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Karachi Kings of to a rollicking start in PSL 2018

Karachi Kings started the Pakistan Super League 2018 confidently by winning their first two matches. This is the first time in the tournament’s 3 year’s history that Karachi Kings’ are able to win their first two matches and in the process, they are able to beat Quetta Gladiators whom they failed to defeat in the first two seasons of Pakistan Super League.
Shahid Afridi's trademark style after picking a wicket in the match played against Peshawar Zalmi 

Karachi Kings for the third season of Pakistan Super League made few strategic changes in their squad. They appointed Imad Wasem as skipper and are also able to rope in the talismanic all-rounder Shahid Afridi in their squad. Shahid was part of another franchise Peshawar Zalmi in the first two seasons of PSL but for the third season he is part of Karachi Kings and his impact is visible in the initial victories achieved by Karachi Kings.

In the 2nd match of the tournament played between Karachi Kings and Quetta Gladiators, Afridi took a breathtaking running catch to play key role in the dismissal of a well set Umar Amin. This effort of Afridi is pivotal in the victory of Karachi Kings against the pre-tournament favorites and two time finalists Quetta Gladiators.

This year’s PSL is still in its early days and Karachi Kings need to maintain its intensity and continue to press the paddle if they want to play the final of PSL in front of their own crowd at National Stadium Karachi. People of Karachi own this team and the love public has for this team can be gauged from the fact that last night people in various localities of the city distributed sweets and cakes to celebrate Karachi Kings’ victory over Peshawar Zalmi.

 Pakistan Super League is a good platform to Imad Wasim to learn the trait of captaincy and also to regain his lost spot in the national team through his performance. In the first two matches, Imad Wasim made few mistakes the most glaring of his mistake was his decision to bowl the first over of the innings in the match against Peshawar Zalmi in front of Kamran Akmal and Akmal take full toll of his over. Fortunately through the efforts of Mohammad Amir and other bowlers Karachi Kings able to restrict Peshawar Zalmi to a modest total and successfully chased it to register their 2nd straight victory of the tournament.

Karachi King’s strategy of playing Khurram Manzoor as an opener is also debatable and in two matches of the tournament he is proving to be a liability on his team. In T20s, where players prefer to score at a 100 plus strike rate, Manzoors’s strike rate is barely reaching 80s. Going forward, Karachi Kings need to replace him with a better option. Karachi Kings will be better served if they use Babar Azam as an opener along with Joe Denly.

At a later stage of the tournament, England’s skipper Eoin Morgan will also join Karachi Kings and his experience will immensely help the kings at the later stage of this PSL.

Celebrities namely Fahad Mustafa, Sanam Baloch,Hummayun Saeed,Nida Yasir, Adnan Siddiqui, Areeba Habib, Urwa Hocane, Sonya Hussain and few others are the brand ambassadors of Karachi Kings and their presence in the stadium during the matches add colour to the proceedings.

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