IU vs PZ Match Prediction & Betting Tips - Mar 12, 2023

IU vs PZ Match Prediction - Mar 12, 2023

Islamabad United will be aiming for a top-2 finish as they face Peshawar Zalmi for their last match in the group stages of the Pakistan Super League on Sunday. Islamabad defeated Peshawar by a big margin in their previous fixture played earlier this season. However, Peshawar, who are desperate to finish in the top-4 will not let them have an easy win this time around. 


IU vs PZ Team Previews

Islamabad United

Islamabad United was completely blown away by a Fakhar Zaman masterclass in their previous outing as they faced a heavy defeat against the table-toppers Lahore Qalandars on Thursday. Chasing a mammoth target of 227, Islamabad never really got going as the Qalandars' bowlers took wickets at regular intervals. To make matters worse for Islamabad, Azam Khan did not come done to bat after suffering an injury in the first inning.

The top-order batsmen have performed well for Islamabad this season with the likes of Azam Khan, Colin Munro, and Faheem Ashraf playing well throughout the season. The two big hitters in the squad, Rassie van der Dussen, and Rahmanullah Gurbaz too have chipped in with cameos to propel the team toward big totals. With Alex Hales back in the mix, Islamabad has plenty of bite in their batting line-up.

It has been a similar story in the bowling department too as rather than relying on the performance of any one player, the bowlers have chipped in across the board. The seamers have some a good job with the likes of Fazalhaq Farooqi, Hasan Ali, and Mohammad Wasim Jr all being among the wickets.

The spin department however appears to be a bit weak for Islamabad as only captain Shadab Khan has bowled with consistency during the middle overs. 


Islamabad United Playing 11

Alex Hales, Hassan Nawaz, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Sohaib Maqsood, Colin Munro, Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Hasan Ali, Fazalhaq Farooqi.

Peshawar Zalmi

The Peshawar Zalmi have lost their last 2 matches but have managed to hold on to the 4th spot on the points table. A win in this match will guarantee them a spot in the playoffs. However, if they lose this one, their fate will be decided by the outcome of the match between Quetta and Multan.

While Peshawar will be pretty happy with their batting this season, the bowling has been the biggest letdown for them. The bowlers have failed to defend 240+ scores in the last two matches and will need to come up with a different strategy here.

Saim Ayub and Babar Azam have been consistent at the top of the order for Peshawar and have given their team some excellent starts. Babar is the leading scorer for the team and has scored 4 half-centuries and a century in his 9 innings, which speaks volumes about his consistency. Mohammad Haris and Tom Kohler-Cadmore have done well in the middle order, while the presence of Rovman Powell and Haseebullah Khan adds depth to their batting.

Wahab Riaz has been the pick of the bowlers with 9 wickets in as many matches, while the other seamers, Azmatullah Omarzai, and Arshad Iqbal have struggled to contain runs, going at over 10 runs an over in this tournament. The spinners, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Usman Qadir have picked up 9 wickets between them but they too have been very expensive.


Peshawar Zalmi Playing 11

Saim Ayub, Mohammad Haris, Tom Kohler Cadmore, Haseebullah Khan, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, James Neesham, Aamer Jamal, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Khurram Shehzad, Salman Irshad, Sufiyan Muqeem.

IU vs PZ Toss Prediction

6 of the last 8 matches played at Rawalpindi have been won while chasing. Therefore, the winner of the toss will likely opt to bowl first here.


Read our guide on toss predictions to learn how we analyze and come up with our tips.

Pitch and Conditions

The Pindi Cricket Stadium has an excellent surface to bat on and we have seen some high-scoring encounters here over the last few weeks. The average first-inning score here in the last 5 matches has been around 210-215, and that hasn’t nearly been enough for the bowlers to defend. There is very little for the bowlers here and the spinners as well as the seamers will struggle to contain runs.

The weather is expected to remain overcast with temperatures of between 25-30 degrees Celsius. 



IU vs PZ Betting Tips

The Peshawar Zalmi have struggled with their bowling and that could once again be the deciding factor in this match. With the kind of surface that the ground in Rawalpindi offers, we expect the Islamabad batsmen to take them to the cleaners and set a huge target or chase one down.

Bet on Islamabad United to win this match.

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    Top Batsman for Peshawar Zalmi

    Babar Azam (2.10)


Babar Azam is in sublime form this season and is batting at an average of 52.00 after 9 innings. He has scored 4 half-centuries and a magnificent century so far and one of those half-centuries came against Islamabad in the reverse fixture. He was the top batsman for Peshawar in that match and we are backing him to do so once again here.

Today Match Prediction

Islamabad United To Win the Match, 1.86

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Who will win IU vs PZ

Islamabad United 71.02% (250)
Peshawar Zalmi 28.98% (102)
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