PSL 08, ISL vs PES: Preview, Pitch Report, Probable XI, Live Score & Fantasy Tips
Peshawar will qualify for the playoffs if they beat Islamabad (Twitter)
Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi are set to face each other in a high-voltage encounter at the Pindi Club Ground in Rawalpindi on Sunday, March 12. The penultimate league stage match of PSL 08 promises to be a thrilling contest between two teams with different agendas.
Team Preview: Islamabad United
Islamabad United have already secured a spot in the playoffs and are sitting at the second spot in the points table with six wins and three losses from nine matches.
However, they would want to win this match at all costs to guarantee themselves a spot in the top two, allowing them an extra shot at reaching the final.
Led by Shadab Khan, the United will look to put behind their recent heavy 119-run defeat in their last game against table-toppers Lahore Qalandars and enter the playoffs with a win under their belt.
Team Preview: Peshawar Zalmi
On the other hand, Peshawar Zalmi needs to win this game to avoid depending on other results to qualify for the playoffs.
They currently have four wins and five losses from their nine games. Therefore, the best they can end up at is the fourth position in the points table, which would be a significant achievement considering their slow start to the season.
Led by Babar Azam, the Zalmi's primary area of concern is their bowling, which has failed to defend 240-plus totals in two consecutive games. So, they must improve their performance to secure their spot in the top four.
Date and Time: March 12, 2:30 PM IST
Venue: Pindi Club Ground, Rawalpindi
Live Streaming: Sony Sports Network, Sony LIV, and FanCode
The Pindi Club Ground in Rawalpindi has been conducive to high-scoring games in recent times, with teams scoring over 200 on eight occasions in the last five games. The pitch is expected to favour batting, and the captain winning the toss would prefer to chase.
Probable Playing XIs
Islamabad United: Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Alex Hales, Colin Munro, Shadab Khan (C), Azam Khan (WK), Faheem Ashraf, Asif Ali, Mubasir Khan, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Hasan Ali, Fazalhaq Farooqi
Peshawar Zalmi: Babar Azam (c), Saim Ayub, Mohammad Haris, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Haseebullah Khan (wk), Rovman Powell, Aamer Jamal, Wahab Riaz, Azmatullah Omarzai, Arshad Iqbal, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Cricket Exchange Fantasy Tips
Wicket-Keepers: Azam Khan, Rahmanullah Gurbaz
Batters: Colin Munro, Babar Azam, Saim Ayub, Tom Kohler-Cadmore
All-Rounders: Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf
Bowlers: Fazalhaq Farooqi, Wahab Riaz, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Captain: Shadab Khan
Vice-Captain: Babar Azam
Islamabad United look formidable on both batting and bowling fronts and with their current form, they are the favourites to win this contest.