Analyzing PSL 2019 Points Table: Which Teams Can Qualify and How

The Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2019 bid farewell to the UAE leg in a fantastic manner with a crunch game between Peshawar Zalmi and Lahore Qalandars last night.

The teams will now head to Karachi for the Pakistan leg and the action resumes from 9th March.

With enough time on our hands, let’s analyze the PSL points table and see where does team stands:

As the table suggests, Quetta Gladiators and Peshawar Zalmi have already qualified for the top-four finish whereas Multan Sultans are mathematically out of the race.

Three teams are now chasing for 3rd and 4th finish in PSL 2019 and the race is between Islamabad United, Karachi Kings and Lahore Qalandars.

Let’s take a look at their fixtures and how these teams can qualify.

Teams Played Points NRR Remaining Fixtures
Islamabad United 9 8 -0.139 vs. Lahore Qalandars
Karachi Kings 8 8 -0.459 vs. Quetta Gladiators
vs. Peshawar Zalmi
Lahore Qalandars 8 6 -0.304 vs. Islamabad United
vs. Multan Sultans
Islamabad United

The trophy holders are finding it difficult in PSL 2019 after a run of bad games. The team has not found its rhythm and has struggled to deliver commanding performances.

Here is the record of the team so far:

  • Played: 9 (1 game in hand)
  • Won: 4
  • Lost: 5
  • Points: 8 (10 points maximum)
  • NRR: -0.139

Islamabad United has only one remaining game which is against Lahore Qalandars, who pose a significant threat to their chances of qualification. Hence winning against them will be extremely crucial.

Karachi Kings

The Kings have had yet another disappointing season despite making a number of changes to their squad. However, one bright side to their performance is that likes of Babar Azam and Colin Munro are yet to hit top gear.

Their record thus far is as following:

  • Played: 8 (2 games in hand)
  • Won: 4
  • Lost: 4
  • Points: 8 (12 points maximum)
  • NRR: -0.459

The remaining matches for Karachi Kings are against Quetta Gladiators and Peshawar Zalmi, two of the best teams of PSL 2019.

Lahore Qalandars

After a season dominated by injury, Lahore Qalandars still stand a chance to qualify for the top-four. The performance against Peshawar Zalmi, where they reduced the opposition to 20 for 5 should give them hope.

However, they need to ensure that they close down the games quicker and approach them with venom.

Here’s how the Qalandars’ season has gone thus far:

  • Played: 8 (2 games in hand)
  • Won: 3
  • Lost: 5
  • Points: 6 (10 points maximum)
  • NRR: -0.304

Analyzing Different Scenarios

We will now see different scenarios on basis of which team will win according to their fixtures. Here is how the following teams can qualify for the top four of PSL 2019:

Islamabad United and Lahore Qalandars Qualify

Here are the different scenarios through which Islamabad and Lahore will qualify:

  • Scenario 1: Islamabad (3rd, 10 points), Lahore (4th, 8 points – subject to run-rate against Karachi)
    • Islamabad win vs. Lahore
    • Karachi lose vs. Peshawar and Quetta
    • Lahore win vs. Multan
  • Scenario 2: Lahore (3rd, 10 points), Islamabad (4th, 8 points – subject to run-rate against Karachi)
    • Islamabad lose vs. Lahore
    • Lahore win vs. Multan
    • Karachi lose vs. Peshawar and Quetta
Islamabad United and Karachi Kings Qualify 
  • Scenario 1: Karachi (3rd, 12 points), Islamabad (4th, 10 points)
    • Karachi win vs. Quetta and Peshawar
    • Islamabad win vs. Lahore
  • Scenario 2: Islamabad (3rd, 10 – subject to run-rate against Karachi), Karachi (4th, 10 points)
    • Karachi win one match, lose the other
    • Islamabad win vs. Lahore
Lahore Qalandars and Karachi  Kings Qualify
  • Scenario 1: Karachi (3rd, 12 points), Lahore (4th, 10 points)
    • Lahore win vs. Islamabad and Multan
    • Karachi win vs. Peshawar and Quetta
  • Scenario 2: Lahore (3rd, 10 points – subject to run-rate against Karachi), Karachi (4th, 10 points)
    • Lahore win vs. Islamabad and Multan
    • Karachi win one match, lose the other

Sports Analyst & Head of Sports Desk.


  • You failed to factor in the home advantage. Karachi will be playing its matches in Karachi, while Lahore has been stripped of that opportunity by the rescheduling. Given this, Karachi has a slight advantage in terms of qualification with a vociferous home crowd backing it.

  • Finally, Karachi Kings has qualified for play-offs after an unbelievable victory against Quetta Gladiators by 1 run. This is really very heart-breaking…!!


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