Islamabad United finished at the bottom of the points table in the 2020 edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL). However, this time around, the team, led by Shadab Khan, has started on an impressive note. With both their matches, the United are on the top half of the points table with a net run rate of 0.468. In their previous game, they beat Imad Wasim’s Karachi Kings by five wickets.
Chasing 197, the United got over the finishing line with five balls to spare. In their next match, they would be facing the Peshawar Zalmi in the second of Saturday’s doubleheader at the National Stadium in Karachi. The Zalmi, captained by Wahab Riaz, on the other hand, are in decent enough form as well. Earlier, they tracked down a mammoth target of 194 against the Multan Sultans.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch in Karachi has turned out to be a bowler’s graveyard in recent times. The batsmen have been able to play shots on the up with facing many troubles. Another high-scoring game seems to be in the offing. The temperature will be around 26 degrees Celsius with the humidity mostly in the 40s.
Playing Combinations for PES vs ISL
Imam-ul-Haq, Kamran Akmal (wk), Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Sherfane Rutherford, Shoaib Malik, Haider Ali, Wahab Riaz, Saqib Mahmood, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Imran
Bench: Ravi Bopara, Amad Butt, David Miller, Umaid Asif, Abrar Ahmed, Waqar Salamkheil, Mohammad Amir Khan, Mohammad Imran
Phillip Salt (wk), Alex Hales, Shadab Khan (C), Faheem Ashraf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Hussain Talat, Asif Ali, Lewis Gregory, Zafar Gohar, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Wasim Jr
Bench: Akif Javed, Safi Abdullah, Zeeshan Zameer, Rohail Nazir, Muhammad Musa, Ali Khan, Fawad Ahmed, Reece Topley
Probable Top Performers for PES vs ISL
Kamran Akmal– Peshawar Zalmi
Kamran Akmal is the leading run-scorer in the history of the PSL. He doesn’t mind taking the aerial route at the start and he is able to get runs at a brisk rate. Last season, he also notched a century in a critical situation. He will again be expected to show his class and calibre against Shadab’s United.
Alex Hales– Islamabad United
Alex Hales was the leading run-scorer in the 2020-21 edition of the BBL. He also got a ton against the Sydney Sixers. In the ongoing edition of the PSL, he hasn’t flattered to deceive by any means. In the first two games, he managed to score 75 runs at an average of 37.50 and at a strike-rate of 182.92.
PES vs ISL Head to Head
Played- 13 |PES won- 6 | ISL won- 6 | N/R- 1
Average first innings score: 165 (6 matches in PSL 2021)
Record of chasing teams: Won- 6 | Lost- 0
Match timings – 07:00 PM local time, 07:30 PM IST
TV – Sony Sports Network
Live Streaming – SonyLIV
The prediction is for the team, batting second to win the match.
Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.
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