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PSL 6: Why the teams opting to bowl first after winning the toss at NSK?

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PSL 6 Why the teams opt to bowl first after winning the toss at NSK
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As the sixth edition of Pakistan’s very own T20 league, the Pakistan Super League (HBL PSL 6) is almost done with its eight matches. Being in Karachi-leg, we have seen that every captain has opted to bowl first after winning the toss.

NSK is a batting supportive pitch:

There must be a scenario behind this. Analyzing National Stadium’s pitch, the track is bat supportive and brings troubles for the bowlers. However, the pacers get major of their help over spinners. Initially, the pitch was known to support spinners but we are seeing pacers getting dominant – that too in the second innings.

Due to the humidity and warm temperature, the conditions of Asian pitches often change with the weather.

PSL 6: Why the teams opt to bowl first after winning the toss at NSK?

When the teams choose to bowl first, it means they already are on their way to win that encounter. The fielding team, despite conceding runs, easily chases the largest in deciding inning later.

Starting from the first match that took place between Karachi Kings and Quetta Gladiators. KK after winning the toss elected to field, hence, won the game. A similar happened in the rest of the games.

Any target is chasable at NSK!

The team playing the first inning, however, slam the highest target as we have seen records breaking in this season only in the seven coiled-up matches. Despite all of these, the toss-winning team wins the match either.

No matter how high the target is, it is easily chased due to the less support for bowlers. Babar and Sharjeel came up with PSL’s highest-ever partnership but their team lost the match later. Reason? Because they were obliged to bat first.

Only the luck elects batting first team as the winner by the end at the NSK pitch as the scenario is real terms often. With the matches remaining to be winded up by 7th March at Karachi, the result would look like pre-decided as the scenario continues as discussed above.

Predictions for Karachi-leg matches:

All teams bowling first will win. 2-3 matches are likely (least) to bring luck for bat first teams.

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