PSL 2023, IU vs PZ: Preview, Pitch Report, Live Score & Cricket Exchange Fantasy Tips
Babar Azam plays a shot in PSL 2023 (PCB)
The Islamabad United will go up against the Peshawar Zalmi in the first eliminator contest of the ongoing PSL 2023 season on March 16.
Azam Khan in action for United (Twitter/PCB)
The Islamabad United, under Shadab Khan’s leadership, finished the league stage at number three on the points table. They secured six wins from their 10 matches, including three successive final-over run-chase wins which earned them their tickets for the playoffs.
However, their confident league run was dented by two defeats in their final two games. Notably, their final league opponents were Zalmi in a match where they ended up falling 13 runs short of their task.
Mohammad Haris plays a shot against United (Twitter/PCB)
The Peshawar Zalmi, on the other hand, have registered five wins and five defeats from their 10 league fixtures. Their topsy-turvy league stage campaign ended with a win over United in the absence of regular skipper Babar Azam.
The senior batter was ruled out of Zalmi’s playing XI in the game owing to illness. With PSL 2023 inching towards the knockout stage, the cricketer is tipped to make a return to the side for their eliminator clash.
Date & Time: March 16, 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
Live Telecast & Streaming: Sony Sports Network & Sony Liv App
Pitch Report: The conditions at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium are known to be favourable for batting. In the five league matches played at the venue this year, the average first innings score has been 193. The captain winning the toss might opt to bat first, considering the chasing sides have lost all five matches at the Gaddafi Stadium this season.
Predicted Playing XI
Islamabad United: Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Alex Hales, Colin Munro, Hassan Nawaz, Sohaib Maqsood, Shadab Khan (c), Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Hasan Ali and Fazalhaq Farooqi.
Peshawar Zalmi: Saim Ayub, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Haris, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Haseebullah Khan (wk), James Neesham, Aamer Jamal, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Khurram Shahzad, Salman Irshad and Sufiyan Muqeem.
Cricket Exchange Fantasy Tips
Wicketkeeper: Rahmanullah Gurbaz
Batters: Alex Hales, Mohammad Haris, Babar Azam, Bhanuka Rajapaksa
All-Rounders: James Neesham, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf
Bowlers: Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Hasan Ali, Khurram Shahzad
Captain: Mohammad Haris
Vice-Captain: Faheem Ashraf
Islamabad United is expected to overpower the Peshawar Zalmi in the eliminator, considering their superior finish at the PSL 2023 league stage points table.