The ability of opening batsmen to fully cash in the powerplay overs is what creates the highest impact in the match.
Early attacks can set the tone of the whole match and a good powerplay score can pocket the win in as low as six overs.
Batsmen are rated according to their strike rates in the PPs and the batsmen who faced at least 50 balls were taken into account. The top results predictably feature opening batsmen and one-downs as they have a better chance to play out the initial six overs and create a staunch foundation.
Sangakkara, who switched his sympathies from Quetta to Karachi, stands at number five in our list. The Sri Lankan veteran had to bat earlier than expected because of the struggling Chris Gayle which meant that he had to not only stamp one end of the wicket but also score runs quickly to keep runs flowing. 83 of his 215 runs were scored in the PPs at a strike rate of 123.88 while flaunting a batting average of 22. He is the highest-rated Karachi Kings batsman in our list.
The management of the Qalandars made 14 changes in their squad of 2016 which included Azhar Ali handing over the captaincy to Brendon McCullum. The Kiwi batsman didn’t perform to his full potential as he survived the power-play overs only once in seven innings. His 83 runs came at a slightly better strike rate than Sangakkara, 124.59 runs per 100 balls. His batting average of just 12 runs per dismissal in the PPs further proved his disappointing performance this season. However, his hard-hitting opened the game up for Qalandars very early on several times.
Peshawar Zalmi lost Tamim Iqbal to international commitments for most of the season which meant that much responsibility landed on Middlesex batsman Dawid Malan. His opening pair with Kamran Akmal was pivotal in Peshawar’s success. His 88 runs in the power-plays came at a strike rate of 127.35 and a batting average of 34.50 – both third best among all batsmen in the PSL. His place in the final XI was consumed by Tamim’s return for a short stint but he made sure to leave a mark with his opening blitz.
Fakhar Zaman, a small town boy from Katlang in Mardan, rose up from the domestic scene last year with notable performances in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy including a hundred in the final. Being one of only two Pakistanis to score a hundred in each format of the game last season, Fakhar once again proved in the PSL that he deserves a national call-up. His attacking nature yielded him 111 runs at a strike rate of 156.33 in the PPs – highest for any Pakistani batsman.
Picking up Jason Roy was the finest card played by Lahore Qalandars all season. The Englishman translated his international form to the PSL and provided quick starts to Lahore Qalandars. He scored at a strike rate of 172.60 in the power-play overs and boasts the highest average for any batsman (irrespective of overs) in the 2017 season. Alongside McCullum and Fakhar Zaman, he ensured early fireworks for Lahore but vulnerability of the trio and a rusty middle-order cost Lahore a place in the play-offs.