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PSL: Multan upset Islamabad to reach final



Multan Sultans have reached their first-ever final of the Pakistan Super League after Rizwan’s troops upset the odds to beat two-time champs Islamabad United on Monday night.

A nice blend of experience and youngsters, top team spirit and great captaincy from Mohammad Rizwan has worked out better than expected for Multan Sultans.

Not to forget that this is the first time Rizwan led a PSL side in his T20 career.

The first inning score of 180/5 proved to be too much for the most successful side of the league.

Shadab Khan’s men fell 31 runs short in response.

None of the Islamabad batsmen looked to dominate the opposition apart from Usman Khawaja. They were 149 all out with an over left.

Sohail Tanvir uses experience

Left-arm pacer Sohail Tanvir might have nor worn the green jersey for a while, but he proved tonight that he is still T20 royalty in franchise cricket.

The fast bowler kept the Islamabad batters in check from the very beginning, troubling them with unorthodox seam.

His 3/15 earned a Man of the Match trophy.

He only conceded a single boundary in his entire quota of four overs.

Blessing Muzarabani supported him well as he bagged 3 wickets as well.

Khawaja – the lone warrior

Usman Khawaja looked like a man on a mission throughout the Dubai leg of the tournament.

However, his well-made 70 was just not enough to take Islamabad home this time around.

The left-hander kept scoring runs at a decent strike rate, but the wickets kept tumbling on the other end.

Hussain Talat stayed the longest with him.

But Talat’s 25 off 25 meant that one of the two had to take charge to chase down the big total.

Khawaja took the chance but in-form Tanvir got him caught on long-on.

Akif concedes unwanted fifty

Akif Javed has played a pivotal role with his bowling in the middle overs but went off script tonight.

The bowler conceded 50 runs with just one wicket in four overs.

He got hit for six sixes, most of which came in his last over off Khushdil Shah’s bat.

At an economy of 12.5, Javed was an expensive customer in the playoff.

What was Shadab thinking?

There seemed to be no logic in the promotion of Shadab Khan’s order in the Islamabad unit, especially with a run chase this tight.

He has put up poor shows consistently with the bat.

Despite being in a bad nick, Shadab elevated himself to Number 4.

To his surprise, tonight wasn’t his night either. The United captain departed on a duck after merely facing three balls.

His wicket only mounted more pressure on the team.

Sohaib hits vital runs

Sohaib Maqsood scored his fourth fifty of the season to save Multan once again.

The Sultans would have ended with a below-par score if not for his fiery 59.

He averages just over 40 and is the third-highest run-getter this year with 363 runs in 11 games.

His presence in the Multan middle-order has made him an extremely reliable source for Rizwan.

Multan Sultans 180 for 5 (Maqsood 59, Khushdil 42*, Charles 41, Shadab 2-25) beat Islamabad United 149 (Khawaja 70, Tanvir 3-17, Muzarabani 3-31, Tahir 2-29) by 31 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.

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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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