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The PSL team of the tournament

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The PSL team of the tournament (3:38)

ESPNcricinfo picks out the best XI of the competition, which includes a 36-year-old veteran fast bowler and Pakistan's T20 captain (3:38)

Babar Azam - 291 runs, strike rate 112.35, one fifty

In a tournament where most of the stellar batting performances have come from the foreign players, Babar Azam has stood out as a notable exception. His consistency - so elusive for most Pakistani batsmen - is what has impressed most. He has made four scores over 45 in 10 innings, and finished the pre-final part of the tournament as the second-leading run-scorer. He had a lot to do with Karachi's third-place finish.

Ahmed Shehzad - 241 runs, strike rate 135.39, three fifties

While his inconsistency has led to a lengthy spell out of the international team, Shehzad has the capability to be as pure a batting match-winner as any Pakistan have had in recent times. After a lean start to this year's competition, the opener found form as the tournament progressed. He saved his best for the big occasion, smashing 71 off 38 balls in the first playoff against Peshawar, and showing Pakistan's chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq - present at the ground that night - what the national side was missing.

Kevin Pietersen (overseas player) - 241 runs, nine games, two fifties

Shehzad's Quetta teammate had a similar PSL campaign: a horror start - he made three runs in the first four games - before finding his destructive best later in the tournament. Chasing 201 against Lahore Qalandars, Pietersen hammered 88 off 42 balls, the last 39 coming off 9 deliveries. Scores of 69, 41 and 40 followed as the PSL finally saw Pietersen in full flow, leaving Quetta with the impossible task of replacing him for the final.

Rilee Rossouw (overseas player) - 255 runs, strike rate 151.57, two fifties

Rossouw's form tailed away as the competition progressed, but played a significant hand in giving the Quetta Gladiators a good start to the PSL. He began with 60 in a low-scoring game against Lahore, before an unbeaten 76 in one of the most clinical partnerships of the tournament with Sarfraz Ahmed gave Quetta two wins - and Rossouw two Man-of-the-Match awards - in the first two games. He continued to chip in as the tournament wore on, and finished with the highest average (42.50) of any batsman with over 200 runs.

Shane Watson (overseas player) - 171 runs, strike rate 139.02, 10 wickets, economy rate 9.08)

Without ever quite grabbing the limelight, Watson has been an efficient contributor for Islamabad United, hitting 171 runs at a strike rate of 139.02. He has also been a reliable man to turn to with the ball in hand, picking up 10 wickets.

Sarfraz Ahmed (captain and wicketkeeper) - 161 runs, strike rate 125.78, one fifty)

It hasn't been a vintage tournament for wicketkeepers, but Sarfraz has arguably been the pick of the bunch. He played his part in a sensational match-winning partnership with Kevin Pietersen in a Sharjah thriller and has captained well, with Quetta Gladiators often looking a team much greater than the sum of their parts.

Shadab Khan - 66 runs, nine wickets, economy rate 6.61

The breakout star of the tournament, the 18-year-old allrounder made an instant impact. He hit a 24-ball 42 in the one-wicket defeat to Lahore, and showed an excellent ability to clear the ropes. He has also been more than handy with the ball, including 3 for 13 against Karachi. Islamabad coach Dean Jones is so impressed with him he thinks he's ready to play for Pakistan already.

Sunil Narine (overseas player) - 10 wickets, economy rate 6.46

The West Indian had a terrific tournament, but his team, Lahore, didn't make it to the playoffs. He claimed 10 wickets at a fairly miserly economy rate of 6.46, always looking a threat, but has also chipped in with the bat. He hit 11 sixes and struck 116 runs at a strike rate of 181.25.

Mohammad Sami - 12 wickets, economy rate 6.96

Sami has been in and out of the Pakistan team for years, but he showed this tournament what he can still provide with his pace and accuracy. His ability to generate swing and bowl yorkers on demand under pressure caught the eye. His crowning glory - defending four in the final over to send his side through to the playoffs on his 36th birthday - is a contender for moment of the tournament.

Yasir Shah - nine wickets, economy rate 6.03

Although Yasir's team didn't make the playoffs, his nine wickets, including a superb 4 for 7 against Peshawar, kept Lahore in the hunt till the last group-stage game. He finished with an economy rate of just 6.03 an over. He certainly made up for lost time after missing last year's PSL through a three-month suspension.

Rumman Raees - 12 wickets, economy rate 6.19

Although Sami hogged the attention, Raees has been a quietly-effective contributor for Islamabad. Raees has been fantastic for the defending champions, picking up 12 wickets at just 6.19 per over and proving himself a reliable performer in the final few overs. Has kicked on from a promising start in last year's competition.