The high-octane eighth edition of Pakistan Super League came to an end with Lahore Qalandars being crowned the champions for the second consecutive time. Interestingly, the Qalandars became the first team to defend a title in the history of the PSL.
Multan Sultans lost consecutive finals against the same opposition as all-round performance from Skipper Shaheen Afridi (unbeaten 44 off 15 and four wickets) outclassed Rizwan & Co. by the barest of margin in one of the most high-voltage finals.
Multan Skipper Mohammad Rizwan topped the batting chart with 550 runs at a staggering average of 55 in 12 innings, followed by Babar Azam, who scored 522 runs at an average of 52.20 in 11 innings. South Africa batter Rilee Rossouw finished third, with 453 runs at an average of 45.30. In the bowling department, Abbas Afridi finished at the top with 23 wickets, followed by Ihansullah (22 wickets) and Rashid Khan (20 wickets).
Let us look at the some major numbers from Pakistan Super League 2023:
1 – Lahore Qalandars became the first team to defend a title in PSL history.
2 – Lahore Qalandar now have two titles, which is the joint-most for any team in PSL, with Islamabad United.
76 – Lahore Qalandars scored a total of 76 against Multan Sultans in Qualifier match, the second-lowest for them in PSL and fourth-lowest overall in PSL.
Lowest Team Totals in PSL:
59 – Lahore Qalandars vs Peshawar Zalmi in 2017
73 – Quetta Gladiators vs Multan Sultans in 2021
76 – Lahore Qalandars vs Multan Sultans in 2023
78 – Lahore Qalandars vs Peshawar Zalmi in 2019
162 – Babar Azam and Saim Ayub registered a 162-run partnership against Quetta Gladiators, the second-highest for any wicket PSL history. Sharjeel Khan and Babar top the list for their 176-run stand against Islamabad United in 2021.
1 – Babar became the fastest batter to score 9000 runs in T20. He took 245 innings, surpassing Chris Gayle’s tally of 249.
2 – Babar registered his 8th century, which is the second-most for any batter in T20s. Chris Gayle tops the list with 22.
36 – Usman Khan smashed the fastest hundred of PSL and broke Rilee Rossouw’s record of 41-ball hundred, recorded against Peshawar Zalmi in the previous PSL game.
1 – Jason Roy smashed 145* (63) against Peshawar Zalmi, which is the highest individual score in PSL, surpassing Colin Ingram’s 127 against Quetta Gladiators.
1 – Multan Sultans scored 262 in 20 overs against Quetta Gladiators, which is the highest total in the history of PSL.
Highest team totals in PSL
262/3 – Multan Sultans vs Quetta Gladiators
253/8 – Quetta Gladiators vs Multan Sultans
247/2 – Islamabad United vs Peshawar Zalmi
245/3 – Multan Sultans vs Quetta Gladiators
1 – 515 runs scored between Quetta Gladiators and Multan Sultans is the highest match aggregate in the history of T20s.
Highest match aggregates in T20
515 – Quetta Gladiators vs Multan Sultans
501 – Titans vs Knights
497 – Central Districts vs Otago
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