IU vs PZ Match Prediction & Betting Tips - Mar 16, 2023
Tournament: Pakistan Super League 2023.
Date: March 16, 2023.
Venue: Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, Pakistan.
We are reaching the business end of the PSL 2023 competition and just the playoff matches are remaining before the final. The Peshawar Zalmi and Islamabad United sides finished the league stages in the 4th and 3rd spots respectively. These two outfits are all set to take on each other in this eliminator game of PSL. Islamabad United was off to a great start in the competition however, they had to endure a couple of back-to-back losses in their last couple of league games. They will be looking to develop some momentum for this crucial encounter with Zalmi. On the other hand, Peshawar Zalmi has had to face a roller coaster ride. They won their last match to seal a spot in the playoffs.
IU vs PZ Team Previews
It was observed that the Islamabad United batsmen were struggling in their last couple of games. Their top two run-getters in the competition have been Faheem Ashraf with 210 runs and Azam Khan with 280 runs. Both these batters have not only contributed heavily to the totals but have scored these runs briskly at a strike rate in the excess of 150. Other batters such as Shadab Khan, Alex Hales, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, and Asif Ali have also contributed to the team's cause although most of their efforts have been cameos. These batters will need to score big runs in this game.
Islamabad United is going into this fixture with a powerful pace quartet. They have bowlers of the caliber of Hasan Ali who has picked up 12 scalps so far, Fazalhaq Farooki who has collected 10 victims, and Faheem Ashraf who has picked up 7 wickets in the competition. These bowlers have consistently featured in the wicket column for Islamabad. Their spinners Abrar Ahmed and Shadab Khan were also instrumental in their success, especially in the middle overs of the opposition's innings. Some of the players for United in this game will be Azam Khan, Shadab Khan, and Faheem Ashraf.
The Islamabad outfit played their last game in the PSL against the same opposition. They ended up on the losing side in this encounter. Batting first, Peshawar Zalmi scored 179 runs for the loss of 8 wickets from their stipulated 20 overs. The Islamabad United team could muster 166 all out in 19.4 overs to go down to the Peshawar team by 13 runs. Hasan Ali was the best bowler for Islamabad United picking up 3 wickets for 39 runs. A lot of Islamabad batters got a start in their reply with Rahmanullah Gurbaz scoring 33 runs from 24 balls and others such as Faheem Ashraf, and Shadab Khan also chipped in. But this effort was to no avail as they went down to Peshawar in this game.
Islamabad United Playing 11
Alex Hales, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Sohaib Maqsood, Colin Munro, Shadab Khan, Azam Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Mubasir Khan, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Fazalhaq Farooqi.
The Peshawar Zalmi brigade is being led by Babar Azam. Azam has contributed heavily to his team so far with 416 runs to his credit. He has hit one hundred and four fifties in the competition. Some of the other batters have also scored good runs for the team with Tom Kohlmore scoring 309 runs with a strike rate of 172 and Rovman Powell hitting 189 runs with a strike rate of 170. Some other batters that are performing for Peshawar include Saim Ayub with 309 runs at a strike rate of 168 and Mohammad Haris with a strike rate of 198 for 231 runs.
All these batters have batted aggressively in the middle order and the team as a result has been successful in putting together good scores on the board. The problem for the Peshawar side during this season has been their bowling department because it lacked consistency. The leading wicket-taker for Peshawar Zalmi has been Wahab Riaz with 9 scalps to his credit. Other bowlers that have been among the wickets for Peshawar have been Aamer Jamal, James Neeshan, Sufiyan Muqeem, and Khurram Shahzad. However, the key to the bowling attack for Peshawar lies with Mujeeb Ur Rehman.
Some of the key components of the Peshawar team are James Neesham, Tom Kohlmore, and Khurram Shahzad. Peshawar Zalmi played their last game against the same opposition. Batting first they put up a solid total of 179 runs on the board for the loss of just 8 wickets. Mohammad Haris was in prime form for Peshawar hitting 79 runs from just 39 deliveries with 5 sixes and 7 fours. Bhanuka Rajapaksa scored 41 runs from 25 balls with 4 fours and 2 sixes to help the rampaging Haris. Khurram Shahzad was the best bowler for Peshawar picking up 3 wickets for 13 runs.
Peshawar Zalmi Playing 11
Saim Ayub, Babar Azam, Haseebullah Khan, Mohammad Haris, Tom Kohler Cadmore, James Neesham, Aamer Jamal, Azmatullah Omarzai, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Wahab Riaz, Salman Irshad.
IU vs PZ Toss Prediction
Chasing a target will be a better alternative on this track for both these teams. No score is safe on this track and bowlers from both sides are going to find it tough to contain the batters. It will also be difficult to bowl in the second innings with the dew factor coming into play. So, we reckon the skipper winning the toss will opt to bowl first here.
Read our guide on toss predictions to learn how we analyze and come up with our tips.
Pitch and Conditions
The Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore is equipped with a quick outfield. But the dew might settle in the evening making it tough for the spinners to grip the ball properly. Otherwise, these are neigh perfect batting conditions and the side batting first will look to score in the excess of 190 runs on this track.
The Lahore track is a good one for batters and you can pretty much expect a high-scoring affair in this encounter. The crowds will be treated with a run-feast in all probability. Bowlers are not likely to get any help either from the weather conditions or from the track. You can expect humid conditions.
IU vs PZ Betting Tips
It is a fact that the Peshawar Zalmi team has a terrific batting order that bats low down. There are many aggressive batters in the line-up and the middle order appears to be solid. But their bowling attack lacks the experience needed at this level. Islamabad United, on the other hand, has a well-rounded bowling attack with great depth in the batting and bowling departments. They have certain experienced players in their unit. So, all-in-all we think that Islamabad United has an edge in this game. But, all games at this stage in the competition are close and keenly fought. It can easily go the other way. However, we will bet with Islamabad to win this encounter.
Bonus Cricket Bets
Babar Azam has been the leading batter for his team in the competition. You can bet on him to top-score for Peshawar in this game.
Alex Hales is a class batter from England. He has not been among the runs in the competition so far. You can bet on his raising his game for the big occasion.
Islamabad outfit has some good hitters near the top of their batting order. You can expect them to score more than 5 runs from their first over of the innings.