Shah Ast HussainThe inaugural edition of the Pakistan Super League was held in 2016 by the Pakistan Cricket Board. The HBL PSL 2016 ran between February 4 – February 23, 2016, where five teams featured in 24 total games. Pakistan Super League 2016 is commonly known as PSL 1, PSL 2016, or HBL PSL T20 due to sponsorship reasons. According to the PSL 2016 match schedule, the PSL 2016 final contested between Quetta Gladiators and Islamabad United. In the final, United beat Gladiators by six wickets in the chase of 174 runs in 20 overs.
Five teams featured in the first edition of the Pakistan Super League 2016 representing significant cities of Pakistan. Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators won 6 games out of 8 and were on the 1st and 2nd position of PSL 2016 Points Table. According to the tournament format, each teacher faced it’s opponent twice before their qualification in the playoffs. Islamabad United won four games in the first round, qualified for the playoffs, and won the title by defeating Gladiators.
Karachi Kings and Lahore Qalandars won only two games before the PSL 1 playoffs qualification. Lahore Qalandars got four points equal to Karachi Kings, but their net run-rate fell to the worst negative. KK won after losing 6 six games, and winning two got NRR -0.036 while Qalandars got NRR -0536. Lahore Qalandars didn’t qualify in the playoffs/semi-finals after missing six games with a considerable margin. The top four teams from the PSL 2016 Points Table went to play playoffs except for LQ.
PSL 2016 Semi-Finals
PSL 2016 Semi-Finals contested between the four qualifiers such as Peshawar Zalmi, Quetta Gladiators, Karachi, Kings, and Islamabad United. In the first semi-final, Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators were head to head at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai. Gladiators put 133 runs in 19.3 overs with all-out, Kevin Pietersen scored 53 runs at 38 balls for QG.
Peshawar Zalmi fell short. Just one run in the chase of 133 and lost the game. In the first elimination, Islamabad United comfortably beat Karachi Kings by nine wickets. Karachi Kings scored 111 runs in 20 overs, and United chased down with the loss of just one wicket in 14.2 overs. According to the PSL 2016 format, Islamabad United contested the second elimination against Peshawar Zalmi.
United beat Zalmi quite comfortably and qualified in the PSL 2016 Final. While batting first, Islamabad United set up a total of 176 runs in 20 overs with the loss of 3 wickets. Sharjeel Khan played a brilliant innings scoring a maiden century in the PSL 1st season with 117 for 62 balls.
Sharjeel Khan became the first batter to score a century in the Pakistan Super League. United pacers Imran Khalid picked up four wickets and got complete control over the game. Peshawar Zalmi fell to 126 runs all out in 18 overs and knocked out from the PSL 1 final. Islamabad United won the match by 50 runs and ranked 2nd at the PSL 2016 Points Table.
PSL 2016 Final Match Summary
The Pakistan Super League 2016 final played between Quetta Gladiators and Islamabad United on February 23. According to the PSL 1 Match Time Table, the final begins at 09:00 p.m as per United Arab Emirates Standard Time. Sarfaraz Ahmed captained the Gladiators squad while Misbah ul Haq led Islamabad United.
Joel Wilson (West Indies) Aleem Dar (Pakistan) were the umpires of the PSL 2016 final. We had both competitive squads in the contest, and Dubai Stadium spectators witnessed the thrilling game. Islamabad United won the toss and decided to bowl first for the IPL 1 final at Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Quetta Gladiators set a total of 174 runs in 20 overs as PSL 2016 final target.
Ahmed Shehzad played a stunning inning of 64 runs off 38 balls as the highest individual runs by Gladiators side. Kumar Sangakkara played a vital inning of 55 races at 32 shots and stretched the Gladiators equation to 174 in 20 overs with a competitive total. Mohammad Ifran bowled four overs in the PSL 2016 final match and picked up two wickets by conceding 25 runs.
Mohammad Sami, Samuel Badree, and Andre Russell bowled four overs each for the bowling spell. While Imran Khalid and Dwayne Smith bowled three and single overs, respectively. Andre Russell grabbed three wickets and conceded 36 runs, pretty expensive in early overs. Sami and Badree picked up a single wicket in their bowling spell.
Dwayne Smith 73 for 61 (Man of the Match)
Sharjeel Khan and Dwyane Smith gave a flying start to the innings in the chase of 174 runs in 20 overs. United was 54/1 in 5.4 overs, and the second partnership between Smith and Brad Haddin did the job. Both went to score 85 runs off 59 balls in the PSL 1 final partnership and secured the United victory. Smith and Haddin scored half-centuries and ended their innings with 73 and 61, respectively.
Dwanye Smith won PSL 2016 ultimate man of the match award for his outstanding innings. Quetta Gladiators used six bowling options for defending the PSL 1 target of 174 in 20 overs. Anwar Ali, Nathan McCullum, Aizaz Cheema, Zulfiqar Babar, Mohammad Nawaz, and Grant Ellitte utilized by the skipper. Only Nawaz and Ellitte couldn’t pick up the wicket while others went for at least a single dismissal.
Gladiators seemed struggling against Brad Haddin and Dwanye Smith’s partnership. The only collaboration proved enough for United to secure their first title championship. Islamabad United became the first team that appeared as the Pakistan Super League 2016 champions.
United was at the 4th position according to PSL 2016 Points Table and became champions by winning 1st elimination, 2nd elimination, and final in a row. Quetta Gladiators, who won 7 games out of 10, including the playoffs and final, lost the chance to be crowned champion.
PSL 2016 Final Squads
Bismillah Khan, Ahmed Shehzad, Kevin Pietersen, Kumar Sangakkara, Mohammad Nawaz, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Grant Elliott, Anwar Ali, Nathan McCullum
Dwayne Smith, Sharjeel Khan, Brad Haddin, Andre Russell, Khalid Latif, Misbah-ul-Haq, Asif Ali, Imran Khalid, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Sami
Awards and Stats
Dwayne Smith won player of the match award in the PSL 2016 final for his 73 runs outstanding innings against Quetta Gladiators.
English all-rounder Ravi Bopara won player of the tournament award who represented Karachi Kings in the PSL 1. He scored 329 runs and picked up 11 wickets.
Andree Russell became leading wicket-taker after grabbing 16 ahead of Wahab Riaz 15 wickets.
Umer Akmal won the “Spirit of Cricket” award for his 335 runs in 8 innings. Umer picked up seven catches as the most number of tricks by any player in the PSL 2016 final.