Can Peshawar & Lahore be toppled from Top 2 standings?

Introduction

As the sixth edition of Pakistan super League unfolds, there are various facets of the same which are unique this year. Firstly, finally the full tournament is being played in Pakistan itself. Mainly this version has comparatively been a higher scoring one compared to most of the previous editions.

T20 Bowlers- Economy rates vs. Strike Rates

There is huge emphasis on the wicket taking ability of bowlers, irrespective of which format they are playing. However, in the T20 format it can massively dent the scoring rate of the opposition. Hence Strike Rates (no. of balls per Wicket) becomes a crucial element. This would have equal importance than the actual economy rate of a bowler.

Strike Rates between 12 to 24 are ideal place to be as that would be mean you’re definitely going to take wickets regularly

Similarly this PSL edition has seen economy rates (average) close to 9 RPO so far in the first 12 games. Hence if your conceding below this 9 RPO mark and striking less than 24 balls means that you’re a real asset to your team.

Based on the above matrix we have split the bowlers in 4 parts.

  1. Highly economical & wicket taking ( ER less than 9 & SR less than 24)
  2. Economical but not wicket taking ( SR above 24 but ER below 9)
  3. Expensive Wicket takers ( high ER above 9 RPO, but SR within 24)
  4. Very expensive & not Wicket taking ( both ER & SR very high)

If a team’s Majority of bowlers are in Highly economical & Wicket taking zone, then team is doing well with ball & they have a scope for going all the way in the series.

Peshawar zalmi & Lahore Qalandars

They are table Toppers at the moment but the below Visual shows that except the 2 major wicket Takers which is Saqib & Shaheen Afridi who are highly penetrative as well as effective,

Below Visual shows that the rest of the bowlers have to do a lot of work to get into the highly economical & Striking zone for them to succeed in the latter half of the Tournament.

Except Shaheen & Saqib for their respective teams, the rest of the pack seems to highly expensive

Karachi Kings & Islamabad United

Next 2 teams in the standings at the moment have got much better grouping as most of their bowling resources fall in the wicket taking & economical zone.

Imad Wasim from Karachi & Hasan Ali from Islamabad have been sensational for their teams.

Better Grouping with most bowlers in the bottom left of the graph

Multan Sultans & Quetta Gladiators

Bottom 2 teams in the standings at the moment are largely been depicted on the chart which shows hardly any bowler is within the ideal zone for Multan Sultan.

Hasnain is lone bowler who has been effective so far for Gladiators
All the bowlers are all over the place with very high strike rates & economies

For Quetta except Hasnain, the rest of the players are outside the range of wicket taking or stopping runs.

Conclusion

As the Tournament goes deeper, these bowlers will start playing a more prominent role, the scoring rates might also dip. In such instances the strike rates would become a crucial factor to decide the fate of qualifications

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