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HBL PSL 2017 Trophy Unveiling

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The glittering trophy for the second season of the HBL PSL was unveiled at the Dubai Sports City on Monday 6th February as well as the other best wicketkeeper, best bowler, best batsman and man of the match trophies.

The captains of the 5 franchises were present as well as their owners alongside the PSL chairman Najam Sethi. A press conference followed the trophy unveiling in which the captains and the team owners talked about how they have prepared for their upcoming campaign, the build-up to the tournament and about the tournament itself. The sponsors, franchise owners and the supporters were promised by Najam Sethi that they will witness the best level of cricket in the next 3 weeks.

The Captains with the Chairman PSL at #TheSpiritTrophy reveal

The main trophy is named the “Spirit Trophy” which took 4 months to design and assemble with numerous mock-ups of the trophy being made. The includes over 50,000 small diamonds. The trophy represents the patriotism of the Pakistani people and how the cricket and young upcoming talent is bonded under one small roof which is the HBL PSL.

The Spirit Trophy, with the glittering 50,000 encrusted crystals, a real prize for the #HBLPSL Champion!

The trophy for the best batsman was unveiled by the legendary Kiwi batsman and Qalanders captain Brendon McCullum; Pakistani and United captain Misbah-ul-Haq and world renowned Kings captain Kumar Sangkarra.

The best batsman trophy was names after the great legend late Hanif Mohammed; it is a crystallised cricket bat with the crystals representing the stars that will take place in the exciting brand of cricket, the HBL PSL.

The best bowler’s trophy was a crystallised cricket ball named after the legendary Pakistani fast bowler Fazal Mahmood and was unveiled by the Peshawar Zalmi captain, Darren Sammy.

The Quetta Gladiators captain and wicketkeeper unveiled the best wicketkeeper of the tournament trophy which is a crystallised keeping glove named after the legend that he is Imtiaz Ahmed.

The man of the tournament trophy was unveiled by the former Karachi Kings captain and Pakistani all-rounder Shoaib Malik.

The action of this beautiful brand of cricket begins on the 9th of February on a Thursday at 8:00 pm local time, 9:00 pm Pakistan time. I will hope to catch you all there.

Peace Out,

The Cornered Tiger

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Sorry Guys

Hey Guys,

I am very sorry for not continuing with the Bangladesh Premier League and the Asia Cup as I had a lot of work for school as I am doing my GCSEs which makes it hard to manage writing posts and doing projects and homework for school.

I will complete the whole Pakistan vs Australia series as well as the Pakistan Super League that is coming up in February.

Thanks for understanding.

Peace Out,

The Cornered Tiger

Pakistan Squad Announced for England Tour

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The Pakistan squad for their tour of England and Ireland have been released with Mohammed Amir making an appearance by finally being granted his visa instead of Junaid Khan. Here is the squad:

 

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The Cornered Tiger

 

1st ODI – Pakistan vs New Zealand

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On the 25th of January New Zealand beat Pakistan by 70 runs. Here is the ball-by-ball analysis and the scorecard of the match.

New Zealand were destroyed and were on the ropes at 99 for 6 and were missing their 3 most experienced players. One of the best teams in the world, they came back like they have before at home and took the game away from Pakistan by 70 runs. But, how really did they do this ?

After the flop at the start of the innings, the innings was built on a stable 82 by Henry Nicholls, who was just playing his 2nd ODI series. The most surprising innings of the match was by numbers 9 and 10, Matt Henry and Mitchell McClenegen. They made a powerful partnership of 73 of only 33 balls.

When the hosts took the field they were missing the services of McClenegen as a result of a bouncer from Anwar Ali which went through the grill of the helmet, his presence was not felt in the bowling department. Grant Elliot, who is not expected to bowl in normal circumstances, made early breakthroughs with the bowl and finished 3 for 43 in his full qouta of 10 overs.

The Pakistani bowlers sent down a intense spell in the first quarter of the match. All the wickets and ground earned by Mohammed Amir, Mohammed Irfan and Anwar Ali was taken away in the end with a strong comeback. Amir was also seen hobbling off the field part-way through his eighth over, but did later return to bat.

There was a good 62 by Babar Azam, in the chase, but having moved at barely three runs an over in the Powerplay, Pakistan were always chasing a rising required rate. They lost wickets through the middle overs, and the lower order was cleaned up by Trent Boult, who took 4 for 40. Pakistan were eventually dismissed for 210 in the 46th over.

 

The scoring sped up after the Powerplay, but the acceleration was too gradual. By the end of the 15th over, the require rate had risen to 6.6. Azam and Mohammad Hafeez put on a sage 81-run stand off 93 balls to move Pakistan to a reasonable position – Azam especially quick to crash the short balls to the fence – but the required rate only kept heading north. When Hafeez was swallowed at long-on for 42 in the 27th over, Pakistan still needed 163 from 141 balls. Sohaib Maqsood continued his poor tour with a 16-ball 10, before Azam himself fell, having passed fifty. Aiming to make something of a flagging chase, he tried to pull a short Anderson ball, and sent the top edge to midwicket.

There was a sliver of hope as long as Sarfraz Ahmed was at the crease, but having hit three fours in his busy innings, he cracked a full delivery to deep midwicket in the 43rd over. He had made 30 from 29. With him went any real chance of a Pakistan victory.

Peace Out,

The Cornered Tiger

 

3rd T20 – Pakistan vs New Zealand

 

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On 22nd of January New Zealand beat Pakistan in the 3rd T20 by 95 runs. Here is the ball-by-ball analysis and scorecard. 

By the time Corey Anderson limped of the field in the 15th over he had already turned the match and series in New Zealand’s favour. He smashed a innings of 82 of 42 balls which shot New Zealand to a total of 196. When he was bowling by his 2nd over he had taken 2 wickets to help reduce Pakistan to 36 for 4.

A good start was needed for Pakistan when they were chasing almost 200 buts that’s not what they got. Losing 4 wickets for only 36 runs in 6 overs. First went Mohammed Hafeez who didn’t get on top of a short one and then got caught on the off-side. In the next over, Ahmed Shehzad picked out a fielder in the deep of the leg-side, before Mohammed Rizwan ran himself out hurtling to towards his crease. Shoaib Malik struck 3 sweetly timed fours but then the run-rate got on top of Malik and in the next over got caught slogging. At this moment, New Zealand were firmly on road to a victory.

In the end Anderson was not needed for the win and New Zealand picked up the victory with 4 overs still remaining. Only 2 Pakistani batsmen got into double figures.

When Shahid Afridi chose to bowl first his vision was loosing the match without a fight. The game was brought on by Guptill from the first bowl of the match bowled by the seamer.

Just like what he did in Hamilton, Guptill tore through the Pakistani pacers with ease and proved that this was not going to be easy. Against the spinners, Afridi and Imad Wasim, he was also destructive but Afridi got his man when he bowled a top-spinner that went quickly on.

Then, a great piece of fielding from Rizwan at mid-wicket ran out Munro at the non-strickers end. Wahab took the wicket of Kane Willianson next but the momentum was still with New Zealand even though Pakistan had taken three quick wickets.

The Pakistani bowlers had very little margin for error with small boundaries and with third-man and fine leg in when they tried to fire in the yorkers like Wahab at 140 kph. Wahab leaked 43 runs in his first 4 overs and received a special type of punishment from the New Zealand batsman.

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The Cornered Tiger

 

2nd T20 – Pakistan vs New Zealand

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On Sunday New Zealand beat Pakistan by 10 wickets. Here is the ball-by-ball analysis and scorecard of the match.

Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill – New Zealand’s two form batsmen – combined in a clinical display of poise and timing, to gun down Pakistan’s 168 for 7 inside eighteen overs in Hamilton. Their 171-run stand was the highest ever for T20Is, let alone for opening pairs. The ten-wicket victory evened the series in emphatic fashion. Guptill left the field with 87 to his name, and Williamson with a personal best of 72 – both striking at 150.

Williamson had been the early aggressor, flitting about his crease to make use of errant lines from the Pakistan bowlers. He slapped Mohammad Amir through the leg side for four in the second over, then cracked three fours through point off Imad Wasim soon after. With the positioning of the pitch making the eastern square boundary only 52 metres, Williamson continued to move around his crease to target that – most memorably lap-scooping Amir to the fine-leg fence in the fifth over. Williamson had New Zealand’s run rate hurtling at 10 an over inside the Powerplay, and it did not dip too far below that thereafter.

Guptill was more still at the crease, hitting a flat six off Umar Gul in the first over of the chase, but largely batting in Williamson’s slipstream before taking flight through the middle overs. He struck consecutive fours, either side of the wicket, off Amir in the 13th over, and successive sixes off Shahid Afridi in the 15th. He struck four sixes and nine fours in his 58-ball innings. Williamson didn’t clear the rope, but hit 11 fours.

Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill gave the hosts yet another quick start

Pakistan had lost early wickets and made a stalling start before Shoaib Malik’s measured 39 and Umar Akmal’s violent 56 not out from 27 balls seemed to have revived their chances in the match. New Zealand’s batting was excellent, but Pakistan’s bowlers perhaps had their thoughts scrambled by the asymmetrical dimensions of the field – one square boundary more than 20 metres shorter than the other.

Amir had a particularly poor outing, leaking 34 from his 3 overs, but no one in the Pakistan attack fared well. Wahab Riaz went at 10 an over, and the usually-miserly Imad Wasim at 8. Such was the adaptability of New Zealand’s batting, that they were not slowed by Shahid Afridi’s rifling through the attack, nor the several different fields he employed through the innings.

Mitchell McClenaghan was the best of New Zealand’s bowlers, delivering a tight line, largely on off stump, and mixing up his pace and lengths intelligently. He had conceded only eight runs from his first three overs, but those figures were soured somewhat by Akmal’s late charge, during which the batsman struck two fours and a six in three balls. McClenaghan did take valuable wickets however, having bowled Malik with a yorker in his third over, then having Wasim top-edging a bouncer to fine leg in the penultimate over of the innings.

Pakistan lost their openers early after choosing to bat

Earlier, Pakistan had been 34 for 2 after 6.1 overs before Malik arrived to ease the innings into motion, beginning with singles to third man, then a spate of fours to that short boundary. His 63-run fourth-wicket stand with Umar Akmal was the most substantial of the innings.

Akmal blasted consecutive sixes off Mitchell Santner to the short leg-side boundary early in his innings, but he wasn’t shy of taking on the longer boundary either. He batted busily through the middle overs, and memorably launched Grant Elliott into the adjacent road in the 16th over, with a 103-metre hit over cow corner. Clean striking in McClenaghan’s final over moved him to 50 off 22 balls – the second fastest T20 half-century for Pakistan just one ball behind his own record. He lost partners in quick succession through those late overs, but appeared to have seen Pakistan through to a good score, given their successful defence of 171 two evenings prior.

Peace Out,

The Cornered Tiger

1st T20 – Pakistan vs New Zealand

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Pakistan beat New Zealand by 16 runs on Friday. Here is the scorecard and ball-by-ball analysis of the match.

New Zealand threatened Pakistan’s total of 171 for 8 through fifties to Colin Munro and Kane Williamson, but the many strands of Pakistan’s varied attack came together to truss up the hosts, 17 runs short of their target. The pace trio of Wahab Riaz, Umar Gul and Mohammad Amir created chances, while the spin of Imad Wasim, and Shahid Afridi provided economy. Mohammad Hafeez had earlier provided the base for Pakistan’s innings, with 61 from 47 balls from the top of the order.

Mohammad Hafeez, however, was steady at the other end and scored his eighth T20I fifty

Wahab was left to defend 20 runs from the final over, with Williamson on strike. He had the batsman caught at deep square leg first ball to effectively seal the match, before taking the final wicket of the innings off the last ball. New Zealand’s chase had begun slowly before being invigorated by Munro. They gave up most ground during the middle overs, when four middle-order wickets were lost for 18 runs.

Amir’s part in his international return was relatively low-key, but full of frustration. He had Williamson dropped off his bowling in the fourth over, then had another straightforward catch spilled towards the end of the match. He eventually took the wicket of Matt Henry in the penultimate over to finish with figures of 1 for 31 from four overs. Wahab claimed three scalps, Gul and Afridi took two wickets apiece, while Wasim returned 1 for 18 from his full quota.

Williamson had made a stuttering start to his innings, as Pakistan introduced spin as early as the second over – most likely to upset Martin Guptill’s rhythm in the early overs. Williamson was on two from six balls when he ran Guptill out in the second over, and then continued to progress slowly. He was 10 from 20 balls at one stage, and his first boundary came off the 36th ball he faced – as late as the 12th over.

Pakistan got a huge boost in the chase when Martin Guptill was run out in the second over for 2

In between Colin Munro had blasted 56 off 27 balls and got out. He sent six balls over the rope – memorably uppercutting Gul over third man in a fifth over that yielded 23 runs – as he reeled in New Zealand’s required rate. His departure heralded a middle-order collapse. Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi, Grant Elliott and Mitchell Santner all fell in single figures.

Williamson attempted to resurrect the innings from 109 for 6 after 15 overs, but continued to lose partners just as he discovered fluency. He struck smart, square boundaries to keep his side alive, but was eventually out for 70 off 60 balls.

Perhaps wary of being fatally seduced by the size of the Eden Park boundaries, Hafeez saw out the first over, scoreless, then moved to five off ten balls before he became more ambitious. A lap-scoop off Trent Boult and a slap over the covers next ball moved him into a higher gear, before he plundered 18 runs off Corey Anderson’s first international over in six months, hitting three fours and a six on the off side.

That over helped lift Pakistan to 62 for 1 at the end of the Powerplay. Hafeez progressed at a more even pace when the field relaxed and New Zealand applied their spinners in tandem. Debutant legbreak bowler Todd Astle was the more expensive of the pair, as Hafeez and Shoib Malik lifted him over the rope in a three-over spell that cost 28. Having had Soahib Maqsood stumped first ball, then also taking the wicket of Malik, Santner didn’t give away a boundary in his four overs, which conceded just 14.

Hafeez mined the gaps in the outfield to near fifty, which he reached off 36 balls. He freed his arms again when pace returned to the attack, sending Boult over the covers again, then swatting a Milne bouncer to the wide long-on fence, but holed out at deep square leg off Milne’s next ball.

Shahid Afridi burned typically brightly for a typically brief period of time. He rocked the 16th over – bowled by Matt Henry – cracking two sixes and two fours in a span of four balls, but was out soon after. Having dropped a catch off Umar Akmal earlier, Kane Williamson held on to the chance from Afridi, leaving the batsman with 23 from 8 balls.

Shahid Afridi, though, smashed 23 off eight balls to lift Pakistan to 171 for 9

Having been 147 off 5 after 17 overs, Pakistan might have hoped for total in excess of 180, but good death bowling from Adam Milne and Henry in the two final overs thwarted those ambitions. Imad Wasim contributed a valuable 18 from 9 balls.

Peace Out,

The Cornered Tiger

BBL 05 – All Star XI

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So the Big Bash League (BBL 05) is going on and many players have proved to be vital to there teams and many underdogs have risen to shine for there teams. So here is a collection of all the best players in BBL 05:

  • Usman Khawaja (Batsman)
  • Aaron Finch (Batsman)
  • Chris Gayle (Batsman)
  • Chris Lynn (Batsman)
  • Andre Russel (All-Rounder)
  • David Willey (All-Rounder)
  • Daniel Christain (All-Rounder)
  • Brad Haddin (Wicket-Keeper)
  • Adil Rashid (Bowler)
  • Jason Behrendorf (Bowler)
  • Cameron Boyce (Bowler)

These are all the best players of the BBL 05 in one team. Comment down below who you think will win the fifth session of the Big Bash League.

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The Cornered Tiger

Amla’s Resignation

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The decision Hashim Amla made to resign the captaincy has to be respected. Amla is a key member of the South African batting line up. The runs he scores are of immense importance to the team, particularly now, after the retirement of a number of senior players.

If he feels that the burden of captaincy is affecting his performance with the bat then he has made the right decision.

He clearly made up his mind before the Cape Town test, which lifted the burden of leadership off his shoulders and his renewed vigour at the crease was there for all to see.

Test captaincy is not for everyone and the fact that Amla doesn’t want to continue with this demanding job doesn’t make him a lesser player or person. In fact this decision will prolong his career and ensure that he scores heavily for the Proteas in times to come.

His replacement, AB de Villiers, is very comfortable with the added responsibility that captaincy brings. We have seen this in one-day international cricket where his performances with the bat while captain speak for themselves.

As captain, De Villiers is unlikely to leave the test arena in the near future, which is a massive plus for the Proteas. There was a real fear after the Durban test match that he was going to cut down on his international playing future. This is unlikely to be the case now. The captaincy should energise him and give him a renewed vigour.

The team has a week before the next test to adjust to this development, which should be enough seeing that most of them have played under De Villiers and know his captaincy style well.

The Proteas will take confidence from the way they played from day three onwards in the test match in Cape Town.

It was important for Amla to make a strong statement in the second test.

Amla had a poor 2015 by his standards. There was a fear that the pressure of captaincy was affecting his batting.

He also developed a slight flaw in his footwork pertaining to his trigger movement.

Fortunately the surface in Cape Town was a batsman’s paradise. This enabled Amla to spend a Long time at the crease and iron out some of the problems he had with his technique.

The future holds if now Amla can get back to his ways of scoring runs without the weight of captaincy on his shoulders.

Peace Out,

The Cornered Tiger