Date: 27th February 2021
Time: 7:30 PM (IST)
Venue: National Stadium, Karachi
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.
Matches Played – 12
Islamabad United – 6
Peshawar Zalmi – 6
Players to watch out for:
Matches: 2 | Runs: 75 | Avg: 37.50 | SR: 182.93
Matches: 3 | Runs: 89 | Avg: 29.6 | SR: 125.5
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
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
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