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Team Zalmi arrive in Karachi for PSL final

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KARACHI: Peshawar Zalmi players and officials reached Karachi on Thursday night for the final of Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2018 against Islamabad United which is scheduled to be played on 25 March.

Peshawar Zalmi convincingly beat Quetta Gladiators and Karachi knockout game on March 20 to qualify for the finals.

Darren Sammy led the Peshawar Zalmi and comprising of both local and foreign players departed from Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport for Karachi.

While talking to news channel, Darren Sammy requested the people of Karachi to express their support to his team by wearing yellow shirts.

Ibitisam Sheikh, Taimur Sultan, Umaid Asif and Khalid Usman will arrive in Karachi on the next flight.

English spinner Liam Dawson, West Indian opener Andre Fletcher at Lahore airport

Earlier, the players shared pictures on social media ahead of their departure.

Peshawar Zalmi will play Islamabad United in the final at National Stadium, Karachi on Sunday, March 25.

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Shinwari’s over in Power Play changed tempo of the game, says Karachi coach

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Lahore: Karachi Kings Coach Mickey Arthur believed his team had conceded 20 runs too many to Peshawar Zalmi in the second eliminator which they lost by 13 runs in Lahore on Wednesday.

Zalmi notched up a solid 170-7 in the match which was reduced to 16-over-a-side with Pakistan discard Kamran Akmal smashing a belligerent 27-ball 77 studded with eight sixes and five boundaries.

Karachi Kings were behind the eight ball and despite half centuries from Joe Denly and Babar Azam managed 157-2 in their quota of overs. Mickey disagreed Denly and Babar did not show desperation to reach the target.

“I think that’s unfair to say,” said Arthur. “They tried their hardest and they both scored at far quicker 130 strike rate but we went 20 runs too many. We got good batting depth I don’t think we can blame them but we were chasing 20 too many.” Arthur believed the one over Usman Shinwari which cost 25 changed the tempo.

“We bowled very well for the first four overs. It was that Shinwari over where they got the momentum. Amir went for 16 in his four but that 25 run over gave them kick start their momentum,” said Arthur of the over in which Kamran smashed three boundaries and two sixes. “We needed to get eight overs from two spinners and Ravi (Bopara). We clearly missed Shahid Afridi and Imad Wasim and if you put the two in the side and we have a very useful bowling unit,” said Arthur of the two who missed the game through injuries.

That forced the Karachi Kings to give captaincy to Mohammad Amir, a choice Arthur backed. “We could have done differently but part of the PSL is producing Pakistan cricketers and leaders and I felt that by giving Amir an opportunity we gave another player to lead and perhaps we find something in his character that we can take forward,” siad Arthur.

Arthur singled out Hussain Talat, Asif Ali, Salman Agha and Shaheen Shah Afridi as the talent for future. “I think Talat, Asif and Salman are good for future. Why I chose to coach in the PSL is to see these youngsters from a close quarter. I think Hussain played very well and Asif is an explosive hitter and we need to have a closer look at him.

“Then we had Salman Agha so they are the three. Then Shaheen is a massive talent and he is the guy who we want to have him in our emerging system so that we can work hard on him for a couple of years.” Arthur believed Shaheen resembled with Australian spearhead Mitchel Starc. “I had the privilege of seeing Starc when he was very young and there is very very close resemblance between the two and he just needs to get the right kind of guidance, training and coaching then he can be a good star.”

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Williamson stands up after England crumble for 58

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AUCKLAND: New Zealand captain Kane Williamson was in sight of his 18th test century as the ball dominated the bat on the opening day of the two-match series with England dismissed for a record low score of 58 at Eden Park on Thursday. Williamson was 91 not out with Henry Nicholls on 24 as New Zealand advanced to 175 for three at stumps, a lead of 117 after England had been bowled out in the first 90 minutes of play following a Trent Boult and Tim Southee seam onslaught.

Boult and Southee struck early and often after Williamson had won the toss and opted to bowl with the pink ball in the first day-night test in New Zealand. Boult finished with a career-best six for 32 after he had ripped the top off England’s batting with 4-9 from his first six overs. Southee finished with 4-25. While England’s fans buried their heads in their hands and voiced their frustration over social media, it could have been much worse had bowler Craig Overton not produced a counter-attacking 33 not out.

After slumping to 23-8, Overton hit a boundary to push his side past the lowest score in test history — the 26 scored by New Zealand against England at Eden Park in 1955. Overton then ensured they surpassed their own lowest score — the 45 they limped to against Australia in Sydney in 1887. Prior to his innings, England’s batsmen had looked totally lost. While Boult and Southee bowled between a good and full length, the ball was not swinging wildly or seaming markedly. Too many of their batsmen, starting with former captain Alastair Cook, failed to move their feet and were crease bound, with four wickets falling to catches behind the wicket.

England captain Joe Root (nought), Ben Stokes (nought) and Chris Woakes (five) were all also bowled by Boult, while Moeen Ali failed to clamp down on a Southee yorker. “We always hoped there would be something in the wicket,” New Zealand coach Mike Hesson said. “It didn’t do a lot but it did enough. “Sometimes when it does a bit more, they play and miss but once they found their length in about the fourth over they were exceptional and Trent certainly deserved the plaudits he got and Tim did a great job as well.” England’s bowlers appeared angry at their sensational collapse — their lowest score against New Zealand and sixth worst overall — and strangled the hosts’ batsmen for long periods of the remaining two sessions. Tom Latham and Williamson, however, stoically wore the bowlers down and took their side to a 30-run lead entering the final session under lights. The 31-year-old Stuart Broad, however, broke through in the first over of the evening session, with Latham clipping a full delivery to Woakes at mid-wicket on 26 to give him his 400th test victim.

Despite becoming just the second England bowler to reach the milestone — new ball partner Jimmy Anderson has 525 wickets — Broad’s celebrations were muted as he raised the ball to the applauding crowd when they were informed of the milestone. An aggressively-minded Ross Taylor was the only other wicket to fall under the lights when he misread an Anderson bouncer and was caught by Woakes at mid-wicket for 20. “We know that it can be difficult against the new ball and we knew that even if we’re not going anywhere, if we spend some time out there we can get the rewards later on,” Hesson added of his team’s cautious batting approach.


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Int’l cyclist Mohsin wins Pakistan Day Cycling

PESHAWAR (APP): Recently representing Pakistan in the World Cycling Championship held in Doha, Qatar Mohsin clinched the title of the 28 kilometer Elite Class Pakistan Day Cycling Race held here on a Northern By-Pass, Motorway on Thursday.

Director General Sports KP Junaid Khan was the chief guest on this occasion. Secretary General Pakistan Cycling Federation Syed Azhar Ali Shah, President KP Cycling Association Nisar Ahmad, AD Sports Nimat Ullah Marwat, international cyclist Murad Ali, officials, players were also present.

Hailing from Peshawar, Mohsin Khan, who represented recently Pakistan in World Cycling Championship in Doha, Qatar, South Asian Cycling Championship in India, Asia Cup in India and Asian Cycling Championship in Japan, recorded a clock time of 36 minute and 31second by crossing a distance of 28 kilometers.

Currently Pakistan ranking No. 4 Mohsin from Sui Southern Gas was closely followed by another promising cyclist Muhammad Farman with 37 minute and 33second while Abdul Basit claimed third position with 37 minute and 50 second.

Apart from the Elite Class Cycling Race, in the Individual Time Trials Imran Khan clinched the trophy after crossing a distance of 14 kilometer in 19 minute and 17 second, Tanzeel Khan finished with a slight different with his clock time 19 minute and 53second, and Muhammad Nabil shown a clock time of 19minute and 59 second.


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Credit goes to the whole team for Karachi final: Kamran

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ISLAMABAD: Peshawar Zalmi batsman Kamran Akmal has said that the credit goes to the whole team for setting up the final against Islamabad United on Sunday at Karachi.

He said the team and the captain was very motivating in qualifying for the final. “The match against Karachi Kings was a do and die suitation for us and thank God we did it,” he told FM 106.2. Kamran who scored 77 off 27 balls and also the fastest 50 on 17 balls said we wanted to put up a good total on the scoreboard as the boundary was a bit small.

“The credit goes to the whole team and Andre Fletcher with whom I patnershiped in putting up a good total,” he said. He said no team can say it has won the match without the last ball being bowled. “At one moment it seemed that Karachi Kings will be able to chase the target but we are happy that our team won the game,” he said.

Kamran said it wasn’t easy to defend the total but our bowlers bowled very well in the match. “This match and the last three games were just like a final for us,” he said and added it is my parents and family’s prayers due to which I achieved such a feat.

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Maroof, Mir seal ODI series for Pakistan

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Dambulla: Pakistan climbed to the top half of the ICC Women’s Championship table with a resounding 94-run win against Sri Lanka in Dambulla, on the back of a half-century from captain Bismah Maroof and a four-for from off spinner Sana Mir. Once Pakistan posted 250 for 6, the hosts were bowled out for 156 to give the visitors an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.

Opting to bat, Pakistan saw slow starts from openers Nahida Khan (29) and Muneeba Ai (31) before they were sent back by medium-pacers Ama Kanchana and Sripali Weerakkoddy, respectively, by the 20th over. The innings was then steered by Maroof, who struck nine fours and a six to register her 12th ODI half-century. Her 89 off 90 balls lifted the run rate along with lower-order contributions from Nida Dar and Sana Mir’s 25-ball 27. Weerakkoddy finished with 2 for 46 from her ten overs.

Sri Lanka’s chase wobbled as early as the fifth over when Nipuni Hansika was run-out by Muneeba for 5 off 16. Captain Chamari Atapattu scored a brisk 24 off 23 but she fell to Nashra Sandhu’s left-arm spin in the ninth over and four wickets from Mir had them in serious trouble at 67 for 6. Chamari Polgampola, Kanchana and Weerakkoddy steered the score past 100 before a last-wicket stand of 50 runs helped them to 156 but they were bowled out in 37 overs.

Mir finished with impressive figures of 10-3-32-4 and Nahida Khan took four catches in the match. The third ODI will be played on Saturday in Dambulla.


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Darren Sammy’s video message for fans in Karachi

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KARACHI: Peshawar Zalmi skipper Darren Sammy has asked his supporters to pray for their win in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) final, to be played on March 25 in Karachi.

In a video, shared by one of his fans on twitter, Darren Sammy said, “Yes Karachi we are coming. I want you all to come and support Peshawar Zalmi.” He also urged all his supporters to wear yellow shirt, the trademark of Peshawar Zalmi.

“I want everybody to wear Yellow Shirt. It’s a yellow storm.” Sammy also asked the fan to pray for their win. PSL final will be played between Peshawar Zalmi and Islamabad United at National Stadium Karachi on March 25.


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Zalmi knock out Kings to qualify for final

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LAHORE: No home final for Karachi. Instead, Peshawar Zalmi will have an opportunity to defend their crown on Sunday at the National Stadium after they defeated Karachi by 13 runs.

The difference between both sides tonight was Kamran Akmal who scored a quick-fire 77 off just 27 balls hitting five fours and eight massives sixes.

Peshawar Zalmi were given an early breakthrough by pacer Sameen Gul who removed opener Mukhtar Ahmed for 1 off 3, after Kamran Akmal’s record-breaking fifty propelled Peshawar Zalmi to 170-7 in the 16 overs-a-side match.

Just as the required run rate loomed bigger than ever, Babar Azam and Joe Denly took charge and nicked some neat boundaries to make for an interesting chase. But it was too much for Karachi.


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Foreign players willing to play in Pakistan be part of PSL draft: Mushtaq

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LAHORE: Head coach of National Cricket Academy, former test cricketer Mushtaq Ahmad has said that Pakistan Super League has gained the status of one of the world’s top T20 league and only those foreign players be part of its next editions players draft who signed the contract to play in Pakistan.

“It was quite unfortunate that leading foreign players opted out not to visit Pakistan to play the play offs, of the Pakistan Super League which has undermine the strength of their respective side and dented their prospects in progressing in the grand event “, he told APP here on Wednesday.

He said PSL is now a world known T20 cricket brand and there is no need to give extra money to the foreign players, other than the contract amount, in case they play matches in Pakistan.

“Only those foreign players be part of the next edition of the PSL who sign contract to fulfill their commitment to play matches in Pakistan,” he said.

Answering to a question, he said those franchises which are offering extra amount to visit Pakistan for playing cricket are not setting a good trend and the foreign players should be paid according to their contract, no matter where they will be playing.

The former spin wizard was of the view that PSL has its established itself as a top cricket league around the globe and in case foreign players are not willing to participate in it even then the spectators will thong the stadiums to watch its matches.

“That stage is not far when the whole PSL will be played at home grounds in different parts of the country “,he asserted.

Mushtaq suggested the organizers of the PSL may plan to hold its maximum number of matches in the country.

Even the services of  our former test cricketers can be hired in order to persuade the foreign players to visit Pakistan for PSL as foreign players will be considering the advice of the Pakistani players as they have a lot of trust in fellow cricketers.

To a question, he dubbed Pakistan cricket team ‘favourite’  against West Indies in the three match T20 series starting from April 1 at Karachi.

“Considering our team’s performance in T20 matches , I am optimistic that it will beat West Indies in the series “, said.

“Our team is balanced in many ways and it also has the added advantage of home ground and crowd”, he said adding “What I have assessed from the statements of Pak team’s head coach Mickey Arthur and captain Sarfraz Ahmad that they will be selecting young performers of the PSL in the team helping them to further underline their talent and to boost their experience and by that way new talent will be inducted in the team”.

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Relief for West Indies, heartbreak for Scotland

HARARE (BBC): Scotland’s hopes of reaching the 2019 Cricket World Cup are effectively over after rain in Harare halted their run-chase to send the West Indies through.

The Scots needed another 74 off 14.4 overs when the deluge intervened, Kyle Coetzer’s side trailing by five runs on the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method.

They had earlier bowled the Windies out for 198, Safyaan Sharif and Brad Wheal both taking three wickets.

Richie Berrington hit 33 after Scotland were reduced to 25-3 in reply.

But his controversial dismissal, given out lbw to a ball that replays appeared to show was heading down the leg side, proved costly as Scotland’s hopes of a fourth World Cup appearance – after reaching the 1999, 2007 and 2015 tournaments – were ended by the weather.

The Scots made a sensational start when Sharif (3-27) had Gayle caught behind with the first ball of the match, then removed Shai Hope in his second over.

But from 2-2, Evin Lewis (66) and Marlon Samuels (51) put on a stand of 121 to steady the Windies ship.

Opener Lewis struck 66 off 87 balls, with seven fours and two sixes, before falling lbw attempting to slog Wheal (3-34), the first of three wickets for the Hampshire paceman.

Off-spinner Michael Leask removed Samuels and then Shimron Hetmyer with his next ball to reduce the Windies to 135-5 before Jason Holder and Rovman Powell staged a brief rally.

Only a breezy 24 from Carlos Brathwaite dragged his side towards 200 as Scotland continued to take wickets at regular intervals.

In reply, the Scots lost captain Kyle Coetzer and fellow opener Matt Cross inside the fourth over to slump to 12-2.

Michael Jones also perished quickly, holing out in the deep, but Calum MacLeod (21) and Berrington put on 42 for the fourth wicket.

George Munsey (32no) joined Berrington to take Scotland past 100 and in with a chance of victory before the latter’s pivotal dismissal.

Munsey and Leask put on another 20 runs before heavy rain forced the umpires to call for the covers. With the outfield at the Harare Sports Club then becoming increasingly waterlogged and the light getting worse, the match was called off.

Hosts Zimbabwe will take the second and final qualifying place if they beat UAE (who are already eliminated) on Thursday.

But a UAE win would see the the winner of Ireland v Afghanistan, who meet in the final Super Sixes fixture on Friday, qualify.