Pakistan Super League Preview: Islamabad United vs Peshawar Zalmi – Stats, Players to Watch Out, Probable Line-up & More

Both the teams will be eyeing to complete a hat-trick of wins in PSL 2021 on Saturday.

Rohan Gulaty Author

Updated - 27 February 2021 10:52 am

Match Details

Date: 27th February 2021

Time: 7:30 PM (IST)

Venue: National Stadium, Karachi

Preview:

High-flying Islamabad United will be up against Peshawar Zalmi in an exciting fixture in the Pakistan Super League on Saturday. While United have started their campaign with fantastic back-to-back wins, Zalmi are coming to this match on the back of a sensational victory on Friday.

Shadab Khan’s side started their season with a win over Multan Sultans. However, they caught everyone by surprise after successfully chasing a mammoth target of 197 against the defending champions Karachi Kings. While Alex Hales (46 off 21) was brilliant at top of the order, Iftikhar Ahmed (49* off 37) and Hussain Talat (42 off 32) stitched a 96-run partnership for the fifth wicket and guided United to a sensational victory.

Peshawar Zalmi lost their opening game of the season against Lahore Qalandars after a poor batting display. However, they have since bounced back in style after registering two brilliant wins over Multan Sultans and Quetta Gladiators. Sherfane Rutherford (36* off 18), Imam-ul-Haq (41 off 30) and Haider Ali (50 off 29) stole the show on Friday as Zalmi stunned everyone by successfully chasing a target of 199 against the Gladiators.

While the batting department looks settled for both the teams, the bowling could be a deciding factor in this high-voltage contest. Both United and Zalmi are playing some exhilarating cricket and we can expect a nerve-wracking match in Karachi on Saturday.

Head-to-Head record:

Matches Played - 12

Islamabad United - 6

Peshawar Zalmi - 6

Players to watch out for:

Alex Hales:

Matches: 2 | Runs: 75 | Avg: 37.50 | SR: 182.93

Imam-ul-Haq:

Matches: 3 | Runs: 89 | Avg: 29.6 | SR: 125.5

Saqib Mahmood:

Matches: 3 | Wickets: 7 | ER: 7.66 | Best: 3/34

Mohammad Wasim Jr:

Matches: 2 | Wickets: 3 | ER: 7.38 | Best: 3/29

Probable Playing XI

Islamabad United:

Philip Salt (wk), Alex Hales, Shadab Khan (c), Faheem Ashraf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Hussain Talat, Asif Ali, Lewis Gregory, Zafar Gohar, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Wasim Jr

Peshawar Zalmi:

Imam-ul-Haq, Kamran Akmal (wk), Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Sherfane Rutherford, Shoaib Malik, Haider Ali, Wahab Riaz (c), Saqib Mahmood, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Imran

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