Peshawar Zalmi set 177-run target for Islamabad United in the fourth match of the PSL 2018 at the Dubai International Stadium here on Saturday.
The wicketkeeper-batsman won a lot of individual accolades in last year's edition - being awarded the player of the tournament award alongside the best batsman and wicketkeeper awards as well - but admits he needs to put in a better showing than what he did in the first game.
While Islamabad United will be playing their first match of the season, Peshawar come into the game having lost their first match by seven wickets to newcomers Multan Sultans. However, Lahore and Karachi would be hosting couple of qualifiers and a final of the PSL respectively. News of exhibition games between some franchises featuring the likes of Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis along with many other younger players have been doing the rounds as have been statements of intent by all and sundry related to how the franchise they support will emerge as the deserved victor in this year's tournament. Darren Sammy's Peshawar Zalmi will be looking to become the first side to defend their crown.
Darren Sammy's men had begun their innings shakily, thanks to a brilliant opening spell by Sohail Tanvir, who swung the ball in sharply. The bowling department is served with some distinction by Wahab Riaz and the fast-improving Hasan Ali with Chris Jordan and Mohammad Asghar providing excellent support. This is a chance for all foodies and cricket lovers to unite and share the season's enthusiasm on one platform. United took the third wicket in 14th over. In 39 balls they played 14 dot balls. They have got a couple of players who have retired from the worldwide game, but still bring a lot of value to the T20 teams around the world with their experience and wiliness and to complement that, they have got exuberance of youth as well which is direly needed in the shortest format of the game.
Neelum Munir is a popular TV and film actor in Pakistan and was recently signed up by Multan Sultans as brand ambassador.
The fixture will be streamed online on the PSL-T20 Official website.