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Multan crowned PSL champions



Led by Mohammad Rizwan, Multan Sultans got their hands on the coveted Pakistan Super League trophy for the first time this season.

In pursuit of 207, Zalmi finished at 159/9 to let the Sultans grab a win by 47 runs.

The Maqsood and Rossouw show

Shan Masood and Mohammad Rizwan did not kick off their innings in the best of fashion.

They got some runs under the belt, but at a comparatively snail-paced strike rate.

After their departure, it was down to in-form Sohaib Maqsood who wanted to justify the national team selectors for picking him for the upcoming white-ball series against England and West Indies.

He has been picked in place of Haider Ali for the away tours.

With a quickfire 65 off 35, Maqsood became only the third man to have scored 400+ runs in this season, just behind his captain Mohammad Rizwan who scored 500 runs.

Riley Rossouw was not holding back either.

The South African belted a 20-ball fifty before one hit too many got him walking back.

His knock helped the Sultans reached 206/4, a humongous total considering the magnitude of the night.

The Malik scares

Shoaib Malik started pretty slow.

He took six balls to open his account and tried to take a few overs to settle in.

Imran Khan got the better of him on one occasion only to call him back since he overstepped the line.

After Malik returned, he took on the bowlers and hit the ball for back-to-back boundaries until Sohail Tanvir deceived him with a sharp, timely and slow bouncer.

Imran Tahir did not miss the chance to hold onto Malik’s catch.

Sameen sizzles on the big night

Sameen Gul was bowling like a veteran on the flat Dubai track, not giving two cents about kind of red-hot form the Multan batters were rejoicing.

The right-arm pacer who impressed the cricket fraternity with his pace and lengths in the under-19 ICC World Cup in 2016 back stood tall again on the big night.

The Zalmi quick fetched two big wickets and conceded only 25 runs.

Mohammad Irfan was the other man who kept the pressure on the opposition with only 27 runs in his quota.

These were great figures when you take a glimpse at the kind of beating other Peshawar bowlers absorbed.

Wahab Riaz and Amad Butt are the two experienced men in the side, but they let themselves down with sub-standard bowling in the final.

They conceded 52 runs apiece without claiming any scalp, allowing the Multan middle-order to reach a big total.

The game-changing over

Shane Rutherford was looking in a golden touch until he met Imran Tahir in the 17th over.

He had two big sixes and seemingly threatened Multan’s title hopes.

But Tahir had other plans.

After sending Rutherford back to the dressing room with an inch-perfect googly, he dismissed Wahab Riaz and Muhammad Imran on a duck.

His three wickets and two runs in the final over of his quota took the game away from Peshawar Zalmi in a jiffy.

Multan Sultans 206 for 4 (Maqsood 65*, Rossouw 50, Gul 2-26) beat Peshawar Zalmi 159/9 (Malik 48, Tahir 3-33) by 47 runs.

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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.

Watch the viral video here –

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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