Battle of nerves between Islamabad and Peshawar Zalmi
Islamabad United to win!
We are into the final stages of the Pakistan Super League 2021 and the Islamabad United would be up against the Peshawar Zalmi in the 2nd Eliminator game. The Islamabad United lost the Qualifier game against the Multan Sultans which was against the run of play for the side which has finished at the top of the points table. Peshawar Zalmi come into this game after a confidence boosting win against the Karachi Kings.
Islamabad United has been in good form since the tournament resumed in Abu Dhabi. They have won five out of the last seven games that have been played and shall look to draw inspiration from those wins. Peshawar Zalmi also have seasoned players in their team and it would be interesting to see which of the sides wins this battle of nerves and joins Multan Sultans in the final of this edition.
It was a bad day at the office for Shadab Khan’s side as they lost by 31 runs in the Qualifier game against the Multan Sultans. This came after the side has won five consecutive games. They would look to put this defeat behind and make a strong comeback to reach the finals of the season. The side has a good batting line-up and shall look for an energetic performance from them.
Usman Khawaja has been in tremendous form this season and he would be expected to provide a solid start to the side along with Colin Munro. In the middle order the side would expect good show from Muhammad Akhlaq, Shadab Khan and Iftikhar Ahmed. With Hussain Talat and Asif Ali down the order their batting has got the firepower to see them through to the final.
The side would have to make improvements in the bowling department and Hasan Ali will have to play an important role here with Akif Javed sharing the new ball. Shadab Khan bowled well in the last game and shall have to use his experience well in this game. The side would also need tighter spells from Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Wasim Jr and Talat.
Shadab Khan (c), Usman Khawaja, Colin Munro, Asif Ali, Muhammad Akhlaq (wk), Hussain Talat, Iftikhar Ahmed, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Faheem Ashraf, Akif Javed
Brandon King, Hasan Ali, Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Colin Munro, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Shadab Khan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Akif Javed, Usman Khawaja, Mohammad Akhlaq
Wahab Riaz would be extremely happy with the show his side put up in the 1st Eliminator against the Karachi Kings. In a game where the fortunes constantly changed the side held its nerves to win it by 5 wickets off the penultimate ball of the game. They would be facing a tough challenge and Riaz would want his players to rise up to the occasion.
Hazratullah Zazai played well in the last game and shall need to put up a strong show along with Kamran Akmal opening the batting for the side. In Imam-ul-Haq and Shoaib Malik the side has good firepower in the middle order. They would also expect a good show from Khalid Usman, Sherfane Rutherford and Rovman Powell down the order.
Their bowlers would face a tough challenge in this game and good show would be expected from Mohammad Irfan and Riaz who have vast experience in this format. Mohammad Imran, Umaid Asif and Khalid Usman were expensive in the last game and they would have to check the flow or runs in the middle overs in this important contest.
Wahab Riaz (c), Hazratullah Zazai, Kamran Akmal (wk), Imam-ul-Haq, Shoaib Malik, Rovman Powell, Sherfane Rutherford, Khalid Usman, Umaid Asif, Mohammad Imran, Mohammad Irfan
Hazratullah Zazai, Wahab Riaz, Jonathan Wells, Mohammad Irfan, Rovman Powell, Sherfane Rutherford, Amad Butt, Umaid Asif, Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Imran
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||31||0 mm.||4.46 k/h||From: ENE||8%|
|03h||32||0 mm.||6.6 k/h||From: SE||27%|
|06h||36||0 mm.||5.51 k/h||From: SSE||23%|
|09h||36||0 mm.||4.83 k/h||From: NNW||5%|
|12h||34||0 mm.||7.56 k/h||From: NNW||4%|
|15h||33||0 mm.||7.79 k/h||From: NNE||1%|
|18h||33||0 mm.||5.83 k/h||From: NE||1%|
|21h||34||0 mm.||4.67 k/h||From: ESE||0%|
The skies would be clear over Abu Dhabi on June 22 and we expect a good game of cricket. The wicket has produced lots of runs in the last few games and there is little in it for the bowlers. The side batting first in this very important game would aim to put up minimum 180 runs on the board.
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi is a big ground but it also boasts of having an ultra-quick outfield. Batsmen can score runs here at will since the ball comes onto the bat nicely. Fast bowlers find this track very challenging to bowl on. There is some turn on offer and spinners have done well in the past.
It will be a high pressure contest and the wicket is expected to be a belter. We have seen most of the sides winning games chasing scores here as the wicket doesn’t change much in character. Hence, the side that wins the toss here is expected to opt for bowling first in this game.
Peshawar Zalmi has made a strong comeback to the tournament after the string of losses they had suffered. The side has struggled with its batting which hasn’t been consistent and shall need a good show from the players in this game. Islamabad United on the other hand have a very strong batting line-up and they have shown good consistency and this would put them nose ahead of Peshawar Zalmi in this game.
Islamabad United to win!