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PSL: Easy win for Sultans over Zalmi



Multan Sultans defeated Peshawar Zalmi without much trouble as captain Mohammad Rizwan led the charge till the end.

Peshawar Zalmi did not learn from their last game against Quetta Gladiators and hence, suffered a brutal loss.

While they aced the Gladiators test with the ball, Wahab Riaz’s men did not turn up with a similar performance against Multan Sultans in Dubai.

The Sultans chased down the 167-run target in the 17th over to clinch the game by 8 wickets.

Shahnawaz Dhani finds form

Shahnawaz Dhani returned to his absolute best as he bagged the Man of the Match award.

He picked up four wickets, dismantling Peshawar’s top order in the process.

There’s no question on the Larkana-born’s talent, but one thing that he needs to keep in check is the extras conceded and the economy.

The right-arm pacer, who has been picked for Pakistan’s upcoming red-ball series, leaked 31 runs that included a wide and no-ball.

Rizwan dethrones Babar Azam as top-scorer

Mohammad Rizwan once again proved why he’s Pakistan most reliable batsman along with captain Babar Azam.

The Multan Sultans skipper smashed 82 off 56 balls to become the highest scorer of the tournament again.

In seven matches, he scored 408 runs already.

The Sultans skipper has been consistent throughout this season and has turned up in every big game.

The curious case of Haider Ali

Haider Ali has been the talk of the town after hitting a new form slump in the PSL.

The youngster has always been known for sending PSL fans in frenzy with clean strikes, but the Dubai-leg is yet to see the best of him.

After scoring a first-ball duck in the last game, he fell for a 30-ball 28 in tonight’s contest. His series of low scores has dented Zalmi during the powerplays.

Multan Sultans 167 for 1 (Rizwan 82*, Maqsood 61) beat Peshawar Zalmi 166 for 7 (Rutherford 56, Akmal 35, Dahani 4-31) by 9 wickets.

Preview: Quetta Gladiators vs Lahore Qalandars

Quetta Gladiators will face Lahore Qalandars in Dubai, hoping to clinch the game with a big margin to keep their PSL playoff hopes alive.

Lahore Qalandars, who have made a remarkable comeback this season, will have the chance to see off the Gladiators this season.

If Sarfaraz Ahmed’s men lose the match, they will become the first team to exit the PSL 2021.

Probable best performer

Fakhar Zaman

Fakhar Zaman’s offseason hard work has paid dividends in the international arena as well as the PSL.

The left-handed, who has been criticized recently for his unorthodox batting technique, has shut his critics with sublime performances.

After hammering South Africa in the last series, the lefty is looking threatening in the league as well.

He is the third-highest scorer of the season with 243 runs.

He averages 43 and is likely to increase these figures against the low-spirited Quetta.

Match prediction

Lahore Qalandars are the probable winners of the clash.

Sohail Akhtar and company have been clicking in every department so far.

On the flip side, Sarfaraz Ahmed’s men have been juggernauts of the PSL ever since the league’s inception.

They have reached the finals on numerous occasions and even lifted the cup in 2019.

However, the dominant displays have been absent in 2021.

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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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