Islamabad United became the first team in the history of Pakistan Super League to qualify for the playoffs with eight points. Many would consider Islamabad United lucky for this. In the Eliminator match of PSL, United will be up against Peshawar Zalmi, who performed very well in the league stage, and this upcoming match is going to be a ‘do or die’ match for both the teams as their defeat in this match will end here. And the winning team will take on Lahore Qalandars.
Islamabad United’s strong side is their batting. Perhaps this is the reason why the best PSL betting sites are still in favor of Islamabad United to win this match. Peshawar Zalmi, on the other hand, is back in the tournament with two consecutive wins and will be quite confident of winning this match as well. His bowling and batting kept the opposition team in a tizzy. Islamabad United vs Peshawar Zalmi 1st Eliminator match is going to be played on February 2022 at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.
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Peshawar Zalmi Team Preview
Peshawar Zalmi suffered a major setback as soon as Peshawar Zalmi qualified for the playoffs, in which four of their players turned out to be Covid positive. Due to this Liam Livingstone, Sherfane Rutherford and Tom Koehler will not play in Cadmore Eliminator. He has been replaced by Benny Howell and Zalmi wants him to be already at his best.
Peshawar Zalmi performed brilliantly on the league stage with the team winning six of their matches and losing only four. They have been doing well in their last match in which they beat Lahore Qalandars in the Super Over to get two crucial points.
Even though they are missing some of their key overseas players, they have a very good repo of local players. A lot will depend on Shoaib Malik, Hussain Talat and Mohammad Haris for Zalmi to do well with the bat. Wahab Riaz will be responsible on the bowling front. If players familiar to him are able to do the job, defeating Peshawar Zalmi will be an incredibly difficult task.
Peshawar Zalmi Probable 11
Hazratullah Zazai, Kamran Akmal (wk), Muhammad Haris, Haider Ali, Shoaib Malik, Hussain Talat, Wahab Riaz (c), Mohammad Umar, Usman Qadir, Arshad Iqbal, Khalid Usman
Islamabad United Team Preview
Islamabad United once seemed one of the better teams to qualify for the playoffs at the end of the first half, but were completely helpless in the second half of the group stage. After finishing second in the points table for a long time, Islamabad United was finally able to stay at the fourth position with just eight points to their name.
The main reason for United’s dismal performance in their last few matches was the absence of Shadab Khan, who has now recovered from a previous injury. Other than that, Islamabad United doesn’t have much to worry about, especially as Alex Hales is set to return to join the squad.
Overall, with the return of Shadab Khan, Islamabad United are looking much stronger than in their last few matches. They will need their star players to do well in this upcoming match and if they can do that, Islamabad United can win the match.
Islamabad United Probable 11
Will Jaques, Danish Aziz, Shadab Khan (c), Liam Dasson, Asif Ali, Azam Khan (wk), Faheem Ashraf, Waqas Maqsood, Zafar Gohar, Merchant de Lange, Zahir Khan
Our prediction is that whichever captain wins the toss will bat first.
Whichever team bats first will be equal to a maximum of 160-170 runs. The spin bowlers have had the most success in the last few matches on this surface but in the last match, Wahab Riaz has shown that it is helpful for the fast bowlers also.
Who will win today’s match?
Who will win today’s PSL match number 24:
If Islamabad United bat first!
Predicted 1st Innings Score: Islamabad United can score 150-160.
Predicted Result: Islamabad United can win the match by 10-15 runs.
If Peshawar Zalmi bat first!
Predicted 1st Innings Score: Peshawar Zalmi can score 155-165 runs.
Predicted Result: Peshawar Zalmi can win the match by 15-20 runs.
Peshawar Zalmi vs Islamabad Head to Head
Total Matches: 17
Islamabad United won: 9
Peshawar Zalmi won: 8
Islamabad United: 2.10
Peshawar Zalmi: 1.92
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