Lahore Qalandars’ maiden win against Multan Sultans on Friday after six consecutive defeats brought the Pakistan Super League tournament into an exciting phase, with the fact that Lahore is still alive in the tournament.
However, after Karachi Kings defeating Multan Sultans by 63 runs, Qalandars’ fate now depends on the outcome of the Quetta Gladiators vs Peshawar Zalmi game tonight (Saturday 21:00), as a Gladiators win would send Qalandars out of the tournament.
Although very bleak, but chances are still there for Qalandars to create history by qualifying for the tournament eliminators—given that Zalmi beat Gladiators in the 23rd match.
But for that, the first thing Lahore needs is to win all matches convincingly by larger margins and then pray for favorable results of matches between the other five teams competing in the tournament.
Qalandars are currently at the bottom of the points table, with just two points from seven games, and they have three matches left in the tournament—against Karachi Kings on March 11, Quetta Gladiators on March 14, and Peshawar Zalmi on March 16.
The only way Qalandars can move on to the next phase is if three teams—Lahore Qalandars, Peshawar Zalmi, and Quetta Gladiators—end up with 8 points each. If this happens, NRR will come into play to decide on the fourth team qualifying for the eliminators phase.
Islamabad are currently leading the table with 10 points in the tournament and they must beat Quetta Gladiators on March 15 to keep Lahore in the running.
Similarly, Karachi Kings must beat Peshawar Zalmi that same day to keep Lahore alive.
According to this scenario, to stay alive Lahore requires that:
· Peshawar beat Quetta (March 10)
· Lahore beat Karachi (March 11)
· Lahore beat Quetta (March 14)
· Karachi beat Peshawar (March 15)
· Islamabad beat Quetta (March 15)
· And then Lahore beat Peshawar on March 16 in the second last match before the eliminators
For Lahore, it is essential that it wins all remaining matches and with convincing margins to keep improving their run rate.
The situation is fluid and the possible outcomes may vary with every match now. The above mentioned scenarios do not take into account the possibilities of any game being rained out or drawn due to any reason.
Green Team will keep its readers updated with the changing situation and if and how Lahore Qalandars can make into the top four of the tournament.