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PSL: Karachi beat Lahore in a thriller



Afghanistan’s spin sensation, 16-year-old Noor Ahmed, bowled a game-changing spell against Lahore Qalandars on Friday night to help Karachi Kings bag two important points in Dubai.

Qalandars fell to their third consecutive loss after a sublime start to the Dubai leg.

The win has handed the reigning PSL champions two more points to close in on fourth-placed Multan Sultans.

Both Karachi and Multan share eight points while Qalandars have 10.

Lahore’s fielding lets Karachi thrive

Lahore Qalandars let the game slip away in the first inning due to a lack of intent in the field.

Babar Azam, Kings’ backbone in batting, was given a staggering six lives before being dismissed for 54.

This let the Kings reach 176/5 which proved to be a tad too much for Lahore on the Sheikh Zayed pitch.

Babar-Guptill duo sets the tone

Karachi fans have been waiting for Martin Guptill to ballistic since he joined the Kings camp.

That wish was fulfilled tonight as the Kiwi opener struck a handy cameo at the top alongside Babar Azam.

Guptill’s 43 off 31 included three humongous sixes that reminded the cricket fraternity of his power-hitting capabilities.

After being left out of the Indian Premier League this year, the NZ star has been struggling to find form in white-ball cricket.

His and Azam’s early runs set the tone for the lower order to capitalize on later.

Faulkner, Tim scare at the death

James Faulkner is having time of his life in the PSL and so is Tim David.

Tim has replaced veteran David Wiese in the Lahore squad in no time.

Faulkner (33) and Tim (34) got going at the death to keep the fans at the edge.

They struck 6 sixes altogether before being caught.

Karachi Kings 176 for 5 (Azam 54, Guptill 43, Rashid 2-25) beat Lahore Qalandars 169 for 7 (Hafeez 36, David 34, Ahmad 2-19) by seven runs.

Preview: Quetta Gladiators vs Karachi Kings

Sarfaraz Ahmed-led Quetta Gladiators will gear up for their final match of the 2021 PSL campaign on Friday as they take on defending PSL title-holders Karachi Kings.

The Gladiators are the first franchise to exit the tournament after clinching only two wins this season.

After a disappointing year at the PSL, Sarfaraz would be keen to finish the campaign on a good note and what’s better than thumping the league champions on the way out.

Probable Man of the Match

Sharjeel Khan

Babar Azam has been consistently performing, but he lacks the firepower that Sharjeel Khan is capable of generating.

The strong left-handed batsman, who scored the first century of this season in the Pakistan leg, has a knack for demolishing the opponents in big games.

This makes him a potent threat against the weak-spirited Quetta.

Match prediction

Karachi Kings are beginning to live up to their standard and the win against Lahore Qalandars was a good instance of it.

While Quetta have had no answer to their form slump.

They keep shuffling their batting order but fail to stand tall when the occasion demands.

Hence, the reigning PSL champs are likely to hammer home another victory in their 10th and final game to cement a playoff spot.

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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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