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Qualifier and Eliminator to be played after 7 months

With Pakistan Super League 5th edition playoffs just one day away, the excitement of both the fans and players is immeasurable. National Stadium Karachi is all set to greet the teams and the teams are all already to compete for the breath-taking trophy.

Qualifier 1: Multan Sultans vs Karachi Kings

The first match which is a qualifier will be played between Multan Sultans and Karachi Kings. Multan stands at the table top while Karachi is at number two. The two teams have six head to head with one match being abandoned and one match ending with no result, that leaves Multan and Karachi meeting for 4 times. Karachi has grasped onto victory thrice while on the other hand Multan was able to overpower Karachi only once.

The average runs scored by Karachi are 156.3 while average runs scored by Multan are 141.4. Karachi’s maximum score is of 188 and minimum score of 120. Multan’s maximum score is of 186 and minimum score of 102. Karachi has two wins in their record batting first while Multan has only one. Batting second, Karachi was able to win one time but Multan remained empty handed.

Babar Azam is the leading run-scorer in this PSL (Photo: PCB)

The top batting performer for Karachi is Babar Azam with 160 runs while Multan has Moeen Ali as a top performer with 94 runs. Highest score achieved by a Karachi batsman is 82 which belongs to Liam Livingstone. Highest score achieved by a Multan Batsman is 65 which belongs to once again Moeen Ali. Muhammad Amir has the most wickets for any Karachi bowler which is 8. Muhammad Ilyas has most wickets for any Multan Sultans bowler which is 4. Karachi’s best bowling figures belong to Usman Khan which are 4/15. Multan’s best bowling figures belong to Muhammad Ilyas which are 3/27.

Eliminator 1: Lahore Qalandars vs Peshawar Zalmi

The second match which is an eliminator will be played between Peshawar Zalmi and Lahore Qalandars. Peshawar the one time champion stands at 3rd position while Lahore stands at 4th position. Peshawar Zalmi and Lahore Qalandars have 10 head to head matches with each one of them ending in results. Peshawar has the upper hand here with 8 wins while Lahore performance only made them overcome Peshawar’s abilities twice.

This is the first time Lahore Qalandars have qualified for the knockout stage (Photo: PCB)

The average runs scored by Peshawar are 130.9 and average runs scored by Lahore are 126.8. Maximum runs that Peshawar were able to put on the board are 187 and minimum are 60. Maximum runs that Lahore were able to put on the board are 189 and minimum are 59. Batting first Peshawar won two times and Lahore only one time. Batting second proved to more fortunate for Peshawar as they were able to win it 6 times while Lahore remained quite unfortunate as they only ended at the top once.

The batsman with the most runs for Peshawar is Kamran Akmal with 272 runs while batsman with most runs for Lahore is Fakhar Zaman with 171 runs. Kamran Akmal is the Peshawar batsman who was able to stun everyone with highest score of 107. Cameron Delport is the Lahore batsman who was able to make 78 runs becoming the highest scorer for the team. The bowler who was able to take most wickets for Peshawar is Hassan Ali with 13 wickets while for Lahore it is Yasir Shah with 8 wickets. The best bowling figure for any Peshawar bowler is 4/15 which is in the custody of Hassan Ali. Lahore’s best bowling figure is 4/7 belonging to Yasir Shah.

Qualification scenarios

The scenario for qualifying for the final is as follows;

Whichever team from the qualifier wins goes straight to the qualifiers. The losing team still does have one open door as the team winning the eliminator will compete with them to mark their place in the final. Wishing all four teams the very best of luck and hoping for not only thrilling ends but good games of cricket.

Also Read: PSL 2020: In case if you have missed, here is the complete schedule, squads

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