HBL PSL Fantasy League

Hey Guys,

So just like last year, this year again the HBL PSL Fantasy League has been launched with the renewed prices and players. Some of the players are marked as Not Available as they have pulled out of the PSL in short notice.

The game is based on strategy as well as a little bit of luck. Previous stats of the players might be used by some of you to make a calculated guess about which players to join. Here are the very simple rules of the game:

  1. Select a name for your team
  2. Choose a formation for your team from six different available formations:
    1. No All-rounders five batsmen five bowlers one wicketkeeper
    2. Two All-rounders four batsmen four bowlers one wicketkeeper
    3. Two All-rounders three batsmen five bowlers one wicketkeeper
    4. Three All-rounders three batsmen four bowlers one wicketkeeper
    5. Three All-rounders four batsmen three bowlers one wicketkeeper
    6. Four All-rounders three batsmen three bowlers one wicketkeeper
  3. Now select your eleven players from the pool of available players
  4. You will be shown all 75 players from all five teams, there is no restriction on who you choose as long as you remain within budget
  5. You will be given a fixed budget of $100 million to make your entire team
  6. Use the drop down to navigate players from different teams and select player to add it to your fantasy team
  7. Repeat the above step and choose all your eleven players
  8. Remember that you are not allowed to exceed the given budget and an error will be generated each time you do so
  9. Before submitting the final team you need to choose the captain from your eleven selected players
  10. You will have 70 transfers for the entire event thus use them wisely
  11. Transfer counter starts from the start of first match

The points will be awarded on the basis of the seleceted player’s real match performance. Check out the points calculation here.

Now finally, the moment everyone has been waiting for. My team for the first match (Islamabad United vs Peshawar Zalmi) of the HBL PSL 2017 is:

  • Khalid Latif (Islu)
  • Sharjeel Khan (Islu)
  • Marlon Samuels (Zalmi)
  • Sohaib Maqsood (Zalmi)
  • Kamran Akmal (Zalmi)
  • Imran Khalid (Islu)
  • Shane Watson (Islu)
  • Zohaib Khan (Islu)
  • Chris Jordan (Zalmi)
  • Mohammed Asghar (Zalmi)
  • Junaid Khan (Zalmi)

At the end of this I had no budget left because every penny is important while picking such an important.

So I hope you guys go along and play the HBL PSL Fantasy League at this link: https://pslfantasy.com/. Please go and support our league because #AbKhelJamayGa.

Peace Out,

The Cornered Tiger

Pakistan vs Australia – 5th ODI

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Australia beat Pakistan by 57 runs in the 5th ODI to win the VB ODI series 4 to 1. Here is the full scorecard and commentary.

A blast on Australia day for the Aussies. The fireworks in the day of classic hundreds by David Warner and Travis Head were followed by the fireworks in the night. A record breaking partnership between Warner and Head was the highest Australian ODI partnership with 284 runs to its name. More records could have been broken if Warner had stuck around for a little bit longer but this was not the case. The match was called dead rubber by many pundits but for the Aussies it was a bouncy innings.

Australia finished with a mammoth total of 369 for 7 and looking at the batting of the Pakistanis it looked like a impossible total for them but as we know Pakistan is one of the most unpredictable teams on Earth so the result could still go either way. For the win, Pakistan would have to chase the 3rd highest successful ODI chase but it was just too big of a task despite a century from Baber Azam and and entertaining 79 from Sharjeel Khan. The good news from Pakistan was that they made their highest score of the series with 312 but still lost. They have arrived home with 4-1 in the ODI series and 3-0 in the test series.

The only disappointment for the Aussies was that Warner could not turn his 179 into a 200. It was Warner’s 13th ODI century propelling him to the position of No. 1 ODI batsman. However, the hundred that was appreciated was the maiden one from Head, who replaced Usman Khawaja as the opener for the last ODI and is slowly cementing his position in the Australian side. Head scored a 128 of 137 balls.

Warner fell 6 runs short of the highest ODI score by an Australian – the record is still held by Watson which was a 185 against Bangladesh in 2011. It was visible that Warner was feeling the cramps towards the end of his innings and was finally (for the Pakistanis) out courtesy a slower ball bouncer from Junaid Khan that he slashed at and a good low catch was taken by Babar Azam.

Pakistan had gone 41 overs without a wicket but then got Warner and 2 balls later Smith skied one which was caught by a running Wahab Riaz, who jammed his knee in the ground when diving for the catch. It was a good enlightenment to the poor fielding throughout the series. Its going to be a hard year for Steve Rixon if Pakistan keep fielding like they did in every match against the Australians.

Dropping Warner on the 1st ball of the match – a out swinger of the bowling of Amir – was definitely the turning point even when the journey had just started. 179 runs later the damage had already been done. Another chance was dropped when Amir dropped a sitter. Pakistan did take some catches in the last 10 overs but by now it was too late and damage had already been done.

Australia scored exactly 100 runs of the last 10 overs, but the openers led the path for the huge total. Warner went to a 50 of 34 balls (his fastest in an ODI) without smashing his trade mark six. However, as that hurdle was passed he smashed 2 consecutive sixes of the bowling of Mohammed Hafeez. He continued to smash but on the other end Head payed a watchful innings. Warner reached his 100 (with his patented celebration) before Head could get to his 50. This tells you at the tempo he was playing. Although the difference between strike rate, they both got to their milestones at their 78th ball – for Warner his 100 and Head his 50.

This definitely became Warner’s fastest ODI hundred although he had scored a test hundred before lunch against Pakistan off just 69 balls. With the way he was batting, a double century was definitely on the table as he raced to his 150 of just 107 balls but the cramps were coming in and pain was one of the main factors of his wicket.

Warner scored runs all around the ground with almost an even spread of leg side and off side shot. He struck 19 fours and 5 sixes before his high jumping innings finally came to an end. Head got his 100 in the previous over of his 121st delivery. He played a textbook innings with many of his shots front of the wickets including 9 fours and 3 sixes. He then skied a catch to Hasan Ali. Paksitan had 2 centurions with Hasan Ali being the first who gave 100 hundred off his 10 overs and then there was Babar Azam.

Going against a colossal total like 369, Pakistan needed the right start with a strong start but the loss of Azhar Ali off a LBW to an in-swinger by Mitchell Starc for 6 was not the best start. Enter Babar Azam. Sharjeel and Babar sailed the ship through choppy waters with a partnership of 130 that frustated the Australians. Sharjeel continued his decent form in Australia with his up trend of scores: 18, 29, 50, 74 and now 79 off 69 balls which included 2 sixes but ended his Australian tour when he top edged a hook Starc.

Starc looked dangerous from the start and when he took the wicket of Mohammed Hafeez that theory was vindicated before Shoaib Malik chopped one onto the forearm and retired hurt and did not come back to try to help Pakistan. Babar completed his 4th ODI century and the next ball was gone by a leading edge of Josh Hazlewood for 100 of 109 balls. Umar Akmal a steady innings of 46 of 59 with 7 fours but when he got the required run-rate hit the roof with over 15.

The series was wrapped up and given as a gift to the Australians from the Pakistanis when Mitchell Starc saw the lighting up stumps of Wahab Riaz to finish with figures of 4 for 42. Warner was once again the dominating force in this match but he will rest for the Chappel-Hadlee series against New Zealand. He was the dominating figure in the whole series being awarded the man of the match and the man of the series. The Australian summer was finished with 2 types of fireworks

There is no doubt that Pakistan will need to work more on their fielding as well as adapting to the modern game. We all know that the Pakistani people are very emotional so I wish all the best to the Pakistan cricket team and I hope they stay safe from the general population and the media.

Peace Out,

The Cornered Tiger

HBL PSL Replacement Draft Update

Hey Guys,

There has been an update in the HBL PSL replacement draft. This draft was set up for the 5 franchises so that they could replace players who were on international duties, bans and were injured. 4 out of 5 franchises took part with Karachi Kings being the only one who had all their players in tact, fit and ready to the light the PSL.

The first update is that the Quetta Gladiators had picked the English all-rounder Moeen Ali but he has pulled out due to some family commitments so he will be replaced by the experienced Australian contender Brad Hodge who represented the Peshawar Zalmi in PSL I.

The second update from the replacement draft was that the Peshawar Zalmi will replace Tamim Iqbal with the another English all-rounder named Samit Patel once Tamim leaves for international duties. Patel will be eligible to play for the Zalmi if the team gets into the play-offs starting from 28 February after the departure of Tamim.

2 more experienced players into the an action packed tournament. I will see you guys there, right in the meat of the action.

Peace Out,

The Cornered Tiger

HBL PSL Replacement Draft

Hey Guys,

On Monday a replacement draft was held for the HBL PSL II 2017 edition at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore. This draft was organised by the PSL committee of the PCB for the players who cannot play in the PSL due to international duties, injuries, bans and unavailability.

Team managements from 4 of the 5 franchises were present to make their picks for the upcoming season. Karachi Kings was present at the draft because they had their full quota of foreign players ready and fit to show their skills at Dubai and Sharjah. The Karachi team has given the green light to all the changes made to the other 4 franchises.

Islamabad United have decided to retain their West Indian all-rounder, Andre Russel, who at the moment is awaiting a verdict on his doping case hearing. The result is expected to arrive in the next 2 weeks and if Russel cannot play then Islamabad will have the chance to replace him immediately.

Lahore Qalandars have made 3 vital changes to their squad. They have chosen to bring in England’s opener Jason Roy (finally) in place of the West Indian all-rounder Dwayne Bravo. They also chose to bring in Chris Green, who has performed extremely well in the Big Bash League for the Sydney Thunder for Australian fast bowler Shaun Tait. The New Zealand fast bowler has been James Franklin has been chosen to play instead of his fellow countryman Anton Devcich.

Peshawar Zalmi have also made 3 changes to their squad and they are withholding one pick which has to be taken in the next 24 hours. They brought in the West Indian all-rounder, Marlon Samuel, for the English opener, Alex Hales. In their second pick, Peshawar replaced the opener from Afghanistan, Mohammed Shahzad for another West Indian, Andre Fletcher. In their final pick, the Zalmi chose to replace Shakib-ul-Hasan for the Sri Lankan opener, Tilikaratne Dilshan. These changes will only be applicable once the the Bangladeshi players leave for international duty so that the quota of foreign players that the Zalmi has is allowed in the PSL handbook.

The dark horse – Quetta Gladiators –  of the HBL PSL I have made 4 changes to their squad, the most by any team. In their first pick, England’s Moeen Ali replaced Carlos Brathwaite. The New Zealand all-rounder, Nathan McCullum, was retained from the first PSL season for England’s David Willey. Rowan Powell (West Indian) was replaced by the Sri Lankan, Thisara Perera. In their final pick, the hero for the Gladiators in their match against the Qalandars, Mohammed Nabi, was replaced by South African player, Rilee Rossouw.

The story from this draft was that exciting players were being replaced by even more exciting players and once again the teams will fight to catch that shooting star while lighting up Sharjah and Dubai from the 9th of February.

Peace Out,

The Cornered Tiger

 

Pakistan vs Australia – 4th ODI

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Australia beat Pakistan by 86 runs in the 4th ODI. Here is the full commentary and scorecard.

Pakistani goof-ups in the field and another high jump for the blistering Australian opener, David Warner, was the story at the SCG as Australia took the victory and the series 3-1. It felt like we were feeling Deja Vu from the test series in this match. Now, Pakistan can only hope for a victory at the Adelaide Oval for their series loss not to look as bad and make it 3-2.

The blows to Pakistan were taken early as Warner raced to a half-century in just 35 balls and got the score up to 212 for 1 with Steven Smith in the 36th over with the one scalp being Usman Khawaja who was the first of five for the younster Hasan Ali. Glenn Maxwell and Travis Head then set the stage for a strong finish by getting 118 runs of the last 10 over unlike Pakistan in the 3rd ODI. Smith, Maxwell and Head were the lucky ones today being offered many lives by the horrendous Pakistani fielding. 354 would have been the highest successful run chase in Australia’s back garden but it was not to be this time for Pakistan.

Although, Sharjeel Khan once again gave a great start to Pakistan with his 46 ball 74 but when he tried to slog sweep Adam Zampa for his fourth six of the innings Warner came running from the boundary to take the catch. After that the target was always too much, far too much.

The day was not always that good for Sharjeel. Head skied on off the bowling of Junaid Khan but the catch was grassed by Sharjeel. This hurt Pakistan as Head went on to make a 50 of 35 balls. It was Sharjeel’s second drop of the match with before he dropped Smith at backward point which also cost the Pakistanis as Smith made 49. In the whole story, Pakistan missed 6 catches which is far too many to be against a team like Australia.

Pakistan’s fielding was a key point in their test and ODI series defeat and you could see the emotions on the face of Steve Rixon (Pakistani fielding coach) that were the players doing what they had been taught. Their fielding was chaotic, fumbles and overthrows were the headlines of the innings and slow running to the ball was the point where Australia picked up those extra runs.

It was not only Pakistan who made the bad choices in the field. Australia also dropped catches a couple of times but made up for them by taking the important wickets very quickly like Warner (you cannot keep this man out of the game) came running once again to take the catch of Shoaib Malik for 47 of the bowling of Head.

Pakistani fielding was not the only thing on the table that made Pakistan taste defeat. The still had to deal with another Warner hundred. He was also dropped but only when he had gone past the milestone. His devastating innings included 11 fours and 2 sixes as well as recording his 8th ODI century in the past year. He slowed down significantly after his half century and brought up his century of 98 balls. The jump gets higher every time don’t you think and that what happened. The party had to end and Hasan Ali provided the break through when he edged off to the keeper, Mohammed Rizwan.

Warner had been the keystone of his partnership between Khawaja (94 runs) and then with Smith (120 runs). Hasan Ali broke the stand by getting Smith for 47 and Warner for 130 in the same over but when Head and Maxwell came they could not be stopped by anyone in the Pakistan team.

Maxwell was dropped of 8 by Hasan and went on to make a vital 78 runs for his country. Hasan had already grassed Warner on 113 before but he made up for it with his 5 wicket haul. The Maxwell and Head partnership was worth 100 runs of just 10 overs proving very important to get to that 353 target. Maxwell’s fifty came off just 34 balls before Head was caught in the deep by Shoaib Malik off the bowling of Mohammed Amir for 51. Hasan completed a five-wicket haul by getting Matthew Wade and Maxwell in the final over, but the damage had already been done.

Australia had smashed 353 and Pakistan needed for every batsman to contribute towards it. That did not start so well with Azhar Ali being caught by Smith for 7 off the bowling of Josh Hazlewood. Then Babar Azam was caught in the deep by Hazlewood off the bowling of Head for 31. Then, Sharjeel – who was the only one who gave a fight – perished and the game was firmly in the hands of the Australians.

The RRR (required run-rate) went through the roof with wickets falling at regular intervals. Mohammed Hafeez was taken off Zampa in the deep for 40, Malik picked out Head for 47, Umar Akmal skied Mitchell Starc for 11 and Rizwan was trapped LBW by Zampa for 10. The tradegies did not stop there as the tail was cleaned up quickly with Amir being caught for 5, then Imad Wasim being caught behind for 25 then a golden duck for Junaid.

Australia had completed a 86 run victory to take the series. Warner was named Man of the Match. Now can Pakistan upset Australia at the Adelaide Oval on Australia Day? I will see you there.

Peace Out,

The Cornered Tiger

Pakistan vs Australia – 3rd ODI

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Australia beat Pakistan by 7 wickets in the 3rd ODI. Here is the full commentary and scorecard.

The comments from Josh Hazlewood and Steven Smith were vindicated in the 3rd ODI as Pakistan failed to capitalise in the last 10 overs and Australia stealing the win. Steven Smith produced another disastrous innings at the WACA with a 108 not out to guide Australia to the win. They paced the finish line with 5 overs to spare. Australia took the lead in the series with 2-1 and 2 matches are remaining.

A hundred from Smith was complimented by by a 82 from Peter Handscomb (on ODI debut). With the ball, Josh Hazlewood was the pick of the bowlers with 2 for 32 in 10 overs. Travis Head also took 2 important wickets in the start and hit the winning runs at the end. We saw that sloppy Pakistan we have seen time and time again in the game and this was a major reason for their loss.

Handscomb might just be the luckiest man for the Australians this summer. First he survived a battery of South African fast bowling on his debut and now against Pakistan was caught at first slip but it was a no ball from Junaid Khan and then dropped at point (another no ball from Junaid). If that the first no ball had not happened Australia could have fell to 46 for 3 giving Pakistan real hope for the victory. When that 3rd wicket finally fell, Australia and Peter Handscomb had already done the damage and victory was in sight.

Early wickets from Junaid and Amir gave Pakistan hope that they could pull of a victory with the help of their battery of fast bowlers with the openers – Usman Khawaja and David Warner – being dismissed in the first 10 overs. Khawaja caught the edge of a swinging ball from Amir (who has flourished in this ODI series) and was out for 9 and Warner was caught by a out swinger from Junaid for Rizwan to take a catch behind the wickets. Although a great start from Pakistan, Handscomb once again was lucky and the 183 run partnership did the job for Australia very nicely.

Not a particularly exciting but useful innings from Handscomb contained a number of singles and 6 fours with of them being thick edges flying over the keeper. He finished that innings with his name in the record books scoring the 3rd highest score on ODI debut for Australia behind Phillip Hughes (112 vs Sri Lanka) and Phil Jaques (94 vs South Africa). Eventually, and finally for Pakistan his luck ran out and was caught of the bowling of Hasan Ali.

Travis Head struck an unbeaten 23 with hitting the winning which once again sparked the argument of the role of Glenn Maxwell. With Australia again using only 1 spinner, Maxwell did not bowl but Australia did not care who did what, they got a victory.

The major for the win of Australia was the fluency of Smith and how freely he scored – granted a couples of lives from the Pakistanis – with his 97 ball century. This amazing innings included 11 fours and a six. Another Australian in the record books as he became the fastest Australian batsman to get to 3000 runs in his 79th innings.

It was the final 10 overs that Pakistan did not capitalise in and the Pakistani fans remember the days of Abdur Razzaq and Shahid Afrid but they were no where to be seen. Sharjeel Khan once again stepped up to the mark with a 50 to set the stage and then Babar Azam also cashed in with a 50 but Pakistan could not get to that 300 plus score that looked easy at the start of the innings. From 213 for 4 at the 40th over many people expected them to at least get close but that was not the case.

Azam and Umar Akmal fell to Josh Hazlewood (3 for 32 in 10 over) who bowled a economical spell plus took 3 important wickets. The last 5 overs only brought 21 runs to Pakistan with just 1 boundary with Rizwan not being able to get bat on ball. Somehow, Pakistan crawled 263 which looked like it might be a dependable target with the form of Junaid and Amir.

The start of the innings was strong for the Pakistanis as Sharjeel smashed 20 runs from the 4th over brought to you by the new comer Billy Stanlake. Sharjeel hit his signature pull over mid wicket for a six and then 3 consecutive boundaries which made the rookie’s numbers look bad in only his 2nd ODI. But Australians had nothing to worry about as Hazlewood came to the rescue and trapped Hafeez LBW the very next ball for 4.

The departure of his partner had no effect on the batting of Sharjeel as he smashed 3 consecutive boundaries again of Head but then chopped one one and departed for a well made 50 of 47 balls to give Head his first of the match. Them Shafiq came down the crease for an adventure but sent a thick edge to short third man and was back in the pavilion for just 5. Azam and Shoaib Malik steadied the boat for a partnership of 63 for the fourth wicket.

Malik then fell victim to Stanlake for his first international wicket on 39 and he joined his fallen teammates in the pavilion. In came Umar Akmal who added a 60 run partnership with Azam and was given a life when he came to Head but the stumping chance was missed from the keeper.

Azam was the key for Pakistan but he only scored 4 fours and 1 six of his 84. On the other hand, he was the player the Pakistanis could revolve their innings around and they did as he scored more runs in this one match than he had in the whole test series. The Pakistani was in the record books as well along side Sir Viv Richards, KP, Joanthan Trott and Quinton de Kock by reaching his 1000 runs in 21 innings (joint fastest with Sir Viv Richards). Pakistan need him to get to that 100 but instead he became Hazlewood’s 2nd victim when he pulled a ball into the deep and was caught magnificently by Handscomb.

Hazlewood got his 3rd when Akmal edged a bouncer to Wade, the keeper, for 39. The Australian fielding was on point as in the next over Head came running from mid-off and caught Imad Wasim for 9 with a gem to remember for a long long time.

With wickets in the last 10 and no runs being made, Pakistan’s hopes of getting even close to 300 were finished that was the Australians needed. Australia crossed the finish line with 30 balls to spare. Pakistan will have to work their butts off to get this series back.

Peace Out,

The Cornered Tiger

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pakistan vs Australia – 2nd ODI

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Pakistan beat Australia by 6 wickets in the 2nd ODI. Here is the full scorecard and commentary.

A bewildered Allan Border, as captain, and a swinging Wasim Akram. This was the set of the play the last time Pakistan beat Australia at the MCG. Also, Pakistan had beaten Australia in January 2005 the last time in any format. They broke both dry streaks by exploiting the spin struggle of the Australians and emerged like a different team from the same poor tour. Imad Wasim, Mohammed Hafeez (captain) and Shoaib Malik spun the Australians to a modest total but not by spinning but by the variable pace.

Steven Smith got the highest score with 60 off 101 balls but he chopped on off a ball from Imad Wasim. Mathew Wade continued his white ball form with a contribution but he could not go ahead with his start.

The Australians left Pakistan only 221 to win with the stand-in captain leading the way with a 72 and a useful 42 from Shoaib Mailk did the job with the winning runs being hit from Umar Akmal. Australia did not use their spinners as effectively as Pakistan as Hafeez took 10 from Travis Head’s first over. This made Smith use only his pace bowlers the rest of the night. Surprisingly, Glenn Maxwell was not given a bowl in this match or the previous one.

Australia had to shuffle their batting line-up due to Chris Lynn’s apparent neck injury so Usman Khawaja, Mitchell Marsh and Head did not adapt to their new positions. The energetic Junaid Khan bowled tidy spells in his first ODI in nearly over a year and a half. The Australians felt his presence early. His first wicket was an edge  of the bat of the vice-captain and then got another edge of Usman Khawaja with a fine low catch from Sharjeel Khan.

Directly next over, the new man Mitch Marsh drove with hard hands to cover and was caught by Imad Wasim of the bowling of Mohammed Amir. Amir got another player for a duck, the second time in the series. Smith and Head were left for a rescue mission. Head had a positive start but could not capitalise as well as Glenn Maxwell you came down the wicket and was bowled off his bat with a strong celebration from Imad Wasim as a send off.

Wade and Smith recreated their Brisbane heroics with a substantial partnership but Smith was bowled of an inside edge when he tried to attack Imad with another twist in the innings. Imad’s once again had a great send off. Pat Cummins then escaped a clear edge which the umpire did not notice off the bowling of Junaid Khan of Cummins’ first ball. The bowlers had done their job and now it was the time of the Pakistani batsman to not fall like a house cards but stand strong and that’s what they did like a team.

Australia knew that if they had any chance of winning they had to take early wickets but not everything goes your way does it now? Off the 4th ball of the 2nd innings Hafeez edged one to Smith at 2nd slip but was put down and it turned out to be costly as he went on to make 72.

From there on not many chances were given from the men in green and they built a strong unified innings with Hafeez being the core. They were never pressured by the RRR (required run rate) as they usually are and with this they easily jogged through some harsh spells from Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc. Malik’s skills were on show once again after the damage had been done by the Pakistanis. He just missed an outside edge appeal of Cummins. The Pakistan support was immense; they made the loss for Australia even harsher.

Peace Out,

The Cornered Tiger

 

 

Pakistan vs Australia – 1st ODI

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Australia beat Pakistan by 9 wickets in the 1st ODI. Here is the full scorecard and commentary.

Mathew Wade performed a rescuing operation for Australia with his maiden ODI hundred after Pakistan struck at regular intervals until 78 for 5 when Wade came in. Defeat might have predicted by many pundits after Azhar Ali retired hurt which sucked out most of the momentum of the Pakistan innings. Azhar might be potential danger of not playing for the remaining 4 ODIs. When Azhar did come back at number 6 he did no favours to Pakistan and was swiftly back in the clubhouse.

Brisbane had a hot and humid atmosphere which also affected the Australian team as Billy Stanlake looked in distress and could not finish his full quota of overs on his ODI debut. Fortunately, Steven Smith had many other weapons at his disposal which cleaned up Pakistan with out a lot of fuss. Regular wickets by Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and James Faulkner meant that Pakistan were always going to be short of the target. With Azhar injured and Sarfaraz Ahmed back home, Mohammed Hafeez will probably be in line for the leadership.

The day began much better than it ended for Pakistan. Mohammed Amir was on a hattrick with the wickets of David Warner and Steven Smith and the debutante Chris Lynn and Travis Head did not go further than cameos and Australia were stumbling on 67 for 4. Glen Maxwell made a sensible 60 but left Mathew Wade unaccompanied with the tale for him to get to his maiden ODI century and and 3rd international century.

Mohammed Hafeez was brought into the attack in the 2nd over with his new refined action. He contributed to keep the openers, Travis Head and David Warner, quiet before Amir bowled the latest in-swinger to hit the wood-works of Warner then an out-swinger to make Smith edge one to Mohammed Rizwan.

Chris Lynn then arrived for his Australian debut and smashed Hasan Ali over mid wicket but then did not pick a premature slower ball and was caught and bowled. Head hit some exquisite shots through the off and leg side but then hit one drive too many to Imad Wasim and was brilliantly caught by Rizwan; another fine catch by him.

Imad claimed another wicket of the hesitant Mitch Marsh but then came in the big gun of the game and ready to show his worth in the team after a not so successful summer. He started with the support of the extravagant Maxwell but when he perished Wade had to fight fatigue with the tale-enders and did a find job of it. Wade added 42 with Cummins and 23 with Starc and a restless 33 with with the debutante Stanlake.

Wade then proved his worth behind the stumps with some delightful catches to aid in the failed Pakistani run chase. He earned man of the match and the respect of many people by fighting the heat.

As Pakistan’s batting started the pressure started to build as well. A series of mistimed shots from Sharjeel Khan and Azhar Ali resulted in a quite dull start. After Azhar’s injury break, Sharjeel smashed Faulkner to mid-on and then Hafeez edged one to Wade to make it 47 for 2.

An off-cutter bouncer from Starc was the downfall of Umar Akmal and a faster one from Pat Cummins shut down the batting machine of Babar Azam as he edged one to Smith at the slips. Mohammed Rizwan did not continue his wicket keeping form into his batting and was caught with a juggle by Mitch Marsh. The wicket of Mohammed Nawaz was a result of a in-swinger smashing into off stump. The tale was cleaned up swiftly and could not show the heroics of the test series.

Peace Out,

The Cornered Tiger

Lahore Qalanders – PSL I Stats

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In PSL I, the Qalanders stole the show by ending the winning streak of the Quetta Gladiators and being the first time to score 200 in PSL history. Another thing that we will remember forever was the smashing performance by Umar Akmal against the Gladiators launching him to the highest scorer of the tournament. Lets look at the men in red and black.

Most Runs: Umar Akmal – 335 runs

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Most Wickets: Zafar Gohar – 7 wickets

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Most Sixes: Umar Akmal – 17 sixes

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Highest Team Total: 201/2 vs Quetta Gladiators

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Best Average: Umar Akmal – 83.75

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Many youngsters standing up to the mark in PSL I for the Qalanders. There is just this feeling in the air that they will want to show their worth and they will catch the shooting star that will land in Dubai from 9th February.

Peace Out,

The Cornered Tiger

Karachi Kings – PSL I Stats

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Now under the spotlight are the Kings of Karachi. Remember the first ever hat-trick in PSL history by Mohammed Amir or that electrifying spell by Ravi Bopara against the Lahore Qalanders. Lets see the Kings who took the field in season I.

Most Runs: Ravi Bopara – 329 runs

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Most Wickets: Ravi Bopara – 11 wickets

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Most Sixes: Ravi Bopara – 11 sixes

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Highest Team Total: 179/9 vs Peshawar Zalmi

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Best Average: Ravi Bopara – 54.83

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Ravi Bopara showed his worth to the men in blue and gold with his one man amry. Lets hope to see more of him and many others in PSL II.

Peace Out,

The Cornered Tiger