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India trying to undermine PSL from very first day: Ehsan Mani

LAHORE (Dunya News) – Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ehsan Mani on Monday said that from the very first day, India is trying to undermine the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
Addressing a press conference in Lahore on Monday, he said that Pakistan faced many challenges like terrorism, adding that the protection of cricketers is our top most priority.Terrorism would win if cricket is stopped in Pakistan, he said and added cricket shouldn’t be stopped due to terrorism.The PCB chairman further added that politics has entered regional cricket, adding that politics and sports should be kept separate.
It only damages cricket, he said. Mani, on behalf of the PCB, has paid glowing tributes and thanked the die-hard cricket fans, the 39 foreign international players and all the local stars for making the HBL Pakistan Super League 2019 an overwhelming success.He termed the league as a resilient’ event and said it had delivered all event objectives despite tough operational and logistical challenges caused due to reasons beyond the PCB’s control.Mani also thanked all the franchise owners and their players, as well as the Sindh Government and all the security agencies involved in providing a safe and secure environment for the commercial partners, players, spectators, officials, media and service providers for the eight Pakistan-leg matches played at the National Stadium.
The fans made this a truly Pakistan event. Cricket euphoria gripped the entire country as the fans got behind the tournament and made this an overwhelming success, Mani said, adding the fans not only enjoyed and celebrated the festival of cricket, but they also portrayed a very positive image of Pakistan.This is the real power of a nation and I can’t thank the fans enough for the way they got behind the tournament, supported all the teams and applauded good performances, Mani said.The success of any event is gauged by crowd attendances and I am delighted that the overall crowd turnout at the National Stadium over the seven match days was nearly 95 percent.
This reflects the passion and love for cricket here.The PCB chairman said: Despite facing severe mid-series operational and logistical challenges, the league didn’t drop the ball at any stage and continued to maintain its very high standard and quality.The 2019 event has shown how resilient this league is. Having lost the production partner in the first week and then the fallout from last month’s turn of events, to pull everything smoothly, flawlessly and professionally reflects the strength and power of this league.Shane Watson’s decision to come to Karachi after having declined pre-event, is a testament of the confidence he had in the PCB and all the security agencies. It was also a validation that he too considered Karachi as a peaceful and cricket-loving city, while reinforcing his respect and commitment for the league.

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Islamabad United survive Pollard blitz in 12-run win over Peshawar Zalmi

SHARJAH (Dunya News/Agencies) – Muhammad Sami’s last-over hat-trick over-shadowed Kieron Pollard 51 in just 22 balls and Islamabad United beat Peshawar Zalmi by 12 runs in the 11th match of the fourth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL-4).
As has been the case every year, Islamabad United started this season slowly, winning just one of three games.However, this season has begun to emulate the others just as closely as the tournament progresses, with the defending champions putting in a vastly improved performance, holding their nerve to seal a 12-run win. The game ended with their captain Mohammad Sami knocking off the final three Peshawar batsmen off successive balls, claiming his maiden PSL hat-trick and ensuring his side finished with a flourish.
All of their best efforts looked like they might be derailed during a brief four-over spell of monstrous hitting by Kieron Pollard. With 92 required off 39 balls and the match meandering to its inevitable conclusion, Pollard roused the dispirited ranks of Peshawar fans in Sharjah with a blistering 22-ball 51.
But crucially, support from the other end was lacking, and once he holed out to deep cover, the valiant efforts of Darren Sammy and Wahab Riaz couldn t quite make up for a first ten overs where their side had fallen well behind the pace.They had been chasing 159, a total Islamabad were only able to put up thanks to Ian Bell, playing his first PSL match of the season.As much of the rest of the order fell away, he remained at the crease until the penultimate delivery, his 54 playing a large part in knitting the innings together, and ensuring Islamabad had just enough runs in the end.By 13 overs, Islamabad were shuffling along at 88 for three, not quite able to get in the big hits in the face of tight Peshawar bowling.
But a loose over from Umaid Asif saw Cameron Delport smite a six back over the bowler and Bell a boundary, fetching 16. From there, Peshawar lost their discipline somewhat; it was the start of a spell in which Islamabad plundered 56 off five overs.It was ground ceded they wouldn t be able to make up.Mohammad Sami may have come away with a hat-trick, but his wickets had been set up by the efforts earlier on of Islamabad s emerging player Mohammad Musa.
Less than half Sami s age at 18, the fresh faced Musa was entrusted with the third over, with Imam-ul-Haq and Kamran Akmal batting in the Powerplay. Pace, accuracy, composure and lethality combined, culminating in the wicket of Kamran Akmal – another man twice his age.He would add the wickets of Dawid Malan and Darren Sammy to a collection that may very soon begin to burgeon.At some point, you may risk blasphemy and begin to wonder about Darren Sammy s role in the Peshawar line-up.
He doesn t bowl anymore, and for some reason, comes in to bat at number seven. He still strikes at over 150, so he might as well bat higher up, but today, the bigger issue was he failed to give his Caribbean teammate much support in terms of run rate reduction.He never could find the middle of the bat as Pollard, and later even Wahab Riaz, took on the senior role in the partnership. When Sammy did hole out, it was to a waist-high full shot he has buttered his bread with by smashing for six.
It cost his side today, but as the tournament progresses, the specific role Sammy takes on may begin to come under wider scrutiny; there is no hiding place in this format.The narrow defeat means Peshawar have split their four games, winning and losing two apiece.The same applies to Islamabad United, with the two sides placed third and fourth on the table respectively

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Sharjah to host second phase of PSL 4 on Wednesday

SHARJAH (Dunya News) – The fourth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) has reached Sharjah and the second phase of the tournament will begin in the historical stadium on Wednesday (tomorrow).
Multan Sultans will face Quetta Gladiators at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium and the match will start at 09:00 PM (PST).Eight games will be played in Sharjah till February 24. High-scoring contests are expected at the venue owing to batting-friendly pitch.Both teams conducted practice sessions ahead of their match tomorrow. Multan Sultans captain Shoaib Malik, star all-rounder Shahid Afridi and West Indian Andre Russell are ready for the next challenge.Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan and other young bowlers will lead Multan’s pace attack and have finalized their strategies.On the other hand, Quetta Gladiators skipper Sarfraz Ahmed is hopeful to continue their undefeated run in the league.It is pertinent here to mention that Quetta Gladiators (4 points) are at the top of the points table after winning two games out of two. Multan Sultans (2 points) played two matches and managed to win just one.The first phase of the PSL 4 was played in Dubai from February 14 to 17.

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