Islamabad United will face off against Peshawar Zalmi in the 26th Pakistan Super League match. The two teams at the top of the points table and are battling for supremacy. The difference in points between the two teams is a couple of points, with the team from Islamabad leading at present. However, the Peshawari team has played one additional game. It should be a hard-fought cricket match between two tough teams.
A fourth victory on the trot is on cards as Islamabad United takes on Peshawar Zalmi. If you Google cricket, the team from the capital is the favorite to win. While United has already qualified for the playoffs, Shadab Khan and company will look to carry on with the winning momentum. They come into this game after chasing 190 runs against Karachi Kings. Their top-order looks special. Against Karachi, it was New Zealand’s Collin Munro who fired a 56-ball 88 to guide the team to a hat-trick of wins. Iftikhar Ahmed also displayed some beautiful strokes during his 39-ball 71 run knocks. The two remained unbeaten. Iftikhar Ahmed was declared the man of the match owing to his half-century and a fine spell of 0/10 in two overs.
Islamabad United Squad: Shadab Khan (c), Ahmed Saifi Abdullah, Ali Khan, Akif Javed, Asif Ali, Colin Munro, Fawad Ahmed, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Hussain Talat, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Mohammad Akhlaq, Musa Khan, Rohail Nazir, Usman Khawaja, Zafar Gohar and Zeeshan Zameer.
Peshawar Zalmi is next in line for qualification. Wahab Riaz and company have almost qualified for the playoffs but will want to improve their net run rate and challenge Islamabad at the top. Like Islamabad, Peshawar to comes into this match after defeating Karachi Kings. However, both the wins were quite different. While Islamabad banked on their batting, Peshawar’s bowlers did the trick. Led by skipper Riaz and Abrar Ahmed’s three-fors, the team contained Karachi for 108 runs. They then chased the target with nine overs to spare. Afghani batsman Hazratullah Zazai scored 63 runs in 26 balls to seal the six-wicket win.
Peshawar Zalmi Squad: Wahab Riaz (c), Shoaib Malik, David Miller, Kamran Akmal, Sherfane Rutherford, Haider Ali, Amad Butt, Umaid Asif, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Aamir Khan, Abrar Ahmed, Mohammad Imran Randhawa, Mohammad Imran, Waqar Salamkheil, Bismillah Khan, Fabian Allen, Fidel Edwards, Rovman Powell, Hazratullah Zazai
HEAD-TO-HEAD Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi have faced each other 13 times in PSL. United have won 6 matches and Zalmi have emerged victorious on 7 occasions.
Sheikh Zayed Stadium presents a dry pitch, which means spinners and batsmen will be looking forward to the contest. The first innings average score on the pitch is 162 runs. This is going to be a really tough competition. Both the teams look strong and confident. However, if it comes to choose one, Islamabad is in a better place and should score more points.
Date and Time:
June 17, 2021, 6:30 PM IST Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi