The 2018 Pakistan Super League was the 3rd edition of the tournament hosted by Pakistan and UAE jointly. Islamabad United won their second title, beating the defending champion Peshawar Zalmi at National Stadium Karachi. In the PSL 2018 final, Islamabad United chased down a total of 148 in 16.5 overs with the loss of seven wickets. The Pakistan Super League 2018 is commonly known as PSL 3, PSL 2018, HBL PSL 2018, or PSL T20 for its sponsorship reason. Only three matches of PSL 3 played in Pakistan, including 1st elimination, 2nd semi-final, and PSL final.
The winner of PSL 2018, Islamabad United won seven games out of eight at the group stage of the tournament. United ranked at number 1 position of PSL 2018 Points Table and lost an only game to Peshawar Zalmi. The runner-up of the season Zalmi five matches in 1st round and ranked 3rd at PSL 3 standing table. A sixth team introduced by Pakistan Cricket Board, Multan Sultans representing South Punjab. Lahore Qalandars, for the third consecutive time, fell to the bottom of the PSL Points Table and didn’t qualify for the playoffs.
PSL 2018 Semi-Finals
Islamabad United, Karachi Kings, Peshawar Zalmi, and Quetta Gladiators went to playoffs being ranked in the top fours, respectively. The qualifier contested between Karachi Kings and Islamabad United on 18 March at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai. While batting first, Karachi Kings set a total of 154 in 20 overs with the loss of four wickets. Colin Ingram played a crucial inning of 68* for 39 balls and stretched the equation to 154.
Islamabad United wicket-keeper batsman and player of the match Luke Ronchi played a stunning knock of 94* for 39 shots. United chased down the total in 12.3 overs with the loss of three wickets. After the 1st powerplay, the last three matches scheduled in Pakistan, of which Gaddafi Stadium Lahore hosted three games. The 1st elimination match contested between Quetta Gladiators and Peshawar Zalmi on 20th March at Lahore.
While batting first, Zalmi went to score 157 runs in 20 overs with the loss of ten wickets. Liam Dawson played the highest individual innings from Zalmi innings of 62 runs off 35 balls. Quetta Gladiators fell short just one run in, and lost the elimination to Zalmi and knocked out. Sarfaraz Ahmed went to score 35 runs off 21 balls as the highest individual innings by Gladiators batsman. The Eliminator 2 or second semi-final of PSL 2018 contest between Karachi Kings and Peshawar Zalmi at Gaddafi Stadium Lahore.
PSL 2018 Final Match Summary
While batting first, Zalmi posted 170 runs with the loss of 7 wickets in a short 16 overs game per side. Kamran Akmal scored the fastest fifty in the history of PSL with his 77 runs off 27 balls innings. Karachi Kings scored 157 runs with the loss of 2 wickets and fell short 13 runs to qualify in the PSL 2018 final. Karachi Kings top-order batsman, Joe Denly scored the highest individual innings by 79* unbeaten for just 46 balls. Zalmi beat Kings by 13 runs and qualified in the PSL 3 final.
According to the Pakistan Super League 2018 schedule time table, the PSL 3 final played at National Stadium Karachi on 25th March 2018. Peshawar Zalmi and Islamabad United were head to head for the first time in the PSL last game. United beat Karachi Kings in the playoffs and directly qualified for the title match. Peshawar Zalmi beat Quetta Gladiators and Karachi Kings in the playoffs and secured their place in the playoffs.
While batting first, Zalmi set up a total of 148 runs in 20 overs with the loss of nine wickets. Chris Jordan played an outstanding inning of 36 runs in 26 balls as the highest individual innings for Zalmi. Islamabad United chased down the total in just 16.5 overs with the loss of seven wickets. United won the second title of the Pakistan Super League and became the most successful team of the tournament.
Luke Ronchi PSL 3 Final Player of the Match
Luke Ronchi’s firework in the powerplay laid the foundation of the United chase with his 52 runs off 26 balls with the strike rate of 200. Ronchi won player of the match award for his brilliant innings and became the leading run-scorer of the season with 435 in 11 matches. He got a player of the series award in the PSL 3 being the leading run-scorer. Luke Ronchi, Kamran Akmal, Babar Azam, Joe Denly, and Shane Watson became the leading run-scorer of the tournament.
Kamran Akmal scored the only century of the competition with 107* in his 13 matches. He has the most number of sixes record in the PSL 2018 with his 28 and 41 fours. Luke Ronchi won “Green Cap” while Faheem Ashraf won “Maroon Cap” being leading run-scorer and wicket-taker, respectively. Wahab Riaz became the second leading wicket-taker for the third consecutive time after Faheem Ashraf.
PSL 2018 Final Squads
Kamran Akmal, Andre Fletcher, Mohammad Hafeez, Chris Jordan, Liam Dawson, Saad Nasim, Darren Sammy, Umaid Asif, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Sameen Gul
Luke Ronchi, Sahibzada Farhan, Chadwick Walton, JP Duminy, Samit Patel, Shadab Khan, Hussain Talat, Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Sami, Amad Butt
Awards and PSL 3 Stats
Kamran Akmal scored the fastest half-century of PSL 2018 for just 17 balls and the only player to score a century in PSL 3.
It’s been the 3rd time when Zalmi and Gladiators have won by just one run in the playoffs. In the nail-biting contest, Quetta Zalmi won two games by one runs margin while Zalmi once in the PSL 2018.
A single match abandoned between Karachi Kings and Multan Sultans due to rain in 1st round, that schedule at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah.
The two games decided in the super-over as Islamabad United vs Lahore Qalandars and Karachi Kings vs Lahore Qalandars in first-round. United beat Qalandars, and in the second super-over decider, LQ beat Kings grabbed two points.
Karachi Kings posted the highest PSL 2018 total of 188 runs against Multan Sultans and marked the victory by 63 terms.
Lahore Qalandars posted the lowest total of 100 against Zalmi in 17.2 overs with the loss of ten wickets. Zalmi chased down the target in 13.4 overs and won the game by ten wickets.