Full-Strength United Begins PSL Campaign Against Zalmi

Full-Strength United Begins PSL Campaign Against Zalmi

On Sunday, 30 January, two-time PSL champions Islamabad United will face last year’s finalists, Peshawar Zalmi, in the fifth match of the PSL 2022. The match will begin at 2:30 p.m. PST at Karachi’s National Stadium.

Match Preview

Peshawar will try to keep their winning streak going in a high-octane match at National Stadium Karachi against Islamabad United. In their previous match, Peshawar pulled off an incredible run-chase against Quetta Gladiators, chasing down a 191-run target to earn their first points on the PSL points table.

The inclusion of captain Wahab Riaz and veteran wicket-keeper batsman Kamran Akmal, who have fully recovered from COVID-19, would give Zalmi an extra boost.

Islamabad, on the other hand, will be making its maiden appearance of the season. In the PSL 6 group stages, Islamabad was the team to beat. The Red Hot Squad won 8 of their 10 group stage matches, breaking the record for most group stage wins in a single PSL edition. In the playoffs, they faltered and were eliminated in the second eliminator by Zalmi.

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Islamabad United, on the other hand, now has practically its whole squad available for the match and will field a strong lineup.

Peshawar is anticipated to make one change to their lineup from the previous encounter, with Wahab replacing Sohail Khan in the starting lineup.

Match Details

  • Date Sunday, 30 January 2022
  • Time 02:30 pm PKT
  • Venue National Stadium Karachi
  • Live Stream LINK

Possible Playing XIs:

Islamabad Possible XI – Shadab Khan (c), Paul Stirling, Alex Hales, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Azam Khan (wk), Asif Ali, Mubasir Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Wasim Jr., Hasan Ali, Marchant de Lange

Peshawar Possible XI – Wahab Riaz (c), Tom Kohler-Cadmore (wk), Yasir Khan, Haider Ali, Hussain Talat, Shoaib Malik, Sherfane Rutherford, Ben Cutting, Usman Qadir, Sameen Gul, Pat Brown

Head to Head

In total, the two teams have met 15 times during the tournament. Peshawar enjoys the advantage with eight wins over United’s seven. They last met in the second eliminator of the PSL 6 at Abu Dhabi on June 22, 2021, with Zalmi winning by 8 wickets.

X-Factor

While a few individuals contributed to Peshawar’s victory in the previous match, they struggled a little in the bowling department. Wahab Riaz is anticipated to turn around their bowling unit’s woes. The fiery pacer is the leading wicket-taker in PSL history, and he’ll be looking to get back into the national team by giving it his all.

Islamabad, on the other hand, boasts a whole team of match-winners. Shadab Khan, Alex Hales, Hasan Ali, Asif Ali, and Paul Stirling are all capable of winning the match on their own, but our pick is a touch off the beaten path. Mohammad Wasim Jr. has proven his worth, and his accurate death bowling and power-hitting abilities make him an invaluable asset to any team in the world.

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