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PSL 8: Teams to Watch Out For

PSL 8: Teams
  • Multan Sultans: Mr. Consistency
  • Lahore Qalandars: The favorites
  • Peshawar Zalmi: The batting powerhouse
  • Islamabad United: Bazball

The Pakistan Super League (PSL) is one of the world’s most popular T20 cricket leagues, attracting some of the best players from around the globe. The PSL has come a long way since its inception in 2015, and now in its eighth season, it promises to be bigger and better than ever.

With the tournament already underway, we look at the teams with the best chance of winning the tournament.

Multan Sultans: Mr. Consistency

Multan Sultans have been one of the most consistent teams in the PSL, and they hope to continue their good form in PSL 8.  Their captain, Mohammad Rizwan, has been in excellent form, both with the bat and behind the stumps. Their bowling attack, led by the young Ihsanullah, has clocked over 145 KPH deliveries in every over. He has been among the best in the league. Multan Sultans will be looking to continue their impressive form and go one step further this year.

Lahore Qalandars: The favorites

For a good reason, Lahore Qalandars are the favorites to win PSL 8. They have one of the best bowling attacks in the league, led by Shaheen Afridi and Haris Rauf. Their batting lineup is also formidable, with Fakhar Zaman, Rashid Khan, and Sam Billings in the ranks. Lahore Qalandars has always been one of the most entertaining teams in the league, but they have struggled to convert their performances into victories. However, they finally broke their duck in PSL 7, winning their first-ever title, and they will be looking to continue their good form in PSL 8.

Peshawar Zalmi: The batting powerhouse

Peshawar Zalmi has always been a team that has relied heavily on its batting. In PSL 8, they traded the best batsman in the world, Babar Azam, to their lineup, which makes them even more dangerous. Usman Qadir has been leading the bowling attack from the front with 4 wickets, but the team has been disappointing in the tournament, having won only two of their first five games. They also conceded the most runs in a match in PSL history vs Lahore Qalandars in their February 26th matchup.  However, they have the firepower in their batting lineup to turn things around, and they will be hoping to do so in the coming games.

Islamabad United: Bazball

Islamabad United has been playing an aggressive style of cricket, which they have termed Bazball, named after their coach, Brendon McCullum, the coach of England’s test team. Their captain, Shadab Khan, has seen a dip in form, both with the bat and ball. They have a good mix of experience and youth in their squad, with players like Colin Munro, Asif Ali, and Rassie van der Dussen, who’s playing his first PSL, in the ranks. Azam Khan is also firing on all cylinders this season, scoring 97 on 42 deliveries versus the Quetta Gladiators. Islamabad United has won the PSL twice, and they hope to add a third title to their trophy cabinet in PSL 8.

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