PSL 2021 Eliminator 2: Islamabad United vs Peshawar Zalmi top players to watch out for – Table-toppers Islamabad United will take on Peshawar Zalmi in the Eliminator 2 of the Pakistan Super League 2021 (PSL 2021) on Tuesday. PSL 2021 Eliminator 2 will be played at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Islamabad will be riding high on confidence as they entered the qualifier on the back of five consecutive wins, but they faced a defeat in a Qualifier against Multan Sultans. On the other hand, Peshawar Zalmi outpowered Karachi Kings in Eliminator 1 to enter Eliminator 2.
Islamabad United is the most successful side in the history of the league as they have won the trophy twice. While Peshawar won PSL back in 2017. It is going to be a mouthwatering contest between these two sides as there are many in-form star players on both sides. The winner of this contest will play against Multan Sultans in the final of the PSL 2021.
In this article, we at Insidesport will take you through five players who can stage the stage on fire in Islamabad United vs Peshawar Zalmi.
PSL 2021 Eliminator 2: Shoaib Malik
In a high-pressure game like this, you need to have someone who can guide the team, someone with a lot of experience. Shoaib Malik definately has plenty of experience. He is one of the few players who featured in the 2007 T20 World Cup and are still playing. The right-hand batsman has scored 274 runs in 11 matches at an average above 30 and a strike rate of 137.69. He can play the anchor role and bat till the end.
PSL 2021 Eliminator 2: Mohammad Irfan
Pakistan Pacer Mohammad Irfan, who is 7 ft 1, has announced his comeback in the form of Eliminator 1 where he picked two wickets to help his side win the knockout game. His partnership with captain Wahab Riaz will be very crucial for Peshawar to pick wickets upfront and put Islamabad under pressure. Irfan has so far picked nine wickets in eight matches at an average of 24.
PSL 2021 Eliminator 2: Usman Khawaja
Australia opener Usman Khawaja is the highest run-scorer for Islamabad United in PSL 2021. He has hit 245 runs in just six matches at an average of 61.25. Khawaja, who often got criticised for playing slow has worked on his strike rate and is hitting at 154.08. The southpaw loves batting against Peshawar as he smashed 105 runs in 56 balls when the last time these two teams clashed. In Qualifier he played an outstanding innings of 70 runs in just 40 balls to help his side beat Multan Sultans.
PSL 2021 Eliminator 2: Wahab Riaz
Wahab Riaz is the third-highest wicket-taker in PSL 2021. He has 16 wickets on his name in 10 matches at an average of 20.94. The left-arm pacer has also had a successful season as a captain of Peshawar Zalmi. He led his side to victory in five matches helping them qualify for the playoffs. The veteran Pakistan speedster took two crucial wickets in the Eliminator 1 against Karachi Kings, which also includes the wicket of Babar Azam. Wahab will have to continue his perfomance in order to take his team to another PSL final.
PSL 2021 Eliminator 2: Hazratullah Zazai
Afghanistan batsman Hazratullah Zazai has set the stage on fire for Peshawar Zalmi in PSL 2021. In just three games he has amassed 140 runs at an average of 46.66. The left-hand batter is striking the ball at 215.38. The explosive opener played a gem of an innings in Eliminator 1 which helped the side win the game. He scored 77 runs in just 38 balls with the help of 10 fours and five sixes at a strike rate of 202.6. Zazai will play a vital role in Eliminator 2 against Islamabad United