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.
Peshawar have been one of the most successful teams in the PSL as they still stand as one of only two teams to win the competition and have backed that up with two efforts as runners-up. They can go one better this year but will need their batsmen to produce with a lack of genuine explosive power.
Karachi Kings have been one of the most consistent teams in the PSL over the last three years but have yet to finish better than third. They begin this campaign with a game against Multan Sultans who have had several setbacks in the run-up to this year’s competition.
Defending champions Islamabad United face a tough opening fixture against competition favourites Lahore Qalandars in the first game of the 2019 Pakistan Super League. United have been the team to beat since the induction of the PSL thee years’ ago but have a big task on their hands to retain their crown.