their bowling and batting, they have the services of Tom Abell and Somerset all-rounder Tom Lammonby.

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With players like Babar Azam, Mohammad Amir, and Sharjeel Khan, Karachi will be a strong opponent.

Multan, on the other hand, has bolstered their batting lineup with the additions of Tim David of Australia, Rovman Powell of the West Indies, and David Willey of England, all of whom will join the club following national commitments.

They also have Mohammad Rizwan as a dynamic captain, Shan Masood, and Shahnawaz Dahani, the PSL 6 hero.

Both teams will play each other at 2 p.m. Pakistan Standard Time. The game will be webcast live on this website.

Match Details

DateThursday, 27 January 2022
Time07:00 pm PKT
VenueNational Stadium Karachi
Live StreamLINK

Let’s take a look at some of the prospective starting lineups:

Multan Sultans

Mohammad Rizwan (c)(wk), Shan Masood, Sohaib Maqsood, Rilee Rossouw, Khushdil Shah, Tim David, David Willey, Asif Afridi, Abbas Afridi, Rumman Raees, Shahnawaz Dahani, Tim David, David Willey, Asif Afridi, Abbas Afridi, Rumman Raees, Shahnawaz Dahan

The Multan Sultans’ whole roster may be found here.

Karachi Kings

Mohammad Taha, Imad Wasim, Umaid Asif, Mohammad Ilyas, Mohammad Imran Jr., Tom Lammonby (wk), Babar Azam (c), Sharjeel Khan, Sahibzada Farhan, Mohammad Nabi, Rohail Nazir (wk), Mohammad Taha, Imad Wasim, Umaid Asif, Mohammad Ilyas, Mohammad Ilyas, Mohammad

Head-to-Head

In total, the two teams have played nine PSL matches, with Karachi winning five and Multan winning only two. The Sultans won the previous meeting between the two teams on June 10, 2021, at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

X-Factor

As previously stated, both teams’ captains are the best batters in the shortest format. Babar, the No. 1 T20I batter, leads Karachi, while Multan Sultans, the No. 2 on the list and the ICC T20I Cricketer of the Year, is in charge. These two will undoubtedly be the ones to keep an eye on tonight.

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