Winners of the inaugural edition Islamabad United will face title defenders Peshawar Zalmi in the ultimate showdown at the National Stadium in Karachi.
— Daren Sammy (@darensammy88) March 24, 2018
The final match of the Pakistan Super League 2018 will be played on March 25 with live telecast scheduled to commence at 7. 30 PM IST
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Conditions have generally been excellent for batting at this ground. Since determining a safe first-innings score on this surface could be a little difficult, the team that wins the toss in this match may prefer to bowl first.
JP Duminy will continue to lead the side as skipper Misbah-ul-Haq has been ruled out of this final game with a wrist injury. Meanwhile, top-order batsmen Alex Hales and Sam Billings are uncertain about traveling to Pakistan and they might pull themselves out. Samit Patel and Luke Ronchi however have been confirmed to make the trip.
Luke Ronchi is the man in form for Islamabad United. The opening batsman is amongst the top run-getters of the PSL 2018 with four half-centuries to his name and he single-handedly led his side to victory in the qualifier against Karachi Kings with a brilliant 39-ball 94. Mohammad Sami has been fairly consistent with the ball and so has Samit Patel. But the key in this bowling attack is seamer Faheem Ashraf who is leading the wickets charts with 17 scalps in 11 matches.
Islamabad United, table-toppers at the end of the league stage with seven wins from ten matches, have been the most consistent team in this year’s PSL. They lost their last league game to Karachi Kings before decimating the same opposition in the qualifier.
Islamabad United Predicted Playing 11
- Jean-Paul Duminy (c), Mohammad Sami, Luke Ronchi (wk), Samit Patel, Asif Ali, Hussain Talat, Amad Butt, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Sahibzada Farhan, Alex Hales/Sam Billings/Chadwick Walton
Peshawar Zalmi don’t seem to have any injury-related worries at the moment and they are likely to retain the same playing eleven that beat Karachi Kings in the second eliminator.
Kamran Akmal played a blinder (77 runs off just 27 balls) to power Peshawar Zalmi to a match-winning total of 170 in the second eliminator against Karachi Kings. He is the season’s best batsman with an aggregate of 424 runs which includes a century and four fifties. The team will hope for a similar performance from him come the big night. Wahab Riaz, Umaid Asif and Hasan Ali have all done a good job with the ball. Riaz is third on the wickets charts with 16 wickets in 12 matches and he will be Peshawar’s go-to bowler.
Peshawar Zalmi are coming into this final game having won their last four fixtures on the bounce. After knocking out Quetta Gladiators in the first eliminator with a one-run win, they got the better of Karachi Kings in the second eliminator to confirm their second appearance in the final in consecutive seasons.
Peshawar Zalmi Predicted Playing 11
- Darren Sammy (c), Kamran Akmal (wk), Mohammad Hafeez, Wahab Riaz, Andre Fletcher, Chris Jordan, Liam Dawson, Umaid Asif, Saad Nasim, Sameen Gul, Hasan Ali
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
Islamabad United: W L W W W
Peshawar Zalmi: W W W W L
Islamabad United vs Peshawar Zalmi Head-to-Head
Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi have played seven matches against each other since the inception of the Pakistan Super League with the former having won four of those and the latter three. Islamabad went on to win by 26 runs when they last faced Peshawar – in the 21st match of the ongoing season.
Islamabad United vs Peshawar Zalmi Betting Odds
Islamabad United start off as favorites among the bookmakers to win the PSL 2018 final at odds of 1.96 on Williamhills Peshawar Zalmi are the bookmakers’ underdogs at slightly higher odds of 1.99 on Williamhills
Islamabad United vs Peshawar Zalmi Final Prediction
Both teams have played like former champions this year and there isn’t much to choose between the two sides given the kind of talent each possesses. While Islamabad have the psychological edge of having beaten Peshawar four times in their past five head-to-head encounters, the latter are coming on the back of four consecutive wins and therefore have the momentum on their side. However, Islamabad have been dealt a blow in the form of injury to Misbah-ul-Haq and the possible absence of Alex Hales and Sam Billings will further deplete their batting reserves. Peshawar on the other hand have all their players intact who featured in the last game. Though either side could beat the other on a given day, we predict Peshawar to become the first PSL team to clinch back-to-back titles.
Final Verdict: Back Peshawar Zalmi to beat Islamabad United at 1.99 on Williamhills