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Stats Analysis

PSL 2021 stats: Shahnawaz Dahani's dream start in an otherwise high-scoring tournament

Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan became the first two batters to breach the 500-run mark in a PSL season

8.67 Scoring rate in Pakistan Super League 2021, the highest among the six editions so far. The previous edition was the highest-scoring one before 2021, with a run rate of 8.60. The scoring rate of 8.67 in PSL 2021 is also the highest in any T20 franchise tournament featuring 25-plus games.
0 Number of T20 tournaments with a run rate in the last ten overs higher than the 9.71 during PSL 2021. The previous best was 9.67 during the 2018 edition of the Caribbean Premier League. As many as 294 sixes were hit in the last ten overs during PSL 2021, twice of the 146 in the first ten overs. The 440 sixes hit this year are also the highest in a PSL season, surpassing the 414 in 2018.
20 Wickets for Shahnawaz Dahani in the tournament, the third-most in a single edition of PSL, only behind Hasan Ali (25) and Faheem Ashraf (21) in 2019. Dahani came into the tournament without a single T20 under his belt.
0 Players with 500-plus runs in an edition of the PSL before 2021. Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan broke that barrier this season, scoring 554 runs and 500 runs. The seven fifties by Azam this year are also the most by a player in a PSL edition.
2 Number of wicketkeeper-captains in a T20 tournament with 500-plus runs before Rizwan in PSL 2021. Matthew Wade scored 592 runs during the BBL 2018-19 for the Hobart Hurricanes, while KL Rahul amassed 522 runs in IPL 2020, across 11 matches where he captained and kept wickets for the Kings XI Punjab. Rizwan's 18 catches behind the stumps were the joint-most for a wicketkeeper in a T20 tournament.
6 Number of overs yielding 29 or more runs in the tournament. Before this season, the most expensive over in the PSL went for 28 runs, bowled by Karachi Kings' Mohammad Irfan against Peshawar Zalmi in 2018.
0 Instances of teams winning by a margin of 100-plus runs or ten-plus overs to spare in the PSL prior to the 2021 edition. Quetta Gladiators were on the receiving end of two such defeats in this time. Islamabad United chased down Gladiators' total of 133 in only ten overs in Abu Dhabi and the Sultans trounced them by 110 runs at the same venue.

Sampath Bandarupalli is a statistician at ESPNcricinfo