Islamabad United take on inconsistent Peshawar Zalmi in a high-octane clash!
Islamabad United to break their winless streak at home!
Islamabad United will be looking to maintain their winning momentum when they take on Peshawar Zalmi the 20th match of 2020 Pakistan Super League at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium on Saturday.
Islamabad United put in a splendid performance with bat and ball to register a massive 71-run win over Lahore Qalandars. With this result, Shadab Khan will be hoping that the side can maintain their consistency in the next couple of matches.
On the other hand, Peshawar Zalmi is currently lying at third place in the league table with seven points to their name. Wahab Riaz’s team has suffered from inconsistency this season as a win has been followed by a loss and they will need to their disciplines in order to qualify for the playoffs of the tournament.
Islamabad United made a strong comeback with bat and ball in the game played against Lahore Qalandars. With this result, Islamabad United climbed to second position in the league table with 7 points to their name.
In the previous game, openers Luke Ronchi and Colin Munro got Islamabad United off to a flying starting and put on a 103-run partnership in space of eleven overs. Colin Munro found form with the bat in the game and notched up his second half-century in this year’s tournament.
For Islamabad United, Colin Munro was the standout performer with the bat and smashed unbeaten 87 runs off 59 balls with the help of eight boundaries and three sixes. On the other hand, wicket-keeper batsman Luke Ronchi continued his rich vein of form in this game. He scored 48 runs off 31 balls with the help of six fours and one six.
Colin Ingram and Asif Ali produced sparkling cameos to help Islamabad United post 198 runs for the loss of three wickets in their allotted 20 overs. Ingram scored 29 runs off 19 balls with the help of six boundaries, whereas Asif smashed unbeaten 20 off just 6 balls with the help of three fours and one six.
Islamabad United made two changes to their playing game for this game. Zafar Gohar and Akif Javed came in place of Muhammad Musa and Faheem Ashraf, who conceded a lot of runs against Karachi Kings. Left-arm spinner Zafar Gohar bowled well and claimed three wickets to his name. Left-arm medium-pacer Rumman Raees ran through the lower-order to finish with three wickets in the game.
Shadab Khan (captain), Asif Ali, Luke Ronchi (wk), Colin Munro, Rizwan Hussain, Colin Ingram, Hussain Talat, Zafar Gohar, Akif Javed, Dale Steyn, Rumman Raees
Zafar Gohar, Luke Ronchi, Colin Munro, Faheem Ashraf, Colin Ingram, DW Steyn, Akif Javed, Rumman Raees, Asif Ali, Rizwan Hussain, Shadab Khan
In the previous game, wet outfield meant that play was reduced to 15-overs apiece. Peshawar Zalmi put into bat first by Quetta Gladiators, who won the toss and opted to bowl first.
Playing his first game for Peshawar, opener Imam-ul-Haq failed to make an impression and perished for a low score. His opening partner, Kamran Akmal played a brisk knock and scored 23 runs with the help of two fours and two sixes. Mohammad Hasnain got rid of Kamran Akmal, who looked in ominous form with the bat.
Haider Ali and Shoaib Malik came together and put on a 54-run partnership to put Zalmi in a decent position to post a competitive score on the board. Rookie batsman Haider Ali delivered another handy inning and scored 39 runs off 24 balls with the help of four boundaries and two sixes.
Shoaib Malik continued his good form with the bat and notched up his second half-century of the season. He put in another excellent performance and finished the innings with the top-score of 54 runs off 27 balls with the help of eight fours and one six. He added crucial partnerships with Haider Ali and Liam Livingstone to push Zalmi score beyond the 150-run mark. All-rounder Lewis Gregory’s late blitz meant that Zalmi managed to post 170 runs in their 15 overs.
Bowling has been a cause of concern for Peshawar Zalmi in this year’s competition. The quick bowlers started poorly in this game as well as Wahab Riaz and Rahat Ali conceded a lot of runs with the new ball. Pacer Hasan Ali was the standout bowler on display for Peshawar Zalmi and finished with 1 for 15 in his three overs. In his second spell, Wahab Riaz made a strong comeback and claimed three wickets. Leg-spinner Yasir Shah also picked up the big wicket of Jason Roy and bowled well in tough conditions.
Kamran Akmal (wk), Imam-ul-Haq, Haider Ali, Liam Livingstone, Shoaib Malik, Lewis Gregory, Liam Dawson, Wahab Riaz (c), Hasan Ali, Yasir Shah, Rahat Ali
Yasir Shah, Carlos Brathwaite, Rahat Ali, Hasan Ali, Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz, Liam Livingstone, Kamran Akmal, Haider Ali, Tom Banton, Imam-ul-Haq
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||11||1.31 mm.||1.96 k/h||From: ESE||100%|
|03h||11||1.94 mm.||5.16 k/h||From: SE||100%|
|06h||11||1.00 mm.||5.82 k/h||From: ESE||100%|
|09h||12||0.44 mm.||7.76 k/h||From: SE||100%|
|12h||12||0.12 mm.||6.81 k/h||From: ESE||100%|
|15h||11||0.44 mm.||4.9 k/h||From: E||48%|
|18h||10||2.75 mm.||3.48 k/h||From: E||70%|
|21h||11||2.06 mm.||5.56 k/h||From: E||87%|
Due to rain expected for the game, the bowlers might need to exploit the pitch conditions. The weather condition for the game to be played is expected to have light rain showers with moderate breeze.
Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium is going to host the 20th match of 2020 Pakistan Super League between Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi. The previous game between the two teams was abandoned due to heavy showers.
In the previous two meetings between the two teams, Peshawar Zalmi has managed to come out to on top on both the occasions.
The side that wins the toss would be looking to bowl first and make use of pitch conditions. Majority of the games played at Rawalpindi have been won by sides batting second.
Based on the current form, Islamabad United will be looking to make amends for their poor record at their home venue. The inclusion of Zafar Gohar and Akif Javed worked wonders for the side in the previous game and will be hoping for another disciplined bowling performance in this home fixture.
Islamabad United to break their winless streak at home!