The Qalandars are coming off a stunning victory over Karachi Kings on Saturday but that may have masked some of the deficiencies in their line-up. Their bowling unit was in stunning form but it may not be possible to replicate that again while their batsmen are not in great form.....
A fascinating game in store between Islamabad and Quetta here with both teams looking to stamp their authority on the tournament and click into form. Islamabad have had a mixed start and while they bat incredibly deep, their core batting order is struggling right now.
The Qalandars have the team to do much better in this edition of the PSL but they demonstrated their losing mentality once again on Thursday in their opening match. They will have to shake that quickly if they are to compete in this tournament and they face a tough task against the Kings who have started well.
Multan Sultans narrowly lost in their first match but it was a valiant effort despite missing so many key batsmen. They may struggle in the first few matches of this tournament until they do recoup some batsmen and they will hope James Vince will be available soon after the Sydney Sixers lost in the Big Bash semi-finals.
Ireland come into this opening match expected to win but will have learned from a defeat in a warm-up match with an Oman Development XI that they will not have it easy here. The batting was reasonable although more of their line-up will have to contribute and support skipper Paul Stirling more.
Scotland had a clear edge against Netherlands in the Tri-Nations series in the summer where they beat them twice. Despite this series being in Oman and in conditions different to the summer in the Netherlands, they will be just as capable of adjusting as the Dutch will be.
This deciding T20 international between New Zealand and India promises to be a cracker to bring an end to this intriguing series. The tourists have just had the edge throughout in all formats of the game but the Blackcaps are competing hard and pushed them all the way.
The Stars come into this game knowing a victory will see them qualify for the semi-finals but they have been in great form in recent matches. The Sixers have already qualified and even with defeat – barring a heavy one – will see them finish second and seal a home semi-final.
All the motivation is in favour of Dhaka Dynamites who know that nothing short of a win will suffice if they are to keep their tournament alive and reach the play-offs.
This top-of-the-table clash promises to be a highly entertaining affair although all the momentum is with the Victorians coming into this one. The Vikings have stuttered of late and that has largely been down to their overseas players....
The first match between these two teams was a classic as the Dynamites edged it by two runs and this one promises to be another excellent encounter. The Riders are in sensational form right now and compared to that first match, they look a completely different outfit with Gayle and De Villiers in the team now.
The race for the top four places is warming up nicely now in this final week and Comilla Victorians are finding form at just the right time. They are looking like one of the stronger teams in the tournament with their trio of superb all-rounders...