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Quetta Gladiators, Shane Watson, Hasan Ali dominate PSL 2019

The fourth edition of the Pakistan Super League, which began at Dubai (UAE) on February 14, has successfully and peacefully concluded in Karachi on March 17 as Quetta Gladiators clinched their maiden title.
In the final, they recorded a convincing eight-wicket win over Peshawar Zalmi after defeating them in all the previous encounters in the tournament both the league matches and the Qualifier.On individual basis, Shane Watson’s remarkable performance not only helped his team Quetta Gladiators lift the winning trophy but also he received awards for the Player-of-the-Tournament and the Best Batsman of the tournament.Shane, who appeared in all 12 matches for his team, scored 430 runs (ave 43.00), the most by any batsman in the tournament. He made four fifties, with an unbeaten 91being his highest score.
The award for the best bowler of the tournament went to fast-medium pacer Hasan Ali for taking the most wickets in the event – 25 at an average of 13.64.He grabbed four wickets in an innings on three occasions which is also the most by any bowler in the tournament. The highest total by any team in PSL-4 was 238/3 scored by Islamabad United (vs Lahore Qalandars at Karachi on March 9) while the highest match aggregate (427 in 40 overs) was made in the same match.
The largest victory (by runs) was recorded by Peshawar Zalmi as they defeated Karachi Kings by 61 runs at Karachi on march 11 and the largest by wickets (eight) was achieved on four occasions, as detailed below:1- Quetta Gladiators beat Multan Sultans at Sharjah on February 20,2- Lahore Qalandars beat Quetta Gladiators at Dubai on February 27, 3- Quetta Gladiators beat Peshawar Zalmi at Abu Dhabi on march 4, 4- Quetta Gladiators beat Peshawar Zalmi at Karachi on March 17.The highest individual score in the tournament was 127 not out, made by Colin Ingram of Karachi Kings against Quetta Gladiators at Sharjah on February 24.
This was the first of the two individual hundreds scored in the event. The second was made by Cameron Delport (117 not out for Islamabad United vs Lahore Qalandars at Karachi on March 9).
Asif Ali of Islamabad United hit the most sixes in the tournament. He struck 26 sixes in 12 matches as the most sixes in an innings were smashed by Ingram.He hit eight sixes while playing for Karachi Kings against Quetta Gladiators at Sharjah on February 24.The best bowling performance was displayed by pacer Faheem Ashraf of Islamabad United.He captured six wickets for 19 runs in four overs against Lahore Qalandars at Karachi on March 9.The most feats of taking four or more wickets in an innings were achieved by Hasan Ali (thrice).His best bowling was four for 15, which he performed twice. The most dismissals were made by wicket keeper Ronchi.
His victims were 11 (10 caught and one stumped) in 12 matches. He dismissed three batsmen of Quetta Gladiators at Abu Dhabi on March 5, which is the most by a wicket keeper in an innings.The fielder who took the most catches in the tournament, was Kieron Pollard.He held 10 catches in 13 matches. However, the record of taking the most catches in an innings is held by Babar Azam, who took four catches while playing for Karachi Kings vs Islamabad United at Karachi on March 14.

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Karachi Kings beat Lahore Qalandar by five wickets

DUBAI (Agencies) – All-round performance from Iftikhar Ahmed helped Karachi Kings to beat Lahore Qalandars by five wickets in the 20th match of the fourth edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL-4) at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Thursday.
Karachi and Lahore are the two largest cities in Pakistan, boasting a population in excess of 25 million.These are gigantic numbers, but when the two meet in the PSL, big numbers are in short supply. The two played out an edgy low-scoring contest for the second time in ten days, but this time Karachi Kings prevailed, thanks to an all-round performance from Iftikhar Ahmed helping them to a five-wicket win.Karachi s need was greater, and they propel themselves back in contention for the playoffs.It was a subdued batting performance from Lahore, who never seemed to get the lift-off they needed to put up a more testing total.Fakhar Zaman was well contained at the top, while Haris Sohail could manage no more than a start. Even AB de Villiers couldn t be his destructive self, and even though the South African was at the crease for the better part of Lahore s innings, they would have been hoping for more than a somewhat plodding 32-ball 33.
Iftikhar was the pick of Karachi s bowlers, oddly bowling just two overs, but conceding just four runs and taking the wickets of Fakhar and Haris in the process. It meant they put up 133, left needing another big performance from their bowlers on a track that had begun to slow.The bowlers did give it a right go, with Sandeep Lamichhane continuing his dazzling form. He took 2 for 17 in his four, with David Weise impressively economical and Haris Rauf irrepressibly valiant.But not everyone was able to deliver in the way they needed to defend a low total.Yasir Shah was disappointing and expensive, and when Aizaz Cheema bowled a no-ball that went for four, Imad Wasim thumped the ensuing free hit for another boundary.That was it for the Lahore fightback, and impressive as it had been, the flawlessness necessary to defend 133 wasn t quite there.Iftikhar s first over was the stuff of dreams for Imad s side.He bowled wide to the left-hander, frustrating Fakhar, who skied his second ball straight to a fielder. Two balls later, he had de Villiers sweeping straight to Babar Azam, who dropped a simple catch.
Off the last ball, there was a run-out chance, de Villiers surviving by inches. Iftikhar s day had just begun, and Lahore would never get on the front foot again.
Fakhar opened the bowling in defense of a low total. There was little margin for error in the Powerplay, and the gamble did not work.Karachi carted him around for 14, and they were already off and running.He won t get the plaudits today because there was just so much happening, but just when Karachi seemed like they might lose their way, Liam Livingstone s calm head set them back on course.Coming in during a time when Karachi had scored just 10 runs in four overs, he began his innings by taking six singles in Lamichhane s third over. In the next two overs, he found a four and a six off Weise and Yasir to keep the asking rate in check.
That fifty-run partnership with Colin Ingram may not be the most explosive, but it was precisely what Karachi required in a moment when Lahore threatened to undo all their good work. Livingstone ensured that wouldn t happen, scoring 38 off 34 to become the tournament s leading run-scorer, and more importantly, keep his side in real contention.
It might have been conjectured that bowling with Yasir would give Lamichhane an invaluable learning experience, but on the evidence of their performances, much of the advice may be heading the other way. While Lamichhane has thrived after a rough start, Yasir s game looks like it has fallen away badly.He never looked in control of the spinning deliveries, and whenever he tried the googly, he invariably ended up dragging it short. The batsmen appeared to pick him out of the hand far better than they did the Nepalese teenager.The 11th over saw Livingstone mete out the toughest punishment, smashing him for two fours and a six on an over that cost 18. That brought the asking rate from 7.5 to almost a run a ball, with Yasir conceding 21 off 3.1 overs.The contrast of Lamichhane s success gives the more experienced Yasir plenty to ponder with regards to adapting his game for the shortest format.Karachi and Lahore now both have three wins in seven games, occupying fourth and fifth positions respectively.

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Quetta Gladiators rule the roost as Sharjah leg of PSL concludes

DUBAI: The Pakistan Super League 4 has it all, from high drama last-ball sixes to narrow wins and from hat-trick to rattling of stumps and brilliant catches.
Quetta Gladiators, living up to thier reputation of fighters, are ruling the table with eight wins in five games and it needed an extra-ordinary innings from Colin Ingram to stop the juggernauts.Ingram hit the highest-ever individual score to date of 127 off just 59 balls, spiced up with eight sixes and 12 boundaries to lit up the tournament big time. The first phase had also livened up with two exciting last-ball finishes.
Lahore Qalandars outlasting Multan Sultans on Friday with a six by former South Africa all-rounder David Wiese. Very next day Wiese was at the receiving end, conceding a last-ball six to Quetta and Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed.Throughout the first phase, the Gladiators have proved to be a balanced side. They have set plans under an astute coach in Moin Khan and lively captain in Sarfraz bowl first, restrict the opponents and then chase with authority whatever comes their way.
Quetta’s top-order comprising three former players of their countries Australia’s Shane Watson, South Africa’s Rilee Rossuw and Pakistan’s Umar Akmal were on fire in most of the matches. Both Watson and Umar have hit two half-centuries to enable Quetta win by six, seven and eight wickets respectively.Umar is at the top of most runs chart with 200, followed by Watson on 186. Rossouw has 157 with one fifty and that defines how good Quetta’s batting is.One-time winners Peshawar Zalmi are second on the chart, primarily due to their fast bowling strength. Zalmi’s Pakistan pacer Hasan Ali has so far stood out, taking wickets in his first over in three matches to jolt the best of batting.
Hasan has three four-fors in five games which has fetched him 15 wickets and first place in bowlers’ list.Wahab Riaz, Sameen Gul and Umaid Asif further give firepower to Zalmi’s bowling, while England’s left-arm spinner Liam Dawson is an asset as he can also smash the ball to all corner while batting.
Zalmi, though, are waiting for dashing opener Kamran Akmal, who only has one score of 49 to show in PSL4. Islamabad United, third on the table, again had mixed fortunes.The defending champions started the tournament with a thumping five-wicket win against Lahore Qalandars. But, they then lost to Multan Sultans and Quetta in their next two games as batting let them down.
It needed a patient half-century from Ian Bell and a hat-trick by skipper Mohammad Sami to revive Islamabad’s fortunes as they thumped Peshawar by 12 runs to return to winning ways. Luke Ronchi then smashed a fiery half-century to help Islamabad beat Karachi in their last game.
Islamabad will next meet Multan in Dubai on Tuesday. Multan are badly in need of a victory as they are lying in sixth and last place, so the title holders can expect a backlash from their opponents.Lahore Qalandars are on fourth after some mixed fortunes. They lost the opening game to Islamabad but did not take long to register a win that too against old rivals Karachi.
Lahore’s newest pace sensation Haris Rauf grabbed four wickets while Rahat Ali (three) and Shaheen Shah Afridi (two wickets) were equally destructive.Lahore found Peshawar bowling too hot to handle as Hasan (four for 15), Wahab (three for 17) and leg-spinner Ibtisam Sheikh (two for 14) wrecked them for a low total of 78.De Villiers and Wiese brought them back on track against Multan before Sarfaraz snatched a last-ball six to leave Lahore with four points in five games. Karachi finally fired and returned to the old winning ways with that Ingram masterclass.
They won their first game by a narrow seven-run margin against Multan with half-centuries from Liam Livingstone and Babar Azam, but in their next three matches, they failed to score a single fifty. Their pace attack comprising of Mohammad Amir, Usman Shinwari and Sohail Khan had failed all taking wickets but containing runs.Amir recorded his best HBL PSL figures of four for 25, but has since taken just three wickets. Sohail has been a major flop while Usman too was wayward and expensive.
Lastly, despite having big names in Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi and Andre Russell, Multan Sultan have been unimpressive. Other than Malik and one innings from Vince, Multan’s batting has left a lot to be desired and so has their bowling.The first phase of PSL has once again thrown some exciting talent. Islamabad’s Mohammad Musa and Multan’s Ali Shafiq have impressed with their wicket-taking abilities.Musa took three for 25 on his HBL PSL debut to announce his arrival and was again threatening against Karachi with figures of one for 28. Shafiq was man of the match on his debut against Islamabad with two for 11 in his four overs.
The rise of Karachi Kings’ left-arm spinner Umer Khan is a story in itself as he graduated from Under-19 to HBL PSL from a humble background. Umer picked up two wickets against Lahore, including the prized wicket of AB de Villiers.Pakistan regular in Tests and ODIs, Imam-ul-Haq, has also made his presence felt in the HBL PSL with two half-centuries.th 2019.

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Islamabad region made me int’l cricketer: Imad Wasim

ISLAMABAD – All-rounder Imad Wasim has that Islamabad Region whole-heartedly supported him and made him an international cricketers.
There is a big list of very talented players, who were supported by Shakil Shaikh.
Hassan Ali, Shan Masood, Babar Azam, Abid Ali are prime examples of Islamabad Regions’ contributions towards Pakistan cricket, he added.The international cricketer said that Diamond Cricket Club and Islamabad Cricket Association always stood by him and other deserving players.I want to condemn Metropolitan Cooperation Islamabad (MCI) and especially Mayor Islamabad Sheikh Ansar Aziz, who are trying to spoil the efforts of Islamabad Region of nourishing the raw talent. There are 5 to 6 first class cricket grounds in federal capital, where not only me, but other top Pakistani cricketers had played cricket.I don’t know why MCI/CDA want to conduct dubious and uncalled for operation in the name of vacating the cricket grounds, which are the nursery of producing quality cricketers for the country.Imad, who started playing cricket from Al-Muslim Cricket Ground F-11/1, said that future of the youngsters is at stake.
I not only condemn such anti-cricket policies of MCI and Mayor Islamabad, but also demand the government of taking the best possible action against such elements, who are trying to destroy careers of youth.

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Babar continues to top batsmen’s list

DUBAI: India spinner Kuldeep Yadav has moved up one place to take a career-best second position in the ICC Men’s T20I Player Rankings after grabbing 2-26 in the final match against New Zealand which his side lost by four runs to go 2-1 down in the …
The 24-year-old left-arm wrist-spinner accounted for well-set openers Tim Seifert and Colin Munro in the only match he played during the series and reaped immediate dividends.
He is now only behind Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan in the table.Spinners Imad Wasim of Pakistan (up five places to fourth position) and Mitchell Santner of New Zealand (up four places to 10th) have also moved up in the latest rankings update that includes two other series which saw South Africa beat Pakistan and Nepal beat the United Arab Emirates by identical 2-1 margins.Left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya was another spinner to move up as he advanced 39 places to a career-best 58th while India openers Rohit Sharma (up three places to seventh) and Shikhar Dhawan (up one place to 11th) have made progress with some useful knocks.For New Zealand, Kane Williamson (up one place to 12th), Ross Taylor (up seven places to 51st) and Tim Seifert (up 87 places to a career-best 83rd) among batsmen and Tim Southee (up seven places to 30th) among bowlers are some notable gainers.
For South Africa, left-arm fast bowler Beuran Hendricks’s eight wickets against Pakistan have helped him re-enter the rankings at a career-best 81st position while his compatriot Chris Morris has gained seven slots to reach a career-best 21st position after finishing with six wickets. Andile Phehlukwayo has also advanced 15 places to a career-best 23rd position with five wickets.Among their batsmen, Faf du Plessis (up from 20th to 17th) and Reeza Hendricks (up from 73rd to 42nd) have been the main gainers.Pakistan’s Babar Azam continues at the top of the batsmen’s list after scoring 151 runs in the series while Hussain Talat has gained 19 places to reach 56th position after aggregating 98 runs.Shaheen Afridi has moved up 28 places to a career-best 48th position among bowlers.The UAE’s Shaiman Anwar has risen to 15th among batsmen with a gain of two slots while Mohammad Naveed has gained three places to reach 12th position among bowlers.
Nepal’s Paras Khadka has gained five places to reach 90th position while Basant Regmi (up four places) and Sompal Kami (up 22 places) are in joint 70th position among bowlers.In the ICC Men’s T20I Team Rankings, South Africa have overtaken Australia and England to third place while Nepal have overtaken the UAE marginally to be in 14th position even as they come onto the table within a week of similarly crossing the threshold of eight matches and gaining entry in the ODI table.
ICC T20I Team Rankings (as of February 11):-

1. Pakistan 135,

2..India 124,

3. South Africa 118,

4. England 118,

5. Australia 117,

6. New Zealand 116,

7. Windies 101,

8.Afghanistan 92,

9. Sri Lanka 86,

10. Bangladesh 77,

11. Scotland 62,

12.Zimbabwe 55,

13. Netherlands 50,

14. Nepal 43,

15. UAE 43,

16.Hong Kong 42,

17. Oman 39,

18. Ireland 34.

Batsmen (top 10):

1.Babar Azam (Pak) 885,

2. Colin Munro (NZ) 825,

3. Aaron Finch (Aus) 806,

4. Evin Lewis (Win) 751,

5.Glenn Maxwell (Aus) 745,

6. Fakhar Zaman (Pak) 700,

7.Rohit Sharma (Ind) 698,

8. Alex Hales (Eng) 697,

9.Jason Roy (Eng) 688,

10. Lokesh Rahul (Ind) 677.

Bowlers (top 10):

1. Rashid Khan (Afg) 793,

2. Kuldeep Yadav (Ind) 728,

3. Shadab Khan (Pak) 720,

4.Imad Wasim (Pak) 705,

5. Adil Rashid (Eng) 676,

6. Adam Zampa (Aus) 670,

7. S.Al Hasan (Ban) 658,

8. Ish Sodhi (NZ) 657,

9.Faheem Ashraf (Pak) 655,

10. Santner (NZ) 638.

All-rounders (top five):

1. Glenn Maxwell (Aus) 362,

2.S. Al Hasan (Ban) 338,

3. Mohammad Nabi (Afg) 313,

4. Mahmudullah (Ban) 240,

5.Thisara Perera (SL) 219.

DUBAI: India spinner Kuldeep Yadav has moved up one place to take a career-best second position in the ICC Men’s T20I Player Rankings after grabbing 2-26 in the final match against New Zealand which his side lost by four runs to go 2-1 down in the series, says a press release.The 24-year-old left-arm wrist-spinner accounted for well-set openers Tim Seifert and Colin Munro in the only match he played during the series and reaped immediate dividends. He is now only behind Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan in the table.
Spinners Imad Wasim of Pakistan (up five places to fourth position) and Mitchell Santner of New Zealand (up four places to 10th) have also moved up in the latest rankings update that includes two other series which saw South Africa beat Pakistan and Nepal beat the United Arab Emirates by identical 2-1 margins.Left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya was another spinner to move up as he advanced 39 places to a career-best 58th while India openers Rohit Sharma (up three places to seventh) and Shikhar Dhawan (up one place to 11th) have made progress with some useful knocks.
For New Zealand, Kane Williamson (up one place to 12th), Ross Taylor (up seven places to 51st) and Tim Seifert (up 87 places to a career-best 83rd) among batsmen and Tim Southee (up seven places to 30th) among bowlers are some notable gainers.For South Africa, left-arm fast bowler Beuran Hendricks’s eight wickets against Pakistan have helped him re-enter the rankings at a career-best 81st position while his compatriot Chris Morris has gained seven slots to reach a career-best 21st position after finishing with six wickets

. Andile Phehlukwayo has also advanced 15 places to a career-best 23rd position with five wickets.Among their batsmen, Faf du Plessis (up from 20th to 17th) and Reeza Hendricks (up from 73rd to 42nd) have been the main gainers.
.Pakistan’s Babar Azam continues at the top of the batsmen’s list after scoring 151 runs in the series while Hussain Talat has gained 19 places to reach 56th position after aggregating 98 runs. Shaheen Afridi has moved up 28 places to a career-best 48th position among bowlers.The UAE’s Shaiman Anwar has risen to 15th among batsmen with a gain of two slots while Mohammad Naveed has gained three places to reach 12th position among bowlers. Nepal’s Paras Khadka has gained five places to reach 90th position while Basant Regmi (up four places) and Sompal Kami (up 22 places) are in joint 70th position among bowlers.
In the ICC Men’s T20I Team Rankings, South Africa have overtaken Australia and England to third place while Nepal have overtaken the UAE marginally to be in 14th position even as they come onto the table within a week of similarly crossing the threshold of eight matches and gaining entry in the ODI table

.ICC T20I Team Rankings (as of February 11):-

1. Pakistan 135,

2. India 124,

3.South Africa 118,

4. England 118,

5.Australia 117,

6. New Zealand 116,

7.Windies 101,

8. Afghanistan 92,

9.Sri Lanka 86,

10. Bangladesh 77,

11.Scotland 62,

12. Zimbabwe 55,

13.Netherlands 50,

14. Nepal 43,

15.UAE 43,

16. Hong Kong 42,

17.Oman 39,

18. Ireland 34.

Batsmen (top 10):

1. Babar Azam (Pak) 885,

2.Colin Munro (NZ) 825,

3. Aaron Finch (Aus) 806,

4. Evin Lewis (Win) 751,

5. Glenn Maxwell (Aus) 745,

6.Fakhar Zaman (Pak) 700,

7. Rohit Sharma (Ind) 698,

8.Alex Hales (Eng) 697,

9. Jason Roy (Eng) 688,

10. Lokesh Rahul (Ind) 677

Bowlers (top 10):

1. Rashid Khan (Afg) 793,

2. Kuldeep Yadav (Ind) 728,

3.Shadab Khan (Pak) 720,

4. Imad Wasim (Pak) 705,

5.Adil Rashid (Eng) 676,

6. Adam Zampa (Aus) 670,

7.S. Al Hasan (Ban) 658,

8.Ish Sodhi (NZ) 657,

9. Faheem Ashraf (Pak) 655,

10. Santner (NZ) 638

All-rounders (top five):

1.Glenn Maxwell (Aus) 362,

2. S.Al Hasan (Ban) 338,

3. Mohammad Nabi (Afg) 313,

4.Mahmudullah (Ban) 240,

5. Thisara Perera (SL) 219.

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