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PZ vs IU, PSL 2022 Eliminator 1 – Fantasy Preview and Top Picks

Match: Peshawar Zalmi vs Islamabad United, (PZ vs IU, Eliminator 1)

Date: February 24, 2022 – 8 PM IST

Venue: Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore

Where and what time to watch the match live in India 

For those in India, you can watch the Eliminator 1 between Peshawar Zalmi and Islamabad United on Sony Six and Six HD at 8 PM IST. You can also catch the contest live on the online streaming platform Sony LIV.

Peshawar Zalmi vs Islamabad United, Eliminator 1: 

After three weeks of high-scoring action across 30 league matches, we are down to four teams in the playoffs of the Pakistan Super League 2022. Top two teams Multan Sultans and Lahore Qalandars will compete in the Qualifier on Wednesday. In the Eliminator 1, Peshawar Zalmi and Islamabad United will take on each other at Gaddafi Stadium on Thursday. 

Islamabad United, who started the tournament well, struggled afterwards as they were plagued with injuries and players’ unavailability. They managed to finish fourth with 8 points, winning four matches and having a better net run-rate than Quetta Gladiators. In their last group match, Islamabad could only post 105/7 and were defeated by six wickets. 

Peshawar Zalmi finished third on the points table with 12 points, having won six and lost four matches. They defeated Lahore Qalandars in the last game in a thrilling super over finish but it wasn’t enough to displace them from the top two. The United hammered Peshawar in the first clash of the PSL 7 while the Zalmi claimed a 10-run victory in the second. 

Pitch Report and Weather Forecast for PZ vs IU

Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium has been a belter of a venue for batting in the ongoing PSL edition. The average first innings total from 15 matches played here in the PSL 7 stands at 178. Overall, 42 T20 games have been played at this ground, with the average score of 169. Multan Sultans recorded the highest score here of 245/3 while the lowest of 90 goes to Islamabad United’s name.

The weather forecast for Lahore on Thursday suggests it will be mostly clear with humidity around 78% and 10% chance of rain. The temperature will hover around 14°C in the evening. 

Peshawar Zalmi – Expected XI and Team News 

Peshawar Zalmi suffered some huge blows ahead of the playoffs. English all-rounder Liam Livingstone was ruled out due to an injury while Ben Cutting and Usman Qadir were tested Covid-19 positive. Sherfane Rutherford, who was rested from the last game among others, will slot right back in for this crucial eliminator. 

Probable XI – Hazratullah Zazai, Mohammad Haris (wk), Kamran Akmal, Haider Ali, Shoaib Malik, Yasir Khan, Sherfane Rutherford, Hussain Talat, Wahab Riaz (c), Salman Irshad, Khalid Usman 

Islamabad United – Expected XI and Team News 

Islamabad United are heavily depleted in the second half of the season due to unavailability of players. But they’re likely to receive some relief as their skipper Shadab Khan could return for this fixture after recovering from a groin injury. 

Probable XI – Nasir Nawaz, Mubasir Khan, Danish Aziz, Liam Dawson, Shadab Khan (c), Asif Ali, Azam Khan (wk), Faheem Ashraf, Marchant de Lange, Mohammad Wasim, Waqas Mahmood

Head to head record of PZ vs IU

Peshawar Zalmi and Islamabad United share a neck and neck rivalry in the PSL. Of 18 games between the two, Peshawar Zalmi have won nine while Islamabad United have claimed eight. In the last five clashes, the Zalmi lead the scoreline by 3-2. 

Peshawar Zalmi – 9

Islamabad United – 8

No Results – 1

Eliminator 1: Five players to watch out for in the PZ vs IU match

Here we take a look at five key players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI: 

Mohammad Haris: Wicketkeeper Batter, Peshawar Zalmi

Mohammad Haris has only played four matches in the PSL 7 but has made his mark for the Zalmi. The opening batter has scored 154 runs at an average of 38.50 while striking at a superb rate of 190. Haris smashed a 70 off 32 in the last meeting against Islamabad United. Haris comes at 9 credits and can be a good C/VC option. 

Shoaib Malik: Batter, Peshawar Zalmi

Shoaib Malik has been pretty solid for Peshawar throughout the season. The veteran has scored 346 runs in 12 matches at an average of 43 and strike rate of 139. Malik has also picked three wickets in the competition. He has crossed 30 runs in all of his last five innings. Malik is priced at 9.5 credits and is a good C/VC option. 

Shadab Khan: All-rounder, Islamabad United

Shadab Khan was in spectacular form before an injury sidelined him. The all-rounder has scored 232 runs in six innings at an average of 39 with two fifties. He has also claimed 17 wickets with his leg-break bowling at a strike rate of 8.4. If Shadab is indeed fit for this game, there’s no better captaincy option. He is priced at 11 credits. 

Faheem Ashraf: All-rounder, Islamabad United

Faheem Ashraf adds a good all-round value to the United side. The medium pacer has picked 8 wickets in the tournament at a strike rate of 23.2, with best figures of 3/28. He has also scored 102 runs at an average of 25.5. Faheem is priced at 9.5 credits. 

Salman Irshad: Bowler, Peshawar Zalmi

With 12 wickets from seven matches, Salman Irshad is the leading run-scorer in the tournament for Peshawar Zalmi. He has struck at every 14 balls. Irshad claimed 3/29 in the last game against the United. He will take up 9 credits in the MPL XI. 

MPL Fantasy XI 

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams.

Also read: IND vs SL, 1st T20I – Fantasy Preview and Top Picks 

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