In both the matches played between the two teams this season, one has been won by Islamabad United while the other has been won by Peshawar Zalmi. In the last match played between the two teams, Islamabad United posted 176 on the board which was chased by Peshawar Zalmi as the team won by four wickets.
Islamabad United beat Karachi Kings in the Eliminator 1 to move to Eliminator 2. Batting first, Karachi Kings scored 161 owing to knocks from Babar Azam, Colin Munro and Liam Livingstone. Mohammad Musa and Faheem Ashraf were their leading bowlers. While Musa picked up three wickets, he was also the most expensive and went for over 10 runs per over.
In reply, it was the partnership between Cameron Delport and Alex Hales which set the stage for the team. Islamabad United have been boosted by the addition of Alex Hales in the playoffs as he is a world-class batsman and can change the face of the match.
Hussain Talat and Asif Ali also played defining knocks in the lower middle order as the United won by 4 wickets.
Peshawar Zalmi will rely on their opening combination of Shane Watson and Ahmed Shehzad, followed by Rilee Rossouw and Umar Akmal. Sohail Tanvir would be their leading bowler.
Islamabad United- Luke Ronchi (wk), Cameron Delport, Alex Hales, Chadwick Walton, Asif Ali, Hussain Talat, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Sami (c), Muhammad Musa, Rumman Raees
Peshawar Zalmi- Shane Watson, Ahmed Shehzad, Rilee Rossouw, Umar Akmal, Dwayne Bravo, Anwar Ali, Sarfraz Ahmed (c)(wk), Mohammad Nawaz, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Hasnain, Fawad Ahmed
Who will win? – Islamabad United
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) –Luke Ronchi (Islamabad United), Shane Watson (Peshawar Zalmi)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Shadab Khan (Islamabad United), Hasan Ali (Peshawar Zalmi)
Most Sixes – Asif Ali (Islamabad United), Kamran Akmal (Peshawar Zalmi)
Team Scores Batting First – Islamabad United 160+, Peshawar Zalmi 155+
*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features soon, so stay tuned.