PSL: What makes it the most successful league for bowlers?
The HBL Pakistan Super League has made its way into one of the world’s top T20 leagues owing to its spectacular on-field performances.
PSL 5’s opening match is a mere two days away. The anticipation of yet another exciting season has fans and followers well up with excitement.
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In a press release, statistician Mazher Arshad studies the records and stats brought about from the previous four seasons.
Who was the most successful team?
With a 61.90 winning streak, champions Quetta Gladiators have set the record for the most successful team in the history of the HBL PSL, while Peshawar Zalmi reigning in second with a win percentage of 58.69.
Gladiators have won 26 out of 42 matches so far.
They took over Islamabad United as the most successful team, who stayed champions up until the start of the previous season where they scored as high as 59.67. United, however, stand as the best team proving victorious both in 2016 and 2018.
Zalmi won the tournament in 2017 while Gladiators lifted the trophy in 2019.
What were the highest and lowest totals?
Islamabad United scored 238-3 in a span of 20 overs making it the highest total ever recorded against Lahore Qalandars in Karachi in 2019.
In the previous season, Peshawar Zalmi scored 214 for five in a match against Islamabad United in Karachi and Lahore Qalandars totaling 204 for four against Multan Sultans.
Therefore, three highest totals in the PSL were scored during the 2019 edition. Lahore Qalandars holds the lowest score with 59 all-out against Zalmi.
What was the highest power-play score?
Karachi Kings and Multan Sultans were two teams who scored 78 during the first six overs of an innings in the previous edition. Kings scored with the loss of one wicket against Islamabad United, while Sultans scored 78 for two in match against Lahore Qalandars.
The highest Powerplay before the previous edition totaled 77 for one by Gladiators during their popular 203-run chase against Qalandars in the first edition.
What were the run rates in HBL PSL?
During last year’s edition, the run-rate was 7.38 in 34 matches – the highest recorded for in the history of the HBL PSL.
The 2018 and 2017 seasons marked a scoring rate of 7.74. The first edition tournament recorded 7.62.
The run-rate is anticipated to surge this season with National Stadium Karachi as the host set for nine games. Karachi has recorded a run-rate of 8.94 in HBL PSL.
Who was the most prolific batsman?
With 1,286 runs at an average of 29.22 and a strike-rate of 134.51 in his repertoire, Kamran Akmal from Peshawar Zalmi has retained the status of the most prolific batsman in four editions.Kamran has played in every edition and is the only batsman to score two centuries in the league.
Among the overseas players, the most prolific batsman has been Shane Watson with 1,114 runs at 33.75. Watson played in the first two tournaments for Islamabad United and the previous two for Quetta Gladiators.
He was also named player-of-the-tournament last year.
How many centuries were scored in HBL PSL?
Five centuries have been scored in the league, two were played in the previous edition by Colin Ingram (127 not out against Gladiators in Sharjah) of Karachi Kings. Sharjeel Khan of Islamabad United made a maiden century in the tournament amassing 117 against Peshawar Zalmi in Dubai in 2016.
Who was the most destructive batsman?
Luke Ronchi of Islamabad United has earned himself the title of the most destructive batsman of the league owing to an amazing strike-rate of 169.81. This was the highest rate out of 51 batsmen with 200 runs in the tournament.
The United were the winners of the tournament in 2018. He has played in just two seasons, 2018 and 2019, having scored 754 runs at an average of 35.90. In the local players, Asif Ali of United had the highest strike rate of 164.26.
Who bagged the most player-of-the-match awards?
Kamran of Zalmi also holds the record for the most player-of-the-match awards along with Ronchi of United. Both have taken six man-of-the-match awards in the HBL PSL.
Kamran has won the award in 47 matches, while Ronchi has it in 23 games.
Closely following is Mohammad Sami and Shane Watson with a total of five.