Karachi Kings have lost all three of their opening matches and sit at the bottom of the table with zero points to their name.
While the first two of their defeats were lopsided, they showed some fight in the loss to Lahore Qalandars, scoring 170, largely thanks to their openers Sharjeel Khan’s 60 and Babar Azam’s 41.
But then they ran into Fakhar Zaman, who smashed a brilliant ton as Lahore eventually chased down the target.
One good news for the Kings is that their star pacer and leader of their bowling unit, Mohammad Amir, has now finally recovered from a hamstring injury that made him miss the first three games. England’s Chris Jordan has landed in Pakistan but he will have to complete a mandatory 3-day quarantine before being eligible to play.
Peshawar Zalmi began their campaign with an impressive win over Quetta Gladiators but have since lost back-to-back games to Islamabad United and Lahore Qalandars.
Both of their defeats have not been close, which should be a cause of concern for the Zalmi faithful.
In their last game, they were set a massive 200-run target by Lahore and during the run chase they never truly were in it, even though they had managed 170 by the innings end.
Zalmi also get a boost with the arrival of England pacer Saqib Mehmood but he won’t be available for this game as he also will have to quarantine for three days.