In their final group stage match of the Pakistan Super League, Islamabad United will be up against Peshawar Zalmi on Sunday. Islamabad is currently aiming to secure a top-2 finish and has a victory over Peshawar in their previous encounter. However, Peshawar, who are battling for a top-4 spot, will put up a tough fight and won’t go down easily.
Islamabad United suffered a crushing defeat against Lahore Qalandars in their last match, thanks to a remarkable performance by Fakhar Zaman. However, they have a chance to bounce back in their last match of the group stages against Peshawar Zalmi.
Islamabad United has had a decent season so far, and their top-order batsmen have been in good form. Azam Khan, Colin Munro, and Faheem Ashraf have all played well, with the likes of Rassie van der Dussen and Rahmanullah Gurbaz also contributing with cameos. The return of Alex Hales to the side has provided them with even more firepower.
In terms of bowling, the seamers have been the mainstay for Islamabad, with Fazalhaq Farooqi, Hasan Ali, and Mohammad Wasim Jr all picking up wickets. However, their spin department has been a bit weak, with only captain Shadab Khan bowling consistently well.
Islamabad United suffered a big defeat in their last match against Lahore Qalandars, but they have won three out of their last five games, with their other loss coming against Multan Sultans. They will be hoping to end the group stages on a high note by defeating Peshawar Zalmi in their last match.
Despite their recent loss, Islamabad United is a well-balanced side with plenty of firepower in their batting line-up. They will be aiming to secure a top-2 finish by defeating Peshawar Zalmi in their last match of the group stages.
Peshawar Zalmi is set to face Islamabad United in their last group stage match of the PSL 2023. They need a win to secure their spot in the playoffs.
Peshawar Zalmi has struggled in their last two matches, with their bowling being their biggest weakness. Wahab Riaz has been their best bowler so far with 9 wickets. Babar Azam has been the standout performer in the batting department for Peshawar Zalmi with four half-centuries and a century.
Peshawar Zalmi has lost their last two matches, but they still hold onto the fourth spot on the points table. A win in this match will secure their spot in the playoffs, but a loss will make their fate depend on the outcome of the match between Quetta and Multan.
While Peshawar Zalmi has a strong batting lineup, they will need to come up with a different strategy in their bowling department if they want to secure a win against Islamabad United. With the pressure of securing a spot in the playoffs, we can expect a competitive match between the two teams.
Team Summary – Islamabad vs Peshawar
- Top order batsmen, Azam Khan, Colin Munro and Faheem Ashraf have been in good form
- Rassie van der Dussen and Rahmanullah Gurbaz have contributed well to propel the team towards big totals
- The bowling department has been chipping in across the board
- Spin department appears to be a bit weak, with only captain Shadab Khan bowling with consistency during the middle overs
- The team has lost their last 2 matches, but is currently holding onto the 4th spot on the points table
- The batting department has been consistent with Saim Ayub, Babar Azam, Mohammad Haris and Tom Kohler-Cadmore performing well
- Wahab Riaz has been the pick of the bowlers with 9 wickets in as many matches
- The other seamers, Azmatullah Omarzai and Arshad Iqbal, have struggled to contain runs
- The spinners, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Usman Qadir, have been expensive
PITCH AND CONDITIONS
The weather for this match at Pindi Cricket Stadium is expected to be overcast with temperatures ranging from 25-30 degrees Celsius.
The pitch at Pindi Cricket Stadium is a batting-friendly one, as we have witnessed some high-scoring matches in the past few weeks. The average first-inning score in the last 5 matches has been around 210-215, indicating that it is a high-scoring ground. The bowlers have struggled to defend the total, and there is very little for the bowlers, with both spinners and seamers finding it challenging to contain runs.
Considering the pitch’s nature, we are likely to see a high-scoring encounter between Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi. The batting side is expected to take advantage of the conditions, and the bowlers are likely to face a challenging time.
IU vs PZ – Cricket Betting Tips
The bowling department has been a weak spot for Peshawar Zalmi this season and that could become a crucial factor in their match against Islamabad United. Due to the favorable pitch conditions in Rawalpindi, Islamabad’s strong batting line-up may dominate the game and achieve a high score or chase down any target set by Peshawar. Therefore, it seems like Islamabad United has a significant advantage in this match.
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