PSL V has given us some moments that we could cherish for a long time. One of them is that, this year, there is going to be a new champion lifting the trophy. Neither of the team has reached final before meaning they have never had any chance of bringing the cup back to their home city.
The battle is going to be between Lahore Qalandars and Karachi Kings. It’s a clash between two of the main cities that have some huge fanbases cheering them on. In easier words, it’s going to be pulao vs biryani, Minar-e-Pakistan vs sea view, hell lot of rain vs no rain. It’s like Pakistan vs India, within Pakistan. The excitement of final itself is immeasurable but the exhilaration of the final between Lahore and Karachi is what is keeping enthusiasts glued to their TVs waiting for the contest to begin.
With 10 matches played between these two teams, Lahore have 4 wins in their pockets while Karachi have 6. The overall average of runs scored for Lahore is 151.6 while the overall average of runs scored for Karachi is 154.9. Maximum runs that Lahore could put on the board are 190 while Karachi’s maximum score is only 3 runs short which is 187. The lowest runs that Lahore were able to score are 125 while for Karachi scored 116.
Batting first, both the teams won their matches twice while batting second, Lahore won it two times while Karachi won four times.
Top batting performer for Karachi is none other than Babar Azam with 265 runs. Lahore has Sohail Akhtar as their top batting performer with 228 runs. Ben dunk with 99* has the highest run score for Lahore while for Karachi it is Alex Hales with 80*. Usama Mir has the highest strike rate of 400 for Karachi while for Lahore it is Gauhar Ali with strike rate of 200. Lendl Simmons has the best average for any Karachi batsman which is 117.0 while for Lahore it is Ben Dunk with an average of 108.0.
Coming to the bowling aspect, Muhammad Amir has the most wickets for any Karachi bowler which are 10. On the other hand, for Lahore, it is Haris Rauf with 5 wickets. Karachi Kings best bowling figure belongs to Ravi Bopara with 6/16. Haris Rauf’s 4/23 is the best for any bowler in Lahore. Iftikhar Ahmad of Karachi has the best economy rate of 2.00 on the other hand, for Lahore, it is Zia-ul-haq with the economy rate of 3.50.
The final to be played on 17th of November in National Stadium Karachi will have no spectators present but it is surely the most anticipated final in the history of PSL. Wishing both the teams very best of luck and hoping for a good display of cricket.