Sunday, August 1, 2021

PCB: HBL PSL 6 enters playoffs’ stage

Must Read

Michael Kasprowicz, Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of Sportcor on debuting the Kookaburra Smart Ball at this year’s CPL

Photo Credit: LinkedIn profile photo of Michael Kasprowicz “We’re delighted to partner with Hero CPL to introduce the Kookaburra Smart...

Manoj Badale, Royals Sports Group Chairperson, and the Lead Owner of Rajasthan Royals on acquiring a majority of the Barbados CPL franchise and renaming...

Photo Credit: LinkedIn profile photo of Manoj Badale "We are delighted to have signed this deal with Manish Patel, to...

CSA announces termination of employment of Chief Commercial Officer, Ms Kugandrie Govender

Photo Credit: Cricket South Africa Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced today that following a lengthy disciplinary process involving Ms...

Photo Credit: Pakistan Cricket Board

  • Table-toppers Islamabad United to take on Multan Sultans in Qualifier on Monday, which will be followed by Eliminator 1 between Peshawar Zalmi and Karachi Kings
  • Winner of the Qualifier will progress to Thursday’s title match, while the losing side will have a second chance to qualify for the final when they will meet winner of Eliminator 1 on Tuesday
  • On a head-to-head, United lead Sultans and Zalmi are ahead of Kings
  • Action photos will be available here, please credit @PCB; for updates on HBL PSL, please click here; for other information, please visit PCB corporate site www.pcb.com.pk; official event hashtag is #HBLPSL6
  • Media houses and outlets are requested to use correct event nomenclature in texts, headlines and bulletins
  • Urdu version of the media release attached here

An action-packed and topsy-turvy league matches stage of the HBL Pakistan Super League 6 ended with a last-over win for table-toppers Islamabad United against Multan Sultans last night. This was a virtual dress rehearsal for the Qualifier between the two teams, set to be played on Monday, 21 June, at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

The first 14 matches in the six-team 30-match double-league format were played at Karachi’s National Stadium before a Covid-19 induced suspension on 4 March.

A monumental effort by the PCB, Emirates Cricket Board and Abu Dhabi Cricket ensured the resumption of the tournament in Abu Dhabi on 9 June.

Since the restart, 16 remaining matches of the league stage have been played at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium between 9 and 19 June with two-time champions United emerging at the top of the table with 16 points from 10 matches.

Sultans, who were languishing at the fifth spot with a mere two points at the end of the Karachi-leg, made an astonishing comeback to win four out of their five Abu Dhabi-leg games to end on the second spot with 10 points and a net run-rate of +1.05. 

Zalmi (NRR +0.586) and defending champions Karachi Kings (NRR -0.115) also ended the league stage with 10 points each to ensure their qualification ahead of Lahore Qalandars, who despite finishing with 10 points, missed out on a play-off spot due to an inferior net run-rate of -0.589.

Quetta Gladiators had to endure a surprise dip in form as well as absence of international stars Andre Russell and Faf du Plessis due to concussions which saw them finish at the bottom of the table. The 2019 champions managed just four points from 10 matches (two wins, eight defeats).

LOOKING AHEAD TO THE PLAY-OFFS

Qualifier –Islamabad United vs Multan Sultans: United have been in a red-hot form since losing their first Abu Dhabi-leg match to Qalandars in a last-over thriller on 9 June. Shadab Khan-led side have since won five matches on the trot to finish with a staggering eight wins in 10 league-stage matches. United had won three out of their first four matches of the Karachi-leg.

The foreign opening duo of Usman Khawaja and Colin Munro have dazzled for United in the Abu Dhabi-leg. Usman, the Australian international batsman, posted the only century of the Abu Dhabi-leg, leading his side to victory in a record breaking, high scoring thriller against Zalmi last week.

In five games, the left-hander has tallied 175 runs at 58.33 and a strike-rate of 147.05 with the help of one century. Munro, has amassed 241 runs in five games at 80.33 with an astonishing strike-rate of 174.63. His tally of runs includes two half-centuries.

Asif Ali and Iftikhar Ahmed have provided valuable support in the middle-order with the bat with match winning contributions.

Amongst the bowlers, Hasan Ali leads the pack for United with 12 wickets in eight games at 16.75. Emerging category pacer Mohammad Wasim Jr. has been most impressive in his debut HBL PSL season, collecting 11 wickets in nine matches.

Mohammad Rizwan-led Sultans have emerged from the disappointments of the fifth-position in Karachi to the highs of a second-place finish in Abu Dhabi. Rizwan has led the side from the front with a tally of 470 runs at 52.22 with the help of four half-centuries. Sohaib Maqsood has scored 304 runs in 10 games at 38 with a strike-rate of 154.31.

Sultans’ emerging category fast bowler Shahnawaz Dahani has been most impressive with his 20 wickets in nine matches taking him to the top of the wicket-takers list. His wickets have come at an incredible 13.65 average, he has picked-up two player-of-the-match awards. 

Head-to-Head: Islamabad United 5 Multan Sultans 3

Eliminator 1 –Peshawar Zalmi vs Karachi Kings: Wahab Riaz-led Peshawar Zalmi produced some thrilling cricket to ensure a play-off berth despite some hiccups on the way.

Seasoned campaigner Shoaib Malik has been their top scorer to date with 244 runs in 10 games at 30.50 and a strike-rate of 140.22. Malik made two fighting half-centuries in the Abu Dhabi-leg against Qalandars and United to ensure his team fought all the way in pursuit of steep targets while minimising the damage to their net run-rate.

Wahab has led the bowling charts for Zalmi with his spirited efforts with the new and the old ball resulting in 14 wickets in nine league matches at 21.85.

Defending champions Kings had to fight hard to resurrect their campaign after losing the first three matches of the Abu Dhabi-leg, which left them on the verge of elimination.

Imad Wasim-led side won a last-over thriller against Qalandars – their ninth match, before defeating Gladiators on Saturday evening to clinch the fourth-spot in the playoffs ahead of their arch-rivals Qalandars.

Batting mainstay Babar Azam leads the HBL PSL 6 batting charts with 501 runs in 10 matches at 71.57, Babar has scored six half-centuries in the tournament so far. Babar’s opening partner Sharjeel Khan contributed 312 runs in 10-league stage matches at 31.20.

Emerging category pacer Arshad Iqbal is the leading wicket-taker for the Kings with eight wickets in as many matches at 29.

Head-to-Head: Peshawar Zalmi nine, Karachi Kings five

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

become a cricexec insider!

Join for free and get:

  • The cricexec “daily briefing” newsletter
  • Exclusive industry reports
  • Invitations to industry events
  • Early access to industry job postings
  • Many other benefits!

Latest News

Michael Kasprowicz, Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of Sportcor on debuting the Kookaburra Smart Ball at this year’s CPL

Photo Credit: LinkedIn profile photo of Michael Kasprowicz “We’re delighted to partner with Hero CPL to introduce the Kookaburra Smart...

Manoj Badale, Royals Sports Group Chairperson, and the Lead Owner of Rajasthan Royals on acquiring a majority of the Barbados CPL franchise and renaming...

Photo Credit: LinkedIn profile photo of Manoj Badale "We are delighted to have signed this deal with Manish Patel, to acquire a majority stake in...

CSA announces termination of employment of Chief Commercial Officer, Ms Kugandrie Govender

Photo Credit: Cricket South Africa Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced today that following a lengthy disciplinary process involving Ms Kugandrie Govender (the currently suspended...

Central Gauteng Lions in partnership With FEEDSA – Pack 2500 hampers for Covid19 relief programme and celebrates International Friendship Day

Photo Credit: Central Gauteng Lions Cricket In partnership with the NPO, FEEDSA, the Central Gauteng Lions enjoyed a Do-Good afternoon yesterday (Friday 30 July), providing...

PCB announces schedule of match officials’ course

Photo Credit: Pakistan Cricket Board Urdu version of the media release attached here Pakistan Cricket Board today announced the schedule of second phase of the umpire and...

More Articles Like This

Cricexec Newsletter