The Peshawar Zalmi will play the Islamabad United in the 21st match of the third season of the Pakistan Super League. This game will be played in Dubai on Friday. The match will begin at 9:00 pm PST (4.00 pm GMT).
Every game is changing the points table standings drastically, which means that the Peshawar Zalmi, who were celebrating a stunning win over the Quetta Gladiators only recently thanks to Darren Sammy’s smashing knock off the final eight or nine balls, are now outside the top four in the points table.
To be frank, there’s not much to choose from between the top five sides – the top-ranked Multan Sultans have nine points from seven games, and the Zalmis are on six from six and at the fifth spot. What that implies is that even now every game is a crucial one and unless the Lahore Qalandars can prove to be the party-poopers teams in their state usually end up doing, this could well be a close, five-team league.
But that doesn’t mean that the Zalmis can get away easily without winning this one against United. A defeat will put a lot of pressure on them heading into their final three wins and make those three games nearly must-win. A victory here will take them to eight points from seven games, which will be the same as the second-placed Quetta Gladiators.
At the other end are the United side which has turned things around dramatically. They should have probably lost to the Lahore Qalandars but went on to tie the game and then won it in the Super Over before registering back to back victories over the Karachi Kings and Lahore Qalandars (again).
What will warm the hearts of the Islamabad fans is those two wins were easily achieved.
Against the Kings, they needed to chase down 154 for a win and made it to the target for the loss of two wickets and with 16 balls to spare. This was followed by another easy victory over the Qalandars by six wickets.
In both these wins, Luke Ronchi played a major role and he could continue to remain a factor for the side. Islamabad United vs Peshawar Zalmi 21st match prediction, betting tips & preview are placed below.
Islamabad United vs Peshawar Zalmi Predictions & Tips
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