The bad news for Karachi is that after four matches, they are still searching for their first win of the tournament. The good news is that if they win this one, they’d only be two points shy of the teams holding third and fourth spot.
Such is the nature and size of PSL that you have to be ridiculously poor for a ridiculously long time to truly be out of playoff contention early. And as poor as Karachi have been, they still have plenty of time to get their act together and start accumulating points.
They did come close in the last game, falling just nine short of the 174-run target set by Peshawar Zalmi in a game their captain Babar Azam’s battling and unbeaten 90 went in vain.
More bad news for Karachi is that their pacers Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Ilyas are out of the tournament. Usman Shinwari has been added to the roster.
Islamabad faced two fellow contenders – Multan Sultans and Lahore Qalandars – and lost to both. But they also faced two strugglers in Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators and beat them both.
Their results tell us that Islamabad are contenders but aren’t in as full flow as the two above them. They now get the opportunity to face the weakest side in the competition.
One man who has been in incredible form of late and is arguably the player of the tournament on current form is Islamabad captain Shadab Khan.
The allrounder has a 91 and 52 in his last three innings while with the ball he has nine wickets in the last two matches.