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PSL Final: Who will be the winner ? Comment your opinion!

With the PSL playoffs underway, we are nearing the conclusion of another brilliant season of cricket. Homegrown talents burst onto the scene, little-known foreigners lighting up the league, and big-name players showing out: this season has had it all. 

The four playoff teams are set, and all four have a legitimate shot at the PSL trophy. But the question remains: which of these teams will win it all? This article ranks the remaining teams and their chances to win the Pakistan Super League. 

Peshawar Zalmi 

By all objective metrics, Peshawar Zalmi is the weakest team in this year’s PSL playoffs, and you don’t need to be an analyst to know the reason: their bowling. While Peshawar Zalmi has boasted one of the best batting attacks in the league this season, led by Babar Azam, their bowling has let them down massively. Twice this season, they have scored more than 240 runs, and twice those targets have been chased. 

This has also resulted in them crossing 200 runs in 4 matches, and they have only managed to win one. They haven’t fixed their bowling all season, and we certainly don’t expect them to do it now.

So, despite a dominant batting lineup, they are the weakest team in the playoffs. 

Lahore Qalandars

For the second year running, it would seem like the Lahore Qalandars have been the best team in the PSL. They had the most wins and put on dominant displays against the best teams in the league. From an outside view, one wouldn’t be wrong in considering them the favorites. 

However, sports is never about what you have done in the past; it’s what you’ve done recently. And based on their recent form, Lahore Qalandars may be in trouble. They have lost the last two matches they’ve played by a combined margin of 170 runs.

So they weren’t just losses. They were bad losses. 

What’s more, there’s a pattern here. Lahore has lost 4 matches this edition: all their losses have come during chases. Lahore seems much more reliant on their bowling attack than previously thought. This was evident in their qualifier loss to Multan when they restricted Multan to a manageable 160 and only made 76 runs. 

Lahore would be favored to beat the winner of Islamabad vs. Peshawar, but they would have to face Multan again in the final, and based on what we’ve learned, it seems like it’ll be a disappointment for Lahore fans this season.  

Multan Sultans 

This brings us to our pick for the team to win the PSL: Multan Sultans. The Multan Sultans have been one of the consistent PSL teams in recent years. They won the trophy in 2021 and have made it to their third consecutive final. 

And if you look at their squad, this might be their best one yet. We have the leading run-scorer of this year’s edition in Rizwan. And he’s only one of three centurions in the team, with Rilee Russouw and Usman Khan breaking the record for the fastest centuries in PSL history this season. 

Their bowling attack also features the two-lead wicket-takers in the PSL, with Ihsanullah and Abbas Afridi terrorizing batsmen across the league. And as we saw in the qualifier, Sheldon Cottrell is a formidable bowler in his own right. 

With so many great players on both sides of the ball, we think it’s safe to say that Multan Sultans will take home their second PSL trophy.

Who do you think will win the PSL?

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