PSL 2022: The 7th edition of Pakistan Super League concluded its league run on February 21 (Monday), with the 30th match of the season involving a fierce contest between Lahore Qalandars and Peshawar Zalmi that went straight into the super-over, but the latter turned out meritorious in the end.
Batting first, Zalmi posted 158 runs on board, with veteran Shoaib Malik (32) as their top scorer. In response, the Qalandars managed to take the game deep riding on the knocks from Mohammed Hafeez (49) and skipper Shaheen Afridi (39*) with the latter striking 22 runs off the last over and taking the game to super-over. Unfortunately, the Qalandars ran out of luck in the super-over, as they could post a merely 5 runs to the total, which was easily chased down courtesy of Shoaib Malik’s back-to-back fours.
|23 February, Wednesday||8 PM||Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore||Qualifier – Multan Sultans vs Lahore Qalandars|
|24 February, Thursday||8 PM||Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore||Eliminator 1 – Peshawar Zalmi vs Islamabad United|
|25 February, Friday||8 PM||Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore||Eliminator 2 – Loser of Qualifier vs Winner of Eliminator 1|
|27 February, Sunday||8 PM||Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore||Final – Winner of Qualifier vs Winner of Eliminator 2|
Multan Sultans will be squaring off against Lahore Qalandars in the Qualifier of PSL 2022. The winner of Qualifier will straightaway book a spot in the Final. Peshawar Zalmi would then be locking horns with Islamabad United in Eliminator -1, the winner of which will face the loser of Qualifier in Eliminator 2. And lastly, the Final would be played between the winners of Qualifier and Eliminator 2.
As far as the teams’ position is concerned in PSL 2022 points table, defending champions Multan Sultans sit atop with 9 wins and a loss – which came against Lahore Qalandars in the 17th match of the season, and an NRR of +1.253.
Both Lahore Qalandars and Peshawar Zalmi are tied with 6 wins and 4 losses each, but the difference lies in their Net Run Rate – with Qalandars enjoying an NRR of +0.765, while it is -0.340 for the Zalmi. As a result, the Qalandars occupy the second spot with Zalmi following at third position.
Islamabad United were fortunate to have made their way to the playoffs in spite of suffering back-to-back losses in their last three matches. They finished the league run at the fourth spot, with 4 wins and 6 losses and an NRR of -0.069.
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