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IU vs PZ, PSL 2022 – Fantasy Preview, Predictions and MPL Top Picks

Match: Islamabad United vs Peshawar Zalmi, PSL 2022 (IU vs PZ)

Date: February 17, Thursday, 8:00 PM IST 

Venue: Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, Pakistan

Islamabad United will take on the Peshawar Zalmi in the 24th match of Pakistan Super League 2022 at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on Thursday. With the league stage of the tournament now on its last legs, both United and Zalmi will want to win the next game to solidify their position in the tour four.

With four wins in seven games, United are third in the points table. They come into this game after snatching victory from the jaws of defeat against the win-less Karachi Kings in their last match. Batting first, the Shadab Khan-led side put up 191 runs in their 20 overs, before their bowlers defended the target on the last ball of Karachi’s innings.

Peshawar Zalmi, on the other hand, are fourth in the points table with four wins and as many losses. They have the same number of points as United, but a poorer net run rate. Zalmi come into this game after getting the better of Quetta Gladiators by 24 runs in their most recent game. A half-century each from Shoaib Malik and Hussain Talat took them to a total of 185, which was defended on the back of Usman Qadir’s three wickets.

Ahead of the 24th PSL 2022 game, let’s look at the head to head total of Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi, the pitch report, weather update, top picks for your MPL fantasy team and more.

Weather update and pitch report for IU vs PZ

The wicket at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore has been a high-scoring one in the second leg of the tournament and the batsman have earned the most fantasy points. The fast bowlers have also enjoyed their time on the surface but the spinners have found it difficult to get going. The toss-winning captain is likely to opt to bowl first. The average first innings score here in T20s in 175, while the highest and lowest total recorded is 209-5 and 90-10.

As for the weather update, the temperature is likely to fluctuate between 184 and 24 degree Celsius. The sky is expected to be clear and we are likely in for an interrupted 40-over game.

Peshawar Zalmi team news and predicted XI

Team news: Hussain Talat was the Player of the Match in Peshawar’s recent game against the Gladiators. The all-rounder scored 51 off 33 with the bat and picked up one wicket for just eight runs in his two overs.

Predicted XI: Hazratullah Zazai, Ben Cutting, Mohammad Haris (wk), Liam Livingstone, Shoaib Malik, Hussain Talat, Sherfane Rutherford, Wahab Riaz (c), Usman Qadir, Mohammad Umar, Salman Irshad

Islamabad United team news and predicted XI

Team news: Islamabad will be playing the remainder of the tournament without Alex Hales and Ben McDermott, both of whom have pulled out of the tournament. It has been learnt that the duo chose to return home due to the toll the bio-bubble was taking on them. Besides, the team will also be without Shadab Khan and Zeeshan Zameer for the next game, as both have sustained injuries.

Predicted XI: Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Muhammad Akhlaq, Liam Dawson, Asif Ali, Azam Khan (wk), Mubashir Khan, Danish Aziz, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Waqas Maqsood, Mohammad Wasim

Head to head record

Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi have faced off 17 times in the PSL, with both teams having eight wins each.

Five players to watch out for

Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI for IU vs PZ

Shoaib Malik – all-rounder, Peshawar Zalmi

Veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik has played a crucial role in Zalmi’s journey so far in the tournament. He comes into this game after scoring a quickfire 58 runs from 41 deliveries in the last game against the Quetta Gladiators. So far, Malik has amassed 276 runs from eight matches and will be expected to maintain his form in the upcoming important matches and take his side to the playoffs. Malik’s experience of playing international cricket across four decades further makes him an important pick in your MPL team.

Waqas Maqsood – Bowler, Islamabad United

With Shadab Khan and Zeeshan Zameer unavailable for the next game, the onus of picking wickets will lie on Waqas Maqsood. Maqsood grabbed headlines after bowling a match-winning final over against the Karachi Kings a few nights ago, where he picked up two wickets while also effecting a run out. He finished with figures of 3/34 from his four overs at an economy of 8.5.  In all, he has taken 12 wickets from five matches this season and will be looking to grab a couple more in the next game.

Rahmanullah Gurbaz – Wicketkeeper batsman, Islamabad United

Opening batsman Rahmanullah Gurbaz has made 73 runs in four matches at an average of 24.33 and a striker ate of 155.31. Although he has not played long innings, Gurbaz has played quick innings which has helped increased the side’s scoring rate. In all, he has played 65 T20s, from which he has an average and strike rate of 24.61 and 150.58. In internationals T20s, Gurbaz has a batting average and strike rate of 29.50 and 139.37 from 18 games.

Hussain Talat – All-rounder, Peshawar Zalmi

Hussain Talat was the Player of the Match in Peshawar’s recent game against the Gladiators. The all-rounder scored 51 off 33 with the bat and picked up one wicket for just eight runs in his two overs. In a career of 134 T20 matches, Talat has scored 2634 runs while also picking up 47 wickets with his seam bowling.

Salman Irshad – Bowler, Peshawar Zalmi

Salman Irshad has been the best bowler for Peshawar Zalmi thus far. He has picked up nine wickets while bowling at an average of 22 and an economy rate of 8.50. He was slightly expensive in his recent outing – having conceded 37 runs in four overs while picking two wickets, and will be looking to keep his economy rate in control in the next game.

MPL Fantasy XI
IU vs PZ – where and what time to watch the match live in India 

Sony Sports Network and its digital wing Sony Liv will broadcast the Pakistan Super League games in India. Additionally, you can also watch the matches on the Jio TV platform. The match will begin at 8.00 PM IST.

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Umaima Saeed
A writer who primarily writes on cricket. As of 2021, she has covered cricket for more than a dozen publications.

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