After a slow start, Islamabad United has picked up and shown some caliber. They have won four out of six matches. Luke Ronchi took the team’s performance up a notch with his 37-ball 71 runs. It was good enough to break Karachi King’s unbeaten run. JP Duminy’s 43 and Ronchi’s 71 took the team past the victory line. The bowlers chipped in quite a bit as well. Faheem Ashraf with three wickets stole the show. Sami and Talat one each.
Peshawar Zalmi. Defending champions. They had their confidence handed over to them on a plate. Second last on the table with three losses from six matches, this team has had a rude shock. They will play hard in this match. They have everything to lose. Reputation especially. Whatever is left of it.
The fact of the matter is that both teams look beautiful on paper. It will be a tough contest if both teams play to their potential.
Team news. Andre Russell has been ruled out for the rest of the tournament thanks to an injury in his right hamstring. Darren Sammy along with Haris Sohail are more than likely to miss out as well. Sabbir Rahman and T Iqbal are off playing for their country.
The venue shifts to Dubai. A pitch that suggests a good amount of runs. Get your players accordingly. Pick batsmen as captain and vice-captain.