This year's PSL final has all the hallmarks to be a classic in Karachi with the top two teams from the group stage facing off against each other and there is little doubt that they have been the best two teams in this year’s edition of the tournament.
These two teams have won a game apiece in their previous meetings this season but it is Islamabad who come into this crunch match with the greater momentum.
Both of these two teams finished level on points in the group with five wins each but Islamabad’s performances were the better of the two teams. The fact they can count on Alex Hales for the knockout stage will also give them a big boost. Karachi have improved as the tournament has progressed, but they are still far from convincing.
The top two teams in the PSL ladder meet in the first qualifier in what should be a fascinating match. Peshawar Zalmi topped the standings but lost twice to Quetta Gladiators in the group phase so they will be desperate to put a marker down here and prove they can beat them.
A fascinating match-up in this final group stage match between two teams that have already qualified for the knockout phase. Karachi will be buoyed by their win on Sunday and determined to do well in front of their home fans.
Both of these teams have been poor in this edition of the PSL but their campaigns have been hampered by injuries and international call-ups. The Qalandars will have genuinely thought that their chances would have come down to this final day of matches in the group stage but Karachi’s miraculous win on Sunday robbed them of that.
All the motivation and urgency coming into this game is with the Karachi Kings against the Quetta Gladiators who have already qualified for the knockout phase. The Kings will have support on their side in Karachi too but it will be interesting to see how they play with the pressure in this game.
There is huge interest and euphoria around this match as the PSL moves to Karachi for the remainder of the tournament and it kicks off with a crunch match between two teams who desperately need a win to reach the play-offs.
Quetta Gladiators had a dip in the middle of the group stage but have shown a big improvement in their last couple of matches to return to the top of the ladder. They come off an impressive win over Peshawar Zalmi on Monday and the only concern coming into this match will be fatigue or complacency.
A fascinating match in store between two teams that need to win here. Zalmi were particularly disappointing on Monday against the Gladiators and will be keen to bounce back here. The Qalandars have lost De Villiers which is a huge blow to their hopes.
The Sultans’ difficult PSL campaign is petering to an end and this will be another tough assignment for them. They have been decimated by absentees to some of their big-name acquisitions and that has diluted the quality of their play significantly.
The top two teams in the PSL ladder meet in the first game in Abu Dhabi for what should be a highly entertaining affair. The Gladiators started strongly but their performances have dropped a little although they did bounce back from two defeats last time out.
This is becoming something of a must-win game for the Sultans who sit adrift at the bottom of the ladder and only have three matches remaining. Realistically they need to win all three of their matches to ensure a play-off place but victory here is the starting point for them.
There two are in the top two positions in the PSL ladder coming into this game and it would be a surprise if either of them did not manage to make the knockout phase. Both teams are coming off a win last time out and victory here will go a long way to sealing a top four spot.