Pakistan’s cash-rich T20 league concluded on Sunday with Islamabad winning their second title by beating Peshawar Zalmi

PSL 2018 came to a grand closure on Sunday in a historic final at the National Stadium of Karachi.

It was JP Duminy-led Islamabad United, who clinched their second title in three years’ time with a three-wicket win over second editions’ champions Peshawar Zalmi.Here we look at the top five batsmen of the PSL 2018 who took the tournament by storm and won the hearts of the millions watching the event.

Luke Ronchi

First in the list features tournament’s highest run-getter in Luke Ronchi, who played an inspirational role in guiding United to their second title. The wicket-keeper batsman was in sublime form throughout the tournament and scored 435 runs at an average of 43.50 and at an astonishing strike-rate of 182. His best knock came against Karachi Kings in the first qualifier, where he smashed unbeaten 94 off just 37 balls to set up an easy victory for his team. Ronchi tuned to be great signing for Islamabad United for PSL 2018.

Kamran Akmal

Peshawar Zalmi’s wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal, who single-handedly took his team to the final of PSL 2018. The right-hander was the second-highest run-getter behind Luke Ronchi with 425 at an average of 38.63 and at a strike-rate of 153.42. His best knock came against Lahore Qalandars during the highest chase of the tournament, where the 36-year-old scored an unbeaten 107 off 61 balls and took his team over the line in a must-win encounter.

Shoaib Malik

Multan Sultans’ Shoaib Malik, who was the backbone for his team’s success in the first phase of the tournament. The veteran all-rounder managed to score 224 runs at an average of 37.33 and strike-rate of 124.44 in PSL 2018. His best knock of 65 not out off 43 balls came in a two-wicket defeat against Quetta Gladiators.

JP Duminy

In PSL 2018, Islamabad United’s captain JP Duminy, who played an inspiring role in team’s success in the tournament. The veteran all-rounder scored 251 runs at an average of 35.85 and at a strike-rate of  100.80. His best innings of 73 not out off 54 balls came in a 26-run win against Peshawar Zalmi.

Hussain Talat

Last in the list features United’s emerging player Hussain Talat, who made his way to the national team on the back of impressive performances in the PSL 2018. Talat scored 201 runs at an average of 33.50 and strike-rate of 131.57. His best knock of 48 not out off 34 balls came in a five-wicket win against Multan Sultans. He is one of the most promising players to come from PSL 2018 season.

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