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PSL: Multan’s Dhani rocks Lahore



Multan Sultans have virtually qualified for the play-offs of the Pakistan Super League 2021 after thumping Lahore Qalandars by 80 runs on Friday night.

The only way Muhammad Rizwan’s men can be barred from progressing to the next stage of the tournament is if Islamabad United beats them by more than 300 runs, which is almost impossible.

Moreover, Peshawar Zalmi have also confirmed a playoff berth thanks to the Sultans.

With three spots confirmed already, either Karachi Kings or Lahore Qalandars will make it to the next round now.

The equation for the Kings is simple.

All the reigning PSL champs have to do is win against already eliminated Quetta Gladiators on Saturday.

If Kings lose, the Qalandars will directly progress forward.

Coming back to Friday’s contest, Lahore slumped to their four consecutive defeat of the Dubai leg as they failed to chase down an average total of 170 at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium.

Sohail Akhtar’s men were all out for only 89 runs, with James Faulkner being the highest scorer at 22.

Dhani continues to impress

It took Sultans pace spearhead only 19 balls to reach mesmerizing figures of 4-5.

Claiming his second four-wicket haul in his debut PSL season, Dhani was once again the Man of the Match tonight.

The right-arm pacer wrapped up Lahore’s lower order in a jiffy to hand Muhammad Rizwan another two points.

After being picked for Pakistan’s red-ball team, the right-arm Larkana prodigy might make it to the T20I squad soon too if he continues his good form.

He’s the highest wicket-taker so far with 18 wickets.

Sohaib Maqsood takes charge

Sultans openers Muhammad Rizwan and Shan Masood have been dependable so far, but both fell early tonight.

This is when Sohaib Maqsood stepped up to the task once again, smashing a 40-ball 60 before Shaheen Shah Afridi got the better of him.

Maqsood’s half-century anchored Sultans to a respectable total that helped them mount pressure on Lahore in the second inning.

Multan Sultans 169 for 8 (Maqsood 60, Afridi 3-23) beat Lahore Qalandars 89 for 10 (Faulkner 22, Dhani 4-5, Imran Khan 3-23) by 80 runs.

Preview: Multan Sultans vs Islamabad United

Islamabad United and Multans Sultans will gear up to face each other on Saturday night in Dubai.

Both franchises have already booked their playoff berths.

Probable Man of the Match

Usman Khawaja

Usman Khawaja was Islamabad’s stand-in skipper in the last game wherein he brought out his A-game.

The Australia cricketer blasted a quickfire century in his maiden PSL season to announce his arrival.

He propelled Islamabad to the biggest total in PSL’s history and is likely to continue his red-hot form against Multan.

Match prediction

Muhammad Rizwan and Shadab Khan’s troops are coming off after a four-game win streak.

This means that either of the team will see their clean sheet get spoiled on Saturday.

Islamabad are placed at the top with 14 points in the bag whereas the Sultans are just behind them at 2 with 10 points.

The Sultans seem to have an edge over Islamabad when it comes to containing the opposition in death overs.

Therefore, this will help Multan clinch a close win over Islamabad.

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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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