The 2019 Pakistan Super League is the 4th edition of the tournament jointly hosted by Pakistan and UAE. The competition runs between 14 February – 17 March 2019 with the double round-robin tournament format. Quetta Gladiators beat Peshawar Zalmi and won the maiden title of the PSL 2019 final as their 3rd attempt in finals. The Pakistan Super League 2019 is commonly known as PSL 4, HBL PSL 2019, or PSL T20 for its sponsorship reason. National Stadium Karachi hosted the last eight matches of PSL 4, including the PSL 2019 final.
Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators dominated the PSL 2018 Points Table respectively after winning seven games each in the first round. Islamabad United and Karachi Kings won five games each in the first round and qualified for the playoffs. Multan Sultans and Lahore Qalandars won only three games each at the group stage and didn’t qualify in the playoffs. Lahore Qalandars fell to the bottom PSL 2019 Points Table for the 4th time and knocked out straight away. Multan Sultan was at the 5th position as they have been in the PSL 3 standing table and were out of the tournament.
PSL 2019 Semi-Finals
For the 4th consecutive time in the playoffs, PSL fans witnessed the thrilling contest between Zalmi and Gladiators in the playoffs. In the last three seasons of the Pakistan Super League, Zalmi vs Gladiators contests in playoffs decided with just one-run victory. Quetta beat Peshawar in the PSL 2019 qualifier by ten runs at National Stadium Karachi.
While batting first, QG set up a total of 186 runs in 20 overs with the loss of six wickets. Shane Watson played an outstanding inning of 71 runs for 43 balls and named player of the match. Peshawar Zalmi fell short ten runs in the chase of 186. As a result, Gladiator went to PSL 4 final. In the Pakistan Super League 2019 1st eliminator, Karachi Kings faced Islamabad United at National Stadium Karachi.
ISLU beat KK by four wickets in the chase of 161 runs in 20 overs. While batting first, Karachi Kings scored 161 runs with the loss of nine wickets. United chased down the total in very last over with the loss of six wickets. Babar Azam scored 42 runs for 32 balls for Kings while Alex Hales scored 41 runs off 42 balls for United. Mohammad Musa picked up three wickets for Islamabad United in his four overs bowling spell.
Zalmi Scored 214 (Highest Total of PSL 4)
The second semi-final of the PSL 4-second elimination contest between Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi at Karachi. The crucial game between United and Zalmi was to secure their place in the PSL 2019 final. Peshawar Zalmi scored 214 runs, the highest total in the playoffs against United. Kamran Akmal scored 74 runs off 43 balls and grabbed the second player of the match award in playoff games as he did in PSL 3.
Islamabad United, the defending champion of PSL 2018, fell 48 runs and knocked out from the tournament. Chadwick Walton scored 48 runs off 29 balls but not enough to get United over the line. The arch-rivals, Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators went into PSL final 2019 that played at National Stadium Karachi. Gladiators beat Zalmi quite comfortably and won the maiden title of the Pakistan Super League.
PSL Final 2019 Match Summary
Quetta won the toss and elected to field first against Zalmi and restricted them to 138 runs. Only Umer Amin from Zalmi squad scored 38 runs off 33 balls as the highest individual innings. Mohammad Hasnain picked up three wickets in his four overs bowling spell and won player of the match award. Quetta Gladiators chased down the total in 17.5 overs with the loss of two wickets. Ahmed Shehzad led the team from the very first ball and scored 58* unbeaten for 51 shots.
Shane Watson, Kamran Akmal, Cameron Delport, Colin Ingram, and Imam ul Haq are the top five leading run-scorers of PSL 2019, respectively. Watson played crucial innings in the qualifier and won the player of the match award. He scored 430 runs in 12 games, including his highest individual innings of 91*. He has the record of most sixes in the PSL 2019 with 22 in twelve matches he appeared.
Cameron Delport and Colin Ingram have scored centuries in the PSL 2019 with 117* and 127* undefeated, respectively. Ingram has the highest individual innings record in the PSL 4 with his 127* unbeaten for 59 balls. Hasan Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Wahab Riaz, Umer Khan, and Sohail Tanveer are the top five leading wicket-takers. Hasan Ali, for the first time, became leading wicket-taker with his 25 in 13 games, including 4/15 as his best bowling figure.
Awards and PSL 4 Stats
The leading wicket-taker of the last season, Faheem Ashraf, got 21 wickets in 12 games and ranked 2nd at the table. Faheem Ashraf holds the record of the best bowling figure in the history of PSL with his 6/19 in four overs against Lahore Qalandars. He delivered his best in the very first game of PSL 4 played on Pakistan’s soil. The closing ceremony of the Pakistan Super League 2019 final hosted at National Stadium Karachi on 17 March before the last contest.
A one minute silence observed in respect of Christchurch Mosque Shootings, New Zealand. The celebrities from the Pakistan Showbiz Industry, including Abrar ul Haq, Aima Baig, Shuja Haider, Fawad Khan, and Sahir Ali Bagga, performed at the stage. National Anthem and PSL 2019 title song performed according to the closing ceremony program schedule.
Chief Guests of PSL 2019 Final
Some prominent political, sports, and armed forces figures attended the PSL 2019 final at National Stadium Karachi. The CM Sindh, Syed Murad Ali Shah, Pak Army Chief, and General Qamar Javed Bajwa ensured their presence in the finals. Another international figure, Spanish footballer, Carles Puyol, the Soccer World Cup winner, also attended the last season closing ceremony last year. The tournament held at the international level, presidential security to players, teams, and officials.
PSL 4 Commentators and Officials
Ramiz Raja, Bazid Khan, Graeme Smith, Jonty Rhodes, Michael Slater, Kepler Wessels, and Alan Wilkins were the commentators. The Pakistan Super League 2019 match officials and expert panel hosted the pre-post match analysis. From the expert panel, Azhar Ali, Aamer Sohail, Brad Hogg, and Shaun Tait served last season. Fakhar-e-Alam, Erin Holland and Zainab Abbas were the PSL 2019 presenter to the official broadcasters of the previous season.