Islamabad United (ISL) will take on Peshawar Zalmi (PES) in match 26 of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, UAE on Thursday, June 17.

Led by Shadab Khan, ISL have been the most dominant team in PSL 2021, winning six of their eight matches played so far. With 12 points from eight games, Islamabad United are at the top of the PSL points table.

PES, on the other hand, have been inconsistent since the tournament shifted to UAE from Pakistan, with two wins and two defeats in Abu Dhabi. However, the Wahab Riaz-led side is currently placed second in the standings, with 10 points from nine matches.

ISL vs PES Dream11 prediction

In the Islamabad United vs Peshawar Zalmi head-to-head record in the last five matches of PSL, Peshawar have won four. Furthermore, Zalmi defeated United by six wickets in their recent meeting held in February this year. Going by current form and past results, PES will start as favourites against ISL on Thursday.

ISL vs PES Dream11 team tips for PSL 2021

Top Tip: Best batsmen

Colin Munro has been the standout batsman for Islamabad United since the rescheduled PSL started. The 34-year-old Kiwi has scored 193 runs in four innings at a staggering average of 96.5. He will look to continue his good form against Peshawar on Thursday.

For PES, Hazratullah Zazai will be the batsman to watch out for. The Afghanistan batting talisman smashed 63 runs off just 26 balls against Karachi Kings in their last encounter to help them secure a convincing victory. Zalmi will hope Zazai can provide another blitzkrieg against United in the top of the table clash.

Top Tip: Best bowlers

In the bowling department, Hasan Ali has been the wrecker-in-chief for Islamabad in the ongoing T20 tournament. Ali has picked 11 wickets in seven matches and he is likely to add a few more scalps on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Peshawar Zalmi captain Wahab Riaz has been the leading wicket-taker in PSL 2021, bagging 14 wickets in eight matches at an economy of 8.70. He is likely to trouble the vaunted Islamabad batting line-up.

Top Tip: Best all-rounder and wicket-keeper

One must pick Islamabad United’s Iftikhar Ahmed as their star all-rounder in their fantasy cricket team. The 30-year-old has scored 189 runs and also bowled some economical overs for his side in the league so far. 

For the wicket-keeper spot, Pakistan international Kamran Akmal will be the preferred choice over 28-year-old Muhammad Akhlaq. Kamran Akmal has scored 173 runs at the top of the order for Peshawar Zalmi along with fulfilling his wicket-keeping responsibilities.

ISL vs PES probable playing XI

ISL playing XI (probable): Usman Khawaja, Colin Munro, Muhammad Akhlaq (wicket-keeper), Iftikhar Ahmed, Hussain Talat, Shadab Khan (captain), Asif Ali, Ali Khan, Mohammad Wasim, Akif Javed, Hasan Ali

PES playing XI (probable): Hazratullah Zazai, Kamran Akmal (wicket-keeper), Haider Ali, Shoaib Malik, Rovman Powell, Sherfane Rutherford, Abrar Ahmed, Wahab Riaz (captain), Umaid Asif, Mohammad Irfan, Sameen Gul

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