November stayed witness to the conclusion of two of the biggest franchise tournaments in the glittering roster of cricket across the face of the planet. IPL concluded on 10th November with Mumbai Indians edging past the Delhi Capitals in a rip-roaring season finale. Similarly, the more recently concluded Pakistan Super League on 17th November was another low-scoring thriller between Lahore Qalandars and Karachi Kings where the latter managed to walk away with the bragging rights.
With all said and done, fans highlighted a fascinating coincidence between the two finals as the scorecard exhibited stark resemblance in most of the factors.
The IPL 2020 final saw Mumbai Indians winning the battle by eight wickets with five balls to spare. Similarly, Karachi Kings replicated the winning margin as they came up trumps in the tournament with five wickets in hand and eight balls to spare.
Now with such a close resemblance between the scorecards, fans of both the teams started speculating the fact that if a match-up between Mumbai Indians and Karachi Kings unfolds, then who would go on to win. Despite a few fierce discourses, statistics are heavily tipped in the favour of Mumbai Indians considering their five titles and the stature of the players who ply their trade in PSL.
Mumbai Indians paved their road to the final with a few rippling performances throughout the tournament and finally imposing a dominant victory over Delhi Capitals in the quarter-finals. Similarly, Karachi Kings secured their way to the finale with a direct victory in the qualifier.
In the Indian Premier League, Mumbai was propelled by brilliant performances from Trent Boult as he picked three wickets. The solitary resistance in their slick way came from Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant as they clubbed 65 and 56 respectively. While coming out to bat, the leader led the way for Mumbai with a fine 68 that was very well accompanied by a young Ishan Kishan who crafted a crucial 33 in the end to usher the Men in Blue home.
Karachi Kings put up a fine bowling performance with the charge spearheaded by Waqas Maqsood, Umaid Asif and Arshad Iqbal, with the trio sharing wickets between them. Babar Azam played a fine knock with the bat as he stitched together an unbeaten 63, helping the Kings to cross the finishing line without any ado.