The playoffs of the seventh edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) will continue on Thursday (February 24) when Peshawar Zalmi lock horns with Islamabad United in the Eliminator at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.
Having missed out on a top-two finish, there is no room for a blip for either Peshawar or Islamabad as a defeat on Thursday will end their hopes of clinching PSL 2022.
The winner of tomorrow’s encounter will play Qualifier 02 against Lahore Qalandars, who suffered a 28-run defeat at the hands of defending champions Multan Sultans in Wednesday’s battle between the top-2 teams.
Both teams are coming off contrasting the last three fixtures in the group stage. The Wahab Riaz-led Zalmi are riding high on confidence after having registered three wins on the bounce leading into the playoffs. Those three victories also include a ten-run win over their Thursday’s opponents.
Peshawar will come into this game after having clinched a cliffhanger against Lahore Qalandars, where they overcame a late onslaught from Shaheen Afridi before beating the hosts in the Super Over. Wahab Riaz led from the front as he gave away just 6 runs.
Zalmi’s batting has been brilliantly led by the young opening duo of Mohammad Haris and Hazratullah and seasoned middle-order campaigners like Shoaib Malik and Hussain Talat while Salman Irshad and Riaz have been the spearheads with the ball.
However, they will badly miss the duo of Ben Cutting and Usman Qadir, both of whom have been ruled out of the Eliminator clash due to covid.
Islamabad United, on the other hand, were badly hamstrung in the last leg of the group stage due to the unavailability of key players like skipper Shadab Khan, Alex Hales, Paul Stirling due to a variety of reasons.
As a result, they will come into the playoffs after having suffered three defeats in a row. But, Zalmi surely won’t be taking them likely this time around as Islamabad have been bolstered by the return of Shadab and Hales.
While the last fixture between these two sides was won by Peshawar, their first encounter this season, resulted in a nine-wicket triumph for Shadab’s men after they gunned down the target of 169 in just 15.5 overs.
Who will prevail on Thursday?
Match Details - Peshawar Zalmi vs Islamabad United, Eliminator, PSL 2022
Date: 24th February 2022
Time: 08:00 PM IST
Venue: Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
Broadcast: Sony Six, Sony Six HD, SonyLiV app and website
Pitch Report: Chasing has proved to be a near-impossible task for teams’ as the season has progressed.
The average 1st innings score in the last 11 completed night games at the Gaddafi Stadium is 170, with chasing teams winning just four of them.
Peshawar Zalmi: Wahab Riaz (c), Hazratullah Zazai, Kamran Akmal (wk), Mohammad Haris, Liam Livingstone, Hussain Talat, Shoaib Malik, Sherfane Rutherford, Haider Ali, Saqib Mahmood, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Usman Qadir, Salman Irshad, Arshad Iqbal, Sameen Gul, Sirajuddin, Mohammad Amir Khan, Ben Cutting.
Islamabad United: Shadab Khan (c), Asif Ali, Azam Khan (wk), Athar Mahmood, Marchant de Lange, Danish Aziz, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Huraira, Mohammad Wasim, Mubasir Khan, Muhammad Akhlaq (wk), Muhammad Musa, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Paul Stirling, Zafar Gohar, Zahir Khan, Zeeshan Zameer.
Probable Playing XI:
Peshawar Zalmi: Mohammad Haris (wk), Kamran Akmal, Liam Livingstone, Haider Ali, Shoaib Malik, Hussain Talat, Amad Butt, Wahab Riaz (c), Khalid Usman, Mohammad Umar, Arshad Iqbal.
Islamabad United: Alex Hales, Mubasir Khan, Shadab Khan (c), Azam Khan (wk), Danish Aziz, Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Liam Dawson, Mohammad Wasim, Marchant de Lange, Waqas Mahmood.
CE Fantasy XI: Mohammad Haris (wk), Alex Hales, Hussain Talat, Shadab Khan (c), Shoaib Malik, Azam Khan, Asif Ali, Danish Aziz, Wahab Riaz, Merchant de Lange, Waqas Maqsood.
Captain: Shadab Khan
Vice-captain: Hussain Talat
Multan Sultans rode on an exceptional bowling performance from Shahanawaz Dahani in the later stage of the Qualifier match against Lahore Qalandars in PSL 2022 to register a place in the final for the second time on the trot. The right-arm pacer scalped three wickets for 19 runs in 4 overs to rattle Lahore’s middle order during the course. Qalandars who were chasing 164 in 20 overs were pushed on the back foot after they lost three wickets for 48 runs in the ninth over before in-form Fakhar Zaman unveiled some exciting power-hitting especially in one of Imran Tahir’s over where he smashed the spinner for three consecutive maximums. Fakhar along with Harry Brook provided the resistance with a partnership of 54 runs for the fourth wicket before Dahani got into the act and trapped Brook in front of the stumps for 13 off 12. Brook’s departure certainly broke the shackles as the Lahore team began to lose wickets at regular succession and were reduced to 128/9 before concluding the innings at 135/9 in 20 overs. Apart from Dahani, Rumman Raees returned with figures of 1/15 in three overs while David Willey, Asif Afridi and Khushdil Shah also picked up a wicket apiece. Fakhar top-scored for his side with 63 off 45 which included four maximums and two fours. Earlier, in the day, Multan Sultans also faced some struggle in scoring runs. They lost an early wicket in the form of Shan Masood who was removed by Hafeez for 2 off 5 but Rizwan who opened the innings was joined by Aamer Azmat and the two batters steadied the ship for the side and put up 47 runs for the second wicket. Azmat eventually departed for 33 off 22. Rizwan was then joined by Rilee Rossouw and the batsmen put up an unbeaten partnership of 113 runs for the third wicket. While the skipper remained unbeaten at 53 off 51, Rossouw was not out for 65 in 42 deliveries. Hafeez was the pick of the bowlers as he picked up one wicket for 16 runs in 4 overs. “We were planning to keep wickets in hand, and credit goes to Rossouw and Azmat who did well. I wasn't able to play as fluidly as I usually do but they did really well. At the break, I felt that 160-170 was a good score, a winning score. The bowlers did really well, especially the spinners first and then Dahani along with Willey did well,” Rizwan said after the match. Lahore Qalandars still have a chance to get through to the final as they will now play either Peshawar Zalmi or Islamabad United in the second Eliminator and the winner of that game will lock horns with Multan in the title clash.
Lahore Qalandars’ batter Fakhar Zaman unleashed a batting masterclass to help his team come out of a tricky situation in the Qualifier match against Multan Sultans in Lahore. Continuing his brilliant run in the tournament, Zaman notched up another fifty in an important fixture in the PSL 2022. The Qalandars were in a spot of bother having lost three wickets for 48 runs including the experienced Mohammad Hafeez while chasing 164 in 20 overs. The left-handed batsman then took the onus on himself and broke the shackles in the 12th over when he smashed three consecutive maximums off Imran Tahir. Earlier, the Multan Sultans put up 163/2 in 20 overs after Mohammad Rizwan and Rilee Rossouw notched up individual half-centuries during the course. Aamer Azmat also chipped in with a valuable 33 off 22 before getting out. Hafeez was the pick of the bowlers for his side as he returned with figures of 1/16 in 4 overs.
Multan Sultans managed to put up 163/2 in 20 overs on the board on a track that had something on offer for the bowlers. Batting first, the Multan side lost an early wicket after Shan Masood was trapped in front of the stumps for a five-ball two. But captain Mohammad Rizwan and Amir Azmat steadied the ship for the side and chipped in with a partnership of 47 runs for the second wicket. Azmat was eventually dismissed for 33 off 22 after he was stumped out by Salt off Samit Patel. Rizwan was then joined by Rilee Rossouw and the two batters began to rebuild the innings for the side. While the captain held the fort at one end, Rossouw scored runs in a more aggressive manner as both the batters ended up notching up individual fifties during the course. Rizwan remained unbeaten at 52 off 51, Rossouw scored 65* off 42. Hafeez was the pick of the bowlers for Qalandars after he picked up one wicket for 16 runs in 4 overs.
Multan Sultans recovered pretty well after losing Shan Masood early in the innings against Lahore Qalandars in the Qualifier match of the PSL 2022 in Lahore. Mohammad Hafeez removed Masood for a five-ball two after trapping him in front of the stumps. Skipper Mohammad Rizwan who had opened the innings with Masood was then joined by Aamer Azmat and the two steadied the ship for the side. The two batters helped the side put 45 runs on the board for just one wicket in the first 6 overs. The winner of this game will make a place in the final of the tournament which is scheduled to take place on Sunday in Lahore while the side that suffers a defeat will get another opportunity as they will play the winner of the Eliminator 1 in Eliminator 2 on Friday at the same venue. The Eliminator 1 clash will be played between Peshawar Zalmi and Islamabad United on Thursday in Lahore.