PSL 9 Match 13 Preview: Islamabad United Faces Peshawar Zalmi in Battle for Top 4

PSL 9 Match 13 Preview: Islamabad United Faces Peshawar Zalmi in Battle for Top 4

High-Stakes Clash at Gaddafi Stadium PSL 9

In a crucial encounter at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, Islamabad United takes on Peshawar Zalmi in the 13th match of the Pakistan Super League, Season PSL 9. The battle is intense as both teams vie for a spot in the coveted Top 4 standings to secure their position in the playoffs.

Team News and Lineups

  • Islamabad United: Despite missing their first-choice opener, Alex Hales, Islamabad United finds solace in the presence of Martin Guptill. Hales will sit out the clash against Peshawar Zalmi but is set to return for the upcoming match against Karachi Kings on February 28. The team, currently outside the Top 4, aims to gather momentum and secure crucial points.

    Expected Playing XI:

    • Colin Munro, Martin Guptill, Agha Salman, Shadab Khan (C), Azam Khan (WK), Jordan Cox, Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf, Naseem Shah, Hunain Shah, Rumman Raees.
  • Peshawar Zalmi: Positioned just above Islamabad United in the standings, Peshawar Zalmi with four points from four matches looks to strengthen its position in the Top 4. Notable performances from batters like Saim Ayub and a well-rounded squad provide them with the confidence to face the challenge.

    Expected Playing XI:

    • Saim Ayub, Babar Azam (C), Rovman Powell, Haseebullah Khan (WK), Mohammad Haris, Paul Walter, Asif Ali, Luke Wood, Naveen-ul-Haq, Salman Irshad, Arif Yaqoob.

Form and Key Players

  • Islamabad United: The team, with two points from three matches, will rely on the experience of players like Colin Munro and the explosive Martin Guptill to set the tone. The bowling attack, featuring Naseem Shah, adds depth to their strategy.
  • Peshawar Zalmi: Saim Ayub’s impactful batting, complemented by the bowling prowess of Luke Wood, has been crucial for Peshawar Zalmi. The team aims to build on the momentum gained from their last victory against Lahore Qalandars.

Pitch Conditions and Strategy

  • Lahore’s stadium, known as a batter’s paradise, suggests that chasing is favorable. Teams winning the toss and choosing to field first have found success. Restricting the opposition to under 200 in the first innings has been a winning formula, highlighting the importance of effective bowling strategies.

Head-to-Head Record

  • Islamabad United has faced Peshawar Zalmi 21 times, securing 10 wins and facing 11 losses. The closely contested history adds intrigue to their latest showdown.


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