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PSL: Shan Masood ends Quetta’s hopes



Quetta Gladiators have become the first franchise to exit from the PSL 2021 after losing to in-form Multan Sultans by 110 runs at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Wednesday night.

In order to stay alive in the tournament, the Gladiators had to defeat Muhammad Rizwan-led unit by a big margin, but the opposite happened.

Quetta finished at 73/10 in pursuit of 184, the second-lowest score in the league’s history.

This means curtains for Sarfaraz Ahmed’s men who managed to win only twice in nine games so far.

Juggling the overseas stars

One major blunder that the Quetta camp did was not finding the right balance between overseas and local players.

Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed has admitted the same issue in the post-game interview that the side was not able to pick right combinations at the right time.

First Andre Russell got sidelined after being hit by a nasty Musa Khan bouncer, then Faf du Plessis flew back to South Africa due to concussion that he sustained following a collision with Muhammad Hasnain.

This paved way for Cameron Delport to become a regular starter but he failed to impress, despite many opportunities.

In fact, Delport’s struggle was quite evident each time he went out to bat.

His string of single digits in this season created a void for the Quetta team.

Shan Masood stands tall

Shan Masood made it clear that he doesn’t want to don the white kit only.

His fiery 73 off 42 earned him the Player of the Match award and helped the Sultans get quick runs in the powerplay after Rizwan’s rare, early departure.

The left-hander, who is well known for being a Test cricketer, was seeing the ball extremely well.

He was the sole fifty scorer between both teams. 

Multan Sultans 183 for 5 (Shan Masood 73, Khurram Shahzad 2-26) beat Quetta Gladiators 73 for 10 (Jake Weatheraid 19, Imran Tahir 3-7, Imran Khan 2-13) by 110 runs.

Preview: Karachi Kings vs Lahore Qalandars

Lahore Qalandars will clash against defending champions Karachi Kings in Dubai in the 27th match of the Pakistan Super League 2021.

Probable performers of the day

Shaheen Shah Afridi

Lahore have made the most of Shaheen Shah Afridi’s pacey and swinging opening spells in the tournament so far.

The left-arm pacer has picked 12 in eight games at an economy of 7.12 to dismantle the batting line-ups this season.

He is likely to make the Karachi batsmen struggle on Thursday night.

Babar Azam

Babar Azam is in the form of his life.

There’s no question about his ability to cream the ballers all over the park since he has been doing that in the last few PSL seasons with ease.

This season is no different for the Karachi talisman.

Azam averages almost 85 with424 runs in only eight games.

He’s this season’s highest run-getter and highly likely to stand tall against Lahore in the next showdown.

Match prediction 

Despite having one of the best top orders (Babar Azam, Sharjeel Khan and Martin Guptill) in world cricket, Karachi Kings have hit a bumpy road on the league’s return in Dubai.

Their bowers have let them down and their form slump will haunt them against Sohail Akhtar’s men as well.

Hence, the third-placed Qalandars are the probable winners against the Kings.

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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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