Allsportspk presents another of its unique original pieces – SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis, which is based on three factors: Audience Feedback, Expert Opinions, Team Performances during PSL 2018.

Pakistan Super League’s third edition will witness its final match in Karachi between Peshawar Zalmi and Islamabad United. The journey that these two teams have made to reach this final hurdle have been very different.

United have been clinical in their approach as after losing their first few matches they found the winning combination and never looked back from there. Zalmi on the other hand sailed their boat on dangerous waters but they came out of the storm as they won their two eliminators; one against Quetta and the other against Karachi. The points table appended below at the end gives an edge as Islamabad United was on the top with 14 points as to 10 points of Peshawar Zalmi.

Islamabad United had won the PSL’s first season followed by Peshawar Zalmi who won the second one. Both teams have a chance to wear the crown a second time and take the trophy home.

Both teams, although well-balanced, do hold an edge over one another. So, in this Allsportspk SWOT Analysis provides an objective outlook to the teams through numerical method.

Methodology: A score of 1-10 is given based on seven parameters. The team with the higher total, is considered as the expected winner.

Parameters Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities Threats Score
Batting Power-Hitting Lower-Order Can Focus more on building partnerships No one to build the innings after their star batsman falls 7
Bowling Excellent pair Death-Bowlers Lack one more spinner Should bowl more Yorkers.
Rely on short balls too often
Lack of tight middle overs 8
Fielding Excellent slip catching Lack of boundary riders More practice before the match can help Dropped catches can easily cost them the match 7
Defending Champions; Winners of the last season Over-Confidence Can win this time to become consecutive winners of PSL Islamabad United who has also won the first season of the PSL 9
Injury Factor None Skipper of the Zalmi team; The backbone of his team Darren Sammy is injured Darren Sammy has to find a way to overcome his injury Islamabad will target Sammy and they have a chance to get his wicket quite easily 6
Audience Support Zalmi fans are expected to be in large numbers None Expand their already big fan base None 10
Weather Hasan and Wahab will get a lot of reverse swing Foreign players may not cope up with Karachi’s weather In case of bowling first, bowl out Islamabad to a low total in swinging conditions Mohammad Sami who will be a threat with his express pace 7
Total 54


Parameters Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities Threats Score
Batting Excellent partnership makers Overly dependent on the top order Can promote their power hitters up the order Inability to sometimes post a big total after a bad start 9
Bowling Ability to bowl the new ball and take wickets Gift runs in the Death overs Can stop giving overs to part timers who go for a lot of runs Opposition feasts on their part time bowlers 7
Fielding Overall ability to hold on to the ball None None None 10
Previous Performances Hold the top position in the PSL’s point table. PSL Season one winners None Become 2 time champions of PSL Facing Defending Champions Peshawar Zalmi 9
Injury Factor None None None None 10
Audience Support Not much throughout the tournament Lack of superstars. Individual players can perform and extend their fan base in front of a huge crowd Peshawar Zalmi fans in large numbers are expected to show at Karachi 5
Weather Swinging conditions bowlers like Sami will benefit Foreign players like Ronchi will struggle Local players have to step up if foreign players fail Zalmi bowlers like Hassan and Wahab can destroy Islamabad’s batting lineup 6
Total 56

So, according to the SWOT report compiled, the Final will be a close battle of nerves, however, numerically – Islamabad United creeps ahead of Zalmi as the winners. These are just statistical scores and they do not reflect the pressure that both teams will have when they will face each other in the final.

Please comment below about the analysis. And if you want do your own SWOT analysis. Good luck!

PSL 2018: Points Table 

Teams P W L D Points NRR
Islamabad United 10 7 3 0 14 0.296
Karachi Kings 10 5 4 1 11 0.028
Peshawar Zalmi 10 5 5 0 10 0.464
Quetta Gladiators 10 5 5 0 10 0.312
Multan Sultans 10 4 5 1 9 -0.191
Lahore Qalandars 10 3 7 0 6 -0.931


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