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Islamabad and Peshawar set for a do-or-die battle

  • The defending champions Islamabad United finished third in the points table after the completion of the league phase with five victories and five defeats from their maximum of 10 matches.
  • Peshawar Zalmi with a superior net run-rate finished on top of the points table after the completion of the league stage with five victories and five defeats from their maximum of 10 games.
  • Peshawar Zalmi lost to Quetta Gladiators by 10 runs in the Qualifier Match played on March 13 at Karachi.
  • Islamabad United defeated Karachi Kings by four wickets in the Eliminator 1 match played on March 14 at Karachi.
  • Islamabad United defeated Peshawar Zalmi by 12 runs in the first-round match of the league tournament played on February 22 at Sharjah.
  • Peshawar Zalmi had the better of Islamabad United by four wickets when the two teams met again in the second-round of the league tournament on March 1 at Dubai.

Islamabad United will defeat Peshawar Zalmi as the defending champions look to secure their place in the final with another fine all-round performance.

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The Eliminator 2 Match of the Pakistan Super League 2019, season-4 will take place at the Karachi National Stadium in Pakistan on 15th March 2019. Islamabad United will take on Peshawar Zalmi in this Twenty20 match. The Pakistan Super League 2019, season-4 has now reached the very end with two of the best teams set for a massive showdown as they battle for a place in Sunday’s final.

The PSL Cricket Betting Tips provided by Premium Cricket looks at the chances of the two teams playing in the final and more importantly the possible outcome of this encounter. We would analyze whether Islamabad United will be able to reach the grand final for the second successive year or whether Peshawar Zalmi could make a comeback and turn the game in their favor.

 

Islamabad United – team review

The defending champions are brimming with confidence following their four-wicket victory over Karachi Kings in the Eliminator 1 match played earlier. Even then, they still have some work to be accomplished before securing their place in the final and a clash against Quetta Gladiators on Sunday at the same venue. They need to keep the momentum and produce the same kind of form which will help them to overcome this penultimate hurdle of the tournament.

Islamabad United will once again depend on their formidable batting line-up to put up a challenging total if they are to keep their hopes alive. The manner in which their replacement overseas player Alex Hales performed the other day was quite outstanding as he marshaled the team towards a comfortable victory against Karachi Kings. The 30-year-old right-hand middle-order batsman made a fine impact on his PSL debut while stroking a run-a-ball 41 with the help of one six and five boundaries. Islamabad United will be hoping that their star batsman Luke Ronchi would return to form after having failed to reach double figures in the last two outings. However, the 37-year-old former New Zealand wicket-keeper batsman is their second highest run-getter with an aggregate of 302 runs and behind the South African Cameron Delport who is on top of the list with a tally of 327 runs at an average of 32.70. Cricket betting tips by Premium Cricket expects the United batters and bowlers to unite together to give a good account of themselves in this important fixture.

 

Peshawar Zalmi – team review

Despite finishing on top of the points table after the completion of the league phase, the Peshawar Zalmi team are back to square one as they look for their last chance to make it to the final. They missed out the earlier opportunity of qualifying directly into the final by surrendering to Quetta Gladiators in the Qualifier Match played at the same venue. Now they are facing a do-or-die situation and need to give off their best in their attempt to play in Sunday’s grand finale.

They were guilty of conceding too many runs the other day as they allowed their opponents Quetta Gladiators to pile up as many as 186 runs in the allotted 20 overs. This total was eventually too much for Peshawar Zalmi who fell short by 10 runs in the end despite a fine late order rally from the West Indian pair of Kieran Pollard and Darren Sammy. This time, Peshawar Zalmi will look for their more accomplished batsmen Kamran Akmal, Imam-ul- Haq and Liam Dawson to get some runs to boost their chances. The Peshawar Zalmi bowlers will also need to produce improved performance and the pressure will be on the two most successful pair of Hasan Ali (22 wickets) and Wahab Riaz (15 wickets) to deliver the goods.

 

The PSL Cricket Betting Tips

The Premium Cricket Prediction on the possible outcome of the match is as follows.

With both teams striving hard to book a place in the final this penultimate clash of the tournament should go into the wire even though the in-form Islamabad United will have a slight edge over their rivals.

Match Info

Tournament:

Pakistan Super League 2019

Format:

t20

Home Team:

Islamabad United

Away Team:

Peshawar Zalmi

Date:

Mar 15, 2019

Time:

14:00 GMT

Venue:

National Stadium, Karachi, Pakistan

Weather:

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