The sixth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) has been a difference in the first six games that have been played.
All of the six matches have been chased by the teams. Hence, teams winning the toss and deciding to bowl first has been the major factor so far. All the teams that have won their matches have also won the toss. This simply means that the first major factor to win the match is to win the toss first.
Of course, in a T20 cricket, majority of the captains would like to win the toss and elected to bowl first so that they can see how the pitch is behaving and what is the total they need to chase it down. But in PSL, that has happened six straight times in the tournament.
So what makes chasing very highly this edition so far? Before that, let’s take a look at the match results.
Here is the list of the teams and match results so far:
|#||1st Innings||score||2nd Innings||score||Result||Toss|
|1||Quetta Gladiators||121||Karachi Kings||126-3||KK won by 7 wickets||KK elected to field|
|2||Peshawar Zalmi||140-6||Lahore Qalandars||143-6||LQ won by 4 wickets||LQ elected to field|
|3||Multan Sultans||150-8||Islamabad United||151-7||IU won by 3 wickets||IU elected to field|
|4||Quetta Gladiators||178-6||Lahore Qalandars||179-1||LQ won by 9 wickets||LQ elected to field|
|5||Multan Sultans||193-4||Peshawar Zalmi||197-4||PZ won by 6 wickets||PZ elected to field|
|6||Karachi Kings||196-3||Islamabad United||197-4||IU won by 6 wickets||IU elected to field|
The closest game has been between Karachi Kings and Islamabad United, where the game went to the last over. However, the game was already done by then.
The closet you can say was between Multan Sultan and Islamabad United, where 20 runs were required in the last two overs before Sohail Tanvir conceded the remaining runs for Islamabad.
PSL: What makes chasing the first choice for captains?
Only one match was held in a day, between Lahore Qalandars and Peshawar Zalmi. The game was in Zalmi’s hands, restricting Qalandars to 106-6 as they required 35 odd runs in the remaining four overs. But Mohammad Hafeez and Rashid Khan took the chase down with nine balls to spare. That game was to give all as reverse swing was seen bowling by Peshawar Zalmi bowlers in the second innings.
The rest of the game are all held in night and dew in the second innings makes easier for the chasing side. That has been the major case in night games, especially in Asian conditions.
Another things is that the first three games of this PSL has an runs average of 130 while the next three games averaged 190. Here is the full stats:
Analysis of Match 1-3 & Match 4-6 at Karachi
Average Total: 130
Average Power Play Score: 45
Power Play Run Rate: 7.5
Wickets during PP: 12
Average Total: 190
Average PP score: 50
PP run rate: 8.2
Wickets during PP: 06
The first three games had a good roller coaster ride for both bat and ball but the next three game was all about batting, where bowling meant that they had to be precise. Islamabad United in particular did brilliantly, chasing down the highest team total in Pakistan in PSL.
The Karachi leg has been interesting so far and Friday and Saturday will have two double-headers. It will be the second and third “Day” matches of this PSL and there is a possibility that we may see the first total defending. Just may. Otherwise, the pattern will remain the same until the Lahore leg, where we have to wait and find out whether the chasing has been the key there as well.
Do you think that tomorrow’s “Day” matches will see the first total being defended this PSL season?
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