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PSL: Zazai and Haris shine, sixth loss for Karachi Kings



The 20-year-old Mohammed Haris and Hazratullah Zazai set the platform for a big score with their excellent opening stand for Peshawar Zalmi.

Karachi Kings displayed another poor performance both with the bat and ball.

There was no intention whatsoever from Karachi to chase down the total as they only managed to score only 138-6 from their 20 overs thus, losing the game by a big margin of 55 runs. 

Peshawar Zalmi    20 overs    193-6 

Zazai 52 (42)              Jordan 3-41                                                                                                                            Haris 49 (27)              Qasim 1-7

Karachi Kings    20 overs     138-6

Babar 59 (46)            Irshad 2-24                                                                                                                                                Clarke 26 (26)            Riaz 2-26

Another game and another loss, this has been the story of Karachi Kings throughout this PSL season.

They have lost 6 out of 6 games so far in this tournament and their chances of qualifying for the playoffs are almost dead.

They are looking confused and failing in all departments of the game.

Karachi bowled, fielded, and batted poorly in today’s match.

Babar Azam scored yet another fifty but it didn’t help his side because his strike rate was very low for the situation. 

Peshawar scored 193 runs in the first innings due to some brilliant batting performances from their openers.

Hazratullah Zazai and Mohammed Haris gave a wonderful start to Peshawar Zalmi that set the tone for a big score.

They shared 97 runs between them from just 60 balls.

Zazai scored 52 runs from 42 balls but his partner Mohammed Haris was more aggressive with his 49 runs that came off just 27 deliveries. 

Shoaib Malik (31 off 21) and Ben Cutting (26 off 15) played important cameos to put a 190 plus score on the board.

Chris Jordan was the leading wicket-taker for Karachi Kings with figures of 3-41. 

It was a very disappointing chase from Karachi Kings as none of their batters was looking to take the game away from Peshawar Zalmi.

Even Babar didn’t show any intent despite his fifty.

The start was very slow from both openers as Karachi only scored 33 runs from the powerplay.

Sharjeel Khan lost his wicket in the 5th over after scoring only 14 runs off 16 balls.

Karachi Kings scored only 60 runs from the first 10 overs.

Joe Clarke also scored run a ball 26 runs.

Wahab Riaz and Salman Irshad picked up 2 wickets each to lead Peshawar Zalmi in a comfortable 55 run victory. 

Magnificent start from Mohammed Haris 

Mohammed Haris sparkled with an incredible knock in the first match of his PSL career.

The 20-year-old Haris was picked in place of the experienced Kamran Akmal and he proved the decision right with his outstanding performance.

He was more aggressive than Zazai and played shots all around the ground.

Haris scored 49 runs from just 27 balls including 3 fours and 4 superb sixes.

He was also given the Player of the award for his brave batting performance. 

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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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