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New zealand vs Pakistan Cricket Series for T20I Schedule Announced

In the upcoming weeks, New Zealand vs Pakistan Cricket is preparing for a thrilling five-match T20I series, hopefully set for the second week of April, as reports reveal.

The matches are expected to occur between April 13 and 23, with Rawalpindi and Lahore selected as the venues.

Both cricket boards have started discussions to finalize the schedule details.

Meanwhile, Karachi is gearing up to host a series between Pakistan and the West Indies women’s cricket team, including three ODIs and five T20Is, during the same timeframe.

It’s expected that the West Indies women’s team will arrive in Pakistan near the second week of April as well.

Here’s an overview of Pakistan’s cricket plans for 2024:

PSL 9: Quetta Galadiators Beat Islamabad United named third win

In the PSL 9, Quetta Gladiators secured a victory against Islamabad United by three wickets in the eighth match.

In the pursuit of 145 runs, Gladiators faced some challenges but eventually managed to reach the target. Captain Rilee Rossouw’s unbeaten 34 runs and Mohammad Amir’s 11 runs played vital roles in achieving the win.

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This victory marks the third win for Gladiators in PSL 9, making them one of the two teams with three victories alongside Multan Sultans.

At the beginning of their chase, Jason Roy’s impressive performance with 37 runs off 18 balls set a strong foundation. However, the team faced early setbacks with Saud Shakeel and Khawaja Nafay departing early.

Despite these setbacks, Captain Rossouw showcased resilience, leading the team to victory with steady innings. Sherfane Rutherford also contributed significantly with 29 runs, but the Gladiators lost wickets at crucial moments.

The team managed to score 139/7 in 18.2 overs, with Mohammad Amir’s unbeaten 11 runs providing the final push.

For United, Naseem Shah and Shadab Khan took two wickets each, while Hunain and Rumman Raees claimed one wicket each.

Earlier, Islamabad United struggled with their batting, scoring 138/9 in 20 overs after being asked to bat first.

Their innings started strong with Alex Hales hitting two consecutive sixes but was soon dismissed by Akeal Hosein. Salman Ali Agha and Colin Munro stabilized the innings with a 40-run partnership before Munro’s dismissal triggered a collapse.

Agha emerged as the top-scorer with 33 runs, while Imad Wasim and Jordan Cox attempted to build a partnership.

However, Gladiators’ bowlers, particularly Abrar Ahmed and Mohammad Wasim Jr, took crucial wickets to restrict United’s total. Hosein also contributed with two wickets in the match.

English Cricket Team Decided 2 Changes for fourth India Test

In the upcoming India Test in Ranchi, set to start this Friday, England has made some changes to their lineup. Fast bowler Ollie Robinson has earned a spot in the team, along with spinner Shoaib Bashir.

Robinson, aged 30, last played for England in the third Ashes Test at Headingley back in July. Unfortunately, he had to leave the series due to a back spasm after bowling just 11.2 overs.

He replaces Mark Wood, who played in two of the India Tests. Additionally, Shoaib Bashir steps in for Rehan Ahmed.

Bashir, a 20-year-old spinner, debuted in the second match against India Test in Visakhapatnam after facing a visa delay that caused him to miss the opener.

After suffering a significant 434-run defeat in the third Test, England now trails 2-1 in the ongoing five-match series. The Ranchi pitch is expected to favor spin, prompting England captain Ben Stokes to express his hope for the young off-spinner Bashir to make the most of the conditions.

Stokes mentioned that the team likes to assess the pitch two days before and one day before the match to finalize their playing XI. He described the Ranchi wicket as something he had never seen before, with deep cracks on one side but appearing flat on the other.

Stokes believes that someone like Bashir, who bowls from a high release point and gets extra bounce, will be crucial for England’s game plan.

Stokes himself, primarily a batsman due to knee surgery last year, bowled in the nets on Wednesday, providing a boost to the team after the heavy defeat in the third Test. However, he remained uncertain about his bowling prospects for the Ranchi Test.

Regarding the pace spearhead James Anderson, Stokes expressed confidence in the veteran player’s ability, despite him being just four wickets away from 700 Test wickets. Anderson returned with only one wicket in the previous match but is eager to perform in Ranchi.

Stokes highlighted Anderson’s longevity and dedication, stating that he is a role model for young fast bowlers.

England has shown support for struggling senior batsmen Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root to bounce back in the final two Tests. The team’s aggressive “Bazball” approach is under scrutiny, and they hope to turn things around in Ranchi.

The England XI for the Ranchi Test

Ben Duckett, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes (captain), Ben Foakes (wicketkeeper), Tom Hartley, Ollie Robinson, James Anderson, and Shoaib Bashir.

IPL 2024: First 21 Matches Scheduled Revealed by India Cricket

The IPL 2024 has announced its initial schedule, featuring the first set of 21 matches set to take place between March 22 and April 7.

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Starting off the season on March 22, the defending champions Chennai Super Kings will take on Royal Challengers Bangalore at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. The IPL 2024 final is scheduled for May 26, with only a five-day gap before the start of the men’s T20 World Cup in the USA and the Caribbean on June 1.

Further fixture details will be announced once the Election Commission of India finalizes the dates for the national elections, expected in April and May.

The preliminary schedule includes four double-headers, with two on the opening weekend. On March 23, Punjab Kings will play against Delhi Capitals during the day, followed by Kolkata Knight Riders hosting Sunrisers Hyderabad at Eden Gardens.

On March 24, Rajasthan Royals will take on Lucknow Super Giants, while Hardik Pandya’s Mumbai Indians will begin their campaign with an away match against Gujarat Titans, his former team.

It’s worth noting that the Capitals will not have any home games at Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi during the March 22-April 7 period. Instead, both matches will be held at the ACA-VDCA Stadium in Visakhapatnam.

In the upcoming 17-day period, the teams Capitals, Titans, and RCB will play five of their 14 matches, while KKR will only play three matches. The other franchises will have four games each. It is expected that Punjab Kings will play their home games at a new venue in Mullanpur, located on the outskirts of Chandigarh, instead of their usual home in Mohali.

Afghanistan Key Player to Join Peshawar Zalmi Squad for PSL 9

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Peshawar Zalmi received a big boost on Thursday with the verification from Afghanistan’s bowler Naveen-ul-Haq that he will be joining the team soon. Naveen shared this news on his official Instagram account.

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Peshawar Zalmi, led by Babar Azam, hasn’t had the best start in PSL 9, losing both of their matches. Therefore, the addition of a quality bowler like Naveen-ul-Haq will surely lift their spirits.

In the latest match of the PSL, Karachi Kings secured a convincing seven-wicket victory over Peshawar Zalmi at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium. Karachi’s star player, Kieron Pollard, played a crucial role in the win, guiding his team to chase down the target of 155 runs comfortably.

Karachi Kings began their chase cautiously, keeping an eye on the required run rate, with Pollard leading the charge with an impressive 49 runs off just 21 balls, including eight boundaries. On the other hand, Peshawar Zalmi struggled in the first innings, losing wickets early on and finding themselves at 40-3 in just 5.1 overs. However, skipper Babar Azam steadied the ship with a brilliant knock of 72 runs off 51 balls, forming a crucial partnership of 68 runs with Rovman Powell, who contributed 39 runs.

Ultimately, despite Babar Azam’s efforts, Karachi Kings’ bowlers, led by Mir Hamza with figures of 3-28, Hasan Ali with 3-30, and Daniel Sams with 2-28, managed to restrict Peshawar Zalmi to a total of 154 all out in 19.5 overs. In response, Karachi Kings comfortably chased down the target in just 16.5 overs, with Pollard and James Vince leading the charge.

In conclusion, Peshawar Zalmi will aim for better results in the upcoming matches of the PSL with the inclusion of Naveen-ul-Haq.

Today PSL Match: Multan Sultans Smashes Qalandars 3rd Consecutive Victory

In Today PSL Match, Multan Sultans clinched a thrilling victory against Lahore Qalandars at the Multan Cricket Stadium. It was a nail-biting meeting where Multan chased down the target of 167 runs in 19 overs, thanks to a brilliant innings by Iftikhar Ahmed, who smashed 24 runs in the 19th over and remained unbeaten at 34 off just 11 balls.

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The chase was helped by Skipper Mohammad Rizwan, who played an important innings, scoring 82 runs off 59 balls. However, Multan faced an early loss when Dawid Malan was dismissed without scoring any runs, Same by Reeza Hendricks who managed just 9 runs before getting caught behind off Shaheen Afridi’s bowling. Yasir Khan also fell out for 8 runs.

Despite the early wickets, Rizwan formed a crucial partnership with David Willey, adding 75 runs for the fourth wicket. After Rizwan’s departure, Iftikhar Ahmed took charge and played a brilliant innings, guiding Multan to their third win in the competition.

Earlier in the match, Lahore Qalandars posted a good total on the board despite losing Sahibzada Farhan early in the innings. Rassie van der Dussen played an important innings, scoring 54 runs off 37 balls, while Fakhar Zaman contributed 41 runs before getting dismissed in the 16th over.

All-rounders Sikandar Raza and Jahandad Khan provided valuable contributions towards the end of the innings, helping Lahore post a challenging total. Carlos Brathwaite’s late cameo added further to their score.

In the bowling department, Mohammad Ali starred for Multan Sultans, picking up two wickets, while Abbas Afridi and Usama Mir also chipped in with a wicket each.

Overall, it was a thrilling PSL game between the two teams, with Multan emerging victorious in the end.

PSL Match Today: Pollard Helps Karachi Kings to Dominate Peshawar Zalmi

In a PSL match today Karachi Kings secured a seven-wicket victory over Peshawar Zalmi in the continued Pakistan Super League (PSL) at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium.

 Check: PSL Points Table for Season 9 and Remaining Matches

Kieron Pollard, Karachi’s star player, swiped the show with his impressive batting performance, guiding his team to chase down the 155-run target comfortably.

The Kings started their chase cautiously, with opener Mohammad Akhlaq playing a quick innings of 24 runs off 13 balls before getting out to Luke Wood in the fifth over.

Following Akhlaq’s dismissal, batsman Shoaib Malik started the innings with a crucial knock of 29 runs off 29 balls when the Kings were at 40-2 in 4.3 overs.

James Vince and Pollard then took control, guiding Karachi to their first victory in PSL 9. Vince scored 38 runs off 30 balls, while Pollard beat 49 runs off just 21 balls.

Wood took two wickets for Peshawar Zalmi, while Waqar Salamkheli managed to get one.

In the first innings, Karachi Kings’ bowlers caused problems for Peshawar Zalmi’s batsmen early on. Despite a great effort from skipper Babar Azam, who scored a crucial 68-run partnership with Rovman Powell, Zalmi could only post 154 runs before being bowled out in 19.5 overs.

Mir Hamza and Hasan Ali impressed with three wickets each for Karachi Kings, while Daniel Sams claimed two wickets. Mohammad Nawaz and Shoaib Malik also contributed with one wicket each.

Sarfaraz Ahmed Thinks Mohammad Amir Should return to Pakistan Cricket

Pakistan’s wicketkeeper-batter Sarfaraz Ahmed has voiced his support for pacer Mohammad Amir inclusion in the national side following his outstanding bowling performance in the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL) season nine.

Amir, who has taken two wickets in two matches, plays alongside Sarfaraz for Quetta Gladiators in PSL 9. The pacer’s skill in death bowling has been particularly valuable for the Gladiators.

Sarfaraz expressed his respect, saying:

The addition of Mohammad Amir has made a significant impact. He’s been bowling exceptionally well and brings a wealth of T20 experience.”

“I’ve always believed in Amir’s potential to contribute to Pakistan’s team. His future with the national side depends on his own mindset and goals,” Sarfaraz added.

Sarfaraz also shared his positiveness about Quetta’s performance after securing two wins in PSL 9. “It’s still early to make predictions, but we have a strong team dynamic. If we keep our current form, we can expect favorable results,” he said.

Addressing his sub as Quetta’s captain by South Africa’s Rilee Rossouw, Sarfaraz said contentment, stating, “I’m relaxed and enjoying my role in the team. Rilee Rossouw is leading the side actually.”

Here are Quetta Gladiators upcoming PSL 9 matches:

PSL News: Wasim Akram not Happy with Shadab Decisions Agianst Multan Sultan

From the Latest PSL News, the former Captain of Pakistan Wasim Akram is not happy with the skipper of Islamabad United Shadab Khan because he did not come to bat early when United batters were struggling on the field in a match against Multan Sultan.

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In the Opening game of Islamabad United Captain Shadab Khan was the one who led the team along Agha Salman against Lahore Qalandars. He made a half-century while batting in the 5th spot in this match.

Additionally, Shadab came to bat on number seven and just scored 11 on 9 deliveries.

“When you have a captain who is in form and scored 74 in 41 balls in the previous match, why didn’t he come in to bat at three or four? He (Shadab) said in the post-match press conference that the wicket was a bit difficult which is why I wanted to send in a proper batter. I hope that was a language barrier because if that’s the case it means that he will come out to bat early when the pitch is easy but send anyone else if that’s not the case,” Akram said on a local sports channel.

Multan Sultans bagged their second consecutive win at the PSL 9 after they defeated Islamabad United by five wickets at Multan Cricket Stadium.

After restricting Islamabad United to 144 in 20 overs, courtesy of outstanding bowling by Mohammad Ali and Abbas Afridi, Sultans organized to chase the target in the final over on the back of a persistent half-century by Reeza Hendricks.

Scores in brief:

  • Multan Sultans beat Islamabad United by five wickets
  • Islamabad United 144 all out, 20 overs (Salman Ali Agha 52, Jordan Cox 41; Mohammad Ali 3-19, Abbas Afridi 3-33, Usama Mir 2-29)
  • Multan Sultans 145-5, 19.5 overs (Reeza Hendricks 58, Mohammad Rizwan 41; Naseem Shah 2-27)
  • Player of the match – Mohammad Ali (Multan Sultans)

 

PSL 9: Sultans beat Islamabad United in Thrilling last-over

In the fifth match of PSL 9, Multan Sultan clinched the victory against Islamabad United in the last-over finish. The Victory marked Multan Sultan’s 2nd consecutive win in the tournament.

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In the plan of 145 runs target, Multan Sultan made a good start as the early dismissals of the opener Dawid Malan on duck, Skipper Rizwan played a good innings that sultan were looking for 43 runs on 33 balls including six 4’s and two big 6’s.

South Africa Batsman show consistency in performance and played an innings of 58 runs.

All-Rounder batsman of Pkaistan Team Iftikhar Ahmed took charge to chase the target, Guide Sultans to victory on the last bowl of 20th over. Although, he made 18 runs on 17 balls.

Star bowler Nassem Shah, Shadak Khan, Imad wasim and Tymal Mils all take 1 wickets for the united.

Earlier, Mohammad Ali and Abbas Afridi impressed with three wickets each as they limited Islamabad United to 144 runs.

Agha Salman and Jordan Cox built a strong partnership, recovering from early setbacks to add 68 runs in 48 balls. Cox scored 41 runs off 28 balls, including two boundaries and two sixes, before getting dismissed lbw by Usama Mir while attempting a switch hit.

Salman top-scored with a steady innings of 52 runs off 43 balls, hitting three boundaries and two sixes.

In the last over bowled by Mohammad Ali, the final three wickets fell, with Naseem Shah getting run out on the last ball, concluding Islamabad United’s innings at 144 runs.

Afridi and Ali ended with bowling figures of 3-29 and 3-19, respectively, while Mir claimed two wickets.