Peshawar Zalmi (PES) will lock horns with Islamabad United (ISL) in the fifth match of Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2022 at the National Stadium in Karachi on Sunday, January 30. The match will start at 2:30 PM IST.

PES vs ISL Dream11 prediction

Under former captain Wahab Riaz, Peshawar Zalmi had reached the final of PSL 2021, before losing to Multan Sultans by 47 runs in the summit clash. Zalmi have appointed former Pakistan cricket team skipper Shoaib Malik as their new captain for this season. Peshawar made an emphatic start to their PSL 2021 campaign beating Quetta Gladiators by five wickets in their first match. Interestingly, Peshawar Zalmi is the only side to reach four PSL finals.

On the other hand, Islamabad United had topped the PSL 2021 standings in the league phase but suffered an eight-wicket defeat against Peshawar Zalmi in the play-offs. They will look to avenge their last season’s loss and start their campaign on a winning note. 

Peshawar Zalmi and Islamabad United have faced each other 15 times in the PSL with Zalmi leading 8-7. Going by the past head-to-head record, PES will have a slight edge over ISL on Sunday.

PES vs ISL Dream11 team tips for Pakistan Super League 2022

Top tip: Best batter

Islamabad United’s Colin Munro was one of the standout batters in the recently concluded Big Bash League. The New Zealander amassed 390 runs in 13 matches at an average of 43.33, helping the Perth Scorchers lift the coveted title. Islamabad United will hope Munro can continue his impressive form against Peshawar Zalmi in Karachi.

Top tip: Best bowler

Hasan Ali was the pick of the bowlers for Islamabad United in the last edition of PSL. The right-arm pacer had bagged 13 wickets in 10 matches at an economy of 6.75. At just 9 credits, Ali will be a worthy fantasy pick for the clash on Sunday.

Top tip: Best all-rounder and wicket-keeper

As far as all-rounders are concerned, one must pick Hussain Talat of Peshawar Zalmi in the fantasy team for this clash. The Pakistan all-rounder scored a blitzkrieg 52 off just 29 balls to help Zalmi chase 191 against Quetta Gladiators and secure a win in their opening encounter. Given his last match heroics, Hussain Talat will be a player to watch out for in this fixture. 

For the wicket-keeper spot, Peshawar Zalmi’s Tom Kohler-Cadmore will be the preferred choice over Muhammad Akhlaq of Islamabad United. Apart from his wicket-keeping responsibilities, the England cricketer can dominate any bowling attack on his given day making him a good budget pick for 8.5 credits. 

PES vs ISL probable playing XI

PES playing XI (probable): Tom Kohler-Cadmore (wicket-keeper), Yasir Khan, Haider Ali, Shoaib Malik (captain), Hussain Talat, Sherfane Rutherford, Ben Cutting, Sohail Khan, Patrick Brown, Sameen Gul, Usman Qadir

ISL playing XI (probable): Alex Hales, Paul Stirling, Colin Munro, Danish Aziz, Shadab Khan (captain), Asif Ali, Muhammad Akhlaq (wicket-keeper), Hasan Ali, Marchant de Lange, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Zafar Gohar

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