Peshawar Zalmi v Karachi Kings: PSL 2023 match preview | The Cricketer

Key match-ups, analysis, form, team news, weather forecast, tickets, TV and streaming information, odds, predictions and more ahead of the latest encounter in the 2023 PSL

What’s the match?

Peshawar Zalmi take on Karachi Kings in the next match of PSL8.

When is it taking place?

The match is scheduled to start at 7pm local time (2pm GMT) on Wednesday, March 1.

Where is the match being played?

The Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi will play host to this fixture.

Who’s got the form?

Peshawar Zalmi have two wins from five matches so far this season and sit fifth in the PSL. Zalmi have lost each of their last two matches, and conceded 241 runs to Lahore Qalandars in their most recent fixture.

Karachi Kings also only have two victories to their name in 2023, but one – and the most impressive – came in their most recent game. Table-topping Multan Sultans were upset by 66 runs, as the Kings bowled their high-flying opponents out for just 101.

With the bat, Karachi Kings have four players with 150-plus runs in the tournament so far. Imad Wasim leads the way with 180 at a formidable strike rate of 176. Babar Azam is the leading runscorer for Peshawar Zalmi, with 178 at a strike rate of 131. Tom Kohler-Cadmore has 160 at 174 but 92 of his runs came in a single innings early in the campaign.

With the ball, no Peshawar Zalmi bowler has more than four wickets in the tournament (Jimmy Neesham is their leading wicket-taker). Tabraiz Shamsi’s introduction to the Karachi Kings side against Multan brought 3 for 18 – expect him to feature more as the competition goes on.

What’s the key match-up?

Get Babar Azam, win the game. Karachi Kings might not be the most impressive with the bat, but Peshawar continue to rely on their marquee signing to provide the backbone to innings of any substance.

Babar’s encounter with the spin attack of Karachi will be critical. Imad, Shoaib Malik and Shamsi hold the key to toppling Peshawar cheaply. 


Karachi Kings beat Multan Sultans in their most recent outing [Getty Images]

What is the team news?

Shakib Al Hasan has left the Peshawar Zalmi squad for international duty with Bangladesh. 

Adam Rossington has joined up with Karachi Kings as a replacement for James Vince, who is off on duty with England in Bangladesh.

What are the squads?

Peshawar Zalmi:Babar Azam, Sherfane Rutherford, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Haris, Aamir Jamal, Salman Irshad, Tom-Kohler Cadmore, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Rovman Powell, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Danish Aziz, Arshad Iqbal, Saim Ayub, Usman Qadir, Suifyan Muqeem, Haseeb Ullah, Jimmy Neesham, Khurram Shahzad, Haris Sohail, Richard Gleeson (partial replacement for Rovman Powell), Peter Hatzoglou (partial replacement for Mujeeb ur Rahman), Shakib Al Hasan (available until February 26)

Karachi Kings: Haider Ali, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Shoaib Malik, Aamir Yamin, Mir Hamza (injured, February 15), Sharjeel Khan, Qasim Akram, Matthew Wade, Imran Tahir, James Vince, James Fuller, Andrew Tye, Tayyab Tahir, Mohammad Akhlaq, Muhammad Irfan Khan, Tabraiz Shamsi, Mohammad Umar, Ben Cutting, Musa Khan, Faisal Akram (partial replacement for Tabraiz Shamsi), Adam Rossington (partial replacement for James Vince), Akif Javed (replaced Mir Hamza)

*squads are for the overall competition and not specific to this match

What are the possible starting XIs?

Peshawar Zalmi: Mohammad Haris, Babar Azam, Saim Ayub, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Rovman Powell, Jimmy Neesham, Wahab Riaz, Saad Masood, Arshad Iqbal, Salman Irshad

Karachi Kings: Matthew Wade, Adam Rossington, Tayyab Tahir, Shoaik Malik, Imad Wasim, Ben Cutting, Irfan Khan, Aamer Yamin, Musa Khan, Tabraiz Shamsi, Akif Javed

What is the weather forecast?

A mild 19 degrees Celsius, though there could be a chance of rain during the game.


Peshawar Zalmi have won two of five games [Getty Images]

What are the odds?

You can get a best price of 11/10 on Karachi Kings. Peshawar Zalmi are a 4/5 shot in places. 

What’s the prediction?

Karachi Kings look good value to register a second win in a row.

Where can I watch the game?

Cricket fans in Pakistan will be able to watch PSL8 on A Sports, PTV Sports and TEN Sports on TV. Streamed matches will be available on Daraz App, tapmadTV and Tamasha.

Viewers around the world can watch the action live on Fox Sports (Australia), Sony (South Asia outside Pakistan), Willow TV (North America), Flow Sports (Caribbean), Sky Sports (United Kingdom), Sky Sport (New Zealand), Super Sport (sub-Saharan Africa) and, Etisalat and STARZPLAY (Mena).


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