Peshawar Zalmi must still be recovering from back-to-back defeats to league leaders Multan Sultans – once in Karachi and once in Lahore but both by big margins.
On both occasions, Multan piled up big totals and Peshawar batting crumbled in pursuit of the target.
England pacer Saqib Mahmood has been expensive on both occasions, although he at least picked two wickets in the last game.
In the last game, they had dropped Hazratallah Zazai despite for Liam Livingstone despite the Afghan opener having scored 43 in the previous game. Haider Ali was given his opening spot and it absolutely did not work out as he scored just one-off five balls before perishing.
Zalmi had actually swapped Zazai with Liam Livingstone but with Haider flopping so badly, Zalmi now have a potential selection headache on their hands.
The elephant named Karachi Kings is practically out of the tournament, with just its tail still left. With five straight defeats, their only chance of making the playoffs is via a numerical miracle that must see them win all their games and hope that stars align for them and others lose in the sequence they want them to.
The Kings have a creaky batting made and uninspired bowling made exponentially worse by several injuries to key players.
Already without Joe Clarke, Mohammad Amir, and Mohammad Ilyas, they have not lost emerging pacer Imran Khan Jr as well. They’ve added Mir Hamza but he is unlikely to make a major difference.