About the Match
Defeating Karachi Kings in today’s match, Peshawar Zalmi have climbed to the first spot with 6 points after 4 matches and will take on Islamabad United in the next game on 12th February at Sharjah. United currently have 4 points after 4 matches played so far and they will be eager to get ahead in their campaign with a win here. The upcoming match on Friday is surely going to throw up some fireworks across the park as the batsmen from both teams are in terrific form; the team that can cleverly use the resources at hand to pressurise the opponent will have a vantage point to emerge victorious here.
They defeated Lahore Qalandars in the game on Wednesday by 8 wickets and over 4 overs to spare; Shane Watson and Sharjeel Khan continued with their good form with the bat as they scored 79 runs each to chase 167 runs easily. Earlier, the bowlers Mohammad Sami, Rumman Raees, Imran Khalid and Saeed Ajmal took regular wickets to stifle the opponents and they provide good depth to the attack. Previously, in the game against Kings, the bowlers had successfully defended a low total of 132 runs as Saeed Ajmal took 3-27 and others pitched in with a wicket each to control the run-flow.
However, when they had met Zalmi earlier in the league, the batsmen had faltered and failed to chase 146-run target; Andre Russell had claimed 3-31 while Saeed Ajmal, Watson and Raees had contributed with a wicket each to restrict Zalmi to 145 runs but the batsmen fell like a pack of cards, leaving the burden on the lower order to complete the job.
They will be eager to avenge their previous defeats and to do so they must come out all guns blazing as seen in recent outings and try to outwit the opposition with the variety of bowling they have.
They have an astounding pace attack consisting of speedsters like Shaun Tait, Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Asghar, who has delivered with consistent wickets till now; their combination helped Zalmi to defeat Islamabad by 24 runs earlier and they will be eager to repeat that performance here.
Tamim Iqbal had done well against the United bowlers as he posted run-a-ball 51; he along with Mohammad Hafeez, who blasted 59 off 35 in the game against Kings, provide stability to the top order. Kamran Akmal, Dawid Malan, Shahid Afridi and Sammy will help keep the scoreboard ticking in the middle order as seen in their innings against the Kings today. Wahab Riaz, Shaun Tait, Mohammad Asghar, Afridi and Sammy took wickets in regular intervals to win the match by 3 runs.
They are a determined lot who have displayed perseverance to reach the top of the table; with a well-balanced bowling attack and an experienced batting line-up, Zalmi definitely are a formidable force to reckon with.
Both teams have in-form batsmen and bowlers, who will come out on the field to dominate the opponent; with their recent victory, Zalmi seems motivated to continue with their winning momentum and is better placed to emerge victorious on Friday