ISLAMABAD: After two wins on the trot, Peshawar Zalmi will be eyeing a victory over former two-time Pakistan Super League (PSL) champions Islamabad United when the two teams lock horns at the Qaddafi Stadium in Lahore today, Monday.
After a dismal start to the tournament which saw them lose to the Quetta Gladiators and Karachi Kings, Zalmi defeated table-toppers Multan Sultans by five runs in a thrilling contest last Friday. Skipper Babar Azam’s side won again on Sunday night, beating defending champions Lahore Qalandars by eight runs to ensure their second win of the tournament.
United began their PSL 2024 on a high, crushing the Qalandars by eight wickets before losing to the Sultans and the Gladiators last week. After losing two matches on the trot, United will be eyeing a comeback on Monday against Zalmi to improve their number five position on the PSL points table.
“Your #Sherus roar again! Tomorrow, we will be back in action against Peshawar Zalmi,” United wrote on social media platform X on Sunday.
While United bowlers Naseem Shah, Tymal Mills and Ubaid Shah have shown glimpse of brilliance this month, the team would require more of them if it needs to qualify for the playoffs this PSL. Skipper Shadab Khan has been consistent as an all-rounder so far along with explosive batter Salman Agha.
Zalmi’s formidable opening pair Azam and Saim Ayub found form during their fixture against the Qalandars on Sunday night, putting up an impressive partnership of 136 runs. Ayub scored 88 runs while Azam narrowly missed out on yet another PSL fifty after he was caught on 48.
The match is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m.
Shadab Khan, Naseem Shah, Imad Wasim, Azam Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Alex Hales, Colin Munro, Rumman Raees, Tymal Mills, Matthew Forde, Salman Agha, Qasim Akram, Shahab Khan, Hunain Shah, Ubaid Shah, Shamyl Hussain, Tom Curran, Jordan Cox, Haider Ali, Obed McCoy
Babar Azam, Rovman Powell, Saim Ayub, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Mohammad Haris, Aamir Jamal, Khurram Shahzad, Haseebullah Khan , Asif Ali, Naveen-ul-Haq, Umair Afridi, Dan Mousley, Gus Atkinson, Mohammad Zeeshan, Waqar Salamkheil, Mehran Mumtaz, Noor Ahmad Gus Atkinson, Salman Irshad, Arif Yaqoob, Shamar Joseph, Arshad Iqbal, Luke Wood, Sufiyan Muqeem