Aside from clinching the title with Peshawar Zalmi, Kamran Akmal topped the run-getters chart with 353 runs. © PSL

Aside from clinching the title with Peshawar Zalmi, Kamran Akmal topped the run-getters chart with 353 runs. © PSL

Still taking baby steps compared to its counterpart across the border, the Pakistan Super League witnessed its second grand final on Sunday (March 5). The second season has been historic in more ways than one, with the final of the event being played at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, the same city that had been silenced by the sounds of guns on March 3, 2009. However, eight years later, the venue erupted in joy to the sound of cricket. Peshawar Zalmi won the second edition of the PSL, defeating Quetta Gladiators comfortably by 58 runs, the biggest margin by runs in this tournament.

Peshawar’s Kamran Akmal (353 runs) and Karachi Kings’ Sohail Khan (16 wickets) emerged as the highest run-getter and wicket-taker respectively in the second edition, Kamran having the distinction of scoring the only century. Shahid Afridi showed his big-hitting skills, but was just pipped to top position by Kamran, who hit 16 sixes to Afridi’s 15. Despite three ducks, Kevin Pietersen too displayed glimpses of his once devastating big-hitting when he struck eight sixes in his unbeaten innings of 88 in 42 balls. There were only three scores of 200-plus and all three came in Sharjah, Quetta accounting for two of those. The only game that clocked a 400-plus match aggregate was the Lahore Qalandars-Quetta game in Sharjah, won by the latter.

All in all, it was a competitive tournament that saw several individual and team performances in the four weeks. The highs and lows are all detailed below.

Total matches played: 24

At Dubai International Cricket Stadium, UAE: 13 games

At Sharjah Cricket Stadium, UAE: 10 games

At Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, Pakistan: 1 game (final)

Overall team performance with final positions

Team Mts Won Lost NR %win 2017 positions 2016 positions
Peshawar Zalmi 11 6 4 1 54.54 Title winner 3
Quetta Gladiators 10 5 4 1 50 Runner-up  2
Karachi Kings 10 5 5 50 finished third 4
Islamabad United 9 4 5 44.44 finished fourth 1
Lahore Qalandars 8 3 5 37.5 finished fifth 5

Note:

The points table before the playoffs:

In 2016: Peshawar 12, Quetta 12, Islamabad 8, Karachi 4, Lahore 4

In 2017: Peshawar 9, Quetta 9, Karachi 8, Islamabad 8, Lahore 9

Playoffs in 2017

1st Qualifying final: Quetta beat Peshawar by 1 run

2nd Qualifying final: Karachi beat Islamabad by 44 runs

3rd Qualifying final: Peshawar beat Karachi by 24 runs

Grand final: Peshawar beat Quetta by 58 runs

Highest team totals

For Against Total Overs Venue Date Result
Quetta Lahore 202/5 18.5 Sharjah 18 Feb, 2017 Won
Lahore Quetta 200/3 20 Sharjah 18 Feb, 2017 Lost
Quetta Peshawar 200/7 20 Sharjah 18 Feb, 2017 Won

Highest team totals (batting 2nd)

For Against Total Overs Venue Date Result
Quetta Lahore 202/5 18.5 Sharjah 18 February, 2017 Won
Peshawar Quetta 199/9 20 Sharjah 18 February, 2017 Lost
Islamabad Peshawar 175/3 17.4 Dubai 9 February, 2017 Won

Lowest team totals

For Against Total Overs Venue Date Result
Lahore Peshawar 59/10 10.2 Dubai 12-Feb-17 Lost
Islamabad Karachi 82/10 15.2 Sharjah 1-Mar-17 Lost
Quetta Peshawar 90/10 16.3 Lahore 5-Mar-17 Lost

Biggest victories

     

By runs

   

Peshawar

beat

Quetta

58 runs

Lahore

March 5, 2017

     

By wickets

   

Islamabad

beat

Peshawar

7 wickets

Dubai

February 9, 2017

Peshawar

beat

Karachi

7 wickets

Dubai

February 10, 2017

Quetta

beat

Karachi

7 wickets

Dubai

February 11, 2017

     

By balls to spare

   

Peshawar

beat

Lahore

18 balls

Dubai

February 12, 2017

Narrowest victories

     

By runs

   

Islamabad

beat

Quetta

By 1 run

Dubai

February 24, 2017

Quetta

beat

Peshawar

By 1 run

Sharjah

February 28, 2017

     

By wickets

   

Lahore

beat

Islamabad

By 1 wicket

Sharjah

February 20, 2017

     

By balls to spare

   

Islamabad

beat

Peshawar

By 0 balls

Sharjah

February 18, 2017

Karachi

beat

Lahore

By 0 balls

Dubai

February 25, 2017

Total individual 50s (50 to 99): 29

Total individual 100s: 1

Individual scores of 50+ and highest individual score for each side

Batsman Team Against 50+ Runs Venue Date
Kevin Pietersen Quetta Lahore 9 88* Sharjah February 18, 2017
Kamran Akmal Peshawar Karachi 8 104 Dubai March 3, 2017
Sam Billings Islamabad Quetta 6 78* Sharjah February 15, 2017
Umar Akmal Lahore Islamabad 4 66 Sharjah February 10, 2017
Kumar Sangakkara Karachi Lahore 3 65 Sharjah February 16, 2017

Highest individual scores

Batsman

For

Against

Score

Balls

S/r

Venue

Date

Result

Kamran Akmal

Peshawar

Karachi

104

65

160

Dubai

March 3, 2017

Won

Kevin Pietersen

Quetta

Lahore

88*

42

209.52

Sharjah

February 18, 2017

Won

Kamran Akmal

Peshawar

Islamabad

88

48

183.33

Dubai

February 9, 2017

Lost

Eoin Morgan

Peshawar

Karachi

80*

57

140.35

Dubai

February 10, 2017

Won

Sam Billings

Islamabad

Quetta

78*

50

156

Sharjah

February 15, 2017

Won

Mohd Hafeez

Peshawar

Quetta

77

47

163.82

Sharjah

February 28, 2017

Lost

Rilee Rossouw

Quetta

Karachi

76*

53

143.39

Dubai

February 11, 2017

Won

Brad Haddin

Islamabad

Peshawar

73

39

187.17

Dubai

February 9, 2017

Won

Dwayne Smith

Islamabad

Peshawar

72*

59

122.03

Sharjah

February 18, 2017

Won

Note: ** Quetta’s Ahmed Shehzad and Peshawar’s Kamran Akmal registered three scores of 50+, the most in the tournament.

Quickest individual innings

Min 30 runs or more

Batsman For Against SR Runs Balls Venue Date Result
Shahid Afridi Peshawar Quetta 261.53 34 13 Sharjah February 28, 2017 Lost
Chris Gayle Karachi Islamabad 258.82 44 17 Dubai February 26, 2017 Won
Kieron Pollard Karachi Lahore 225 45* 20 Dubai February 25, 2017 Won
Cameron Delport Lahore Peshawar 213.33 32 15 Dubai February 24, 2017 Lost
Kevin Pietersen Quetta Lahore 209.52 88* 42 Sharjah February 18, 2017 Won
Shahid Afridi Peshawar Quetta 195.65 45* 23 Dubai February 25, 2017 Won
Shahid Afridi Peshawar Karachi 192.85 54 28 Sharjah February 19, 2017 Lost
Jason Roy Lahore Quetta 188.88 51 27 Sharjah February 18, 2017 Lost
Shoaib Malik Karachi Peshawar 188.88 51* 27 Sharjah February 19, 2017 Won 

Note: 

** Jason Roy’s 51 (above) was the quickest 50 of the tournament – in 24 balls

** Roy’s 60* for Lahore against Islamabad in Dubai on 11-2-2017 was the slowest 50 – in 46 balls

Leading run-getters

Batsman

Team

Runs

Mts

Inns

NO

HS

Ave

SR

100

50

Kamran Akmal

Peshawar

353

11

11

0

104

32.09

129.3

1

2

Babar Azam

Karachi

291

10

10

1

50

32.33

112.35

0

1

Dwayne Smith

Islamabad

274

9

9

1

72*

34.25

113.22

0

2

Rilee Rossouw

Quetta

255

9

8

2

76*

42.5

123.18

0

2

Ahmed Shehzad

Quetta

242

10

9

0

71

26.88

132.24

0

3

Kevin Pietersen

Quetta

241

9

8

1

88*

34.42

151.57

0

2

Kumar Sangakkara

Karachi

215

10

10

0

65

21.5

118.78

0

1

Shoaib Malik

Karachi

202

10

10

1

51*

22.44

121.68

0

1

Kieron Pollard

Karachi

201

10

9

4

47

40.2

171.79

0

0

Highest batting averages

Min 5 inns

Batsman

Team

Ave

Mts

Inns

NO

Runs

HS

SR

100

50

Sam Billings

Islamabad

44.33

5

5

2

133

78*

135.71

0

1

Jason Roy

Lahore

43.25

5

5

1

173

60*

151.75

0

2

Rilee Rossouw

Quetta

42.5

9

8

2

255

76*

123.18

0

2

Kieron Pollard

Karachi

40.2

10

9

4

201

47

171.79

0

0

Highest batting strike-rates

Min 100 runs

Batsman

Team

SR

Mat

Inns

NO

Runs

HS

Ave

100

50

Sunil Narine

Lahore

181.25

8

7

1

116

26*

19.33

0

0

Shahid Afridi

Peshawar

173.52

10

8

1

177

54

25.28

0

1

Kieron Pollard

Karachi

171.79

10

9

4

201

47

40.2

0

0

Jason Roy

Lahore

151.75

5

5

1

173

60*

43.25

0

2

Kevin Pietersen

Quetta

151.57

9

8

1

241

88*

34.42

0

2

Most sixes

Batsman

Team

6s

4s

Mts

Inns

NO

Runs

HS

Ave

SR

100

50

Kamran Akmal

Peshawar

16

32

11

11

0

353

104

32.09

129.3

1

2

Shahid Afridi

Peshawar

15   

9

10

8

1

177

54

25.28

173.52

0

1

Kevin Pietersen

Quetta

14

15

9

8

1

241

88*

34.42

151.57

0

2

Chris Gayle

Karachi

14

8

9

9

0

160

44

17.77

115.1

0

0

Sunil Narine

Lahore

11

6

8

7

1

116

26*

19.33

181.25

0

0

Kieron Pollard

Karachi

15

15

10

9

4

201

47

40.2

171.29

0

0

Ahmed Shehzad

Quetta

10

22

10

9

0

242

71

26.88

132.24

0

3

Dwayne Smith

Islamabad

10

29

9

9

1

274

72*

34.25

113.22

0

2

Shane Watson

Islamabad

10

13

9

9

1

171

36

21.37

139.02

0

0

Note: Babar Azam (Karachi) hit the most fours (36) in the tournament in 10 innings, while Kamran Akmal hit the most boundaries 48 (32 fours + 16 sixes) in the tournament.

Best bowling in a match (4-wkt hauls)

Bowler

For

Against

O

M

R

W

R/o

Venue

Date

Result

Yasir Shah

Lahore

Peshawar

4

0

7

4

1.75

Dubai

February 12, 2017

Lost

Grant Elliott

Lahore

Islamabad

3

0

23

4

7.66

Dubai

February 11, 2017

Won

Rumman Raees

Islamabad

Karachi

4

0

25

4

6.25

Sharjah

March 1, 2017

Lost

Shane Watson

Islamabad

Peshawar

4

0

44

4

11

Dubai

February 9, 2017

Won

Note:

** Three or more wickets have been claimed on 27 occasions by 22 bowlers.

** Quetta’s Mahmudullah, Islamabad’s Rumman Raees, Karachi’s Sohail Khan, Peshawar’s Wahab Riaz & Mohd Asghar claimed 3-plus wicket hauls on most occasions – twice

Most economical bowling

Bowler

For

Against

R/o

O

M

R

W

Venue

Date

Result

Yasir Shah

Lahore

Peshawar

1.75

4

0

7

4

Dubai

February 12, 2017

Lost

Bilawal Bhatti

Lahore

Islamabad

3.75

4

0

15

0

Dubai

February 11, 2017

Won

Bilawal Bhatti

Lahore

Peshawar

3.75

4

0

15

0

Dubai

February 12, 2017

Lost

Mohd Nawaz

Quetta

Peshawar

3.75

4

0

15

1

Lahore

February 5, 2017

Lost

Mohd Sami

Islamabad

Peshawar

4

4

0

16

2

Dubai

February 9, 2017

Won

Sunil Narine

Lahore

Quetta

4

4

0

16

2

Dubai

February 10, 2017

Lost

Shahid Afridi

Peshawar

Karachi

4

4

0

16

0

Dubai

February 10, 2017

Won

Sunil Narine

Lahore

Peshawar

4

4

0

16

2

Dubai

February 12, 2017

Lost

Mohd Asghar

Peshawar

Quetta

4

4

0

16

3

Lahore

February 5, 2017

Won

Note :Junaid Khan’s figures of 4-0-52-1 for Peshawar against Islamabad in Dubai on 9-2-2017 was the most expensive @ 13.00 runs per over.

Leading wicket-takers

Bowler

Team

Wkts

Mts

Overs

Mdns

Runs

Best

Ave

R/o

4-wkts

Sohail Khan

Karachi

16

9

31.3

1

240

3\23

15

7.61

0

Wahab Riaz

Peshawar

15

10

33

0

203

3\24

13.53

6.15

0

Rumman Raees

Islamabad

12

7

26.1

0

162

4\25

13.5

6.19

1

Mohd Sami

Islamabad

12

9

31

1

216

3\26

18

6.96

0

Usama Mir

Karachi

12

8

27.5

0

228

3\24

19

8.19

0

Hasan Ali

Peshawar

12

11

36.3

0

260

3\23

21.66

7.12

0

Shane Watson

Islamabad

10

9

23

0

209

4\44

20.9

9.08

1

Sunil Narine

Lahore

10

8

32

0

207

2\16

20.7

6.46

0

Sohail Tanvir

Lahore

10

8

29.5

0

251

2\24

25.1

8.41

0

Mohd Nawaz

Quetta

10

10

33

0

264

3\51

26.4

8

0

Mohd Amir

Karachi

10

10

36.2

2

268

3\7

26.8

7.37

0

Most economical bowling

Min 20 overs

Bowler

Team

R/o

Mts

Overs

Mdns

Runs

Wkts

Best

Ave

4-wkts

Yasir Shah

Lahore

6.03

8

28

0

169

9

4\7

18.77

1

Wahab Riaz

Peshawar

6.15

10

33

0

203

15

3\24

13.53

0

Rumman Raees

Islamabad

6.19

7

26.1

0

162

12

4\25

13.5

1

Sunil Narine

Lahore

6.46

8

32

0

207

10

2\16

20.7

0

Zulfiqar Babar

Quetta

6.56

8

32

1

210

6

2\17

35

0

Imad Wasim

Karachi

6.58

10

29

0

191

8

3\18

23.87

0

Individual hat-tricks (0)

None claimed during this edition

Best all-round performance

Player

For

Against

Runs

Wickets

Venue

Date

Result

Shane Watson

Islamabad

Peshawar

26*

Apr-44

Dubai

February 9, 2017

Won

Leading allrounders

100 runs + 5 wickets

Player

Team

Mts

Inns

Runs

Ave

HS

50s

Wickets

Ave

Best

4+wickets

Mohd Hafeez

Peshawar

10

9

153

17

77

1

7

13.85

2 for 7

0

Sunil Narine

Lahore

8

7

116

19.33

26*

0

10

20.7

2 for 16

0

Shane Watson

Islamabad

9

9

171

21.37

36

0

10

20.9

4 for 4

1