Islamabad United will take on Peshawar Zalmi in the 24th match of the Pakistan Super League 2022 at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on February 17, 2022 (Thursday).
With four wins and three losses, Islamabad United have found themselves at the third position on the points table, below Multan Sultans and Lahore Qalandars. Their opponents for Thursday, Peshawar Zalmi, have a similar number of wins but have played one more game already, which puts the situation in a complicated position. Hence, the upcoming encounter will be crucial for both sides to position themselves well on the table.
Shoaib Malik is the evergreen superstar in Pakistan cricket and nothing, not least age, has diminished the quality of the Pakistani superstar. With 218 runs in 7 games at an average of 43.60, Malik is the highest run-scorer for Peshawar Zalmi this year. In his 467-match T20 career, Malik has averaged 36.44 with 69 half-centuries to his name. With 11,515 runs in total in the shortest format of the game, there are not many who come close to locking horns with his credentials. His average in wins stands at 45.57 while for the Zalmi, he averages 36.96. Those are some really impactful and impressive numbers. What makes him such a brute force for the next game is his ability to dominate the Gaddafi Stadium arena, where he averages 55.43 in 36 T20 matches. His consistency is further documented in the fact that only once in his T20 career that spanned from 2005 to 2022, he averaged anything less than 30 runs per dismissal. Hence, looking at the statistics, it is easy to conclude that he will generate a big ROI.
In the last encounter between Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators, 20-year-old Will Smeed missed a maiden Twenty20 century by one run as Peshawar Zalmi defeated Quetta Gladiators by 24 runs. In the same game, Ben Cutting powered a sublime 36 to help the Zalmi big-time. In the ongoing PSL, Cutting has already scored 197 runs at an average of 32.83 and a strike rate of 166.94. He might have just one half-century but that probably indicates the fact that he has the consistency to match the demands. The Aussie has a T20 average of 22.84 and a strike rate of 148 and in the Pakistan Super League, his number rises to 24.5 and a strike rate of 163.3. Cutting averages 32 in wins in the PSL. In the last three years, his averages are continuously on the rise and that tells us the impact he can have as a batter despite primarily being a bowler. I am betting big on Cutting to come good and justify the prowess through our affiliate partner Parimatch.
Shoaib Malik to score over 24.5 runs @ 1.87 (Parimatch)
Ben Cutting to score over 17.5 runs @ 1.87 (Parimatch)
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