PSL 2018 Qualification Scenarios

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  1. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    The third season of the Pakistan Super League has so far been be an organizer's dream. With six matches remaining in the league stage, no team has yet booked a spot in the Play Offs and there's everything to play for. While Islamabad United and Quetta Galdiators look certain to qualify, Karachi Kings and Multan Sultan are also not far away. On the other hand, Peshawar Zalmi need other results to come their way if they are to defend their title. As of how things stand, Lahore Qalandars is the only team that is not in contention, but they will look to spoil a party or two before they bow out of the tournament.

    ... and what teams must do to book a spot in the final four:

    Quetta Gladiators

    After winning their last three league games, Quetta have consolidated their position at the top the table with eight points and two matches in hand. A win in one of the matches will make their qualification a certainty. However, if they win both their games, they are assured of a top two finish, enabling them an extra bite at the cherry in the Play Offs.

    They can go through even in the worst case of them losing both their remaining matches if either of the following scenarios unfold - (1) Multan lose their last match, (2) Peshawar lose at least one of their remaining games or (3) Karachi lose both theirs.

    The only distant possibility of them getting eliminated is if they lose both their games by a wide margin, Peshawar win both theirs by a big margin and both Multan and Karachi beat Islamabad. In that scenario, both Quetta and Peshawar get tied on ten points each and NRR will come into decide who will advance to the next round.

    Islamabad United

    With five wins from seven games including the last four in a row, they sit comfortably in the top half of the table and are the most comfortably placed at the moment with three games to go. Like Quetta, a win is enough for them to go through to Play Offs and two wins will ensure a top two spot. And they have an extra game in hand compared to Quetta. They can go through even in the worst case of them losing both their remaining matches if Peshawar lose at least one of their remaining games.

    For them to get eliminated, they must lose all their remaining games by a decent margin and Peshawar win both theirs by handsome margins. In such a case, Islamabad may get pipped on NRR by Peshawar.

    Karachi Kings

    After winning their first three games, Karachi lost their way bit towards the middle, but they still have their fate in their own hands with two matches to play. A win is all they need to progress, but if they can come out on top in their last two games, they could finish in the top two. For that to happen, either of Islamabad or Quetta must not win their two remaining matches.

    They can go through even if they lose both their matches provided either Multan or Peshawar lose at least one more match. If the former happens, Karachi will be tied on nine points with Multan and NRR will decide who goes through. For them to not qualify, both Multan and Peshawar need to win their remaining games and Karachi should lose both.

    Multan Sultans

    Multan are in a spot of bother after losing their last three matches. However, a win in their last league encounter against Islamabad is all they need to go through and a top two spot beckons if other results go their way. That for the moment is a distant possibility. They can go qualify even if they lose to Islamabad provided, Karachi lose both their games and fall behind Multan on NRR or Peshawar lose at least one of theirs.

    Peshawar Zalmi

    The defending champions Peshawar are in a do or die state in their last two matches. They are out of the tournament if they lose at least one match but even two wins in two games doesn't assure them a spot in the final four. If both Multan and Karachi win one more match each, Peshawar will find themselves out of the reckoning come what may.

    In the event of Peshawar losing at least one of their last two games, the guaranteed final four will be Quetta, Islamabad, Karachi and Multan with the final standings subject to how other results pan out.

    Lahore Qalandars

    Having lost their first six matches in a row, Lahore was the first team to be eliminated from the tournament. Unless they win their last two matches, they will be the wooden spoon holders for the third successive season in PSL, an ignominy that they would desperately like to avoid.
  2. Mohsin

    Mohsin Cornered Tiger

    Feb 21, 2010
    Fun times in PSL3

    Hope we have more thrillers last last night (apart from the Islamabad games, hope they are one-sided easy wins for Islamabad :shrug)
  3. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Battle for playoff spots heats up

    DUBAI: The Pakistan Super League (PSL) enters the final round of its group stages as the competition goes to the Sharjah Cricket Stadium from March 13, with five teams still vying it out for the four playoff spots.

    Lahore Qalandars were eliminated from the competition after Quetta Gladiators won over Peshawar Zalmi by six runs on March 10.

    Brendon McCullum’s men have had a miserable outing in the PSL so far and find themselves out of the tournament already.

    What is even more surprising though is that defending champions Peshawar Zalmi are currently in fifth and are odds on to miss out on a playoff spot.

    “We have been trying hard,” said Peshawar pacer Wahab Riaz. “We committed some mistakes against Quetta, but in the end it is usually the team that plays well who wins. We have some good bowlers who were effective in Sharjah, so we are optimistic of winning our remaining games in order to do whatever we can to qualify.”

    Peshawar’s fate, however, is no longer in their own hands and they need other results to go their way if they are to qualify for the next round.

    One of the teams that can determine Peshawar’s fate is Quetta Gladiators, the team they defeated in last year’s final, and skipper Sarfraz Ahmed is confident about his side’s chances as they gain momentum going into the business end of the tournament.

    “We are trying to maintain our current momentum by winning games and confirming our place first in the playoffs and then in the final,” he said. “We have two matches left so we can’t afford to rest on our laurels just yet. All the teams are playing well and all of them have key players who are performing well, so we need to be at our best if we are to ensure that nobody beats us.”

    Inaugural champions Islamabad, meanwhile, have seen a similar surge in form and are confident of making it into the playoffs in one of the top two spots.

    Islamabad skipper Misbahul Haq hailed his bowlers and opening batsmen, stating both sets of players have the ability to turn the game on its head. “Our young bowlers are full of energy and are hungry for wickets, which makes them really effective,” he said. “Spinners Shadab Khan and Zafar Gohar are two assets who can turn the game at any point, while our fast-bowlers also do their job as assigned. We are looking to top the pool by the end of the group stages. That way we will have the chance to qualify for the final directly.”
  4. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Suspenseful race for PSL playoffs commences today

    THE stage is set for a suspenseful playoff race in the HBL Pakistan Super League which resumes after Monday’s rest day with Islamabad United taking on Multan Sultans at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

    The topsy-turvy results have seen the leaderboard changing hands almost after every game has added further excitement and high drama with five of the six competing franchises left to contest for the four playoff places from Tuesday onward.

    Three successive defeats have clearly plummeted Multan’s mission to the extent that the PSL debutants would be overly anxious not just to win their remaining match against Islamabad but also pray for other results to go their way.

    If Multan do succeed in avenging their five-wicket loss to Islamabad in Dubai on Feb 25, then they would provisionally move to the top with 11 points. But that would still leave Shoaib Malik’s outfit in a state of vulnerability, chiefly because current leaders Quetta Gladiators are better placed to displace them swiftly provided they emerge victorious in Wednesday’s clash with Lahore Qalandars.

    Defending champions Peshawar Zalmi are also battling to make the cut as they lie in fifth spot and serious danger of being eliminated unless they win the two games they have to play as they attempt to stop the run of three successive defeats they suffered during the third leg at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

    Peshawar have mustered only six points thus far and could face more humiliation if they are unable to get over the line against Karachi Kings and Lahore in the coming days here and even finished rooted to the bottom of standings at the completion of the league phase.

    After their horrible run of six consecutive defeats upfront vanquished their dream of breaking into the playoff for the third season in the running, Lahore have already began to act as the spoilers for the others as Karachi Kings found out in Dubai on Sunday night and they repeat the dose against the champions when they come face to face against each other on Friday.

    So Quetta have to guard against being complacent, a point their skipper, Sarfraz Ahmed, is well aware of when he told Dawn on Monday that his charges will take nothing for granted.

    “Ideally, it would be great if we win our coming fixture against Lahore because the momentum of winning three games on the trot in Dubai has given us a sense of self-belief. The camaraderie in the squad was very high after we beat Multan in a close finish in the first game of the third stage,” Sarfraz, who also leads Pakistan in all three formats, said.

    “That gave the confidence to win the next two matches as well against Karachi and Peshawar convincingly. Remember we had lost to all three of them in the earlier matches and when you win like we did the then it gives the entire team tremendous boost. We are taking every match extremely seriously because one bad day could cost us heavily.”

    Quetta — who ended up being the runners-up in the first two seasons to Islamabad and Peshawar, respectively — are likely to be further bolster by the arrival of the hard-hitting England opener Jason Roy, who boasts of a career strike-rate of 144.80 across 162 appearances in T20 cricket.

    Roy arrived in Dubai on Monday after being part of the ODI squad which helped England clinch the series 3-2 in New Zealand.

    While Roy could be playing against the franchise he initially played for in the PSL, Quetta won’t be able to call upon the services of the talented leg-spinner Rashid Khan since Afghanistan have made it to the Super Six stage of the ongoing ICC World Cup qualifiers in Zimbabwe.

    Islamabad, the winners of the inaugural edition two years ago, are in a most advantageous position than their four rivals to qualify as the top-ranked side simply because they have to play three matches over the next four days.

    Remaining preliminary-round fixtures: March 13: Islamabad United vs Multan Sultans (9:00pm PST). March 14: Quetta Gladiators vs Lahore Qalandars (9:00pm PST). March 15: Peshawar Zalmi vs Karachi Kings (4:30pm PST); Islamabad United vs Quetta Gladiators (9:00pm PST). March 16: Lahore Qalandars vs Peshawar Zalmi (4:30pm PST); Karachi Kings vs Islamabad United (9:00pm PST).
  5. iho

    iho Smooth Operator

    Aug 7, 2010
    QG and ISLU in payoffs now. Remaining fight between KK, PZ and MS
  6. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Islamabad United, Quetta Gladiators qualify for PSL play-offs in Pakistan

    DUBAI: Two franchises of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators, have officially qualified to play the Pakistan leg of the tournament that starts on March 20 with the first eliminator in Lahore.

    Islamabad United reached the top of the points table after winning against Multan Sultans by 33 runs in the Tuesday’s encounter. Quetta Gladiators stand second with two matches to go for the top two teams.

    The other two spots for the play-offs remain undecided between Karachi Kings, Multan Sultans and Peshawar Zalmi. If Zalmi loses even one of their two games left, Sultans will qualify for the eliminators.

    ASLI-PATHAN Winner of FIFA World Cup '18 Prediction Contest

    Apr 26, 2011
    Our fate is in our hands now. Its simple, win 5 straight games to retain the trophy.
  8. Energy

    Energy Whispering Death

    Apr 22, 2012
    Karachi just needs to make sure that they don't lose by big margins and they'll be through despite losing both the remaining games. Peshawar needs to win both or else Multan are through.
  9. Fawad

    Fawad Sultan of Swing

    Sep 1, 2010
    If that match didnt end with a no result, Lahore would still be in it, right? two other teams have 4 wins, Lahore can get to 4 and then NRR decides.
  10. Energy

    Energy Whispering Death

    Apr 22, 2012
    Yep, also if Lahore would have won against Islamabad then we'd be in a better position.

    In any case, major changes needed in the Lahore squad for next season. If Baz remains skipper then that's the end of Umar Akmal.

    ASLI-PATHAN Winner of FIFA World Cup '18 Prediction Contest

    Apr 26, 2011
    If tomorrow Zalmi win and United win InshaAllah we can finish 2nd.

    If Karachi lose by big margin they can be knocked out too.

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