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Islamabad United vs Peshawar Zalmi : EQUAL ENCOUNTER || Pakistan Super League 2021 Match 26

Pakistan Super League 2021 Match 26

Islamabad United vs Peshawar Zalmi – June 17th

EQUAL ENCOUNTER:

Islamabad United:

Islamabad United have marched to the top of the PSL 2021 points table with a couple of leading performances in the last few days. Although they are lacking the services of Faheem Ashraf, Islamabad have more than made up for it with the likes of Colin Munro and Asif Ali providing with the bat.

Iftikhar Ahmed has been the shock package with his strong batting approach, helping his team win a couple of matches. With Hasan Ali also heading the bowling attack splendidly, Islamabad are within touching space of clinching a top-two finish.

Possible playing XI: Usman Khawaja, Colin Munro, Hussain Talat, Shadab Khan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Asif Ali, Hasan Ali, Akif Javed, Rohail Nazir (wk), Ali Khan and Mohammad Wasim Jr.

Peshawari Zalmi:

Peshawar Zalmi is also in the rushing for a top-two end in the PSL. They will start into the match on the back of a spectacular win over Karachi Kings, which saw Hazratullah Zazai slam a quick-fire fifty at the top of the order. Peshawar Zalmi’s bowlers have been crucial to their chances and they will bank on skipper Wahab Riaz to deliver the goods yet again.

Possible playing XI: Kamran Akmal (wk), Sherfane Rutherford, Haider Ali, Shoaib Malik, Rovman Powell, Wahab Riaz, Umaid Asif, Hazratullah Zazai, Abrar Ahmed, Mohammad Irfan and Sameen Gul.     

The venue, Pitch Report, and Toss Prediction:

Although the wicket at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium has been erratic, the speedsters have relished the conditions. They should get the ball to move and swing around early on with extra bounce also on bid. While dew might be a component in the second innings, the spin bowlers should still be able to obtain some turn. Both sides will look to chase upon winning the toss, with 165-175 being a modest total at this ground.

Tops Value:

Although both sides look equally matched on paper, in fact the sportsbooks rate both teams at 1.90. However, Islamabad United might hold the advantage ahead of the PSL clash, owing to their excellent squad stability and depth.