In the 12th fixture of PSL 2023, we will witness Peshawar Zalmi coming face-to-face against Islamabad United at National Stadium Karachi on Thursday, 23rd February. It's the beginning of the new season of PSL 2023 and hence both teams will try their best to cement their position at the top of the point table.
With a net run rate of -0.632 and 2 wins, Peshawar Zalmi is currently cemented at the second spot in the point table. They are two points behind the top positions and in a close contest with Karachi Kings.
Islamabad United will be playing their third fixture on Thursday. They are currently in fourth position in the point table and are expected to improve as the tournament proceeds. Top bookmakers have some fancy odds out for PSL.
Peshawar Zalmi started their campaign on a positive note with a win against Karachi Kings by two runs. However, they lost their second fixture against Multan Sultans but made a comeback in the third game against Quetta Gladiators.
The primary concern for the team is their collapsing top order which is failing to give momentum to the team. The bowlers have also turned out to be expensive in the past fixtures.
There won’t be any changes in the squad of Peshawar Zalmi as they have fully fit playing XI.
Predicted Lineup: Mohammad Haris (wk), Babar Azam (c), Saim Ayub, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Rovman Powell, James Neesham, Wahab Riaz, Dasun Shanaka, Sufiyan Muqeem, Usman Qadir, Arshad Iqbal
Islamabad United has a good opportunity as they come to play their third fixture of the season. By winning the game, United can easily jump to the second spot in the points table. The team carries a good batting depth and has an experienced middle order. The only concern for the team is their weak bowling where the bowlers are turning out to be inconsistent performers.
Islamabad United have a good combination of players and they won’t be making any changes as well to the playing XI.
Predicted Lineup: Paul Stirling, Hassan Nawaz, Colin Munro, Rassie van der Dussen, Azam Khan (wk), Shadab Khan (c), Faheem Ashraf, Tom Curran, Abrar Ahmed, Rumman Raees, Mohammad Wasim Jr
Both sides are evenly matched and the players have huge potential. However, the batters are much more experienced and strong in Islamabad United. We predict a win for Islamabad United on Thursday.