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The Pakistan Super League is all set to return for its fifth edition and is scheduled to be played from February 20 till March 22. This will be the first time that the entire tournament will be held in Pakistan. The PSL 5 will comprise a total of 34 matches that will be played across four cities - Lahore, Rawalpindi, Karachi and Multan. 14 matches will be played in Lahore and 9 in Karachi while the rest will be split across Rawalpindi and Multan. The Qualifier will be held in Karachi before the action moves to Lahore for the two Eliminators and the Final.
The league stage of the PSL 05 will be played in a double round-robin format with each of the six teams facing every other team twice. The top four teams on the points table at the end of the league round will qualify for the playoffs comprising a Qualifier and two Eliminators. The top two teams will clash in the Qualifier, the winner of which will get a direct entry in the final, while the third and fourth ranked teams will face-off in Eliminator 1. The loser of the Qualifier will then take on the winner of Eliminator 1 in Eliminator 2. While the loser of this game will get knocked out of the tournament, the winner will advance to play the title bout in the final.
Read on for team previews, betting odds, tips and predictions for Pakistan Super League 2020...
|Feb 20, Thu||Islamabad United vs Quetta Gladiators, Karachi||7:30 PM IST|
|Feb 21, Fri||Karachi Kings vs Peshawar Zalmi, Karachi||02:30 PM IST|
|Feb 21, Fri||Lahore Qalandars vs Multan Sultans, Karachi||07:30 PM IST|
|Feb 22, Sat||Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta Gladiators, Karachi||02:30 PM IST|
|Feb 22, Sat||Islamabad United vs Multan Sultans, Karachi||07:30 PM IST|
|Feb 23, Sun||Karachi Kings vs Quetta Gladiators, Karachi||02:30 PM IST|
|Feb 23, Sun||Lahore Qalandars vs Islamabad United, Lahore||07:30 PM IST|
|Feb 26, Wed||Multan Sultans vs Peshawar Zalmi, Multan||07:30 PM IST|
|Feb 27, Thu||Islamabad United vs Quetta Gladiators, Rawalpindi||07:30 PM IST|
|Feb 28, Fri||Multan Sultans vs Karachi Kings, Multan||02:30 PM IST|
|Feb 28, Fri||Lahore Qalandars vs Peshawar Zalmi, Rawalpindi||07:30 PM IST|
|Feb 29, Sat||Multan Sultans vs Quetta Gladiaotrs, Multan||02:30 PM IST|
|Feb 29, Sat||Islamabad United vs Peshawar Zalmi, Rawalpindi||07:30 PM IST|
|Mar 01, Sun||Islamabad United vs Karachi Kings, Rawalpindi||07:30 PM IST|
|Mar 02, Mon||Karachi Kings vs Peshawar Zalmi, Rawalpindi||07:30 PM IST|
|Mar 03, Tue||Lahore Qalandars vs Quetta Gladiaotrs, Lahore||07:30 PM IST|
|Mar 04, Wed||Lahore Qalandars vs Islamabad United, Lahore||07:30 PM IST|
|Mar 05, Thu||Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta Gladiators, Rawalpindi||07:30 PM IST|
|Mar 06, Fri||Karachi Kings vs Multan Sultans, Lahore||07:30 PM IST|
|Mar 07, Sat||Islamabad United vs Peshawar Zalmi, Rawalpindi||02:30 PM IST|
|Mar 07, Sat||Lahore Qalandars vs Quetta Gladiators, Lahore||07:30 PM IST|
|Mar 08, Sun||Islamabad United vs Multan Sultans, Rawalpindi||02:30 PM IST|
|Mar 08, Sun||Lahore Qalandars vs Karachi Kings, Lahore||07:30 PM IST|
|Mar 10, Tue||Lahore Qalandars vs Peshawar Zalmi, Lahore||07:30 PM IST|
|Mar 11, Wed||Multan Sultans vs Quetta Gladiators, Lahore||07:30 PM IST|
|Mar 12, Thu||Karachi Kings vs Lahore Qalandars, Karachi||07:30 PM IST|
|Mar 13, Fri||Multan Sultans vs Peshawar Zalmi, Karachi||07:30 PM IST|
|Mar 14, Sat||Karachi Kings vs Islamabad United, Karachi||07:30 PM IST|
|Mar 15, Sun||Lahore Qalandars vs Multan Sultans, Lahore||02:30 PM IST|
|Mar 15, Sun||Karachi Kings vs Quetta Gladiators, Karachi||07:30 PM IST|
|Mar 17, Tue||Qualifier: Team 1 vs Team 2, Karachi||07:30 PM IST|
|Mar 18, Wed||Eliminator 1: Team 3 vs Team 4, Lahore||07:30 PM IST|
|Mar 20, Fri||Eliminator 2: Eliminator Winner vs Qualifier Runner-UP, Lahore||07:30 PM IST|
|Mar 22, Sun||Final||07:30 PM IST|
Peshawar Zalmi are one of the most consistent teams of the Pakistan Super League having made it to the playoffs each time. They were crowned champions in the 2017 edition of the tournament and have had successful campaigns in the past two seasons as well, finishing runners-up on both occasions. Last year, Peshawar topped the points table at the end of the league stage with seven wins and three losses before losing to Quetta Gladiators in the Qualifier. They met the Gladiators again in the final and suffered an even bigger defeat this time.
Peshawar Zalmi have retained Darren Sammy who will continue to lead the team this year as well. Apart from the skipper, the franchise has also retained Kieron Pollard, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Umar Amin, Kamran Akmal and Imam-ul-Haq. Those who have been released include Andre Fletcher, Lendl Simmons, Chris Jordan, Liam Dawson, Tymal Mills and Misbah-ul-Haq.
Peshawar will bank on the likes of Imam-ul-Haq, Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Malik and West Indian explosive batsman Kieron Pollard to score the bulk of runs for them this PSL. Kamran Akmal was the second-highest run-getter of the tournament last season with 357 runs which included three half-centuries. Hasan Ali topped the bowling charts with 25 wickets while Wahab Riaz took 17 wickets and these two will be the main weapons again for Peshawar in their pace arsenal.
Darren Sammy (c), Hasan Ali, Kamran Akmal, Umar Amin, Imam-ul-Haq, Wahab Riaz, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Mohsin, Rahat Ali, Adil Amin, Haider Ali, Mohammad Amir Khan, Aamir Ali, Liam Dawson, Dwaine Pretorius, Liam Livingstone, Kieron Pollard, Tom Banton
Quetta Gladiators have an impressive record in the PSL and they are another team who have made it past the league phase each time. They came runners-up in the inaugural 2016 edition as well as the following year. But after an ordinary performance in 2018, the Gladiators came back with a bang last time and went all the way to win their first ever PSL title. Like Peshawar Zalmi, they won seven and lost three out of their ten league games in the previous season but finished second in the standings due to their inferior net run-rate. They pipped Peshawar by 10 runs in the Qualifier before handing them an eight-wicket thrashing in the final.
In their bid to carry out a successful title defence, the Sarfaraz Ahmed-led Quetta Gladiators have roped in Jason Roy for PSL 5. The England opening batsman will join Ben Cutting, Keemo Paul, Shane Watson, Fawad Ahmed and Tymal Mills to form the club's overseas contingent. Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Nawaz, Sohail Khan, Umar Akmal and Mohammad Hasnain are among the domestic players in the squad.
Shane Watson finished as the tournament's best batsman last time having scored 430 runs at an average of 43 and the Australian all-rounder will be expected to carry that form into this year's Pakistan Super League. Ahmed Shehzad, who cracked four fifties last year, along with Umar Akmal and Jason Roy are the other key batsmen in the side. Mohammad Nawaz had a good tournament with the ball last time, picking 13 wickets at an economy of 7.60, and the left-arm spinner is likely to do well again. Ben Cutting, Fawad Ahmed and Tymal Mills are the other bowlers to watch out for.
Sarfaraz Ahmed (c), Ahmed Shehzad, Ahsan Ali, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Umar Akmal, Abdul Nasir, Sohail Khan, Khurram Manzoor, Aarish Ali, Azam Khan, Ben Cutting, Jason Roy, Fawad Ahmed, Tymal Mills, Shane Watson, Keemo Paul
Karachi Kings have been one of the more competitive teams in the PSL and have put in good performances in the past. They have always qualified for the playoffs but have never made it to the final of the tournament and they will look to change that this season. Last year, they finished fourth on the points table at the end of the league round with five wins and as many defeats from ten matches. The Kings locked horns with Islamabad United in Eliminator 1 and a four-wicket loss in that game knocked them out of the tournament.
Imad Wasim will be leading Karachi Kings in this fifth edition of the Pakistan Super League. Mohammad Amir, Babar Azam, Aamir Yamin, Umer Khan and Iftikhar Ahmed are the ones to have been retained by the franchise. The Kings, however, have released quite a few players including Colin Ingram, Colin Munro, Ben Dunk, Mohammad Rizwan, Ravi Bopara, Liam Livingstone and Usman Shinwari who has moved to Lahore Qalandars.
Babar Azam, Alex Hales and Cameron Delport will be the key men with the bat for Karachi Kings at the top of the order. Babar Azam was one of the tournament's top ten batsman last year having scored 335 runs. In terms of bowling, the Kings will rely mainly on skipper Imad Wasim, fast bowler Mohammad Amir, Liam Plunkett, Chris Jordan and Umer Khan who finished among the leading wicket-takers last time with 15 wickets.
Imad Wasim (c), Babar Azam, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Amir, Aamer Yamin, Usama Mir, Umer Khan, Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Rizwan, Umaid Asif, Awais Zia, Arshad Iqbal, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Cameron Delport, Ali Khan, Dan Lawrence, Liam Plunkett
Multan Sultans made their maiden appearance in the Pakistan Super League in the 2018 edition. Things did not go too well for them as they finished fifth on the points table at the end of the league stage. Last year was no different as they ended up fifth again with three wins and seven losses from their ten matches. They got their campaign off to a disappointing start with four defeats from their first five fixtures and failure to turn things around made it very difficult for them to catch up with the teams ahead of them on the table. The Sultans played their final league match against Lahore Qalandars which they won quite comfortably.
Multan Sultans will continued to be captained by former Pakistan international Shahid Afridi who will link-up with the other local players like Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Shan Masood, Sohail Tanvir, Ali Shafiq and Bilawal Bhatti. Imran Tahir, James Vince, Moeen Ali, Fabian Allen, Rilee Rossouw and Ravi Bopara are the overseas players in the squad.
James Vince, Rilee Rossouw, Shan Masood and Moeen Ali are the danger men with the bat in this team. In the previous season, James Vince scored 231 runs at a strike-rate of 144.37 and the onus will be on him again to provide good starts for the Sultans this PSL. Shahid Afridi was the most successful bowler for the side last year with 10 wickets at an economy of 6.74. He together with Junaid Khan, Mohammad Ilyas and Imran Tahir will pose a threat to the batsmen this season.
Shahid Afridi (c), Ali Shafiq, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Ilyas, Junaid Khan, Shan Masood, Zeeshan Ashraf, Sohail Tanvir, Rohail Nazir, Khushdil Shah, Usman Qadir, Bilawal Bhatti, James Vince, Moeen Ali, Rilee Rossouw, Ravi Bopara, Imran Tahir, Fabian Allen
Lahore Qalandars have been the worst performing team in the history of the Pakistan Super League, finishing at the bottom of the table in each of the previous four seasons. They could only muster three wins last year during the league stage and eventually ended up winning the wooden spoon. They did get off to a pretty decent start though, winning three of their first six encounters, but suffered defeats in their final four matches. The Qalandars lost their last two fixtures by big margins - against Islamabad United by 49 runs and Multan Sultans by 7 wickets.
Sohail Akhtar will be in charge of Lahore Qalandars this PSL. The team has released AB de Villiers, Brendan Taylor, Carlos Brathwaite, Hardus Viljoen, Corey Anderson, Anton Devcich and Ryan ten Doeschate along with a few others from their squad. They have retained Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, David Wiese, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Salman Butt.
Lahore Qalandars will depend largely on the likes of Fakhar Zaman, Chris Lynn, Lendl Simmons and Mohammad Hafeez to deliver the goods with the bat. Fakhar Zaman scored the most runs for them last PSL - 285 runs which included three fifties. Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, David Wiese and Samit Patel will be the ones to watch out for when it comes to bowling. Haris Rauf was one of the top performers with the ball for Lahore last time with 11 wickets.
Sohail Akhtar (c), Mohammad Hafeez, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Salman Butt, Usman Shinwari, Fakhar Zaman, Jaahid Ali, Raja Farzan, Faizan Khan, Dilbar Hussain, David Wiese, Chris Lynn, Samit Patel, Seekkuge Prasanna, Ben Dunk, Lendl Simmons
Islamabad United are the most successful team of the Pakistan Super league with two title triumphs. They won the inaugural edition of the tournament in 2016 and emerged winners again in 2018. The 2017 season was also a good one for them – they went on to top the league standings but could not enter the final after losing the Eliminator to Karachi Kings. The two-time champions finished third on the leaderboard last time with five wins and as many losses. Islamabad then edged out Karachi Kings by four wickets in Eliminator 1 before going down to Peshawar Zalmi by 48 runs in Eliminator 2.
Islamabad United will be led by Shadab Khan this season. Luke Ronchi, Rassie van der Dussen, Colin Ingram, Colin Munro, Dale Steyn and Phil Salt make up the team's overseas contingent while Faheem Ashraf, Asif Ali, Rumman Raees, Zafar Gohar, Hussain Talat, Rizwan Hussain and Muhammad Musa are some of the local players in the squad.
Luke Ronchi, Colin Munro, Asif Ali and Rassie van der Dussen will form the pillars of Islamabad's batting this PSL season. Ronchi smashed 319 runs at a strike-rate of 155.60 last year while Munro can take apart any bowling attack on his day. Faheem Ashraf had finished as the tournament's second-highest wicket-taker with 21 wickets and the pacer is again expected to deliver strong performances throughout the tournament. Opposition teams will also be wary of Shadab Khan, Dale Steyn and Rumman Raees.
Shadab Khan (c), Amad Butt, Faheem Ashraf, Asif Ali, Hussain Talat, Muhammad Musa, Rizwan Hussain, Rumman Raees, Zafar Gohar, Akif Javed, Saif Badar, Ahmed Safi Abdullah, Luke Ronchi, Dale Steyn, Colin Ingram, Colin Munro, Phil Salt, Rassie van der Dussen
Lahore Qalandars and Multan Sultans are the only two teams in the tournament who are yet to make an appearance in the playoffs. Though both have made a few notable signings this season, chances are that they will once again end up finishing in the bottom two.
Quetta Gladiators won the tournament last time. The defending champions have reached the final three times out of four and they will be starting off as serious contenders this year as well. Islamabad United and Karachi Kings have also been consistent in their performances in the past seasons and could go a long way again.
Peshawar Zalmi, however, seem to be the strongest contender this season. They have reached the final on the previous three occasions and their squad appears to be a fine blend of experience and talented youth. Peshawar are led by the two-time World Cup winning captain Darren Sammy and he is likely to lead his side to their second PSL title.
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