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PSL 2018: Final - Islamabad United v Peshawar Zalmi - Preview

Luke Ronchi has been a consistent performer this season
Luke Ronchi has been a consistent performer this season
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Game: Final - Peshawar Zalmi v Islamabad United
Venue: National Stadium, Karachi
Timings: 25th March, 02:00 PM GMT / 07:00 PM Local

The Pakistan Super League has reached its pinnacle with title winners of the previous editions Peshawar Zalmi and Islamabad United taking on each other in the final at National Stadium in Karachi on Sunday.

Both teams had their moments in the game and the form of Luke Ronchi for Islamabad and Kamran Akmal for Peshawar have been decisive in them reaching the final. Akmal with 424 runs from 12 games tops the list of the leading run-scorer in the tournament and has knocks of 77, 107 not out and 75 in three of his last four games. The way he dominated the proceedings with a 27-ball 77 against Karachi Kings shows the transformation he has made to his gameplay while Ronchi with 383 runs from 10 games is not far either and has a deadly strike-rate close to 180. The two teams will be dependent on their star openers to fire one final time as they bid to lift the trophy for the second time.

Apart from Akmal, the Zalmis have Liam Dawson, who has been good with the bat but will need their other stars especially Mohammad Hafeez and Darren Sammy to come good on Sunday. The bowling looks fairly decent but will need more variations as they lack a quality spin combination.

When head coach Dean Jones was asked about the availability of Islamabad United overseas players in the final, he said: “I think you’ll have to wait to find out who is going and who is not until we get into Pakistan.” but according to reports it is revealed that Ronchi and Samit Patel will be playing in Karachi though Alex Hales has been reluctant. Without doubt they will be pinning their hopes once again on Ronchi to see them through on what is expected to be a thrilling encounter.

Performances in the Finals:

Islamabad United - They sealed a six-wicket win over Quetta Gladiators chasing 175 in the 2016 season in Dubai.

Peshawar Zalmi - They were the winners of the 2017 season when they defeated Quetta Gladiators by 58 runs in Lahore.

Head to Head Record:

The two teams have faced each other seven times with Islamabad having a slight edge of four wins as compared to Peshawar's three.

Prediction: The form of Kamran Akmal and Luke Ronchi will decide the fortune of their respective side but the variation in bowling will give Islamabad an edge over Peshawar Zalmi and we expect them to lift the title once again. For all your online cricket betting tips predictions and for latest news updates on this match, please click here  

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