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Australia U16 beat Pak to level series



Australia v India second Test scoreboard

LAHORE: An all-round performance by Noah McFadyen and Nivethan Radhakrishnan helped Australia U16 to a three-wicket win over Pakistan U16 in the second 50-over match of the five-match series at the ICC Academy in Dubai today. 
The result left the series tied at 1-1. Pakistan had won the first match on Wednesday by five wickets, with the third match to be played on Sunday, January 13, said the information made available by the Pakistan Cricket Board here.
Today on Friday, the visitors chased down the target of 192 for the loss of seven wickets in 42.1 overs after their bowlers had done a commendable job to restrict Pakistan U16 to 191 for seven in their allotted 50 overs.
McFadyen and Radhakrishnan shared a match-winning 100-run partnership for the fifth wicket after their team had slipped to 68 for four in the 20th over.
McFadyen counterattacked with some style, hitting one six and nine fours in his 57-ball 59. Radhakrishnan batted equally well for his 59 that came off 85 balls and included nine fours.
For Pakistan, Ahmed Khan and captain Umer Eman took two wickets each.
Pakistan, electing to bat first, were rescued by the seventh wicket pair of Aseer Mughal and Ahmed Khan after their side was reduced to 94 for six in the 31st over. The two added 82 for the seventh wicket to help Pakistan finish at a respectable 191 for seven.
Ahmed, who was the star performer in the opening match with a three-wicket haul, proved his worth with the bat on Friday when he hit a stroke-filled 55 not out off 52 balls that included three sixes and three fours.
Aseer batted with caution, using 93 balls for his 44 that included two fours.
Kashif Ali was the other notable scorer, hitting six fours in his 31, while Umer Eman (17) and Sameer Saqib (19) added 39 runs for the third wicket.
For Australia, fast bowler McFadyen was the pick of the bowlers when he dismissed both the openers and added Aseer’s scalp to end with figures of three for 42.
Radhakrishnan took two wickets in 10 economical overs in which he gave away 24 runs. Keegan de Koker was the successful bowler, taking two wickets for 32 runs.
Scores in brief: Australia U16 beat Pakistan U16 by three wickets
Pakistan U16 191-7, 50 overs (Ahmed Khan 55 not out, Aseer Mughal 44, Kashif Ali 31; Noah McFadyen 3-42, Nivethan Radhakrishnan 2-24) Australia U16 192-7, 42.1 overs (Noah McFadyen 59, Nivethan Radhakrishnan 59, Shobit Singh 23; Umer Eman 2-27, Ahmed Khan 2-30)
Next match – third 50-over match, 13th January. 

South Africa, first innings
A. Markram c Sarfraz Ahmed b Faheem Ashraf 90
D. Elgar c Sarfraz Ahmed b Mohammad Abbas 5
H. Amla c Asad Shafiq b Shadab Khan 41
T. de Bruyn lbw b Mohammad Abbas 49
Zubayr Hamza c Sarfraz Ahmed b Mohammad Amir 41
T. Bavuma c Sarfraz Ahmed b Mohammad Amir 8
Q. de Kock c Mohammad Abbas b Faheem Ashraf 18
V. Philander lbw b Hasan Ali 1
K. Rabada c Sarfraz Ahmed b Hasan Ali 0
D. Steyn not out 2
D. Olivier c Mohammad Abbas b Faheem Ashraf 0
Extras (lb2, nb4, w1) 7
Total (77.4 overs) 262
Fall of wickets: 1-6 (Elgar), 2-132 (Markram), 3-154 (Amla), 4-229 (De Bruyn), 5-238 (Bavuma), 6-244 (Hamza), 7-249 (Philander), 8-257 (Rabada), 9-262 (De Kock)
Bowling: Mohammad Amir 15.4-2-36-2 (1nb), Mohammad Abbas 18-6-44-2, Hasan Ali 17-3-75-2 (1w), Faheem Ashraf 15-2-57-3 (3nb), Shadab Khan 10-2-39-1, Asad Shafiq 2-0-9-0

Pakistan, first innings
Imam-ul-Haq not out 10
Shan Masood c De Kock b Philander 2
Azhar Ali c De Kock b Philander 0
Mohammad Abbas not out 0
Extras (lb5) 5
Total (2 wkts, 9 overs) 17
Fall of wickets: 1-6 (Masood), 2-6 (Azhar)
Bowling: Steyn 5-1-11-0, Philander 4-3-1-2
To bat: Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali

Match situation: Pakistan trail by 245 runs with eight wickets remaining in the first innings
Toss: South Africa

Umpires: Sundaram Ravi (IND), Joel Wilson (WIN)
TV umpire: Bruce Oxenford (AUS)
Match referee: David Boon (AUS)



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Shane Watson named Player of PSL 2019



Shane Watson named

LAHORE: Shane Watson of Quetta Gladiators was named as the Player of HBL PSL 2019 after the 2007 World Cup winner with Australia finished as the leading run-getter in the 32-day tournament, which culminated at the National Stadium on late Sunday.

Watson finished the series with 430 runs from 12 matches at an average of 43 and a strike-rate of 143.8. He clubbed most number of fours and sixes in the tournament, 43 and 22, respectively, said the information made available here.

Watson won player of the match awards against Islamabad United, when he scored 81 not out, Peshawar Zalmi, when he scored 91 not out, and again versus Peshawar Zalmi in the Qualifier, when he top-scored with 71 and then bowled the crucial last-over of the match to help his side win by 10 runs.

Watson, for his consistency with the bat and proving to be one of the decisive factors in Gladiators’ title-winning campaign, was also declared Brighto Best Batsman of HBL PSL 2019.

Hasan Ali of Peshawar Zalmi was adjudged the Go Lootlo Best Bowler of HBL PSL 2019. The fast bowler picked up crucial wickets and finished the series with 25 wickets at an average of 13 with an economy-rate of just under seven.

Hasan took four wickets in a match three times.

Luke Ronchi won the Jubilee Safe Hands of HBL PSL 2019 award when he dismissed 11 batsmen behind the stumps, while Peshawar Zalmi’s Kieron Pollard was declared the ARIAL and J. Best Player on the Field, when he finished the series with 284 runs, five wickets and 10 catches.

Karachi Kings’ left-arm spinner Umer Khan was named as the newly introduced Emerging Player of HBL PSL 2019 award. The 18-year-old mesmerised the top-order of all the sides and claimed 15 prized scalps at an economy-rate of just over 7.

Islamabad United was declared the winner of Cool & Cool Spirit of Cricket award, which they dedicated to their middle-order batsman Asif Ali in recognition to this commitment to the team despite the ailment of his young daughter.

The individual winners were chosen by an independent panel, which included Mudassar Nazar (Chairman, Event Technical Committee), and also comprised respected commentators Ramiz Raja and Danny Morrison.

Winners are, Cool & Cool Spirit of Cricket;Islamabad United, Emerging Player of HBL PSL 2019; Umer Khan (Karachi Kings), ARIAL and J. Best player on the field; Kieron Pollard (Peshawar Zalmi), Jubilee Safe Hands of HBL PSL 2019; Luke Ronchi (Islamabad United), Go Lootlo Best Bowler of HBL PSL 2019; Hasan Ali (Peshawar Zalmi),Brighto Best Batsman of HBL PSL 2019; Shane Watson (Quetta Gladiators), HBL Player of PSL 2019; Shane Watson (Quetta Gladiators).





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Cricket PSL IV Final: Quetta beats Peshawar to become Champions!



KARACHI: Quetta Gladiators beat 3-time finalists Peshawar Zalmi by 8 wickets to fetch the championship for the first time. 

People from all over the Metropolis and beyond converged today at the National Stadium here to witness the clash of Peshawar Zalmi with Quetta Gladiators.

The star-studded closing ceremony commenced with a moment of silence observed to pay respects to the victims of the NZ Mosques ‘massacre. Following the National Anthem, 30,000 aficionados made the stadium reverberate with Pakistan Zindabaad slogans. 

Quetta won the toss and, keeping the dampness in mind,  asked Peshawar to bat first.

Peshawar Zalmi sets 139 target for Quetta Gladiators



Quetta Gladiators: SR Watson, Ahmed Shehzad, Ahsan Ali, RR Rossouw, Umar Akmal, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c, wk), DJ Bravo, Mohammad Nawaz, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Hasnain, Fawad Ahmed, Anwar Ali, Danish Aziz, MTC Waller, Mohammad Irfan, DR Smith, Azam Khan, Saud Shakeel.

Peshawar Zalmi: Kamran Akmal (wk), Imamul Haq, KA Pollard, Sohaib Maqsood, DJG Sammy (c), Wahab Riaz, CJ Jordan, Hasan Ali, TS Mills, Umar Amin, Nabi Gul, Khalid Usman, Misbahul Haq, Umaid Asif, ADS Fletcher, LA Dawson, Ibtisam Sheikh, LMP Simmons.

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NZ Mosques Massacre: Bangladesh cricketers back home



DHAKA: The Bangladesh cricket team arrived home in Dhaka on Saturday, a day after narrowly escaping the mosque attack that killed 49 people in New Zealand.
At least 17 members of the Bangladesh cricket team drove up to Christchurch’s Masjid al Noor mosque in a bus to join Friday prayers when a gunman stormed the building, in what is thought to be the worst act of terror directed against Muslims in a Western country.
The team arrived at Dhaka airport late Saturday, according to Bangladesh Cricket Board spokesman Rabeed Imam.
“The only thing I can say that we are very lucky,” skipper Mahmudllah Riyad told reporters after arrival.
“With all of your prayers… now we could return here alive. I cannot describe what is going inside us, what we have seen,” he added.”
“All of us in the team could not sleep properly. The only thing that popped up in our mind was how lucky we are.”
Mahmudllah also thanked the BCB and New Zealand Cricket for making arrangements to help them return home quickly.
The team was in Christchurch for their third and final Test match against the home side scheduled to begin Saturday, which was promptly canceled to allow the cricketers to return home as soon as possible.
Team manager Khaled Mashud said players and staff on the bus watched as blood-soaked victims staggered from the building.
They stayed on the bus for eight to 10 minutes before leaving it after sensing danger, according to Mashud.
Bangladesh opening batsman Tamim Iqbal said it would be difficult for the national cricket team to overcome the shock of narrowly escaping the shooting.
“It will certainly take some time for us to get out of it after the experience we had here,” he told reporters at Christchurch airport, moments before the team left for Bangladesh.
“It is better that we are returning… because everyone’s family is worried. I just hope after returning home we can overcome it with the passing of time,” Tamim said.
Dhaka complained that players were not provided with any security when they traveled to the mosque.
“In future, whenever we send our cricket team abroad we will do that after examining and reviewing the security matters of the host countries,” Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said Saturday, according to the state-run news agency BSS.
Australia’s cricket team canceled a tour in Bangladesh in 2015, citing a lack of security, while the Australian Under-19 cricket team skipped ICC Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh in 2016 on the same ground.
England’s cricket team was provided security equal to that of a head of a state when they visited Bangladesh in 2016, months after one of the worst extremist attacks on foreigners in a Dhaka cafe.


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