Match number 5 of the Pakistan Super League (PSL 2018) Season 3 will see Islamabad United take on the reigning Champions Peshawar Zalmi. With high profile names like Andre Russell, Misbah-ul-Haq, Darren Sammy, Mohd Hafeez, Kamran Akmal, and others in action we can expect another exciting game in the PSL 2018. With Islamabad United vs Peshawar Zalmi approaching soon, we look at the stats, predicted XI line-ups, and more.
The reigning PSL Champions will have a target on ther back as other teams will be looking to topple them as the new PSL Champions. Ahead of the PSL 2018, Peshawar lost their key man Shahid Afridi but have done well to sign Dwayne Bravo and Tamim Iqbal at the draft which must give a huge boost to their chances of retaining the title.
Peshawar Zalmi lost their opening game of the season by the newcomers Multan Sultans after a masterful inning from the Multan skipper Shoaib Malik. Mohd Hafeez will once again be the mainstay for Peshawar’s batting after he scored an innings of 59 in the first match.
This will be the first game for Islamabad United at the PSL 2018 where they will be hoping to get off to a good start. On paper, Islamabad have the best outfit with an all-round side and with Andre Russell’s return to competitive cricket, they must fancy their chances of competing and reaching the finals this season.
Islamabad United vs Peshawar Zalmi Stats and Preview
Having seen the early matches in the Pakistan Super League season 3, runs have been hard to come by in the early as well as death overs. Like last season, the ball is spinning and is doing its fair share which will bring spinners into the game.
Spinners may not pick wickets every now and then, they may not fetch you the fantasy points you hope for but they certainly will be effective in terms of keeping the run flow to the affordable levels.
Islamabad United are blessed to pick two of the finest spinners in the modern T20 game in Shadab Khan and Samuel Badree and one feels, it could be the decisive factor in the game. Islamabad United also signed JP Duminy as their Platinum player for the PSL 2018 who will join the squad later in the season who again is a handy spinner and can certainly bat in the lower middle order.
As for the Peshawar Zalmi, there was something missing from their first game as the team could not finish their innings with a flurry and when it came down to defending the total, they never had the momentum in the middle overs which Sammy and his coaching staff will need to work out before their game against Islamabad United.
Islamabad United vs Peshawar Zalmi Predicted XI
Peshawar Zalmi Predicted XI vs Islamabad United – Kamran Akmal (wk), Darren Sammy (c), Dwayne Smith, Mohammad Hafeez, Tamim Iqbal, Wahab Riaz, Hammad Azam, Chris Jordan, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Asghar, Ibtisam Sheikh
Islamabad United Predicted XI vs Peshawar Zalmi – Mohammad Sami, Andre Russell, Rumman Raees, Shadab Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq (c), Samuel Badree, Iftikhar Ahmed, Amad Butt, Luke Ronchi, Faheem Ashraf, Sam Billings
Islamabad United vs Peshawar Zalmi Key Players
Tamim Iqbal (Peshawar Zalmi)
The flamboyant Bangladeshi opener will need to get Peshawar to a good start if the reigning Champions want to win most of their matches this season as their lower middle order is not equipped to take their team to flamboyant finishes.
Andre Russell (Islamabad United)
How can we look beyond the West Indian star making his PSL return and all the eyes will be on him to deliver the goods with both bat and ball. Russell will be keen to prove all doubters wrong after his 12-month ban from Cricket for substance abuse.