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PSL 2024: Match 20, Islamabad United vs Peshawar Zalmi Match Preview | Reddy Anna

In the 20th match of the Pakistan Super League 2024, Islamabad United (ISL) will square off against Peshawar Zalmi (PES) at the National Bank Cricket Arena | Reddy Anna. With Peshawar currently sitting third on the points table and Islamabad in the fourth position, this encounter promises to be a riveting contest.


20th match of the Pakistan Super League 2024, Islamabad United (ISL) will square off against Peshawar Zalmi (PES) at the National Bank Cricket Arena | Reddy Anna
Islamabad United vs Peshawar Zalmi

Despite the ongoing challenges posed by heavy rain in Karachi affecting PSL matches, the weather is expected to clear up, offering the possibility of a full game between these two teams. Peshawar Zalmi, led by Babar Azam, has been in exceptional form, with Babar himself leading the run-scoring charts in the tournament. In their previous face-off against Islamabad, Babar's outstanding century propelled Zalmi to a formidable total of 201 runs.


On the other hand, Islamabad United, led by Shadab Khan, had their last game against Quetta Gladiators abandoned due to rain. However, prior to that, they secured a convincing seven-wicket victory over Karachi Kings, with Colin Munro's explosive innings of 82 runs off 47 deliveries boosting their morale.


The pitch at the National Bank Cricket Arena, having been under covers for an extended period, is expected to be slightly slower. Opting to bat first would be advantageous, as spinners are likely to find some assistance from the surface. A total exceeding 160 runs would be considered competitive in such conditions.


Babar Azam's scintillating form for Peshawar Zalmi is a significant factor to watch out for. With 330 runs under his belt in just five matches at a staggering strike rate, Babar poses a formidable threat to the opposition bowlers. Additionally, the spin prowess of Peshawar Zalmi's Arif Yaqoob, who has claimed eight wickets in three matches, adds depth to their bowling attack.


While predictions are subject to analysis and understanding, considering the form and performances of key players, the encounter between Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi is expected to be closely contested, offering an exciting spectacle for cricket enthusiasts.


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