Date: 16 March 2023
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
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The league stage of the eighth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) is done and dusted. The four teams to have qualified are Lahore Qalandars, Multan Sultans, Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi. While the top two teams (Qalandars and Sultans) will be fighting for a spot in the Final, Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi will battle it out in the first Eliminator of PSL 2023.
The two teams fared decently in the league stage as they finished adjacent to each other on the points table. While United managed six wins in ten league games and finished in third place, Zalmi finished in fourth place with five wins in ten games. Now, the two teams have a chance to book themself a spot in the second stage. However, only one of them can progress while the other will have to head back.
It is expected to be a neck-to-neck battle with both teams going full throttle. While the Babar Azam-led team will look to outdo United in batting, the Shadab Khan-led team will look to capitalize on Zalmi’s bowling woes.
The pitches at PSL 2023 have been flat and belter, to say the least. Batters have looked untroubled throughout a game and hence bowlers have struggled. It is expected to be the same during the Islamabad vs Peshawar game.
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Peshawar Zalmi: Saim Ayub, Mohammad Haris, Tom Kohler-Cadmore (c), Haseebullah Khan (wk), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, James Neesham, Aamer Jamal, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Khurram Shahzad, Salman Irshad, Sufiyan Muqeem
Islamabad United: Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Alex Hales, Colin Munro, Hassan Nawaz, Sohaib Maqsood, Shadab Khan (c), Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Hasan Ali, Fazalhaq Farooqi
The two teams recently met and Peshawar came out on top. However, Zalmi’s bowling woes will come to haunt them big time and hence Islamabad United will be the favourites to win.
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