Peshawar Zalmi and Islamabad United are ready and both the teams have taken their place in the ground to contest in this third playoff which will decide the second finalist of the PSL. Quetta Gladiators are already in the finals winning the first playoff against the Peshawar Zalmi.
Islamabad United won their playoff against the Karachi Kings which was a one-sided contest in which the Karachi Kings once again failed to show their true abilities. They responded poorly with both their bat and ball and eventually let Islamabad seal an easy win.
Islamabad United have gained some good batting form which Haddin and Smith scoring fifties in the last game against Karachi Kings. Now all Islamabad have to do is bat well against the stiff bowling line up of Peshawar Zalmi.
The bowling line up of Peshawar Zalmi will be a lot stronger than Karachi Kings. With the inclusion of Tait, Wahab, Asghar and Junaid, Islamabad United is in for a tight contest. The best example of how to go against Peshawar Zalmi should be taken from the first playoff by Islamabad United.
Islamabad United needs to play attacking cricket just like Quetta Gladiators who were all out for just 133 in the first innings yet fought their way back and won the game with a hand full of runs. So this is the way to go against the Peshawar Zalmi.
Peshawar Zalmi, on the other hand, is a team which tests you nerves and abilities both. Their bowling line-up is the best in PSL so far and they have challenged their oppositions in most of the times. So this will be another cracker of a game in Dubai.
Islamabad United did well with the bat and in the bowling, Imran Khalid gave his team 4 wickets at a crucial stage of the innings. Imran took the wicket of Hafeez, Hodge, Kamran and Sammy. Imran Khalid was the damage given to Peshawar Zalmi. His ball against Sammy that bowled him around his leg stump remained the best offer.