At the postponement of the Pakistan Super League 6 season, the defending champions Karachi Kings truly lived up to the expectations of the fans and were the table toppers, accumulating six points. They were involved in some nail-biting thrillers and kept the audiences glued to their screens till the last ball.
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Probably the most heartbreaking loss for the defending champions was against Lahore Qalandars. When the target of 187 set by the men in red and blue was easily chased down by PSL 2020 runners up, thanks to Fakhar Zaman’s blistering innings of 83 runs and David Wiese’s explosive batting at the end, handed Karachi their second defeat of the tournament.
However, the one match which would still be printed upon the hearts of die-hard Kings fans was the one against Multan Sultans. When a mammoth target of 195 was easily chased down by the defending champions. This time it was Babar Azam who stole the show with his classy and elegant innings of 90 runs.
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The PSL 6 is all set to resume and Karachi Kings once again being labelled as one of the strongest contenders to lift the glamorous trophy.
The defending champions will be led by the star all-rounder of Pakistan Imad Wasim who offers a lot to the team with the ball and the bat. The second-highest run-getter of HBL PSL 2021 Babar Azam will be the biggest weapon for the Kings to win the tournament. With the ever-impressive Muhammad Amir and smash buckling opener as well as an only centurion of PSL 6, Sharjeel Khan, the Kings management will be more than satisfied to see a strong core of Pakistani stars being developed.
The destructive Kiwi batsman Martin Guptill who already piled up 2939 runs at an extraordinary strike rate of 136.8 in T20Is will be one of the main players in Karachi’s squad. The three dimensional Sri Lankan all-rounder Thisara Perera will provide firepower at the end of the innings as well as can turn around the game very quickly with his match-winning abilities. The emerging Afghan spinner Noor Ahmad, middle-order batsman Najeebullah Zadran and wicket-keeper batsman Chadwick Walton, can give much more stability to Karachi’s squad
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The local Pakistani batting talent having the likes of Danish Aziz and Zeeshan Malik will be looking to catch the selection committee’s eye. Meanwhile, Waqas Maqsood, Arshad Iqbal and Muhammad Ilyas and Abbas Afridi will shoulder the fast bowling burden alongside Amir.
The much-hyped under 19 all-rounder Qasim Akram and skilful Amir Yamin will give head coach Herschelle Gibbs more options to explore. In addition to this, the young and superbly talented Muhammad Haris will be one to watch out for.
Karachi Kings will miss the services of Dan Christian, Joe Clark, Colin Ingram and Mohammad Nabi.
The defending champions can prove to be a force to reckon if they fully maximise their resources and make good decisions in crunch situations. The King’s middle order looks vulnerable but throwing weight behind the local talent can solve their problem.