Date: 17 June, 2021
Time: 6:30 PM IST
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Live Ball-by-Ball commentary: SportsTiger App
The match 26 in the second phase of the Pakistan Super League will see Peshawar Zalmi locking horns against the table toppers Islamabad United on Thursday. Shadab Khan and company have already confirmed their berth in the playoffs. The side has won their last three matches to move at the top of table with 12 points and have a stupendous net run rate of +0.932. Notably, Islamabad have failed to win against the Zalmi in their last 5 meetings.
Meanwhile, the Wahab Riaz-led Peshawar Zalmi will be playing their last league game. A victory will help the side close the gap towards the playoffs. However, a 6-wicket victory against Karachi Kings in their last match courtesy of quick-fire fifty by Hazratullah Zazai will give the team a boost before they take the field on Thursday. Peshawar Zalmi has won 5 out of 9 matches they have played to hold on to the second spot with 10 points.
Colin Munro and Iftikhar Ahmed stitched up a brilliant partnership to chase a mammoth target of 191 against Karachi Kings with 8 balls to spare. With this victory, Islamabad United became the first team to qualify for the playoffs.
For Peshawar Zalmi, they would look to stick to their winning XI and not make too many changes after they registered a dominating win against Karachi Kings.
Head to Head (last 5 matches)
Peshawar Zalmi - 4
Islamabad United - 0
No Result - 1
Colin Munro: He has been performing consistently for his team, helping them to win their last three matches. The southpaw is the leading run scorer for Islamabad United with 193 runs at an average and strike rate of 96.50 and 175.45 respectively.
Wahab Riaz: Peshawar skipper has taken the role of captaincy very well, guiding his side to the second spot. He took 3 crucial wickets in the match against Karachi Kings, dismissing Babar Azam for a golden duck. His in-swinging yorkers can be troublesome for the United batters.
Iftikhar Ahmed: The batting all-rounder impressed with his batting as well as economical bowling in the last game. He scored an unbeaten 71 from just 39 deliveries, hitting 5 fours and as many sixes to make Karachi Kings bowlers look ordinary. The right-arm offbreak can contribute to the bowling department as well.
Probable Playing XI
Islamabad United- Usman Khawaja, Colin Munro, Rohail Nazir, Shadab Khan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Asif Ali, Hussain Talat, Hasan Ali, Akif Javed, Ali Khan, Mohammad Wasim Jr.
Peshawar Zalmi- Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Hazratullah Zazai, Sherfane Rutherford, Haider Ali, Rovman Powell, Umaid Asif, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Irfan, Abrar Ahmed, Sameen Gul