IU vs PZ Match Preview
At the end of the group stage competition in PSL, we got to see Islamabad United finishing the league in the 3rd spot with 12 points from 10 matches. Peshawar Zalmi side on the other hand finished the league stages in 4th position with 10 points from 10 matches. In this game, both these teams will be vying for a chance to participate in eliminator 2 of PSL 2023 and then hopefully move on to the final clash of the competition. In the last clash between these two sides, Peshawar Zalmi emerged champions against Islamabad
The victory against Islamabad was achieved due to a great effort from their bowling attack. Zalmi scored a total of 179 runs on the board in this game. This was made possible thanks mainly to a terrific inning played by Mohammad Haris. When Islamabad United came into bat, Sufiyan Muqeem, James Neesham, and Khurram Shahzad bowled well to restrict the run chase for Islamabad United and register a victory for Peshawar by a margin of 13 runs. These bowlers will be looking to provide another such performance as both teams will be eyeing the penultimate contest coming up soon in eliminator 2.
The batting charge for Islamabad United in this game will be led by the likes of Colin Munro and Azam Khan. Colin Munro has top-scored for Islamabad United with 294 runs from 10 matches with an average of 29.40. Azam Khan has also scored 280 runs from 9 games with an average of 46.66. Hasan Ali has been the leading bowler for Islamabad United having picked up 12 wickets with an average of 21.66 in 7 games. Fazalhaq Farooqi and Shadab Khan have also picked up 10 wickets apiece in the competition.
Peshawar skipper Babar Azam has done a terrific job for his team scoring 416 runs so far in the season at an average of 52.00. Tom Kohler-Cadmore has also scored 309 runs from 10 games while Salim Ayub has also scored 309 runs so far from 10 games at an average of 30.90. The most successful bowler for the Peshawar Zalmi side has been Wahab Riaz with 9 wickets from 9 matches. None of the other Peshawar bowlers have made too much of an impression in the competition so far.
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.
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.
Babar Azam has a terrific batting average.
Babar Azam has scored 416 runs in the competition so far with an average of 52.00. He has hit 1 hundred and 4 fifties so far.
Islamabad United leads the head-to-head in recent games.
Islamabad United lead the head-to-head between the two teams in recent games 3-2.
There are no injury worries reported for this game thus far. So, the full sides are expected to play in this game.
IU vs PZ Probable 11
IU Playing 11
- Azam Khan (Wk)
- Faheem Ashraf
- Asif Ali
- Shadab Khan (C)
- Rahmanullah Gurbaz
- Alex Hales
- Hasan Ali
- Fazalhaq Farooqi
- Mohammad Wasim
- Abrar Ahmed
- Colin Munro
PZ Playing 11
- Babar Azam (C)
- Tom Kohler-Cadmore
- Rovman Powell
- Mohammad Haris
- Hassebullah Khan (Wk)
- Khurram Shahzad
- Aamer Jamel
- Sufiyan Muqeem
- James Neesham
- Mujeeb Ur Rehman
- Salman Irshad
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.
Hasan Ali: Hasan Ali has been the pick of the bowlers for Islamabad United this season with 12 scalps from 7 matches with a strike rate of 14.
Colin Munro: Colin Munro has scored 294 runs from 10 games for Islamabad United with an average of 29.40 and a strike rate of 176.04.
Babar Azam: Babar Azam has scored 416 runs from 9 matches with an average of 52 and with a decent strike rate of 146.47.
Tom Kohler-Cadmore: Cadmore has been a successful batter for Peshawar this season having scored 309 runs with an average of 38.62.
IU vs PZ Dream11 Team 1
Keeper: M. Haris
Batters: A. Hales, C. Munro, B. Azam (C), T. Kohler-Cadmore
All-rounders: J. Neesham, S. Khan (VC), F. Ashraf
Bowlers: W. Riaz, H. Ali, F. Farooqi