Lahore Qalandars finished the round robin stage as the runners-up despite being level on points with Peshawar Zalmi, to whom they lost their last match as well.
Better run rate got them the edge, which got them a place in the qualifier opposite Multan Sultans and a shot at direct qualification to the final.
A worrying sign for Lahore ahead of the playoffs is that they have lost two of their last three matches, including Monday’s defeat to Zalmi.
That defeat was harder to take as it came after a Super Over after Lahore had equalled the 158-run target posted by Peshawar. A bit more of an effort would have seen them win the game in regulation time.
What more can be said about Multan Sultans’ brilliance that has not been said yet?
The defending champions have lost just one game all season and appear as strong as any other PSL side has ever been.
Since losing their only game, to Lahore Qalandars, the Sultans have won three straight and shrugged off any concerns of a change in scenery affecting their game.
In their last game, they brushed aside Islamabad United by six wickets, thanks to a superb bowling effort.
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