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BPL Match 7 – Kings vs Dynamites

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The Rajshahi Kings beat the Dhaka Dynamites by 6 wickets. Here is the full scorecard and commentary.

A husky all-round performance by Samit Patel gave the Kings their first win of the 2016 season of the BPL. He took 2 wickets to keep the Dynamites to 138 before a rush of boundaries that eased the chase for the Kings. Patel scored an unbeaten 44 of 25 balls and shared a fourth wicket partnership with Sabbir Rahman of 72 runs. Sabbir was dismissed for 31 when scores were level. Mohammed Shahid bowled a wide to give the Kings the victory with 11 balls to spare. That wide was symbol of the Dynamites’ ignorance with the ball as they conceded 15 extras in the match.

The Kings run chase began by Rony Talukdar smashing a straight six and fours through the mid-off and fine-leg region but when he injured his back, it cost the Kings 2 wickets. First, the runout of Mominul Haque to get Rony off strike and then Rony coming down the wicket to Shakib-ul-Hasan and being stumped. This was Shakib’s 50th BPL wicket and he became the leading wicket takers in BPL history.

Sabbir and Umar Akmal quickly settled the nerves and scored regular boundaries for 38 run 3rd wicket partnership but when Akmal fell for 27 in the 1oth over, Patel took the baton showed why he was a valuable member of the team. He hit 6 boundaries with 5 in the off-side and 1 through fine leg. His only six came from a big slog over over long on which took the Kings 10 runs within the victory line.

The Dynamites were put into bat, Mehedi Mahruf gave them a bright start after the loss of Kumar Sangakarra in the second over. Maruf slammed four boundaries and a swept six off Mohammad Sami in his 22-ball 25 but fell into the seven-ball hole that resulted in three Dhaka wickets. Patel removed Mahela Jayawardene before he took the wicket of Maruf two balls later.In the first ball of the next over, Shakib was stumped off Mehedi Hasan and suddenly the Dynamites were 43 for 4 in the eighth over. With most of their senior players back in the changing room, the Dynamites were on a heave of pressure but the confidence of Mossadek Hussain meant that they recovered quickly for a total that they could at least try to defend.

During Mosaddek’s 54 run partnership with Ravi Bopara, he times the ball beautifully through the off side with mere pushes. After Bopara went back, Mosaddek smashed Sami over point for his only six and soon after brought up his first fifty of the BPL 2016. He also shared a 41 run partnership with Darren Bravo for the 6th wicket.

Mehedi and Patel took two wickets each with Hasan taking one by bowling a good line and length throughout the innings. Sami was extremely unlucky as he ahd Darren and Mossadek dropped in the last over on the boundary but it had no difference on the game in the end.

Peace Out,

The Cornered Tiger

 

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BPL Match 6 – Bulls vs Victorians

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Barisal Bulls beat the Comilla Victorians by 6 wickets. Here is the full scorecard and commentary.

The Bulls got their first win of the tournament by beating defending champions, the Victorians. The Bull got the game in the bag when their fourth wicket partnership between Thisara Perera and Mushfiqur Rahim scored a 49. The Victorians are going to have some questions about their brittle batting line-up where as their bowling looks immaculate.

The Bulls were set 130 to seal their victory, which started of pretty well when Dilshan Munaweera struck two delightful fours but was caught at mid-off in the fifth over. In came Dawid Malan, who quickly restored the pressure on the Victorians by smashing two consecutive fours from his first two balls. The captain came to bowl, Mashrafe Mortaza, who only gave 26 runs in 6 overs with Nabil Samad which took the required run rate up by 2 runs to 8.55. This resulted in a wild slog from Shamsur Rahman which went straight down the throat of long on to finish a slow 16 in the 11th over.

Mushfiqur broke the shackles by a smashing a six with a slog sweep in the 12th over; Malan then edged a ball for 4 but was caught the very next ball at cover for 26. Mashrafe finished his spell with no wickets and gave 21 runs and the Bull still needed 52 from 36 balls. Mushiqur and Perera struck boundaries to Sohail Tanvir and Mohammed Sharif. The Bulls came back into control when Imad Wasim conceded 17 runs in the 17th over with one six from each batsman.

When Mushfiqur edged one to the keeper from Tanvir, the Bulls had their hearts in their mouth but Perera eased the pressure by two boundaries in the second last over to complete the match with 9 balls to spare.

Earlier in the day, the Victorians were in deep trouble when they were 73 for 6 but a 38 run partnership from Marlon Samuels and Sohail Tanvir took them to 129. Samuels came in at the ending of the 4th over when both openers fell. He was involved in run outs of Wasim and Shanto and saw from the other end wickets of Liton and Nahidul. So his heroic innings started with 2 fours to Al-Amin Hossain and nearly smashed Perera back to where he came from.

Tanvir joined the party with six over mid wicket to get his ball rolling. Tanvir was dropped by Mahedi Hasan, who dropped a sitter when the ball hit him the face then the ground. After Samuels was sent back for a 48 from an equal number of balls, Tanvir struck 2 sixes in the last over for his unbeaten 30 off 19 balls giving the Victorians some late runs but it was not enough in the end.

Peace Out,

The Cornered Tiger

BPL Match 5 -Titans vs Riders

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The Rangpur Riders beat the Khulna Titans by 9 wickets. Here is the full scorecard and commentary.

The electric bowling from Shahid Afridi (4-12 in 3 overs) and Arafat Sunny (3-0 in 2.4 overs) restricted the Titans to definate below par score of 44, before their batting line-up literally walked to the finish line in 8 overs with just 1 wicket. Afridi took his 5th four-for in his T20 career. The Riders went to the biggest victory in terms of number of balls in BPL history. The Titans’ score of 44 surpassed the total of 58 by the Barisal Bulls as the lowest total in BPL history.

The Riders only took 2 balls to streak for their first wicket, which was Nicolas Pooran who was bowled behind his legs second time in a row but this time by Sohag Gazi. Gazi then got a runout at the non striker’s end to make it 10 for 2 by sending Abdul Mazid back to the dressing room. Mahmudullah fell to Richard Gleeson by an LBW shout and then the fun began for Afridi and Sunny.

With his first bowl, Afridi ripped through the defences of Rikki Wessels with one that kept low then trapped Alok Kapali right in-front with the second bowl. Shuvagata Hom struck two fours but in Afridi’s second over made the mistake of going back to a full one and Boom Boom had his 3rd of the night. Hom was the only Titans batsman to make a score in the double figures. Afridi then took his fourth wicket, Nur Alam, bowled with another one keeping low. He finished the night well with another great bowling performance in his two games.

Their were only 2 more fours in the Titans’ innings before Sunny took 3 to tear through the tail for no runs. His first was Ariful Haque who was trapped LBW and then Junaid Khan caught at mid wicket in the same over. Sunny added his third by getting Mohammed Asghar bowled to wrap the Titans’ innings in 10.4 overs for 44.

Mohammed Shahzad came out and made batting look as easy as pie and slammed Junaid Khan for 3 fours. However, Junaid got his revenge when Shahzad chipped one that stuck in the pitch back to him in the 3rd over for him to depart for 13. Soumya Sarkar and Mohammad Mithun closed the game with a thrash that took less then 19 overs in the whole day.

Peace Out,

The Cornered Tiger

 

 

BPL Match 4 – Riders vs Vikings

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The Rangpur Riders beat the Chittagong Vikings by 9 wickets. Here is the scorecard and full commentary.

In his BPL debut, Mohammed Shahzad hit a ferocious 80 of 52 balls to get the Riders their first win at Shere Bangla. It contained 11 fours and 3 sixes. Although this was a match turning performance the main display came earlier in the day when the Riders bowled out the Vikings in the last over 124.

Soumya Sarkar set the tone of the run chase by sitting a six and a four by a upper cut and square to Tymal Mills. Shahzad showed his class with elegant drives and cuts of DR Smith’s medium pace. The openers set up the chase with 43 for 0 in the powerplay. Mills made the mistake of dropping a sitter and falling backwards of Shahzad on 18 which in the end was costly. Shahzad went over the top for the first time on Nabi over over long-on before slapping Taskin Ahmed through the covers for his seventh boundary.

Mills dismissed Soumya with a short one outside of which he edged trying to run it down but the celebrations were dismal as the damage had already been done. He contributed 23 to the opening partnership of 77, in which Shahzad stole the show.

Shahzad reached his fifty with a heave to the onside of 41 balls. His slog over midwicket off Taskin was arguably his most memorable shot of the innings. He sit another six and four through the same region in the same over. He fittingly hit the winning runs by a miscued helicopter shot through midwicket.

Earlier in the day, the Vikings were bamboozled by the spin of Sohag Gazi and fell to 21 for 2. A 48 run partnership between Shoaib Malik and Amanul Haque re-secured the innings but when Amanul was run out for the second time in the tournament by a rocket from Liam Dawson, the Riders did not let go of their strong position and the Vikings stumbled to 124.

Arafat Sunny sent Malik and Jahurul Islam back to the pavilion while Mohammed Nabi was caught by Shahid Afridi at cover.  Zakir Hasan’s attempted scoop was caught at short fine leg and Richard Gleeson got two scalps in the last over to finish the Viking’s innings.

Peace Out,

The Cornered Tiger

 

BPL Match 3 -Titans vs Kings

Khulna Titans beat Rajshahi Kings by three runs. Here is the scorecard and full commentary.

The Titans left it until the last 3 overs for a stunning comeback to get to score that might not looked as if it was enough but the bowling made it just enough by getting to 134. Junaid Khan took 4 wickets while ripping through the batting order of the Kings but it was the captain Mahmudullah who took 3 in the last over to take the Titans over the line.

In the chase of 134, the Kings needed 23 runs from the last 3 overs with six wickets in hand and it looked like an easy victory but a storm was yet to hit in the look of Mahmudullah and Shaiful Islam. Shaiful broke the threatening 52 run partnership by Mominul Haque and Darren Sammy who pitched in with a 64 and a 31. He had Sammy bowled and Mominul caught behind in the 18th over to turn the game on its head. It really turned pear shape for the Kings when Farhad Reza hacked on into the air and was caught by Mahmudullah by Junaid Khan.

Mahmudullah brought himself on in the last over to defend 7 runs and gave 3 of the first 2 balls. Then, he removed Abul Hasan and Mohammed Sami in consecutive bowls leaving th Kings 4 to win off 2 balls. The number 11 Nazmul Islam attempted two very exaggerated shots but connected with none and was stumped on the last bowl.

Earlier in the innings, Junaid had torn through the King’s top order in his first 3 overs. In his first over Junaid sent Nurul Hasan back to the pavilion and in his second got a caught behind of Umar Akmal for a duck and a caught of a wild slog from Sabbir Rehman. The fourth partnership added some resistance with a 35 between Samit Patel and Mominul Haque but when the English all-rounder perished, the Kings still needed 75 to win.

Mominul added a brilliant 64 with 6 boundaries and occupied on end of the wicket. He was dropped on 7 in the slips and on 24 at long-off as he made full use of his chances and scored his third T20 fifty.

In the first innings, the Titans were restricted to 133 which was definitely below par on this pitch. Abul Hasan’s 5 for 24 helped the Kings to put pressure on the Titans. He was brought on in the 10th over and immediately struck to end a 47 run partnership between Rikki Wessels (32) and Abdul Mazid (15). After that he was brought back in the death overs and took the wickets of Mahmudullah and sent back Alok Kapali for his 2nd and 3rd wicket. In the last over, Hasan duped Ariful Haque and Shafiul Islam to complete his five-for. He became the only second Bangladeshi bowler to take a 5 wicket haul in the BPL.

Mehedi Hasan set the tone for the innings by dismissing Nicolas Pooran on his 3rd ball. He finished with 1 for 15 and Samit Patel also got a scalp and finished with 1 for 18 in his economical spell. Though, it went to waste.

Peace Out,

The Cornered Tiger

 

BPL Match 2 – Dynamites vs Bulls

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Dhaka Dynamites beat the Barisal Bulls by 8 wickets. Here is the scorecard and full commentary.

Mehedi Maruf’s unbeaten 75 helped chase down an easy total of 149 and placed their mark in the tournament with their first win. A 88 run opening partnership made sure that the Dynamites would win with him and Kumar Sangakarra. Mehedi hit 5 fours and 5 sixes in his 45 ball knock.

Mehedi’s ever growing reputation of being an explosive opener continued when he smashed Al-Amin Hossain for 2 sixes in the leg side then continued his dominance on Dilshan Munaweera with another six over mid wicket and bombarded the bowlers with boundaries in the cover and point region. He reached his 50 of 30 balls, before hitting Taijul Islam and Monir Hossain in the crowd for his last 2 sixes.

Sangakarra supported his partner well with a 24 ball 30 but then perished to Taijul in the ninth over but it had no impact on the game as the damage had already been done. Shakib-ul-Hasan chipping in with a 20 and Mosaddek Hossain with a 10, the Dynamites easily reached their target with 4 overs to spare.

Earlier in the day, the Bulls had got of to a controversial start as there was inconclusive evidence saying if the ball had carried to the slips by an edge by Shamsur Rahman. Nasir Hossain then took a brilliant catch at point to remove Munaweera before Dawid Malan’s dismissal in the eighth over made it 44 for 3. Shahriar Nafees and Mushfiqur Rahim rescued Barisal from that point through a fourth wicket stand of 82 off 51. Nafees scored his 4th T20 fifty, and his first since February 2013. He struck seven fours and two big sixes in his 34-ball 55, many of them crisp hits past point, midwicket and square leg.

After Nafees went back to the dressing room, the Bulls just could not accelerate even when Mushfiqur reached his 50 in 36 balls. Mohammad Shahid was Dhaka’s standout bowler, with 3 for 21 by getting 1 bowled and 2 catch outs.

Peace Out,

The Cornered Tiger

BPL Match 1 – Vikings vs Victorians

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Chittagong Vikings beat the Comilla Victorians by 29 runs. Here is the full scorecard and commentary.

Today, the Bangladesh Premier League officially restarted with the Vikings stamping their authority with aggression by beating former champions Comilla Victorians. Tamim Iqbal and Shoaib Malik helped them set up a fighting total earlier in the day which then went well with the man of the match worthy performance of Mohammed Nabi, who took a 4 wicket haul.

Tamim quickly got to his 50 in just 32 balls when his team was on 69 for 1 at the end of the ninth over. The trouble of him running between the wickets with his partner was imminent and headed for a collision course and that’s exactly what happened. Tamim ran for a second despite Anamul calling no after pushing to long-on. Tamim was dropped on 23 by Nahidul Islam was furious at this moment. Anamul was also run-out after backing up too far and Marlon Samuels hitting the the stumps at the non-strikers end.

The Vikings’s innings was looking like a disaster but a 60 run partnership by Shoaib Malik and Jahurul Islam took then to 161, which proved to be enough. Malik added a 42 of 28 balls with 2 sixes and Jahurul contributed with 29 of 21 balls.

Nabi’s first scalps were Liton Das and the big hitter Ashar Zaidi in the eighth and tenth over, to make the Victorians fall back to 58 for 4. The first 2 wickets were Imrul Kayes, fishing outside off, and Marlon Samuels, who sent a catch down the throat of mid wicket. Mashrafe Mortaza promoted himself to number 6 in hope to save the slowly dying run chase but was dismissed by Tymal Mills and Imad Wasim followed him back 4 balls later. Nabi got his next two wickets by trapping Sohail Tanvir in front and bowling Al-Amin Hossain.

Debutant, Nazmul Hossain Shantu, watched his team crumble but provided some resistance from the other end  by making 54 not out and showed some entertainment in the last over by hitting Taskin Ahmed for 4 consecutive boundaries but it came too late of the Victorians.

Peace Out,

The Cornered Tiger

 

 

PSL Stats 2016

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The HBL PSL was the centre stage to showcase the Pakistani talent and with another season to follow it will really bring the young talent on the spot to perform. 3 weeks of intense, thrilling T20 cricket proved to be the jump start Pakistan Cricket needed to improve its international as well as its domestic game.

In the final Islamabad United beat Quetta Gladiators by 6 wickets to take the title.

However the true winner is Pakistan cricket and the Pakistan Super League. It has been a much needed injection of positivity, a step towards bringing International cricket back to Pakistan.

Lets look at the stats of the tournament:

Batsmen with most runs:
Umar Akmal (Lahore Qalandars) 335 (Ave 83.7)
Ravi Bopara (Karachi Kings) 329 (Ave 54.8)
Sharjeel Khan (Islamabad United) 299 (Ave 29.5)

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Highest individual scores:
Sharjeel Khan (Islamabad United) 117
Umar Akmal (Lahore Qalandars) 93
Luke Wright (Quetta Gladiators) 86*

Most Sixes:
Sharjeel Khan (Islamabad United) 19
Umar Akmal (Lahore Qalandars) 17

Highest Team score:
Quetta Gladiators 203/8
Lahore Qalandars 201/2
Lahore Qalandars 194/3

Most aggregate wickets:
A.D. Russell (Islamabad United) 16
Wahab Riaz (Peshawar Zalmi) 15
Mohammad Nawaz (Quetta Gladiators) 13

Best Bowling Figures:
Ravi Bopara (Karachi Kings) 6/16
Shahid Afridi (Peshawar Zalmi) 5/7
Mohammad Sami (Islamabad United) 5/8

Most Catches:
Umar Akmal (Lahore Qalandars) 7

Best Fielder and Batsmen:
Umar Akmal (Lahore Qalandars)

Best Bowler:
Andre Russell (Islamabad United)

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So action packed tournament and hoping to see more in the future.

Peace Out,

The Cornered Tiger

5 Unforgettable Moments from PSL 2016

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The first season of the Pakistan Super League was something extremely special for cricket fans as well as Pakistan Cricket.

Pakistan Super League was the ground breaking venture in the history of Pakistan cricket and the first season in 2016 went down really well with the fans and to be precise was in accordance with their expectations.

The 3 week tournament made home to Dubai and Sharjah where 5 franchises, Gladiators, United, Zalmi, Qalanders and Kings, fought in some nail-biting games to lift the trophy with Islamabad United being triumphant and Quetta Gladiators coming second.

Let’s take a look at some of the most cherished moments from the inaugural season of HBL Pakistan Super League.

Islamabad United vs Karachi Kings – Last 2 balls

With 9 needed from the last 2 balls of the game, Ravi Bopara struck a six over long on from a full toss by Shane Watson. Watson held his nerve and defended 3 from the last ball with United earning their first win of the tournament.

Shahid Afridi’s Best T20 Figures:

Quetta had a promising start with 40-0 but that soon went pear shaped with Afridi striking at regular intervals to take the game from the Gladiators and setting up a comprehensive victory against a team that was looking unstoppable throughout the tournament.

Quetta Gladiators vs Lahore Qalanders Last Over:

The Qalanders put a fighting total of 201 in the first innings with Chris Gayle finally performing and leading the way. Quetta had a edgy start but soon got on their feet with a good partnership from KP and Sangakarra. Mohammed Nabi took the game away from the Qalanders by hitting two fours and a six to win the game and stopping the Qalanders from going through to the knock out round.

Mohammed Amir’s Hat-rick:

Mohammed Amir stole the limelight already on the second day of the PSL by taking the first hat-rick of the torunament. He bowled Dwayne Bravo’s middle stump, had Zohaib Khan caught behind, and trapped Kevon Cooper lbw with successive deliveries in the 19th over, restricting Lahore to a below-par 125 for 8.

Mohammad Amir takes first hat-trick of the HBL PSL

Sharjeel Khan’s Century:

Sharjeel Khan scored the first hundred of the Pakistan Super League as Islamabad United galloped into the final with a comprehensive 50-run win against Peshawar Zalmi. Sharjeel’s 50-ball hundred powered Islamabad to 176 for 3 before left-arm spinner Imran Khalid’s four-for made sure Peshawar were bowled out for 126 with two overs to spare. Sharjeel’s blade cut through the bowling line-up of the Zalmi like a hot knife through butter by dipositing legends like Shaun Tait over the boundary line.

Here is the video highlights of these wonderful moments and hope to see many more in the up-coming season:

Peace Out,

The Cornered Tiger

 

 

How the PSL Teams Shape Up

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The second HBL PSL draft was held in the ICC Academy Dome last month and it was exciting to see who the teams picked.

Lets look at how the teams fared at the draft.

Lahore Qalanders:

The Qalanders had the first pick and stole the show with their pick of the New Zealand superstar, Brendon McCullum (as captain and mentor). Considering the spin friendly conditions of the UAE, the Qalanders have a extraordinary spin attack with Yasir Shah, Sunil Narine and Anton Devcich. They also picked some young spinners like Zafar Gohar and Usman Qadir. The fast bowling attack is not far behind either with T20 specialist Sohail Tanvir and Australian quickie Shaun Tait. A surprising pick was Grant Elliot who performed brilliantly for the Quetta Gladiators last season but this year he was pciekd by the Qalanders. They also retained the enterprising batsman Umar Akmal who compliments Cameron Delport.

The Qalandars finished last in the previous edition but come next edition they will be a force to reckon with Baz leading from the front.

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Quetta Gladiators:

The Gladiators – runners up last season – retained all their platinum players with Kevin Pieterson, Ahmed Shahzad and Sarfaraz Ahmed as well as Luke Wright from the diamond category. The batting department looks extremely strong. One surprising pick by the Gladiators was Tymal Mills, who we saw can crank up some serious pace in the Natwest T20 Blast. The all-rounders look the most well managed in the whole of the PSL teams like Carlos Brathwaite, Mohammed Nabi and David Willey.

Under the inspirational leadership of Sarfraz Ahmed the Gladiators would look to replicate their performance of previous season but go one step further and clinch the trophy this time.

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Peshawar Zalmi:

Shaping up to be the most excitement packed team of the 2017 season of the PSL. They have composed their squad with many T20 specialists rather than all-rounders. The Englishman Chris Jordan was picked as well as his country’s captain Eoin Morgan. The exciting Englishman Alex Hales was picked to strengthen the top order along with Shakib-Al-Hasan. The bowling department goes well with the batting including Shahid Afridi, Darren Sammy, Wahab Riaz and Hasan Ali. They retained Tamin Iqbal, Mohammad Hafeez and Kamran Akmal who performed well for in the inaugural season.

Shahid Afridi also handed over the captaincy to his good friend Darren Sammy and also made Younis Khan the batting consultant of the Zalmis.

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Karachi Kings:

The Kings really had to think hard about how to mould their team to do much better this season and that what they did by picking Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard; both highly rated T20 players due to their superiority in all departments. They also retained a majority of their players like Ravi Bopara, Mohammed Amir and Ravi Bopara. Two surprising picks were the Lankan greats Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakarr (who will lead the Kings in the tournament).

The Karachi Kings won just two matches in their last season but after landing T20 specialists during the draft, they will be confident about putting up a better show and making Kings fans proud.

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Islamabad United:

Saving the best for the last, the champions of season one of the PSL will once again be lead by the Pakistan test captain, Misbah-ul-Haq. Islu has retained many of their players that took them to victory with Andre Russel, Samuel Badree, Brad Haddin and Shane Watson. Islamabad United have a quality spinner in the form of Saeed Ajmal, two genuine fast bowlers in the shape of Mohammad Sami and Mohammad Irfan and many other quality T20 players.

The Islamabad United side have all the resources to repeat the heroics of the inaugural edition but having said that it won’t be an easy task retaining the title especially considering the challenge posed by other franchises.

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So that is how the teams shape up in the 2nd season of the HBL Pakistan Super League. Its going to be an action packed tournament with big names like Tymal Mills, Carlos Brathwaite, Kieron Pollard ad Alex Hales. Hope to see you there.

Peace Out,

The Cornered Tiger