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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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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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Rookie pacer Musa aiming to be the next big thing from PSL

Sharjah: With his three wickets on his debut for Islamabad United against a formidable Peshawar Zalmi, rookie fast bowler Mohammad Musa has heralded his arrival and could be the next big thing in Pakistan cricket.

The 18-year-old from Islamabad dismissed Kamran Akmal for his first wicket before accounting for England’s regular Dawid Malan and finally double World Twenty20 winning West Indies captain Darren Sammy.I can’t describe my feelings, said the unassuming lad from Islamabad.I was encouraged by my captain (Mohammad Sami), coaching staff and all the players, so those were great moments.Before the PSL, I knew that this is the platform to break into international cricket and I will do my best to come into the reckoning for the Pakistan cricket team, vowed Musa, who was picked in Islamabad United late last year.The HBL PSL has that quality of throwing talent. Already there are names which can be quoted as the emerging stars from Hasan Ali to Shadab Khan, from Shaheen Shah Afridi to Faheem Ashraf and from Fakhar Zaman to Hassan Khan.
Musa had already played for Pakistan in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in New Zealand last year. He grabbed seven wickets in five matches, notable among them was his four for 67 against India in the semi-final, which led to praises from India coach and one of the greatest batsmen Rahul Dravid.
Musa made his first-class debut for Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited last year. Under an astute captain in Misbah-ul-Haq, Musa grabbed four wickets in the match (three for 39 and one for 74) against a formidable WAPDA.
His first wicket was former Pakistan captain Salman Butt.Misbah bhai encouraged me a lot and then Waqar Younis (director at Islamabad United) liked me and told me that I will be in Islamabad United team for the HBL PSL 4 and that pumped me up, recalls Musa.Musa is from a middle-class family, who has seen their first kid aiming it big in cricket.They just watch cricket and pray for me to become a big star for Pakistan.

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