PSL 6 Eliminator 2 Match Preview: United & Zalmi in the Race of Finals

PSL 6 Eliminator 2 of the HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL 6) is to lock horns between Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi. Either of the team will be knocked out whereas, the champion will proceed to the final to battle with anticipated Multan Sultans on 24th June. 

Match details:

  • Eliminator 2: Islamabad United vs Peshawar Zalmi 
  • Day: Tuesday
  • Date: 22nd June 2021
  • Venue: Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
  • Time: 9:00 PM PKT, 8:00 PM Local Time

Pitch and weather report:

When the game proceeds at 8:00 PM Local, the contestants of each side will have to suffer hot breezes as the temperature is expected to be around 35 degrees celsius. The humidity will be nearly 55-58%, with the wind speed across 15-17 km/h.

Reading the pitch for the HBL PSL 6 Eliminator 2, the conditions will be absorbing dew inside as in the last game. However, it will have similar effects as the previous night despite benefitting both bowlers and the batters. 

The summary of the Abu Dhabi pitch in the remainder of the PSL is ‘as much effort, as much prosperity’. With equal delights for the two teams, we have seen teams falling beneath 150 and chasing over 160 successfully. We have witnessed bowlers being able to collapse the opponent and failing to grasp more. The diverse pitch will choose the best among the two as the winner tonight.

Squads to select from:

Islamabad United:

Asif Ali, Colin Munro, Brandon King, Hussain Talat, Iftikhar Ahmed, Umar Amin, Usman Khawaja, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Akhlaq, Rohail Nazir, Ahmed Safi Abdullah, Akif Javed, Ali Khan, Mohammad Wasim, Zafar Gohar, Fawad Ahmed, Hasan Ali, Zeeshan Zameer, Musa Khan

Peshawar Zalmi:

Hazratullah Zazai, Haider Ali, David Miller, Rovman Powell, Imam ul Haq, Sherfane Rutherford, Amad Butt, Fidel Edwards, Mohammad Amir Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Waqar Salamkheil, Wahab Riaz, Fabian Allen, Mohammad Imran, Shoaib Malik, Bismillah Khan, Umaid Asif, Abrar Ahmed, Kamran Akmal

Predicted Playing XI:

United: Usman Khawaja, Colin Munro, Asif Ali, Mohammad Akhlaq, Shadab Khan (c), Faheem Ashraf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Akif Javed

Zalmi: Hazratullah Zazai, Kamran Akmal, Imam ul Haq, Rovman Powell, Shoaib Malik, Sherfane Rutherford, Khalid Usman, Wahab Riaz (c), Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Imran, Umaid Asif

PSL Eliminator 2 Match Preview:

United topped the points table of the extravaganza glancing at eight out of ten triumphs in the Robinhood stage. Every rise has a fall – the statement made people firmly believe in it after the Red Hot army faced Rizwan-led Sultans in the Qualifier. With the MS captain leading from the front, United breached their winning streaking of the last five contests in a line. However, they may seek to utilize the last chance to be in the finals.

Tonight’s opponents of IU are nonetheless. The smashing inning of Hazratullah Zazai versus the Karachi Kings in the Eliminator was plausibly one of the bests of the PSL 6. Not only relying on the aggressive openers, but the Javed Afridi-owned franchise has grip excellency in their dynamic batting approach.

Players to watch for:

Usman Khawaja:

Since his induction in the HBL PSL 6, Khawaja has furnished memorable events for the fans to witness. His knock of 105* in the league stage and then following with magnificent runs ahead makes him one of the top players to watch for in IU vs PZ Eliminator 2.

Hazratullah Zazai:

Inducing Afghan players in the season has so far benefitted the franchises, particularly Zalmi. Zazai’s last inning against Kings popped them home, with Zalmi getting another chance to be in the showdown.

Wahab Riaz:

Riaz, the third-highest wicket-taker of the HBL PSL 6, may look to steal the show tonight, giving his unit some cherishing moments ahead of the concluding scaffolds. He has rallied 16 wickets in 10 league-stage innings averaging 20.93 with his best haul of 4/17.

Match Prediction:

On account of their last defeat in the Qualifier, United will be attending to dignify their top position on the points table. On the other hand, Zalmi, who is striving their best to clamp the second trophy since they won the inaugural version, may give critical challenges to the Shadab-led squad tonight. Zalmi may advance ahead to contend Sultans in the HBL PSL 6 final.

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