PSL is moving towards its climax, I mean heading towards its Semis, so far three top three teams have qualified for the next round, although there is a tough race for Karachi Kings and Lahore Qalandars, out of which one time will be joining the other teams for the Semi final matches.
With all such burden on head, the PSL atmosphere has rose up high, and this all is causing clashes between players, although some are answering it by smashing a ball hard with bat or some with a full speed bouncer. But that is the part of the game as aggression in sportsman is necessary as sugar in a cake.
From last several days clash between Wahab Riaz and Ahmed Shahzad was in the headlines, we have brought you another clash between players during live PSL match but this was not an intentional clash as batsman and bowler collided while bowler was appealing for a LBW out.
The 15th match of PSL 2016 was yesterday played at Sharjah Association Cricket Stadium Sharjah. As we know that Pakistan’s debut cricket ;league is now heading towards its climax, all the teams are giving their 100 percent to knock the opponents. Similarly, this match was also an important one as Peshawar Zalmi winning thjis match would get them equal to the toppers of point table Quetta Gladiators, whereas it was a do or die situation for Lahore Qalnadars as loosing the match would have ruled out them from this event.
LQ knowing the importance of the match, finally defeated PZ in a last ball decider match.
Zalmis won the toss and opted to bowl first, and early own in the first over dismissed the dangerous Chris Gayle on the very first ball of the match he faced, and as usual the bowler was none other than Junaid Khan.
Captain of Qalnadars Azhar Ali also failed ti impress as he was just able to score 25 runs of 26 balls. The game changed for LQ’s favor when the Cameron Delport and Umar Akmal settled 3rd wicket partnership of 101 runs. Delport and Akmal scored 78 and 52 notout respectively.
At the end of 20 overs, Qalnadars were able to set 164 runs with loss of 3 wickets on the board.
While chasing the total at one stage Zalmi’s were 95-4 but further they proceeded well and it was looking that Zalmis will be able to snatch the victory as Dawid Malan and Shahid Yousuf added rapid 40 runs in their score board.
But very sooner the quick wicket fall disturbed Zalmi’s to restrict from chasing such a chaseable total. Finally Zalmi’s were able to 160 with loss of 7 wickets after 20 overs .
8th Match of Pakistan Super League was today played at Dubai International Stadium, Dubai. The best thing about this encounter was that the topper of the points table met the side struggling on the last of the table. To be very clear we can say that Quetta Gladiators were unbeatable on the board whereas Lahore Qalandars were still looking to open the account with the win.
Before this match, Qalandars played 2 matches and unfortunately got defeated in both of them. On the other hand, Gladiators played 3 matches and won all of them superbly.
Lahore Qlandars vs Quetta Gladiators 8th Match PSL
Today, just one match in PSL was played and tomorrow it will be an off day as no match will be played. As mentioned above the match was a crucial one for Qalandars as they were last on the points table.
Quetta won the toss and opted to bowl first, although they weren’t able to under pressure Lahore as they had to wait 10 overs to get their first wicket.
Lahore played sensibly and settled an opening partnership of 62 runs. Later on the opener of Qalandars Cameron Delport devastated the opponents with some towering blows.
Later Pakistan star batsman Umar Akmal took the charge and proved his class.
Collectively, Qalandars realized all other teams that they were unfortunate in all previous matches, although they have potential to spell bound the opponents easily as they set the highest total of PSL so far.
Finally, Gladiators were bowled out on 131 in 16.2 overs.
4th match of Pakistan Super League (PSL) was today played at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai. Like all the previous matches, it was a low scoring game as compare to the ongoing trends of T20 cricket.
The game which was believed to be close one as both the sides were top teams on the points table , turned out to be a one sided affair for the Gladiators. Although, the score placed by Karchi Kings was neverthesless but Ahmed Shehzad with his superb knock crushed the kings single-handedly.
Ahmed Shehzad, who wasn’t in form from last some time, shut all the haters with his classical batting while chasing the target of 148 on the board.
Quetta Gladiators won the toss and opted to bowl first, the decision looked quite favorable for Gladiators as they took early wickets.
After the top order failure, Kings batsmen Ravi Bopara and captain Shoaib Malik added some crucial runs but finally they weren’t enough on the board. Finally at the end of 20 overs, Kings managed to set 147 after loosing 7 wickets.
The Gladiators openers were quite furious and from the very beginning of their innings the openers spell bounded the opponents.
As we know that Luke Wright of England and Pakistani batsman Ahmed Shehzad are the openers of the Gladiators, both of them are known for hitting the ball all around.
Quetta is led by the wicket-keeper batsman Sarfraz Ahmed and with two consecutive wins on the board they have proved their self as they are top on the points table.
The final results on the board tells that it was an easy affair in front of Quetta Gladiators as they manged 8 wickets win while 16 balls remaining on the board.
Ahmed Shehzad was awarded Man of the Match for his brilliant knock of 71 of 46 balls.
Finally PSL‘s wait is no more days from the Pakistanis, as it is now just hours away when the history will be created by commencing the first international cricket league of Pakistan , Pakistan Super League.
All the teams have already arrived on the venues and yesterday the event of trophy launching has also taken place in Dubai. The best thing about this cricketing event is that whole of the nation is cheering for the superstars of the most liked game of Pakistan.
The other thing which makes it more fascinating is the surprises and additions, as it all started with a slow pace and now they have got all the stakeholder on the board, from the sponsors to Tv channels of Pakistan, everyone is in full swing to support their team whole heartedly but at the same time the cricket fans are rejoiced to have such a huge cricket event by Pakistan and are not concerned about whoever wins the trophy as they collectively think that at the end of the day it will be a big positive point for Pakistan’s cricket.
Amid all this we have got another big surprise right from Dubai trophy unveiling ceremony of PSL, as skipper of Peshawar Zalmi Shahid Afridi after the end of the ceremony while addressing to the media announced that the entrance in PSL match will be free for those who will be wearing a Peshwar Zalmi shirt, he added that the ticket fare will be paid by the owner of Peshawar Zalmi.
Zalmis, have been phenomenal since they kicked off their promotional activities and this later addition works as icing on the cake.
The captain of PZ also looked quite confident about a trophy win and at the same time he also invited the spectators to come and support PSL in Dubai.
Hardly wait of around two weeks, and Pakistanis will be having their very own cricketing league. The league will be kicking off from February 4 2016. And as the makers of this league have mentioned numerous times that this league will be the 2nd biggest cricket league in the history of cricket after the Indian Premier League (IPL). To make it as gigantic as the neighboring cricket league, PCB and PSL governing body has been taking several bold steps. Undoubtedly, which are anticipating the Pakistanis and making them go crazy all around to explore their own cricket extravaganza.
The very latest official confirmation of the opening ceremony of PSL has not only made Pakistanis go crazy, at the same time it has also entice the international viewers. As the PSL official Twitter handle have unveiled that the Pakistani singer Ali Zafar will be performing on the opening ceremony along with Jamaican hip hop rapper- singer Sean Paul. Yeah, this worked as icing on the cake and the sources also told that the opening event will be a houseful show, with some national and international celebrities. The other thing which is also revealed by a reliable source is that the legends of Pakistan Cricket will also be invited to the event.
The picture which is being portrayed by the PSL official looks just a like dream come true for the cricket manic of Pakistan. As the PSL 2016 seems to be a big blow on the board and the hype and sensation it has created is something that anyone can’t undermine.
On the other hand, the teams participating in PSL are also getting huge support and the way they are putting on their promotional activities that tells that the whole of the nation has got involved in making this league a mighty hit. As the stars heading from showbiz have been extending their supports for this league, which is fulfilling the words of PSL officials, who vowed that PSL will not be merely a cricketing event as it will be getting all of the national stars on the board.
After a a long wait for PSL, as it took around six years to finally incept this idea, the Pakistani fans can proudly say, “Good things come to him who wait.”