Lewis Gregory. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Match Details:

The 13th match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020 will be played between Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi.

The match starts at 7:00 PM local time (2:00 PM GMT) (7:30 PM IST). This match will be live on DSport in India.

Preview for Dream11 Fantasy

Both Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi are stuck in the middle of the table. Both of them have blown hot and cold in this tournament so far and are currently third and fourth with four points to their name.

Islamabad United started the tournament with a three-wicket loss against Quetta Gladiators but they did come storming back as they won consecutive games, chasing 165 and 183 against Multan Sultans and Lahore Qalandars respectively. But they failed to defend 187 in the return fixture against Quetta Gladiators as the latter made it two wins in a row over Islamabad.

Peshawar Zalmi have lost and won alternately. Barring the game against Multan Sultans where they scored just 123, it’s been the batsmen who’ve set the game up for Zalmi. They fell 10 runs short in their chase of 202 against Karachi Kings in their opening game before hunting down 149 with nine balls to spare. In a curtailed game against Lahore Qalandars, Zalmi made 132 in 12 overs and defended it well.

Weather Condition/Report

There are thunderstorms expected throughout the day. The temperature will be around 14-15 degrees during the game but rain is likely to play spoilsport. In fact, there’s more than 55-60% chance of rain and thunderstorm during the game.


Pitch Condition/Report

The Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium produced a very good track to bat on when Islamabad played Quetta. Another good batting track might be in store but there might be some nip in the air and off the seam with rain around. Moreover, both teams will want to chase.

Average first innings score: 174 (T20 games played at this venue)

Record of chasing teams: Won – 3, Lost – 3

Injury and Availability News

(Will be shared when there’s an update)

Probable Playing XIs

Islamabad United:

Luke Ronchi (WK), Colin Munro, Dawid Malan, Colin Ingram, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan (C), Rumman Raees, Faheem Ashraf, Amad Butt, Ahmed Safi Abdullah, Muhammad Musa

Bench – Zafar Gohar, Hussain Talat, Philip Salt, Saif Badar, Rizwan Hussain, Akif Javed

Peshawar Zalmi:

Kamran Akmal, Tom Banton (WK), Mohammad Mohsin, Liam Livingstone, Haider Ali, Daren Sammy (C), Lewis Gregory, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Rahat Ali, Mohammad Amir Khan

Bench – Shoaib Malik, Liam Dawson, Carlos Brathwaite, Imam-ul-Haq, Adil Amin, Umar Amin, Aamir Ali


Top Picks

Dawid Malan has been in very good form and has started this tournament pretty well. He’s made 131 runs in four innings and he is striking at 142.39. Faheem Ashraf has done well with the ball. He’s been expensive but he’s picked up seven wickets in four games. Moreover, he can be very handy with the bat too.

Kamran Akmal seems to be in top form and has scored a ton already. He is a key figure in the Peshawar Zalmi batting line-up. Lewis Gregory played his first game of the tournament against Lahore Qalandars and had an impact straight away. He 16 off 8 balls before picking 4/25 from three overs.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Captain Options – Kamran Akmal, Colin Munro, Dawid Malan

Vice-captain Options – Luke Ronchi, Faheem Ashraf, Lewis Gregory

Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – Luke Ronchi (VC), Kamran Akmal (C)

Batsmen – Dawid Malan, Liam Livingstone, Haider Ali, Colin Ingram

All-Rounders – Faheem Ashraf, Lewis Gregory

Bowlers – Amad Butt, Muhammad Musa, Wahab Riaz

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – Kamran Akmal (VC), Tom Banton

Batsmen – Colin Munro (C), Dawid Malan, Haider Ali

All-Rounders – Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Lewis Gregory

Bowlers – Amad Butt, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali


Expert Advice

It is expected to be a high-scoring game and the user could well stack up the side with more top-order players. The wicket-keepers from both sides bat at the top of the order which means you can pick two of them in your side. In all, the user could go in with a total of two keepers, three or four batsmen and three bowlers along with two or three all-rounders.

The teams have been making unexpected changes in their playing XIs in the ongoing edition of the PSL. It would be wise to wait for the playing XIs to be announced before finalising your Dream11 Fantasy team.

Probable Winners:

Peshawar Zalmi are expected to win the match.

*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.