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PSL: Dahani wrecks Lahore as Multan reach final



The defending champions Multan Sultans have reached the Final of PSL for the second consecutive time.

Half-centuries from Rizwan and Rossouw followed by a magnificent spell from Shahnawaz Dahani spoiled Lahore Qalandars’ dream to qualify into the final directly.

Fakhar Zaman scored a brilliant 63 but after his dismissal, the game just slipped away from the hands of Lahore Qalandars but they still have a chance to reach the final and lift their maiden PSL title. 

Multan Sultans    20 overs    163-2

Rossouw 65*(42)              Hafeez 1-16                                                                                                                    Rizwan 53*(51)                 Samit 1-31 

Lahore Qalandars    20 overs    135-9

Fakhar 63 (45)                   Dahani 3-19                                                                                                                          Kamran 20 (17)                 Willey 2-23     

The only team that deserves to play the final match directly is Multan Sultans because they have been exceptional throughout the tournament.

Multan has lost only 1 match in the competition so far and now they are only one step away from lifting their second consecutive PSL trophy.

At one stage Lahore was marching towards victory when Fakhar was batting and smashing the sixes but they lost the momentum after the time-out break due to the brilliant bowling spell from Dahani. 

Multan lost their in-form opener, Shan Masood, in the second over as Mohammed Hafeez got him LBW out.

The youngster Aamer Azmat played a very entertaining cameo of 33 runs off just 20 balls that helped Multan to score 45 runs from the powerplay.

Aamer scored 5 boundaries in his knock that allowed Rizwan to settle on the crease. 

Rizwan Rossouw partnership

On a tough pitch, Rizwan and Rossouw shared a brilliant unbeaten partnership of 113 runs that helped Multan to score 163 runs from their 20 overs.

Rizwan was not in his full form today and he was facing difficulty to middle the ball well for boundaries.

On the other end, Rossouw was more aggressive and he was scoring quick runs.

The spinners blocked the runs in the middle overs but they were also unable to break this partnership. 

Both Rizwan and Rossouw scored wonderful half-centuries in the all-important qualifier game.

Rossouw scored 65 runs from 42 balls while Rizwan remained unbeaten on 53 from 51 balls runs.

The start of Lahore Qalandars was also didn’t good as they lost Abdullah Shafique early in their chase.

Multan didn’t allow any runs and boundaries in those overs that built more pressure on them.

Kamran Ghulam was playing nicely but he got run-out while trying to take a quick single on the call of Fakhar Zaman.

The stay of the experienced Muhammad Hafeez on the crease was also quite short because he was stumped on 0 on the 3rd delivery he has faced in the over. 

Fakhar’s half-century

The top scorer of PSL 7 has smashed another half-century today,  his 7th in the list.

Fakhar Zaman is totally unstoppable this season as he has scored 582 runs so far.

When the required run rate was climbing over 12. 00, Fakhar took charge against the experienced Imran Tahir and smashed him for 3 consecutive sixes that brought the game in favor of Multan as well.

Fakhar Zaman got out after scoring 63 runs off 45 deliveries. 

Lahore Qalandars was looking quite confident due to those sixes.

But Lahore lost its momentum after the time-out break.

Shahnawaz Dahani dismissed Harry Brook, Fakhar Zaman, and Shaheen Afridi to end up figures on 3-19 from his 4 overs.

Dahani brought his side back into the contest with his excellent batting.

Lahore needed 65 runs from the last 42 balls but the wickets started to fell quickly in the middle and Lahore just lost the match by 28 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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