The Pakistan Premier League starts on Saturday, February 20.
This looks like it could be a good edition, both from a sporting perspective and from a betting one.
So, with that in mind, let’s have a look at the best cricket betting tips for PSL winner!
Pakistan Super League winner betting tips
The strategy of picking two sides at the start worked well for us at the Big Bash.
Very well in fact because I picked the two finalists before it began and made a lot of money on the Sixers.
I’ll try the same here again.
Multan Sultans to win the PSL
I think the big underdogs, the Sultans, look a bit under-rated.
Their overall record isn’t great in the PSL but they have plenty of experience and just the right players in the right positions.
If the tournament comes down to spin bowling, they have arguably the best attack.
Rizwan could be the star of the tournament if he gets going.
Other reliable performers like James Vince and Carlos Brathwaite, both recent winners with the Sixers in the BBL, add balance and experience.
Karachi Kings to win the PSL
I simply can’t ignore the defending champions.
Babar Azam alone can just about win it for them!
Joking aside, Mohammad Amir, Imad Wasim, Ingram and in particular, Christian, can form an experienced spine to the side.
Christian has an incredible knack of winning T20 domestic tournaments.
He has now won nine tournaments after winning the Big Bash with the Sixers this year- so he might be their lucky omen.
PSL team guides
The nice thing about the PSL is that it takes place when Pakistan aren’t in action, rather like with India and the IPL.
It’s worth remembering that isn’t always the case in all T20 leagues with England and Australia often playing as a country when the T20 Blast and BBL are going on meaning lots of the internationals don’t play in the leagues at all.
All the Pakistan players will be in action here.
There are six teams in the PSL, so let’s try to decipher who can win it.
Karachi Kings – The favourites (4.0)
The Kings are the real money favourites after winning it last season but they’re not exactly a perennial contender.
They’d never made a final in the previous four editions.
It looks a decent squad with three or four star names popping up including Babar Azam, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir and Colin Ingram.
But they may be just a little light on batting talent in the top order.
STAR MAN: Babar Azam is arguably the best T20 opener in the world and was top scorer in the PSL last year by a country mile.
KEY MAN: Dan Christian is a real favourite of ours here at Bet India. His smart bowling and aggressive batting was a key feature of the Sydney Sixers’ win in the Big Bash last month.
Lahore Qalandars – Khan and co (4.35)
In signing Rashid Khan, they got the biggest name in T20 cricket. After all, he was recently voted T20 Player of the Decade.
They certainly needed him because they didn’t have much in terms of spin bowling last year.
They did well to make the final last year but before that they’d really struggled, finishing sixth or fifth every year.
Khan will help no end and they have fine pace options as well, but their batting could be vulnerable.
PSL cricket betting sites make them second favourites but that might be a bit generous on them.
STAR MAN: Rashid Khan needs no introduction as a spinner but it will be interesting to see if they play him as a Top 4 batsman for the first time in his career. They have nothing to lose.
KEY MAN: Shaheen Shah Afridi is a regular for Pakistan in all formats these days and has a great ability to take wickets in his first two overs. If he can do that, their task will be a lot simpler.
Peshawar Zalmi – The old-timers (5.5)
They had a poor season last time out, finishing fourth in the Group Stages and then being knocked out by Lahore in the Eliminator.
But they have one win (2017) and two runner-up spots in five seasons so they’re generally pretty consistent.
There’s certainly no shortage of experience with Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, skipper Wahab Riaz, David Miller and Ravi Bopara- important players the lot of them- all aged between 35 and 40.
They may be a bit thin on pace bowlers and may be a bit slow in the field given the average age but then again, that huge experience will come in handy at other times.
STAR MAN: Mujeeb Ur Rahman carries on terrorizing batsmen all around the world with his deadly off-spin and should claim lots of scalps here once again.
KEY MAN: Shoaib Malik will once again be the rock of their batting line-up and he’s seen it all before. Expect lots of runs and a few wickets as well if he decides to bowl.
Quetta Gladiators – Youngsters and veterans (5.5)
They had a poor season last time out but have been good in this competition, making three finals in five years and actually winning it in 2019.
They have an interesting mixture of very young players and then very ‘old’ ones including Chris Gayle, Dale Steyn and Faf Du Plessis.
But they do appear to have good options in all areas.
Sarfaraz Ahmed has been their skipper since day one so he certainly knows the ropes.
STAR MAN: It’s hard to look beyond Chris Gayle but you just never know with him. He could be brilliant or he could be a liability.
KEY MAN: Qais Ahmed can turn any game on its head with his leg spin and impressed against South Africa recently.
Islamabad United – The past heroes (6.0)
They’re the sort of Chennai Super Kings of the PSL and that includes similarities when it comes to success.
They’re the only side to have won it twice (2016 and 2018) but only finished third two years ago and were bottom of the pile last time.
It seems like they peaked a few years ago and may be on the decline now.
In truth, their squad doesn’t look great with Colin Munro and Dawid Malan not playing this year and skipper Shadab Khan only just returning from injury.
It would be no surprise if they struggle again.
STAR MAN: English opener Alex Hales had a brilliant Big Bash this year and has played well in this competition before. His fast starts could make a huge difference.
KEY MAN: Shadab Khan. Skipper, important middle order batsman, chief spinner. The classy international will certainly have his hands full.
Multan Sultans – The legspinners (6.5)
The Coronavirus-induced break last year cost them.
They’d won the Group Stages but they failed to take either of their chances at making the final when the PSL resumed months later.
That should come as no surprise perhaps given they’re the only side never to have made a PSL final.
But no-one can compete with them when it comes to leg spin options- Shahid Afrid, Imran Tahir, Usman Qadir- and if the pitches become hard to bat on, that’s a big trump card.
As is the signing of the brilliantly in-form Mohammad Rizwan, who will also be captain.
STAR MAN: Mohammad Rizwan- He’s been brilliant of late as an opener or a number three and his runs at the top of the order should give them a big boost.
KEY MAN: Shahid Afridi is well over 40 now but his spin bowling and energy can really make a team believe.
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