by: AtharG TN Sports News Karachi Pakistan
The eighth season of the Pakistan Super League has entered an interesting phase. Multan Sultans are leading the points table with eight points while Islamabad United and Lahore Qalandars have six points each. The teams from Islamabad and Lahore will face each other on Monday and the winning team will occupy the second position in the points table while the losing team will have to settle for the third position.
Karachi Kings and Peshawar Zalmi, who are in the fourth and fifth position, have equal points, but due to the better run rate of Karachi, they are in the fourth position with four points and Peshawar is in the fifth position. Quetta Gladiators are the only team in the event who have won only one match so far and hence their position at the bottom. If Quetta is to progress, they will have to rely on their players on the bench like the other teams, who will do well in this match. hasn’t been done yet.
During the two matches played on Sunday, Karachi Kings defeated a powerful team like Multan Sultans by 66 runs and Lahore Qalandars defeated Peshawar Zalmi by 40 runs. A major role in the success of the winning teams was played by the players who were getting fewer opportunities. Who are the players who took the anger out of being benched as soon as they got on the field, and whose late arrivals in the final XI proved to be the right arrival for their team? It is reviewed here.
Tayyab Tahir replaces Haider Ali
To put a brake on Karachi Kings’ continuous failures, the team management made two decisions in Sunday’s match which would probably have angered their fans if not done. The first decision was to replace the out-of-form Hyder Ali with Tayyab Tahir and the second was to replace former South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir with current South African spinner Tabriz Shamsi in the team. Both players not only justified their selection but also played their role in guiding the team to success. Taib Tahir not only scored a half-century while playing the first match for Karachi Kings but also added 109 runs with Matthew Wade in the second wicket partnership.
When he was dismissed for 65 runs off 46 balls with the help of eight fours and a six, the team’s score was 141 runs in 17 overs. Thanks to his innings, Karachi Kings scored 167 runs for 3 wickets on the scoreboard. Tayyab Bahir also had a hand in Karachi Kings dismissing Multan Sultans for 101 runs, who caught the top scorer of the tournament and the captain of the opposing team Muhammad Rizwan, while the left-arm wrist spinner Tabriz Shamsi also played a role. Tha, who dismissed three players by giving only 18 runs.
He halted Multan’s innings by sending the dangerous David Miller back to the pavilion for 7 runs, then Khushdil Shah for four and Usama Mir for 10 before his nippy bowling.
Abdullah Shafiq’s smoky batting
Lahore Qalandars also relied on Abdullah Shafiq to replace the out-of-form Kamran Ghulam in the final XI and the batsman justified his inclusion. Abdullah Shafiq batted at the number three position in his first match of the season and scored 75 runs off just 41 balls with the help of five fours and five sixes. While his innings got the team out of trouble with the early dismissal of Mirza Tahir Baig in the second over, it also gave fellow batsman Fakhar Zaman an opportunity to play openly, due to which he hit 10 sixes and three fours. managed to score 96 runs off 45 balls with the help of
Aggressive innings from Sam Billings in the very first match
After the dismissal of Abdullah Shafiq, the player with whom Fakhar Zaman formed a partnership of 88 runs for the third wicket was also playing his first match of the season.
Sam Billings was included in the team in place of West Indian Shai Hope, who had done wicket-keeping duties in the previous matches, and he justified his selection by playing an unbeaten inning of 47 runs off just 23 balls. It was Sam Billings who with the help of five fours and three sixes in the last two overs, Lahore Qalandars scored 26 runs and made a mountain total of 241 runs for the loss of 3 wickets on the scoreboard, which is the biggest so far this season. The score is
After the failure of Islamabad United’s opening batsman Paul Sterling in the first two matches of PSL 8, the management gave Afghan batsman Rahmanullah Gulbaz a chance in the third match, which benefited the team immensely. The batsman who played the first match for his franchise team not only entertained the fans by scoring 62 runs off just 31 balls but also managed to lead his team to victory.
The highlight of his innings was his four towering sixes and seven fours which troubled both the opposition bowlers and fielders. He could not score much in his next match but it is likely that his aggressiveness will benefit his team in the upcoming matches.
Fazal Haq Farooqui, how did the villain of the last World Cup become the hero of Islamabad United? In last year’s T20 World Cup match between Pakistan and Afghanistan, the player who had an on-field fight with Pakistani batsman Asif Ali and who was made a villain by Naseem Shah by hitting two consecutive sixes in the last over is now for Islamabad United. Playing his PSL debut from
In his first PSL match, Fazlul Haq Farooqui not only brought success to the same team, which Asif Ali is also a part of, but also won the hearts of the fans. The batsman’s reaction to what was bowled is evidence that he did not see the ball. Fazlul Haq Farooqui dismissed the top scorer of the innings Muhammad Hafeez and fellow pacer Muhammad Hasnain to give Islamabad United a win.
He took three wickets for just 28 runs in three and a half overs, due to which Islamabad United defeated Quetta Gladiators by 63 runs to win the event for the third time.
The inclusion of mister spinner Abrar Ahmed
Pakistan’s mystery spinner Abrar Ahmed, who recently took ten wickets on his Test debut, was benched by his new team Islamabad United in the first and third matches of the event. The match in which he debuted was also against the opposition. The team was named Multan Sultans. His performance in this match was decent and he gave 21 runs without taking a wicket in four overs, but he was not selected in the next match for which no specific reason was given.
In the thirteenth match of the event, when Islamabad again made him a part of the final XI, Abrar Ahmed did not disappoint and at a time when debutant Fazl Haq Farooqui took a wicket in the first over from the other end, Abrar bowled two consecutive overs. I guided the team to victory by sending two qualified batsmen to the pavilion. He not only managed to get the English batsman Jason Roy out lbw on the fifth ball of his first over but on the first ball of the second over, he bowled another English batsman, Will Smid, with his magical bowling. Done.
Abrar Ahmed bowled four overs in the match and conceded 21 runs, but this time managed to dismiss two players and his performance may be important for the selection of the next match.