Peshawar Zalmi will face Islamabad United in their first match of the season on Saturday in Karachi. Both teams have dropped a game while chasing Multan Sultans. Furthermore, neither of these teams has ever lost a match in Karachi.
In their first game, Islamabad United chased down a 174-run target against Karachi Kings. In their previous game at this venue, Peshawar Zalmi chased down 156.
Anything less than 180 would fall short of a match-winning total. Peshawar’s key players with match-winning abilities will be James Neesham, Rovman Powell, and Dasun Shanaka.
In a run-chase, the likes of Colin Munro and Azam Khan, who led Islamabad to their first win of the season, will be crucial. Bowling is difficult here, and teams, with the exception of the Kings, have struggled to find their bowling rhythm. Neesham and Usman Qadir of Zalmi were impressive in their previous appearances at this venue.
The 12th Match between Peshawar Zalmi vs Islamabad United will take place on February 23rd, 2023 at National Stadium, Karachi.
Match Details to Note
Match: Peshawar Zalmi vs Islamabad United, 12th Match, Pakistan Super League, 2023
Date: February 23, 2023 (Thursday)
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: National Stadium, Karachi
Peshawar Zalmi are second in the points table with two wins from three matches. They quickly recovered from a 54-run loss to the Multan Sultans. Mohammad Haris, Saim Ayub, and Rovman Powell appeared to be in good form during the Multan run-chase.
However, Peshawar’s failure to convert good starts and lack of partnerships led to their defeat in that match. Peshawar’s top-order collapsed in their recent run-chase against Quetta, leaving them 4 down for 67 runs in the 8th Over.
Though 155 appears to be a subpar target in Karachi, losing the top order quickly can disrupt the momentum.
Peshawar won by four wickets thanks to a strong batting lineup that included Powell, Neesham, and Shanka at 5, 6, and 7. James Neesham is in good form and has recently delivered consistently for various franchises all over the world.
Peshawar Zalmi’s bowling attack will be led by Wahab Riaz, who will be assisted by Arshad Iqbal and Neesham. Usman Qadir, a right-arm leg-break bowler, is a key player to keep an eye on in the PSZ bowling attack.
Given the difficult conditions at this venue, a few bowlers are bound to be expensive. As a result, big-hitting batters in the top and middle, such as Tom Kohler-Cadmore, would have to go all guns blazing.
Mohammad Haris, Haseebullah Khan, Babar Azam, Sherfane Rutherford, Danish Aziz, Rovman Powell, Saim Ayub, James Neesham, Aamer Jamal, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Haris Sohail, Shakib Al Hasan, Wahab Riaz, Dasun Shanaka, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Arshad Iqbal, Usman Qadir, Sufyan Moqim, Peter Hatzoglou, Richard Gleeson, Salman Irshad, Khurram Shehzad, Azmatullah Omarzai
Possible Playing XI:
Mohammad Haris (wk), Babar Azam (c), Saim Ayub, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Rovman Powell, James Neesham, Wahab Riaz, Dasun Shanaka, Sufiyan Muqeem, Usman Qadir, Arshad Iqbal
This is an excellent opportunity for the United to quickly turn things around and resume winning ways. The opposition is not an easy target, but their batters would undoubtedly enjoy returning to Karachi and scoring some runs.
In their most recent match, the United were bowled out for 138 runs while chasing a target of 191. Rassie van der Dussen was the top scorer at number three, with 49 points off 32 balls.
Islamabad has a strong lower middle order with batters who can finish strongly at the end. At 5, 6, and 7, Shadab Khan, Azam Khan, and Faheem Ashraf provide depth.
Then, at number 8, bowling all-rounder Tom Curran ensures Islamabad remains in the game despite losing many wickets. However, in their most recent game, only Dussen and Munro seemed to get going, and after their fall, the rest of the lineup simply bundled up.
This lineup features many quality batters, including Paul Stirling at the top. Returning to Karachi may be just what this batting lineup requires to regain form.
Rumman Raees and Mohammad Wasim Jr. will be the primary pace bowlers. This lineup includes a variety of spin options. Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, and Abrar Ahmed can all make significant contributions.
Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Azam Khan, Alex Hales, Sohaib Maqsood, Colin Munro, Paul Stirling, Asif Ali, Rassie van der Dussen, Hassan Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Moeen Ali, Mubasir Khan, Hasan Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Rumman Raees, Abrar Ahmed, Tymal Mills, Mohammad Wasim, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Zeeshan Zameer, Gus Atkinson, Tom Curran
Possible Playing XI:
Paul Stirling, Hassan Nawaz, Colin Munro, Rassie van der Dussen, Azam Khan (wk), Shadab Khan (c), Faheem Ashraf, Tom Curran, Abrar Ahmed, Rumman Raees, Mohammad Wasim Jr
Peshawar Zalmi vs Islamabad United Head to Head
Peshawar Zalmi and Islamabad United have met 19 times previously, with both teams winning nine times and one match being abandoned.
Peshawar Zalmi vs Islamabad United Head to Head Stats in T20s
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Peshawar Zalmi vs Islamabad United Toss Prediction
At this venue, teams have had more success bowling first. Many big totals have been easily chased down, and teams batting second have won 34 of the 54 domestic T20s. Both of these teams have a deep lineup full of big-hitting finishers and will prefer to bowl first and chase a target.
Peshawar Zalmi vs Islamabad United Pitch Report
Peshawar Zalmi and Islamabad United will square off at Karachi’s National Stadium. In domestic T20s at this venue, the average first innings score is 173 runs. Islamabad United has the highest score at this venue (238 for 3). To have the best chance of winning here, the team batting first must score more than 185 runs.
The pitch at Karachi’s National Stadium is ideal for batting. Spinners appear to be getting some surface purchase lately. Nonetheless, it will be a surface that allows batters to freely execute their strokes. The sky will be partly cloudy, with a high temperature of 29 degrees Celsius.
Peshawar Zalmi vs Islamabad United Prediction
Both sides have a lot of potential, with big-hitting all-rounders in the lower order who have a track record of delivering big finishes. And a pitch like this in Karachi is ideal for a thrilling T20 encounter. Though there isn’t much to choose between these two evenly matched teams, Islamabad United appears to have a slight advantage in this match. In our match prediction, Islamabad United will start as favourites. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!
Islamabad United is the favourite to beat Peshawar Zalmi at the odds of 1.70.
Peshawar Zalmi vs Islamabad United Most Recommended Player for Bet:
Colin Munro is Islamabad United’s trump card. With 89 runs and a strike rate of 174.50, the powerful batter is currently his team’s leading run-scorer. In the match against Karachi Kings, he hit a brilliant half-century. Munro got off to a good start against Multan, where almost all of his teammates struggled, and scored 31 runs in 23 deliveries before being dismissed by Usama Mir.