The first week of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021 witnessed some high-octane matches as Karachi Kings, Lahore Qalandars and Islamabad United secured victories in their respective opening fixtures.
On the other hand, Quetta Gladiators, Peshawar Zalmi and Multan Sultans failed to open their account in the sixth edition of PSL.
The second round of matches will kick off with Lahore Qalandars taking on Quetta Gladiators at the National Stadium in Karachi on Monday.
Here are some key statistics that will help you ace matchweek two of PSL 2021.
Lahore Qalandars vs Quetta Gladiators
PSL 2020 runners-up Lahore Qalandars commenced their new campaign in an emphatic fashion as they defeated Peshawar Zalmi by four wickets on Sunday. On the contrary, Safaraz Ahmed-led Quetta Gladiators were thrashed by Karachi Kings as they lost by seven wickets in their first match of the season on Saturday.
In the Lahore Qalandars vs Quetta Gladiators head-to-head records, both the teams have won five games each in their 10 encounters. However, Lahore are currently on a three-match winning streak against Quetta in the PSL.
|Lahore Qalandars vs Quetta Gladiators head-to-head|
|Lahore Qalandars||Metrics||Quetta Gladiators|
Furthermore, Sohail Akhtar-led Qalandars have won four of their last five completed PSL matches. On the other hand, Gladiators have registered just one win in their last five matches in the league.
Batting first, Lahore have an average score of 171 runs in their last five PSL matches, while Quetta have posted an average of 147 runs in the same number of matches.
Lahore Qalandars are tipped to beat the Quetta Gladiators on Monday.
Peshawar Zalmi vs Multan Sultans
Peshawar Zalmi and Multan Sultans suffered defeat in their first match of the tournament. While Wahad Riaz-led Peshawar lost to Lahore, Mohammad Rizwan’s Multan succumbed to a three-wicket defeat against Islamabad on Sunday.
Both the teams will look to open their account when they lock horns in the fifth match of the PSL 2021 on Tuesday. The Peshawar Zalmi vs Multan Sultans head-to-head stat favours the latter as Multan have won four of the six encounters.
|Peshawar Zalmi vs Multan Sultans head-to-head|
|Peshawar Zalmi||Metrics||Multan Sultans|
However, both Zalmi and Sultans have struggled in the league recently, recording just one win in their last five PSL matches.
Speaking of the venue, the last five games at the National Stadium has seen an average of 26.2 boundaries and 8.8 sixes. On one hand, Peshawar have an average score of 154 runs while batting first in their last five PSL matches, Multan have posted an average of 166 runs in the same number of matches.
Interestingly, Sultans have won their only game against Zalmi at the National Stadium in Karachi.
Multan Sultans will definitely start as the odd-on favourites against Peshawar Zalmi due to their superior head-to-head record.
Karachi Kings vs Islamabad United
PSL 2020 champions Karachi Kings will take on two-time winners Islamabad United in the sixth match of the ongoing edition of the league.
Both Karachi and Islamabad registered convincing wins in their first match of PSL 2021.
The two teams have faced each other 14 times in the league with Islamabad having a slight advantage with eight wins to their name while losing six.
|Karachi Kings vs Islamabad United head-to-head|
|Karachi Kings||Metrics||Islamabad United|
However, Imad Wasim-led Kings have won four of their last five matches in the league while Shadab Khan’s United have secured just two wins in their last five PSL matches.
Islamabad and Karachi have won one game each against each other at the National Stadium. Karachi Kings are tipped to continue their winning momentum in the league due to their recent form.
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