Man of the Match: Liam Dawson
Peshawar face reigning champions Islamabad!
Our Prediction is Peshawar Zalmi to win!
Peshawar Zalmi will be looking to carry momentum forward when they will face Islamabad United in the 21st game of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in Dubai on Sunday.
When the last time both side met earlier in the tournament, Islamabad United managed to beat Peshawar Zalmi by 12 runs in Sharjah.
Reigning Champions Islamabad United managed to break their one-match losing streak with a much-needed win over Karachi Kings in their last match, courtesy of Asif Ali’s late blitz.
On the other hand, Peshawar Zalmi will be keen to extend their lead at the top of the league table. The side is certainly peaking at the right time in the competition and has notched up two wins on the trot. Peshawar Zalmi beat Multan Sultans by six wickets to maintain top spot in the competition.
2017 PSL Champions seems to have found the right combination with two consecutive victories in a row. Peshawar Zalmi notched up a comprehensive win over Multan Sultans courtesy of splendid half-centuries from Kieron Pollard and Umar Amin. Skipper Darren Sammy will be pleased with his side’s performance in the last couple of games.
Opener Imam-ul-Haq has been consistent performer for the side at the top of the order so far this season. Imam scored 39 off 34 balls with the help of two fours and a six. He is currently leading run-scorer for Peshawar this season with 166 runs in 5 matches at an average of 33.20. The inclusion of West Indies opener Andre Fletcher proved to be positive move for Peshawar as he scored 24 off 14 balls with the help of three fours and a six.
Wicket-keeper batsman Kamran Akmal is going through a bad phase with the bat in this year’s competition. He once again perished for a duck in the game played against Multan Sultans. Peshawar Zalmi will be hoping that Akmal can find form with the bat in this game.
All-rounder Kieron Pollard has certainly raised his game with the bat in the last couple of games. He has scored produced two half-centuries in the last three games played for Peshawar Zalmi. Pollard scored 52 off 27 balls with the help of five sixes. He added unbeaten partnership off 91 runs with Umar Amin to see Peshawar Zalmi cruise to comfortable victory over Multan Sultans.
Pollard was well supported by Amin, who scored unbeaten 54 off 37 balls with the help of seven boundaries.
Liam Dawson and Darren Sammy have chipped with crucial scores so far in this year’s competition.
In the bowling department, Pace bowler Hasan Ali had a poor day with the game against Multan Sultans. He conceded lot of runs and finished with one wicket to his name. Hasan is still the leading wicket-taker in this year’s tournament with 16 wickets. Wahab Riaz, Umaid Asif and Liam Dawson also delivered crucial spells for the side in this year’s competition.
Darren Sammy (c), Imam-ul-Haq Kamran Akmal (wk), Kieron Pollard, Umar Amin, Dawid Malan/Andre Fletcher, Liam Dawson, Umaid Asif, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Ibtisam Sheikh/Sameen Gul
Umaid Asif, Hasan Ali, Umar Amin, Imam-ul-Haq, Liam Dawson, Wahab Riaz, Kieron Pollard, DJG Sammy, Ibtisam Sheikh, ADS Fletcher , Kamran Akmal
Reigning Champions Islamabad United produced a crucial win over Karachi Kings to get back to winning ways in the competition. The franchise could certainly go the top of the league table if they beat Peshawar Zalmi in this game.
Wicket-keeper batsman Luke Ronchi once again got Islamabad off to decent start. He scored 26 off 21 balls with the help of three fours and a six. Ronchi is franchise’s leading run-scorer with 224 runs in 7 matches at an average of 37.33. He also has scored two half-centuries so far in this year’s competition.
Cameron Delport hasn’t done much with the bat so far in this year’s competition. He has scored only 76 runs in 7 matches at an average of 10.85. Islamabad United might bring in experienced player like Ian Bell to strengthen the batting lineup for this game. All-rounder Hussain Talat also has gone through a lean run after making a decent start to the competition.
Philip Salt managed to find form with the bat in the previous game against Karachi Kings. He scored 46 off 38 balls with the help of six fours. He produced a crucial innings for Islamabad and added 93 runs with Asif Ali to help Islamabad inch closer towards victory.
Middle-order Asif Ali started his innings with positive intent and had slice of luck going his way in the game. He produced a match-winning knock for Islamabad United and scored 70 off 38 balls with the help of five fours and six sixes. Shadab Khan also scored quick runs to steer Islamabad to a comfortable win over Karachi.
In the bowling department, pacer Rumman Raees was standout bowler for the side in the previous game. He picked up three wickets and conceded less than seven runs an over. Leg-spinner Shadab Khan and medium-pacer Amad Butt also picked up one wicket apiece.
Shadab Khan (captain), Luke Ronchi, Ian Bell/Cameron Delport, Asif Ali, Hussain Talat, Philip Salt/Wayne Parnell, Faheem Ashraf, Amad Butt, Samit Patel, Muhammad Musa, Rumman Raees
Nasir Nawaz, Zafar Gohar, Luke Ronchi, Chadwick Walton, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Cameron Delport, Rumman Raees, Mohammad Sami, Faheem Ashraf, Philip Salt
The wicket prepared for Sunday will be good for batting. The weather forecast for the game on Sunday is going to be clear skies.
The games played in Dubai International Cricket Stadium so far this season has seen a good contest between ball and ball.
The side that wins the toss would be like to bowl first and restrict the opposition to a decent total. Majority of the games played in Dubai have been won by sides batting second.
Peshawar Zalmi will be favorites to win this game. With the likes of Kieron Pollard and Hasan Ali showing excellent form so far this season, Peshawar will hard to beat in this contest.
We are backing Peshawar Zalmi for the win!
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