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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

 

HBL PSL Final – United vs Gladiators

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Yesterday, the Dubai International Stadium was lit up with 2 types of fireworks as Islamabad United beat the Quetta Gladiators in the final of the inaugural Pakistan Super League. Here is the ball-by-ball analysis and scorecard of the match. 

Ahmed Shehzad and Kumar Sangakarra look on, having accelerated the scoreboard quite dramatically!

After the start of the final was lit up with fireworks, Dwayne Smith produced a equal in the cricketing sense for United to go over the line by scoring 73 of 51 balls. Smith’s efforts were enough to chase down a pretty defendable total of 175 set by the Gladiators with help from Kumar Sangakara and Ahmed Shehzad who both scored fluent fifties. Captain of the United compared the road to victory of them to the ´92 World Cup which Pakistan surprisingly won in the end. A flick past midwicket by Misbah ul Haq sparked off wild celebrations.

Smith struggled to get bat on ball in the 3rd qualifier but this time it looked like he was playing a totally different game as he struck consecutive fours on his 2nd and 3rd ball. He then continued his boundary hitting stride in the next over bowled by Nathan McCullum with a brace of boundaries. Nathan did pick up the wicket of the centurion of the PSL, Sharjeel Khan, but Smith continued like nothing had ever happened and raised a fifty of just 32 balls.

Smith was dismissed by a top-edge which went to Kevin Pieterson in the 16th over but Brad Haddin came in next who scored a measured knock of 61 off 39 balls bringing up his 3rd fifty of the tournament. United ultimately won emphatically with six wickets and eight balls to spare.

Quetta Gladiators aiming to gain momentum with wickets in hand

United began on the front foot when they were bowling as well, when Mohammed Irfan took the wicket of Bismillah Khan producing his second ‘anda’ of the tournament. Pieterson cam in next, who was playing his 3rd T20 final of the season after the Big Bash League and Ram Slam T20. He promised to show his attributes before he was caught of 18 on the bowling of Andre Russel at square leg; Asif Ali taking a good catch.

When Sangakara was caught out for 55 at at long-on of the bowling of Russel and then started the flurry of wickets as the Gladiators lost 4 in 4 overs at the death. Anwar Ali swung wildly and connected a six before he became Russell’s third victim. It meant that Russell went past Wahab Riaz to finish as the tournament’s leading wicket-taker with 16 scalps. Grant Elliott lifted the last ball of the innings for a six but Quetta’s joy was short-lived.

Peace Out,

The Cornered Tiger

HBL PSL Play Off 3 – United vs Zalmi

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On Sunday, Islamabad United beat Peshawar Zalmi by 50 runs. Here is the ball-by-ball analysis and scorecard of the match.

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 Khan smashed the first 100 of the PSL as United comprehensibly beat Zalmi by 50 runs at Dubai International Stadium.

Put into bat by Zalmi, United put a partnership of 108 of 13.1 overs with the opening stand but most of the highlight package you will see is of Sharjeel as his partner Dwayne Bravo stuggled to get bat on ball as he only scored 19 of his 37 balls stay at the crease. In the ninth over, Sharjeel unleashed two sixes and a four against left-arm spinner Mohammad Asghar. He followed that up with an attack on Shahid Afridi too in the next over to bring up his fifty. The most eventful over, though, was the 14th in which Shaun Tait dismissed Smith and Brad Haddin off consecutive deliveries, but Kamran Akmal dropped Khalid Latif to deprive Tait of a hat-trick. Sharjeel then struck the next two balls of the over for a four and six.

Zalmi had a slow start in the powerplay of the first 6 overs and were put down when Samuel Badree struck to pick up the wicket of the opener Dawid Malan. Kamran  kept the score ticking till the 11th over before Khalid struck. Kamran Akmal kept the score ticking till the 11th over before Imran Khalid took the first of his 4 wickets of the match. Akmal was the only resistance for the Zalmi but the next 4 batsman were dismissed in single digits to jam some more nails in the coffin for Zalmi.

Khalid removed Mohammed Hafeez and Akmal in consecutive overs and then Brad Hodge and Darren Sammy in the 13th over to reduce Zalmi to 80 for 5. Afridi provided some late hits as the required run-rate rose to 13 an over but this was not enough. Khalid finished with 4 for 20 from his three overs and Andre Russell took three lower-order wickets, including Afridi’s, to end with 3 for 37.

 

Peace Out,

The Cornered Tiger

HBL PSL Play Off 2 – United vs Kings

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On Saturday, Islamabad United beat the Karachi Kings by 9 wickets. Here is the ball-by-ball analysis and scorecard of the match.

A change of captaincy was not enough to guide the Kings to the final at Dubai as Mohammed Sami’s 5 for 8 destroyed the their innings and ended up in the line of fire by the United.

The top order wobble was too costly for the Kings as they fell into the hole of a below par score of 111. Only 3 batsman of the Kings scored themselves into double figure summed up the fact that captaincy was not in good hands even with Ravi Bopara. He once again came to the rescue for the Kings when he blasted a 37 until Sami ripped through the batting order to end with figure of 5 for 8 in 4 overs.

United lost Sharjeel Khan early but the foreign professional identities of Brad Haddin and Dwayne Smith made light of the target and won with 34 balls to spare. Along the way, they also sounded out a note of caution for Peshawar Zalmi, their next opponent, ahead of the grand finale.

Sohail Khan gave the Kings a breakthrough in the 4th over who was Sharjeel Khan but Smith drove the chase forward with the help of Haddin who hit a unbeaten 52 of just 29 balls courtesy of 4 fours and 3 sixes. Smith finished on 50 not out as Islamabad, who began the tournament slowly, appeared to have revved up their engine when it matters the most.

Peace Out,

The Cornered Tiger

HBL PSL Play Off 1 -Zalmi vs Gladiators

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Yesterday, the Quetta Gladiators beat Peshawar Zalmi by 1 run. Here is the ball-by-ball analysis and scorecard of the match.

The first play off of the inaugural HBL PSL finished in blink and you’ll miss it fashion as a last ball thriller enlightened the sold out crowd at Dubai International Stadium. The victory for the Gladiators meant that they jumped to the final on Tuesday, while Zalmi will have a chance to make amends for their close defeat in the third and last qualifier, against either Karachi Kings or Islamabad United.

After a roller coaster ride of 39 overs in the match, it came down to Zalmi needing 8 of 6 balls. Wahab Riaz batting and Aizaz Cheema bowling, the game was on and some Asia Cup deja vu was felt. Darren Sammy had just got out as his innings put Zalmi back on track.

The first ball of the over was a dot ball but in the second ball Wahab emerged from the ground, hitting a four to tilt the contest in the favour of the Gladiators. Then he proceeded to take a single. 3 of 3 and the bus of victory could go anywhere. The next 2 balls were wickets as Hasan Ali was bowled and Wahab Riaz caught as he skied the ball to point where Ahmed Shehzad took the catch. The new man was Mohammed Asghar and Cheema was on a hatrick. Another bowling came so close to touching the 3 wicket mark as Cheema could not get that 3rd wicket. More importantly Asghar was unable to get the 3 and nail-biting came to an end and once again ‘Smoking Jo’ jumping out his seat and celebrating with his boys.

The only reason the game got so close was because of a 38 run blasting innings from Darren Sammy which brought back Zalmi from a flop at the 15th over of 84 for 6. The Gladiators had only a handful runs to defend (133) but with 3 wicket hauls from Grant Elliot (3 for 19) and Mohammed Nawaz (3 for 27) and Man of the Match went to Nawaz. Nawaz accounted for the key scalps of Brad Hodge, Mohammad Hafeez and Sammy, before Cheema’s heroics at the end completed the memorable victory.

The Gladiators were not always in the driving seat as they had a horror of a start when they lost their opener Bismillah Khan in the 1st over then Ahmed Shehzad in the 3rd. However, Kumar Sangakarra and Kevin Pieterson held a partnership of 79 to put the Gladiators on the path back to al least 150 but this was not meant to happen. Wahab Riaz was the pick of the bowlers for the Zalmi, picking up 3 for 17 in 4 overs. Pietersen blasted 53 off 38 balls with five fours and two sixes, while Nawaz also pitched in with what eventually proved to be a very handy 20 runs.

Peace Out,

The Cornered Tiger

 

 

 

HBL PSL Match 20 – United vs Qalanders

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On Wednesday, Islamabad United beat Lahore Qalanders by 5 wickets. Here is the ball-by-ball analysis and scorecard of the match.

A half century from the veteran Aussie, Brad Haddin and a 3 wicket haul from a larger than life player, Mohammed Irfan was enough to end the Qalander’s campaign for the HBL PSL by 5 wickets at Dubai. The Qalanders had to win to keep their hopes alive but at the expense of the loss by them, qualified the Karachi Kings; even though they lost their game earlier in the day.

With the qualification in the hands of the Qalanders, they got to the worst possible start as 3 wickets fell in 3 over to stop their bus at 6 for 3. But a partnership from Umar Akmal and Sohaib Maqsood of 97 from 80 balls in which Akmal blasted 72 of 49 and Maqsood stroking a 57 0f 44 balls to create a counter attack which took the score to 150 for 5 at the end of the first 20 overs of the match. Irfan was the pick of the bowlers, ending with figures of          4-0-22-3.

United did not have the start they were predicting as 2 wickets fell early but Brad Haddin and Khalid Latif put the bus of United back on the highway to victory with a 69 run stand. Even though Haddin was runout for 54 off 42 balls but the captain Misbah-ul-Haq put the icing on the cake, blasting a 19-ball 38 with seven fours to take Islamabad home in 19 overs.

Peace Out,

The Cornered Tiger

 

 

HBL PSL Match 19 – Zalmi vs Kings

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Yesterday, Peshawar Zalmi beat the Kings of Karachi by 5 wickets. Here is the ball-by-ball analysis and scorecard of the match.

The Aussie, Brad Hodge, stunned the Kings with his heroics; hitting the ball to all corners of Dubai and took his team over the line to take Zalmi to the top of the PSL standings table.

The turning point in the chase of the 16th over bowled by Usama Mir, in which Hodge smashed a 4 and then 3 sixes in a row to make the equation 32 of 4 overs. Hodge hit six fours and as many sixes in his unbeaten 45-ball 85 as Peshawar recovered from 69 for 4 in 12 overs to overhaul King’s 152 for 7 with nine balls to spare. Then, the wheels came of the bowling attack of the Kings as the next over was hit for 14 and then Darren Sammy aided the win with six over deep mid wicket.

Zalmi started badly as the new ball pair of Mohammad Amir and Bilawal Bhatti removed the openers with the score at just 25 inside five overs. The innings was revived by a vital score of 31 of 29 balls by Jim Allenby but they hit a another road block at 69 for 4 when Shahid Afridi was dismissed in consecutive overs.

But Zalmi were not to be denied as Hodge cashed in on the first sign of self-approval from the Kings by mixing a bit of brute strength in his effort to turn the game in no time. Such was the quality of his knock that even the dismissal of Kamran Akmal, with Zalmi still needing 32, largely went unnoticed.

Having lost from a strong position, the Kings of Karachi would have definitely hoped for a loss by the Lahore Qalanders but that was to see in the last game of the night.

Peace Out,

The Cornered Tiger

 

HBL PSL Match 18 – Qalanders vs Gladiators

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Yesterday, the Quetta Gladiators beat the Lahore Qalanders by 2 wickets. Here is the ball-by-ball analysis and scorecard of the match.

Over 400 runs were scored, 58 boundaries were struck and 4 fifties were struck in Dubai and in the end Mohammed Nabi emerged as a hero for the Gladiators striking a last ball 4 to guide his team over the line. After 39 overs of a high-scoring thriller that tilted one way and then another, the equation was simple Gladiators needed 15 off six balls. Qalandars needed two wickets or at the very least, some dot balls.

The Qalanders got off to a set start to the last over as Zohaib Khan drilled in a yorker to Nabi and 15 was needed of 5. As everything was going well, Nabi struck a 4 and then a 6 to bring the game back to the Gladiators. Then, Nabi and Zulfiqar Baber exchanged singles on the fourth and fifth ball which then took the game to a thrilling finish as 3 runs were needed of the last ball. Nabi hit a four on a wide ball by Zohaib Khan to finish the game.

Before Nabi came to the rescue, many other vital contributions were made such as Kevin Pieterson set things into motion as his first 5 balls went for fours from Ehsan Adil. That blast was well needed for the Gladiators. Bismillah Khan made 55 of 30 balls in a partnership of 73 with Pieterson but the Gladiators were dealt a double-blow when both he and Pietersen were dismissed off successive balls from Dwayne Bravo in the ninth over, tilting the game Lahore’s way.

However, the runs kept flowing, as Kumar Sangakkara  and Sarfraz Ahmed pitched in with a handy 61-run partnership to keep the Gladiators in sight of the target. Ehsan Adil dealt the team quick blows on his way to picking up 4 for 39, but thankfully for the Gladiators, Nabi was on hand to script a stunning turnaround.

Earlier, in the day, the Qalander’s 201 was built on rapid half centuries from Chris Gayle, Azhar Ali and Umar Akmal. They began with a 108-run opening stand between Gayle and Azhar; Gayle was unsurprisingly the quicker of the two, slamming a 34-ball 60 which featured six sixes.

Peace Out,

The Cornered Tiger

 

 

HBL PSL Match 17 – Zalmi vs Gladiators

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Today, Peshawar Zalmi beat the Quetta Gladiators by 8 wickets. Here is the ball-by-ball analysis and scorecard of the match.

Forget Valentines Day, it was Lala Day today at Sharjah as Afridi picked up career best T20 figures of 5 for 7, setting up a comprehensive 8 wicket win for Zalmi against Quetta Gladiators in Sharjah.

Afridi who has announced retirement from international cricket after the World T20 struck on his second ball as Akbar-ur-Rehman edged the ball to point in the sixth over. The Gladiators were cruising at a reasonable rate as 40 for 0 but then disaster struck as Afridi kept getting regular intervals to carve through the top and lower order of the batting line-up. He trapped Mohammed Nawaz LBW and then the captain Sarfaraz Ahmed edged one onto his stumps in the 10th over. Then he proceeded to remove Elton Chingumbura and Mohammed Nabi in the 12th over and finished the game with 5 for 7 and a magnificent run-out.

As Afridi left, the Gladiators were left at 66 for 9 as Grant Elliot and Zulfiqar Babar showed what they can do. Grant Elliott, on the back of two consecutive Man-of-the-Match performances, led a late rally, slamming a 29-ball 40 and adding 63 for the final wicket with Zulfiqar Babar. Those efforts left the total of Gladiators at 129.

Zalmi had no trouble chasing down a small total. Their openers, Mohammed Hafeez and David Malan began the chase brightly putting up 60 runs in 9 overs. Hafeez eventually fell for 36, but Malan carried on, adding a further 54 with Kamran Akmal. Malan went on to smash his 12th fifty of his T20 career taking his team home with 8 balls to spare.

Peace Out,

The Cornered Tiger

 

HBL PSL Match 16 – United vs Kings

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Today, Islamabad United beat the Karachi Kings by 5 wickets. Here is the ball-by-ball analysis and scorecard of the match.

Misbah-ul-Haq, Khalid Latif and Asif Ali chipped in with 30’s as United easily cruised to a 5 wicket victory against the Kings at Sharjah. The pitch of Sharjah looked much duller than usual but with its general shine so this offered spinners a premier platform to show their talents. This win meant that United were bounced tot the 3rd position behind Gladiators and Zalmi.

Chasing a low key target of 129, United lost early wickets but Misbah (38) and Latif (33) stitched a patient 63-run partnership to lead a recovery. Once Latif of dimissed, Asif Ali gave a thrust empowering United over the line with 7 balls to spare. Sohail Khan was the pick of Karachi’s bowlers, taking 2 for 23.

Earlier in the day, the Kings were sent into bat and suffered by the wrath of 2 opening spinners as they fell to 2 for 3 in the first 2 over. The deja vu was back for the Kings fans as once again Ravi Bopara flew in to save the day, as he had done many times in the tournament, held the innings together with a vital 45. Shahzaib Hasan scored 27 off 19 balls and Mushfiqur Rahim blitzed a 27-ball 33, but a total of 128 for 5 never really seemed enough for a improving and explosive batting line like United.

Peace Out,

The Cornered Tiger