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Bowlers dominate in final S. Africa Test



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Johannesburg: Leading wicket-taker Duanne Olivier said bounce and swing were key factors as bowlers again dominated on the second day of the third and final Test between South Africa and Pakistan at the Wanderers Stadium on Saturday.

Olivier claimed five for 51, his third five-wicket haul of the series, as South Africa gained a first innings lead of 77. But Pakistan’s bowlers hit back. South Africa were 135 for five in their second innings at the close, an overall lead of 212. “The match is still on,” said Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed, although he admitted that his team would need to produce their best batting performance of the series in order to chase down whatever target they are set. Players of both teams said after the first day that the pitch was better for batting than in the first two Tests – but 25 wickets have fallen in two days and the match appears to be hurtling towards another early conclusion. “The Pakistan batsmen batted quite well and quickly,” said Olivier. “If you get yourself in you will get rewarded with the bat but as a bowler, I feel there is always something, especially with the bounce at the Wanderers.” Olivier, who has taken 21 wickets in five innings said swing was a factor for the first time in the series.

“The previous two Tests there wasn’t much swing. There’s quite a bit of swing at the Wanderers. There’s still enough assistance for the bowlers and both teams have bowled well.” Olivier started the series as South Africa’s fifth-choice fast bowler but played in the first Test in Centurion because of injuries to Vernon Philander and Lungi Ngidi. He had match figures of 11 for 96, prompting South Africa to opt for a four-man pace attack when Philander returned for the second Test. Pakistan was right back in the game when medium-pacer Faheem Ashraf took two wickets in his first over to reduce South Africa to 45 for four. But Hashim Amla and Temba Bavuma blunted the bowlers in a fifth-wicket stand of 48 before Quinton de Kock joined Amla and lifted the scoring rate late in the day by scoring 34 not out off 35 balls.
Amla made a patient 42 not out off 90 balls against tight, disciplined bowling.

Sarfraz said his team had missed an opportunity with the bat to match or get close to South Africa’s first innings total of 262. They lost their last five wickets for 16 runs. Sarfraz and Babar Azam played some thrilling strokes in putting on 78 off 61 balls for the sixth wicket but both were out within the space of five balls, to be followed immediately by Ashraf, who was out the first ball to Olivier. “If you want to score here you have to play positively because a good ball is coming,” said Sarfraz, who scored 50 off 40 balls. But he blamed “three bad shots, me, Babar and Faheem” for the collapse. Sarfraz played one cut shot too many and was caught at first slip off Kagiso Rabada before Azam hooked Olivier to long leg. Ashraf got into a tangle trying to play a pull shot and spliced a simple catch to short leg. Sarfraz said the bowlers had also let their standards slip towards the end of the day when De Kock flourished. “We bowled really well but the last 45 minutes we were not up to the mark,” he said.


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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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