We are six games into the Pakistan Super League 2021 season and there are only two teams in Lahore Qalandars and Islamabad United who have managed to stay unbeaten, in a way showcasing what one can expect in weeks to come.
So as we approach another exciting week of the league, we take a detailed look at what’s in the offering.
Lahore Qalandars vs Multan Sultans
Lahore Qalandars have enjoyed a superb start to their new Pakistan Super League season, defeating Peshawar Zalmi by four wickets and Quetta Gladiators by nine wickets. Up next for them is a test against Multan Sultans who have endured contrary results, having lost both of their opening games this season. Regardless of the recent form though, Sultans have always posed a threat to Lahore Qalandars as suggested by their head-to-head record, which sees Qalandars winning four and Sultans winning three of their seven meetings so far.
|Lahore Qalandars vs Multan Sultans head-to-head|
|Lahore Qalandars||Metrics||Multan Sultans|
One can rightly expect a certain Babar Azam to put in a man of the match display on Friday, February 26, when these sides meet given the fact that he has scored a whopping 303 runs against Sultans in seven innings at an average of 43.28.
Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta Gladiators
Peshawar Zalmi have endured a mixed start to their PSL season, having won one and losing the other. So when they meet the bottom-placed Quetta Gladiators on Friday, February 26, they will be looking to better their head-to-head count against their opponents. In a total of 16 meetings, Zalmi have registered seven wins while Gladiators have won eight. The current form, however, places Zalmi at a 52% chance of winning.
|Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta Gladiators head-to-head|
|Peshawar Zalmi||Metrics||Quetta Gladiators|
Karachi Kings vs Multan Sultans
The line of fixtures for Multan Sultans isn’t getting any easier, to say the least. Right after playing Lahore Qalandars, they square off against Karachi Kings, who sit third after winning one of their opening two games. The head-to-head count between Karachi Kings and Multan Sultans is outrightly dominated by the former, who have won four of their seven meetings. As thing stand, the Kings are rightly placed at a 59% chance of winning.
|Karachi Kings vs Multan Sultans head-to-head|
|Karachi Kings||Metrics||Multan Sultans|
Peshawar Zalmi vs Islamabad United
Islamabad United have been one of the best sides this season, and a game against Peshawar Zalmi on Saturday, February 27, remains one of the top fixtures of the week. The two teams are tied on their head to head figure with each winning six games apiece in a total of 12 matches. What gives Islamabad an edge is their batting attack, which has hit an average of 16.4 fours and 5.6 sixes in their last five PSL games. They have also scored an average of 180 runs in their last five PSL games while batting first.
|Peshawar Zalmi vs Islamabad United head-to-head|
|Peshawar Zalmi||Metrics||Islamabad United|
Karachi Kings vs Lahore Qalandars
League leaders Lahore Qalandars sure have been a superior side in terms of the current form of late, but their overall record against Karachi Kings is something that they would never want to talk about. The two teams have clashed 11 times in the past and the Kings have come out on top on seven occasions, while Qalandars have claimed victory on just four.
|Karachi Kings vs Lahore Qalandars head-to-head|
|Karachi Kings||Metrics||Lahore Qalandars|
Qalandars, however, are a team which have momentum on their side. They have won four of their last five tosses and have hit an average of 16.8 fours and 4.6 sixes in their last five PSL games. This is certainly the fixture worth keeping an eye on.
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