Our prediction is Peshawar Zalmi will win this match!
PSL 2019 has been marred by controversies and they were back to broadcasting after their initial broadcaster left their contract. Peshawar Zalmi had a resounding win against Lahore Qalanders by thrashing them by 7 wickets and 10 overs to spare. Hasan Ali and Wahab Riaz rattled the opposition batting line up with their bowling.
They both scalped 7 wickets among them. Young Leggie Ibtisam Sheikh looks like a welcome addition to their bowling attack. Umar Amin sealed the chase with a attacking fifty after early jitters in their top order. They have enough firepower with all-rounders Kieron Pollard, Darren Sammy and Liam Dawson.
Islamabad has suffered two back to back losses after their excellent win in the tournament opener. Luke Ronchi is the lone batsmen in the top orde scoring runs whereas the rest are not amongst the runs. Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf and Hussain Talat are playing good knocks and providing the much needed impetus to the batting innings at the end. Their bowlers took a severe beating last match against Quetta Gladiators.
Samit Patel and Shadab Khan have been good and bowling some economical over’s to contain the run rate. Their pacers Skipper Mohammed Sami, Faheem Ashraf and Ruman Raees are yet to make a mark in the tournament.
Asif Ali – Asif Ali has played an excellent couple of cameo`s down the order and he would look to bat well and score more runs in this match.
Shadab Khan – Shadab Khan has not been bowling to his best so far. He is an experienced national player who has to take more responsibilities with the ball.
Stats from the tournament:
Luke Ronchi – 78 runs at strike rate 153 (HS – 51, 50s-1)
Shadab Khan – 3 wickets at an economy of 7.7 RPO (BB –2/20)
Luke Ronchi, Rizwan Hussain, Delport, Hussain Talat, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Wayne Parnell, Mohammad Sami (Capt), Rumman Raees.
Kamran Akmal – Akmal has been out duck in two matches after his excellent 49 runs in their first match. He will be under pressure to perform now.
Hasan Ali – Hasan Ali is having excellent tournament so far and has been amongst the wickets column too.
Stats from the tournament:
Umar Amin – 76 runs at strike rate 133 (HS – 61*, 50s-1)
Wahab Riaz – 5 wickets at an aconomy of 7 (BB 3/17)
Kamran Akmal, Imam-ul-Haq, Umar Amin, Wayne Madsen, Kieron Pollard, Liam Dawson, Darren Sammy(Capt), Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Umaid Asif, Ibtisam Shaikh.
Sharjah Pitch is an dry pitch and it is known to aid the slower bowlers more than the seamers. Sharjah is an average scoring ground where the average score batting first is around 160 runs. The climate is expected to be clear and sunny.
Chasing has been new mantra in the shortest format with no scores being safe nowadays. The pitch remains the same for both the innings negating the batting first advantage.
Peshawar Zalmi has been playing well and they had good depth in their playing XI with all-rounders to support with both bat and ball. Islamabad United does not have a settled line up compared to Peshawar Zalmi. So we expect Peshawar to win this game!
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