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KAR vs MUL: Weather Forecast And Pitch Report Of National Park, Karachi, PSL 2022- Karachi Kings vs Multan Sultans, Pakistan Super League, Match 01. Karachi Kings take on Multan Sultans in the first match of the Pakistan Super League 2022 on Thursday at National Stadium in Karachi. Karachi Kings will have a new skipper in Babar Azam.

He has taken over the leadership duties of Imad Wasim. Besides, the top order comprises the likes of Sharjeel Khan, Joe Clarke and Ian Cockbain.

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The Kings have a lethal middle-order, having got the likes of M Nabi, Imad Wasim and they have also acquired the services of Lewis Gregory in a bid to add more firepower in the batting. The presence of Joe Clarke at the top of the order should keep the team in good stead.

Karachi Kings, PSL 2021 Points Table
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In the fast bowling department, the onus will be on Mohammad Amir and Chris Jordan. The latter is the latest acquisition by the franchise. The Englishman, however, will join the squad later in the tournament. Romario Shepherd won’t be available this season and he has been replaced by Tom Lammonby.

Facing them are Multan Sultans, who won the title last year. The Sultans dished out forgettable performances in the first half of the tournament. However, the second leg of PSL 2021 saw them making a remarkable turnaround.

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Multan Sultans have retained seven players from the last year. Mohammad Rizwan will continue to lead the side. Experienced players such as Shahid Afridi and James Vince won’t be playing for them this year as they have been traded to Quetta Gladiators.

In the batting department, they have retained Rilee Rossouw, Sohaib Maqsood, Shan Masood, and Khushdil Shah. The presence of these batsmen makes it a formidable batting unit. Besides, they have also included Tim David, who is a great finisher in the shortest format. Another notable acquisition is David Willey, who can also be brutal with the bat while batting at lower down the order.

Multan Sultans have a formidable pace attack. Shahnawaz Dahani was the highest wicket-taker. Besides, to add more variety, they have got the services of Blessing Muzarabani and David Willey. In Imran Tahir, they have got a great match-winner in the spin department.

KAR vs MUL: Weather Forecast And Pitch Report Of National Park, Karachi, PSL 2022- Karachi Kings vs Multan Sultans, Pakistan Super League, Match 01

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Pitch Report:

The pitch at National Stadium in Karachi is known to be a batting paradise. The ball comes on nicely to the bat. There won’t be a lot of help for the bowlers. The fast bowlers need to use a lot more cutters and slower balls to take wickets.

Taking into account the previous record at this ground, one can expect the first match to be a high-scoring contest. Teams that have batted first have won more games than the ones that have bowled first. Thus, one could expect both sides to bat first upon winning the toss.

Matches won batting first 5
Matches won bowling first 2
Average 1st Inns scores 191
Average 2nd Inns scores 135