Karachi Kings Squad: Matthew Wade(w), Sharjeel Khan, Haider Ali, Qasim Akram, Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim(c), Ben Cutting, Andrew Tye, Imran Tahir, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Amir, Tabraiz Shamsi, Aamer Yamin, Irfan Khan, James Fuller, Mohammad Umar, Muhammad Akhlaq, Tayyab Tahir
Islamabad United Squad: Alex Hales, Paul Stirling, Sohaib Maqsood, Asif Ali, Colin Munro, Azam Khan(w), Shadab Khan(c), Mubasir Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Hasan Ali, Rumman Raees, Abrar Ahmed, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Zeeshan Zameer, Hassan Nawaz
Peshawar beat Karachi by two runs, fifties for Imad Wasim and Shoaib Malik
Pakistan captain Babar Azam will lead Peshawar Zalmi in their first match of the season against Imad Wasim-led Karachi Kings. The 2020 Pakistan Super League winners, Karachi have only reached the final once.
Peshawar Zalmi on the other hand, have featured in the final more than any other team on four occasions but won it only once in 2017. They last featured in the summit clash in 2021, losing to Multan Sultans.
Earlier on Monday, in the 2023 season opener of PSL, Lahore Qalandars inched past Multan Sultans by just the one run. Being put in to bat first Lahore registered 175 runs on the board courtesy of Fakhar Zaman’s player of the match winning 66. Even though Mohammad Rizwan scored 75 top of the order for Multan, they fell finished their 20 overs quota at 174/6.