If you ask most Pakistan Super League fans, they would not consider Islamabad United lucky after they became the first team in league history to qualify for the playoffs with eight points. However, they couldn’t have been more fortunate when they met an undermanned opposition in the playoffs. In their next match, they’ll face Peshawar Zalmi, who did well in the league stage, and it’s expected to be an exciting one. The game will take place on Thursday, February 24th, 2022, at the Gadaffi Stadium in Lahore.
PZ vs IU Team Previews
Four Peshawar Zalmi players tested positive for Covid-19 just as the team qualified for the playoffs. It’s possible that the players who tested positive for the virus could be a fatal blow to their chances of making it to the elimination round if they had already been ruled out. With Benny Howell on board, Zalmi wants him to be at his best from the start of the rest of their matches.
Peshawar Zalmi performed admirably in the league stage, winning six and losing only four games. In their most recent match, they beat Lahore Qalandars in the Super Over to secure two crucial points in the tournament.
Despite the absence of some of their most important international players, they still have a strong roster of homegrown talent. With the bat, Zalmi’s success will rely heavily on the likes of Shoaib Malik, Husain Talat, and Mohammad Haris. Wahab Riaz is the man who will have to step up in the bowling department. Beating Peshawar Zalmi will be a difficult task if they can’t rely on their trusted players.
Peshawar Zalmi Playing 11
Hazratullah Zazai, Mohammad Haris, Kamran Akmal (wk), Haider Ali, Shoaib Malik, Sherfane Rutherford, Hussain Talat, Wahab Riaz (c), Salman Irshad, Arshad Iqbal, Mohammad Umar / Khalid Usman.
In the first half of the group stage, Islamabad United appeared to be in a better position to qualify for the playoffs than the rest of the teams. In the end, Islamabad United ended up in fourth place with just eight points after a long period of time at the top of the table.
The absence of Shadab Khan, who has now recovered from the injury he sustained earlier, was a major factor in United’s recent poor run. As far as Islamabad United is concerned, Alex Hales’ return to the team will alleviate any worries they may have.
Islamabad United have a lot more firepower now that Shadab Khan is back from suspension, and that bodes well for the team. Assuming they can get past Islamabad United, they’ll need their best players to shine in this upcoming match.
Islamabad United Playing 11
Alex Hales, Mubashir Khan / Danish Aziz, Azam Khan (wk), Asif Ali, Shadab Khan (c), Faheem Ashraf, Liam Dawson, Marchant de Lange, Muhammad Musa / Hasan Ali, Waqas Maqsood, Zahir Khan.
PZ vs IU Betting Tips
As of now, this has been the most significant match between these two teams in the tournament. Peshawar Zalmi were the better team at the end of the group stage, despite the fact that both teams were far from their best. Islamabad United, on the other hand, has a nearly full-strength squad, despite the absence of several key players. We’d bet on Islamabad United to win, and you should, too, based on these and other factors.