Batsmen are intended to slaughter bowlers in the death overs, scoring as many runs as possible. Openers instigate the early onslaught while the middle-order tries to resurrect the innings in the mid-overs. It is then necessary to score more quickly to end on a high thus giving power-hitters a chance to exhibit their skills.
The Most Impactful Batsman at the Death Overs is selected from a pool of batsmen that played a minimum of 30 balls in the overs 16-20 of the second edition of Pakistan Super League. The batsman with the highest strike rate is rated the highest while the rest follow with descending strike rates.
Misbah-ul-Haq’s hometown boy Shadab was arguably the find of the season. His wristy leg-breaks were well rounded with his ability with the bat. Boasting the second highest strike rate (irrespective of overs) by any Pakistani this season, he scored 52 runs at 173.33 and averaged 15 balls per dismissal in the death overs.
Watson’s role was changed for his second stint with the inaugural champions as he often came in the death overs to slog rather than build the innings. He stroked them at 175.00 runs per 100 balls and stayed at the crease for no less than 13 balls in the death overs – best for any Islamabad United batsman.
Shoaib Malik was found guilty of consuming too many dot balls in the middle overs but he washed his sins with mesmerizing slog overs batting. His strike rate in the death overs jumped to 175.67 from the season average of 122. He lasted just 7 balls per dismissal at the death resulting in less utility and viability.
There wasn’t any doubt about Mohammad Rizwan’s ability as a wicket-keeper but he is yet to establish himself as a reasonable batsman on the international stage. His striking at a whopping 182.50 in the death overs for Lahore Qalandars in the PSL 2 cleared all doubts about his role as a finisher.
When people talk about batsmen cashing in the most out of death overs, the name Shahid Afridi stands above all. Peshawar Zalmi enjoyed the return of his form with the bat to the fullest as he was the only batsman to score at a strike rate of above 200 (201.78 to be exact) in the death overs. Furthermore, his season strike rate of 173 was only second to Sunil Narine’s 181.