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PSL: Lahore Qalandars reach the final



After smashing 27 runs from the final over, David Weise also shined with the bowl to defend 8 runs from the last over.

Lahore Qalandars have qualified for the Final match against Multan Sultans with this unbelievable win. 

Lahore Qalandars    20 overs    168-7 

Shafique 52 (28)               Dawson 2-24                                                                                                                    Ghulam  30 (26)                Wasim 2-25                                                                                                                       Wiese 28*(8)                     Shadab 1-27

Islamabad United   19.4 overs    162 all-out 

Azam 40 (28.                  Rauf 2-31                                                                                                                                 Hales 38 (29)                Shaheen 2-32                                                                                                                              Asif 25 (22)                    Zaman 2-32

Lahore Qalandars stunned Islamabad United with this miraculous victory by 6 runs.

The match was in Islamabad’s hand for most of the time but Lahore bowlers held their nerve in the death overs to defend the total.

After losing 4 early wickets, the partnership between Azam Khan and Alex Hales made the chase look so easy.

Abdullah Shafique scored a brilliant half-century early on before the middle-order of Lahore Qalandars failed once again.

Lahore was 7 down on 141 in 19 overs before the unbelievable hitting from David Wiese fashioned Lahore Qalandars into the Final match. 

Islamabad started very poorly as they lost their 4 wickets in no time but Azam Khan and Alex Hales joined to almost took the game away from the hands of Islamabad.

8 runs were needed from the last over and David Wiese defended it brilliantly without even conceding a run. 

Abdullah Shafique’s fifty 

Lahore lost their main batter, Fakhar Zaman, in the first over and they were 2 down on 7 runs in 3 overs.

But Abdullah Shafique played an excellent knock to drag his side out of trouble.

He shared a 73 runs stand with Kamran Ghulam.

The outstanding half-century from Shafique brought Lahore back into the contest.

He scored 52 runs from just 28 deliveries including 4 fours and 3 sixes.

Lahore lost their path in the middle as again a lot of wickets have fallen in that period.  

Lahore was struggling on 141-7 at the end of 19 overs and they were eyeing on Waqas Maqsood to bowl the final over of the game and block some runs.  

Weise heroics

David Weise just destroyed Waqas Mahmood in the final over with his excellent batting performance.

He smashed 27 runs from the last over including 3 sixes and a four to give Qalandars a good total on the board.

David Weise was also brilliant with the ball. He defended 8 runs from the final over and was also awarded Player of the Match award for his outstanding performance. 

Azam and Hales saved Islamabad

After losing 4 wickets on 46 runs, Islamabad was struggling badly in their chase but Azam Khan and Alex Hales brought them back into the contest with an incredible partnership.

Both of them attacked the Qalandars bowling and scored regular boundaries.

Azam Khan was playing superbly and he almost took the game away from the opposition single handedly.

He was well supported by Alex Hales who scored 38 runs. 

Qalandars comeback

Lahore Qalandars suddenly made a great comeback after the run-out of Azam Khan.

They became more energetic in the field.

Haris Rauf dismissed Hales to make things more interesting.

Asif Ali was the only threat for Lahore who smashed a six in the 19th over but on the last ball of that over, Rauf while trying to finish the game in style got caught out to leave Islamabad in control.

Last over drama

8 runs were needed from the last over and there was also some rain but the umpires allowed the game continue.

Wasim didn’t get a single on the first 2 deliveries because he wants a strike but He got run-out on the 3rd delivery.

Waqas Maqsood almost hit a six but unfortunately, he was caught out at the boundary.

So, Lahore registered a victory in the Eliminator 2 to Qualify for the final match. 

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WATCH: Cristiano Ronaldo storms off pitch after throwing his runner’s-up medal into stands




Cristiano Ronaldo and his AL-Nassr side lost the Riyadh Cup to AL Hilal on Saturday. It was a clinical performance from the Al-Hilal side as they won the match 2-0. It was a frustrating night for the Portugal legend as he was heckled by the fans in the crowd.

The cameras panned to Cristiano Ronaldo who was swarmed by his teammates. There were chants cheering on Lionel Messi from the stands. Already peeved after losing the game, Ronaldo lost his cool and threw his medal at the fans.

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During the game, Ronaldo was seen showing disgraceful actions towards the AL-Hilal fans. A scarf which was thrown his way saw the Portugal superstar rub it in the most inappropriate area. The 39-year-old earned the ire of the fans after this incident came to light.

AL-Hilal down AL-Nassr to win Riyadh Cup 2024 –

The 2024 Riyadh Cup final saw some amazing football being played. Cristiano Ronaldo was all smiles as WWE Superstar The Undertaker came out to place the trophy. Once the action began it was an end-to-end encounter as both teams went hard at goal.

Serbian star Sergej-Milinkovic Savic opened the scoring in the 17th minute of the game. It was two-nil 13 minutes later as Salem Aldaswari scored an amazing goal. That was the end of the contest despite an hour left in the game to be played.

There was no way back for the Al Nassr side as they looked clueless in front of goal. Not many chances were created by Ronaldo and his team. Al Hilal’s defense held their own against a rampaging Al Nassr side in the last few minutes.

There was pandemonium in the stands as the final whistle was sounded and the Al Hilal fans celebrated. There was a chorus of Messi chants which visibly irked Ronaldo at the end of the game.

Ever since his move from Manchester United in late 2022, Cristiano Ronaldo has changed Saudi Football. The likes of Karim Benzema and N Golo Kante are currently playing in the Saudi Pro League. AL Hilal themselves signed noted Brazilian sensation Neymar who sic out injured. With the veteran star in the twilight of his career, this kind of behaviour is least expected from Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Sandeep Lamichhane convicted of molestation, jailed for eight years



Nepal leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane has been convicted of raping a 17-year-old in 2022. During the case, he kept playing for the team, notably during the Asia Cup 2023 and ODI World Cup qualifier in June last year. After the case was filed, he was playing for eventual winners, Jamaica Tallawahs. The leg-spinner was released from the team and was taken into custody.

“I know I am facing a difficult time of conspiracy and wrongful allegation and the ramification of its effect is something unimaginable. I am sure there must be some mechanism of compensating to the accused who proven to be innocent in our legal system,” he wrote. “I will soon seek legal support against wrongful prosecution and allegation made against me and I am sure I will get the justice and will return to the cricket ground soon to make the name and fame of my beloved country and I pray for speedy trial.”

After landing home, the former Delhi Capitals player claimed that the allegations made against him were baseless.

“All these things affected me mentally on one hand and on the other hand, I had to go through illness, and due to mental stress and ill health I kept myself in isolation. I have been mentally and physically affected by the portrayal and I have reached a state of imbalance and I have been bringing myself back to a normal state under the advice of doctors. My health is gradually improving, and I am planning to return to Nepal as soon as possible to defend against the false complaint against me,” the leggie wrote on Facebook in September 2022.

Talking about the current status, the bench also slapped him with a fine of Rs 300,000 (USD 2255 approx) and ordered him to pay Rs 200,000 (USD 1500 approx) in compensation to the victim. Lamichhane’s lawyer, Saroj Ghimire, told AFP that he “will appeal the decision in a higher court.”

Sandeep Lamichhane’s career at a glance

He is the first Nepal player to play in IPL, PSL, CPL, and several other leagues. He made his international debut at the age of 18

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WATCH: Gautam Gambhir makes endearing comment while answering question related to Virat Kohli



Former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir is believed to have a personal dislike for former India skipper Virat Kohli. Over the years, Gambhir has been critical of the 2008 U19 World Cup-winning captain on a lot of issues. Not to forget, Gambhir has been vocal about not the media should be worshipping individual players.

During a talk show on Star Sports, the two-time World Cup winner was asked about the bowler Kohli faced while completing his 50th ODI hundred. As Gambhir gave the right answer, he also mentioned that his rivalry is with Kohli which stays on the field only.

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He replied:

“Lockie Ferguson.”

Gambhir then smilingly went on to add:

“Ye aap baar baar dikhana, mujhe sab kuch yaad rehta hai. Ladai meri sirf on the field hai (Please show this clip again and again, I remember everything. My fight is only on the field)”

I want Virat Kohli to bat with the same intent he is known for: Gautam Gambhir

In another conversation. Gambhir said that Kohli must bat the same way against South Africa in the two-match Test series the way he does. Notably, the latter won’t play the practice game as he has come back to India for personal reasons. However, the right-hander will be available for the series.

“It will be in Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma’s minds that Shreyas Iyer, who is on his first tour, will be batting after Virat Kohli, and KL Rahul, if he plays, will be playing as a wicketkeeper for the first time. However, I want Virat Kohli to bat with the same intent he is known for.”

India’s squad for Tests: Rohit Sharma (C), Shubman Gill, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Ruturaj Gaikwad, KL Rahul (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Mohd. Siraj, Mukesh Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah (VC), Prasidh Krishna, KS Bharat (wk)

Tuesday 26-Dec-23 to 30-Dec-23 1st Test Centurion
Wednesday 03-Jan-24 to 07-Jan-24 2nd Test Cape Town
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