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PSL: David Miller almost ends Quetta’s hopes



Quetta Gladiators are on the verge of going out of the equation in the PSL 2021 after losing to Peshawar Zalmi by 61 runs in Dubai.

They are have only themselves to blame.

Five players returning to the hut without bothering the scorers describes Quetta’s night.

Including captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, the Gladiators were sluggish in the pursuit of 198.

The net run-rate kept climbing up and the wickets kept on tumbling from one end.

Quetta managed to reach 136/9 as they were kept on their toes by the Zalmi pace cartel.

Muhammad Irfan and Wahab Riaz kept the Quetta batsmen in check at the start and Umaid Asif did the rest.

The Gladiators are still not out of the tournament, but they need to lift their net run rate by a huge margin and win every game from now.

They also have to pray that Multan Sultans, Karachi Kings and Islamabad United lose lose most of their matches by big margins.

David Miller steps up

David Miller was on fire tonight during his 73 off 46.

The South African star bagged the Man of the Match award for his fiery knock that demoralized Quetta Gladiators in the first innings.

After Kamran Akmal’s half-century, Miller stepped up making up up for the loss of Shoaib Malik and Haider Ali.

In the end, a Rovman Powell cameo (43*) propelled Wahab Riaz’s men to 197/5.

Saim Ayub replaces Faf du Plessis

A nasty collision at the boundary ropes with Muhammad Hasnain was another major blow to Quetta hopes because this meant losing another veteran overseas player after Andre Russell.

Faf du Plessis suffered a concussion and this paved the way for young Saim Ayub to step up in place of the former South African captain.

Ayub looked decent for his 31-ball 35, but the slow pace of his and Usman Khan’s innings gave Quetta the worst possible start while chasing almost 200 runs.

In the end, the run rate was too much to handle for Quetta Gladiators, especially with power hitters like du Plessis and Russell out of the playing XI.

Peshawar Zalmi 197 for 5 (Miller 73, Kamran Akmal 59, Powell 43*, Nawaz 2-33) beat Quetta Gladiators 136 for 9 (Sarfaraz 36*, Ayub 35, Usman 28, Irfan 3-27, Umaid 2-17, Wahab 2-20) by 61 runs.

Match preview: Lahore Qalandars vs Islamabad United

First-placed Lahore Qalandars will play second-ranked Islamabad United on Sunday.

Both teams are in exquisite form ever since the PSL 2021 resumed in Dubai.

The Lahore-Islamabad showdown is bound to feature a nail-biting, high-scoring contest at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

Probable Man of the Match

Colin Munro

On Friday. United thrashed Quetta Gladiators with 10 wickets as Colin Munro struck an unbeaten 90*.

The New Zealand star did not slog carelessly but played mouth-watering, proper cricketing shots to thump the Gladiators with ease.

He made the contest a one-sided game in a matter of a few overs.

The Kiwi star is in a sublime form and he is likely to feast on the Qalandars’ bowling line-up on Sunday.


The Qalandars are in an ominous touch, winning five of their six contests this season.

They seem like an unstoppable force, but United’s last outing makes them an equally big threat as well.

Lahore have handled nervous moments of the game better than Shadab Khan’s game.

In their last clash, Lahore won the game by wickets. On basis of their last encounter, the Qalandars are likely to outplay United. 

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Smriti Mandhana and Ellyse Perry star in RCB women’s comeback win against UP Warriorz in WPL 2024




Smriti Mandhana and Alyssa Healy (Source - X)

RCB women overcame UP Warriorz by 23 runs to clinch their third win of the season. The home side outperformed Warriorz in all the facets of the game and emerged victorious. A collective team effort, particularly with the bat, helped RCB women to beat Warriorz for the second time in the season. They now have three wins in their five matches in the WPL 2024.

Alyssa Healy won the toss and opted to field first. Given how things have panned out in the league so far, it needed a great batting performance from RCB to challenge the chasing side. The home side did exactly that. They were full of intent which was lacking in the last few games. Right from the start, S Meghana and Smriti Mandhana smashed the bowlers.

It was the night of the RCB skipper. The Southpaw scored 80(50) in her stay. S Meghana perished after a valuable 28(21). Ellyse Perry batted well and registered her first fifty of the WPL 2024. She was aided well towards the end by Richa Ghosh whose 21(10) propelled RCB to a score of 198 on the board. It was the highest team total in the WPL 2024.

Alyssa Healy’s efforts go in vain

Chasing the daunting total, UP Warriorz were off to a flier. The opening duo of Healy and Kiran Navgire gave a fiery start to the visiting side. When the two were batting in the PP overs, it seemed like the Warriorz could pull off an insane chase. However, Sophie Devine brought RCB back into the game with crucial wickets. At Bengaluru, the home crowd was literally behind the RCB women.

It helped the home side to stay calm and do their job with ease. Sophie Molineux and Asha Sobhana were the pick of the bowlers, who claimed 2/29 each in their spell of four overs. While Healy scored a fifty and Deepti tried her best in the death overs, ten daunting targets could not be chased down. Despite the early hiccups, RCB managed to restrict UP Warriorz to a score of 175 and won by 23 runs.

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WATCH: Ellyse Perry in disbelief as her six breaks car’s window




Ellyse Perry smashed a six in the match against UP Warriorz in the WPL 2024. It was an interesting six as the ball travelled towards the boundary ropes and fell exactly on the window of the car. As a result, the glass of the window was broken. The car is set to be provided as a reward for the player of the tournament.

It was the over of Deepti Sharma towards the last few moments of RCB’s innings. Before Perry struck, the home side was in a great position in the match, thanks to a great start provided by Smriti Mandhana. The star batter scored 80 (50) and shined in front of the home crowd. Her form helped RCB to have a good momentum towards the death overs.

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Perry, who was struggling till that point, opened up and smashed the bowlers for fun. She went hard against the spinners like Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Deepti Sharma who were asked to bowl at the death. The right-handed batter smashed back-to-back sixes in the over of Sharma. One of those travelled towards the mid-wicket region where the car was stationed. The video of her shot has gone viral on X.

RCB teammates laugh, Ellyse Perry in disbelief

As the ball fell on the car and damaged the window, the fans erupted. There was no end to the joy of the fans who started chanting “Perry.. Perry..” and lit the atmosphere of the stadium. However, Perry was in disbelief. As she saw the impact of the ball damaging the car’s window, the Australian batter could not believe her eyes and thought about what she had just done.

On the other hand, the RCB teammates of Perry were in awe of the shot. They looked at the replays and appreciated the shot of Perry. At the same time, players like Sophie Molineux and Sophie Devine had a laugh about the car’s window getting damaged. Ellyse scored a fifty and helped her team score 198 runs with her batting in front of the home crowd.

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Praveen Kumar addresses Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer’s negligence of taking part in Ranji Trophy




Praveen Kumar

Praveen Kumar has given his opinion on the preferences of Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer in recent times. The duo did not take part in the Ranji Trophy matches for their respective teams despite being fit. It did not go well with the Indian Cricket Board which landed the duo without a ventral contract which was announced a few days back.

Praveen Kumar has reacted to the issue recently. The former India pacer claimed that he has been of an opinion on the issue for a long time. Praveen felt that one should definitely earn money but not at the cost of neglecting to play for domestic and national teams. The right-arm pacer felt that players today are having a certain mentality which is not good.

The former pacer claimed that the players have a mindset that they can rest for a month before taking part in the IPL, thereby bypassing playing for their national team or the domestic teams. Praveen felt that the players could not resist letting go of money which they could earn by taking part in the IPL and other T20 leagues (For foreign players).

‘Ye mentally hota hai, ki mai itne paise kaise chodun’ – Praveen Kumar

“This thing is now firmly in the mind of players. Mai ek mahine pehle rest kar lunga, fir IPL khel lunga. Ye mentally hota hai, ki mai itne paise kaise chodun,” said Praveen in the interview. He claimed that youngsters these days are spoilt and are behind money. The former RCB pacer felt that it is not fair on the part of the young players to neglect the country over the IPL.

Kumar felt that a player needs to maintain a balance between playing for the IPL team and for the country. He felt that money is an important factor, but not at the cost of playing for the national team. “But this is not fair at all. A player needs to balance things. Money is important, but this (giving franchise cricket the priority) is wrong,” said the former Indian bowler in the interview.

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