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LIVE: Twin wickets restrict the flow of runs for Multan Sultans against Lahore Qalandars

LIVE: Twin wickets restrict the flow of runs for Multan Sultans against Lahore Qalandars

24/02/2018, Pakistan, Multi Sports, Pakistan Publications, Article # 25884376

The Multan Sultans are 96-2 at the end of 12 overs after being invited to bat first by the Lahore Qalandars during their Pakistan Super League 2018 match in Dubai on Friday.

The Sultans made one change to the side that defeated Peshawar Zalmi in Thursday's tournament opener, with Darren Bravo replacing Hardus Viljoen.

Ahmed Shehzad and Kumar Sangakkara opened the batting for the Sultans., whereas Raza Hasan and Aamer Yamin shared the new ball for the Qalandars.

Both Shehzad and Sangakkara looked in good touch earlier on, with the latter hitting Yamin for this maximum over extra cover.

Shehzad brought up the Sultans' 50 in the 6th over.

Sangakkara showed the young Shaheen Afridi that he has plenty of learning to do in the game by pulling him for this brilliant six.

Shehzad also picked his shots, although his preferred route to reach the boundary was through the ground rather than aerial a la his partner.

The breakthrough the Qalandars so badly needed finally came on the first ball of the 11th over when Shehzad nicked a ball to the wicketkeeper.

Sohaib Maqsood misjudged a Yasir Shah googly and departed in the very next over. While Shah's delivery was superb, the same cannot be said about his new celebration.

Line-ups

Lahore Qalandars: Brendon McCullum, Sunil Narine, Cameron Delport, Mustafizur Rahman, Fakhar Zaman, Sohail Akhtar, Aamer Yamin, Umar Akmal, Sunil Narine, Yasir Shah, Raza Hasan.

Multan Sultans: Shoaib Maik, Ahmed Shehzad, Sohaib Maqsood, Darren Bravo, Saif Badar, Sohail Tanvir, Kieron Pollard, Kumar Sangakkara, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Imran Tahir.



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LIVE: Lahore Qalandars lose Narine, McCullum in pursuit of 180-run target

LIVE: Lahore Qalandars lose Narine, McCullum in pursuit of 180-run target

24/02/2018, Pakistan, Multi Sports, Pakistan Publications, Article # 25885016

The Lahore Qalandars are 63-2 after 8 overs in pursuit of the 180-run target set by the Multan Sultans in their 2018 Pakistan Super League match in Dubai on Friday.

Fakhar Zaman and Sunil Narine opened the batting for the Qalandars, who are under pressure to perform well this year following two disappoint PSL season.

The Sultans decided to counter the Qalandars' left-handed pair with a southpaw duo of their own: Sohail Tanvir and Mohammad Irfan.

The Qalandars' opening strategy was for Narine to attack and Zaman to play the supporting role — something evident in this stroke:

The strategy worked for a while until it didn't as Irfan had Narine (26) caught at third man.

With Narine gone, Zaman assumed the role of the hitter, smashing Junaid Khan for this maximum in the 5th over.

Like Narine earlier, McCullum too ended up giving an easy catch to the fielder at third man, departing without troubling the scorers.

With the captain gone, his deputy took the charge.

Some of Zaman's work didn't look pretty but was effective and that's what matters more in T20 cricket.

Multan Sultans innings

Earlier, Ahmed Shehzad and Kumar Sangakkara opened the batting for the Sultans, whereas Raza Hasan and Aamer Yamin shared the new ball for the Qalandars.

Both Shehzad and Sangakkara looked in good touch earlier on, with the latter hitting Yamin for this maximum over extra cover.

Shehzad brought up the Sultans' 50 in the 6th over.

Sangakkara showed the young Shaheen Afridi that he has plenty of learning to do in the game by pulling him for this brilliant six.

Shehzad also picked his shots, although his preferred route to reach the boundary was through the ground rather than aerial a la his partner.

The breakthrough the Qalandars so badly needed finally came on the first ball of the 11th over when Shehzad nicked a ball to the wicketkeeper.

Sohaib Maqsood misjudged a Yasir Shah googly and departed in the very next over. While Shah's delivery was superb, the same cannot be said about his new celebration.

While Shah may have managed to fool Maqsood, he had little luck against new batter Shoaib Malik.

Sangakkara, meanwhile, brought up his second straight half-century of the young tournament in the 15th over.

Malik showed no mercy to PSL debutant Raza Hasan, dancing down the track for this maximum,

Sangakkara's glittering 63-run innings finally came to an end in the 17th over when Mustafizur Rahman had him caught.

But there was little to worry about for the Sultans as Malik went after the Lahore bowlers.

Sunil Narine's 18th over was plundered for 18 runs but Rahman compensated for that by bowling brilliant 19th, conceding just three runs.

In the end, the Sultans finished with 179 runs on the board, thanks to some tight bowling at the death.

Line-ups

Lahore Qalandars: Brendon McCullum, Sunil Narine, Cameron Delport, Mustafizur Rahman, Fakhar Zaman, Sohail Akhtar, Aamer Yamin, Umar Akmal, Sunil Narine, Yasir Shah, Raza Hasan.

Multan Sultans: Shoaib Maik, Ahmed Shehzad, Sohaib Maqsood, Darren Bravo, Saif Badar, Sohail Tanvir, Kieron Pollard, Kumar Sangakkara, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Imran Tahir.



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Junaid Khan the hat-trick hero as Multan Sultans’ dream start to PSL 2018 continues

Junaid Khan the hat-trick hero as Multan Sultans’ dream start to PSL 2018 continues

24/02/2018, Pakistan, Multi Sports, Pakistan Publications, Article # 25885468

Junaid Khan was the hat-trick hero as the Multan Sultans defeated the Lahore Qalandars by 43 runs in their 2018 Pakistan Super League match in Dubai on Friday.

Ahmed Shehzad and Kumar Sangakkara opened the batting for the Sultans, whereas Raza Hasan and Aamer Yamin shared the new ball for the Qalandars.

Both Shehzad and Sangakkara looked in good touch earlier on, with the latter hitting Yamin for this maximum over extra cover.

Shehzad brought up the Sultans' 50 in the 6th over.

Sangakkara showed the young Shaheen Afridi that he has plenty of learning to do in the game by pulling him for this brilliant six.

Shehzad also picked his shots, although his preferred route to reach the boundary was through the ground rather than aerial a la his partner.

The breakthrough the Qalandars so badly needed finally came on the first ball of the 11th over when Shehzad nicked a ball to the wicketkeeper.

Sohaib Maqsood misjudged a Yasir Shah googly and departed in the very next over. While Shah's delivery was superb, the same cannot be said about his new celebration.

While Shah may have managed to fool Maqsood, he had little luck against new batter Shoaib Malik.

Sangakkara, meanwhile, brought up his second straight half-century of the young tournament in the 15th over.

Malik showed no mercy to PSL debutant Raza Hasan, dancing down the track for this maximum,

Sangakkara's glittering 63-run innings finally came to an end in the 17th over when Mustafizur Rahman had him caught.

But there was little to worry about for the Sultans as Malik went after the Lahore bowlers.

Sunil Narine's 18th over was plundered for 18 runs but Rahman compensated for that by bowling brilliant 19th, conceding just three runs.

In the end, the Sultans finished with 179 runs on the board, thanks to some tight bowling at the death.

Fakhar Zaman and Sunil Narine opened the batting for the Qalandars, who are under pressure to perform well this year following two disappoint PSL season.

The Sultans decided to counter the Qalandars' left-handed pair with a southpaw duo of their own: Sohail Tanvir and Mohammad Irfan.

The Qalandars' opening strategy was for Narine to attack and Zaman to play the supporting role — something evident in this stroke:

The strategy worked for a while until it didn't as Irfan had Narine (26) caught at third man.

With Narine gone, Zaman assumed the role of the hitter, smashing Junaid Khan for this maximum in the 5th over.

Like Narine earlier, McCullum too ended up giving an easy catch to the fielder at third man, departing without troubling the scorers.

With the captain gone, his deputy took the charge.

Some of Zaman's work didn't look pretty but was effective and that's what matters more in T20 cricket.

Meanwhile, 'talented youngster' Umar Akmal did this to a Junaid Khan delivery.

The 12th over saw the Qalandars complete their 100.

In the next over, Akmal was dismissed as he tried clearing a Kieron Pollard slow ball but only found the palms of a fielder.

Pollard is used to hitting bowlers out of the park but he got a taste of his own medicine when Sohail Akhtar hit two 4s and a six in the 15th over.

Pollard did manage to redeem himself by picking up the prized wicket of Zaman, who was caught by a diving Shoaib Malik.

In the 16th over, Imran Tahir bowled out both Akhtar and Aamer Yamin as the Qalandars gained the upper hand.

Junaid Khan then removed Yasir Shah, Cameron Delport and Raza Hasan on successive deliveries to become only the second bowler to claim a hat-trick in a PSL match; the first being Karachi's Mohammad Amir.

The Qalandars lost a remarkable seven wickets for just four runs as they folded for just 136 run, falling 43 runs short of their target.

Line-ups

Lahore Qalandars: Brendon McCullum, Sunil Narine, Cameron Delport, Mustafizur Rahman, Fakhar Zaman, Sohail Akhtar, Aamer Yamin, Umar Akmal, Sunil Narine, Yasir Shah, Raza Hasan.

Multan Sultans: Shoaib Maik, Ahmed Shehzad, Sohaib Maqsood, Darren Bravo, Saif Badar, Sohail Tanvir, Kieron Pollard, Kumar Sangakkara, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Imran Tahir.



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LIVE: Match equally poised as Zaman punishes Sultans bowlers

LIVE: Match equally poised as Zaman punishes Sultans bowlers

24/02/2018, Pakistan, Multi Sports, Pakistan Publications, Article # 25885239

The Lahore Qalandars are 117-3 after 14 overs in pursuit of the 180-run target set by the Multan Sultans in their 2018 Pakistan Super League match in Dubai on Friday.

Fakhar Zaman and Sunil Narine opened the batting for the Qalandars, who are under pressure to perform well this year following two disappoint PSL season.

The Sultans decided to counter the Qalandars' left-handed pair with a southpaw duo of their own: Sohail Tanvir and Mohammad Irfan.

The Qalandars' opening strategy was for Narine to attack and Zaman to play the supporting role — something evident in this stroke:

The strategy worked for a while until it didn't as Irfan had Narine (26) caught at third man.

With Narine gone, Zaman assumed the role of the hitter, smashing Junaid Khan for this maximum in the 5th over.

Like Narine earlier, McCullum too ended up giving an easy catch to the fielder at third man, departing without troubling the scorers.

With the captain gone, his deputy took the charge.

Some of Zaman's work didn't look pretty but was effective and that's what matters more in T20 cricket.

Meanwhile, 'talented youngster' Umar Akmal did this to a Junaid Khan delivery.

The 12th over saw the Qalandars complete their 100.

In the next over, Akmal was dismissed as he tried clearing a Kieron Pollard slow ball but only found the palms of a fielder.

Multan Sultans innings

Earlier, Ahmed Shehzad and Kumar Sangakkara opened the batting for the Sultans, whereas Raza Hasan and Aamer Yamin shared the new ball for the Qalandars.

Both Shehzad and Sangakkara looked in good touch earlier on, with the latter hitting Yamin for this maximum over extra cover.

Shehzad brought up the Sultans' 50 in the 6th over.

Sangakkara showed the young Shaheen Afridi that he has plenty of learning to do in the game by pulling him for this brilliant six.

Shehzad also picked his shots, although his preferred route to reach the boundary was through the ground rather than aerial a la his partner.

The breakthrough the Qalandars so badly needed finally came on the first ball of the 11th over when Shehzad nicked a ball to the wicketkeeper.

Sohaib Maqsood misjudged a Yasir Shah googly and departed in the very next over. While Shah's delivery was superb, the same cannot be said about his new celebration.

While Shah may have managed to fool Maqsood, he had little luck against new batter Shoaib Malik.

Sangakkara, meanwhile, brought up his second straight half-century of the young tournament in the 15th over.

Malik showed no mercy to PSL debutant Raza Hasan, dancing down the track for this maximum,

Sangakkara's glittering 63-run innings finally came to an end in the 17th over when Mustafizur Rahman had him caught.

But there was little to worry about for the Sultans as Malik went after the Lahore bowlers.

Sunil Narine's 18th over was plundered for 18 runs but Rahman compensated for that by bowling brilliant 19th, conceding just three runs.

In the end, the Sultans finished with 179 runs on the board, thanks to some tight bowling at the death.

Line-ups

Lahore Qalandars: Brendon McCullum, Sunil Narine, Cameron Delport, Mustafizur Rahman, Fakhar Zaman, Sohail Akhtar, Aamer Yamin, Umar Akmal, Sunil Narine, Yasir Shah, Raza Hasan.

Multan Sultans: Shoaib Maik, Ahmed Shehzad, Sohaib Maqsood, Darren Bravo, Saif Badar, Sohail Tanvir, Kieron Pollard, Kumar Sangakkara, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Imran Tahir.



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LIVE: Sangakkara, Shehzad give Multan Sultans strong start against Lahore Qalandars

LIVE: Sangakkara, Shehzad give Multan Sultans strong start against Lahore Qalandars

24/02/2018, Pakistan, Multi Sports, Pakistan Publications, Article # 25883906

The Multan Sultans are 57-0 at the end of 7 overs after being invited to bat first by the Lahore Qalandars during their Pakistan Super League 2018 match in Dubai on Friday.

The Sultans made one change to the side that defeated Peshawar Zalmi in Thursday's tournament opener, with Darren Bravo replacing Hardus Viljoen.

Ahmed Shehzad and Kumar Sangakkara opened the batting for the Sultans., whereas Raza Hasan and Aamer Yamin shared the new ball for the Qalandars.

Both Shehzad and Sangakkara looked in good touch earlier on, with the latter hitting Yamin for this maximum over extra cover.

Shehzad brought up the Sultans' 50 in the 6th over.

Line-ups

Lahore Qalandars: Brendon McCullum, Sunil Narine, Cameron Delport, Mustafizur Rahman, Fakhar Zaman, Sohail Akhtar, Aamer Yamin, Umar Akmal, Sunil Narine, Yasir Shah, Raza Hasan.

Multan Sultans: Shoaib Maik, Ahmed Shehzad, Sohaib Maqsood, Darren Bravo, Saif Badar, Sohail Tanvir, Kieron Pollard, Kumar Sangakkara, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Imran Tahir.



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LIVE: Multan Sultans clobber Qalandars bowlers, set for a big total

LIVE: Multan Sultans clobber Qalandars bowlers, set for a big total

24/02/2018, Pakistan, Multi Sports, Pakistan Publications, Article # 25884533

The Multan Sultans are 166-4 at the end of 18 overs after being invited to bat first by the Lahore Qalandars during their Pakistan Super League 2018 match in Dubai on Friday.

The Sultans made one change to the side that defeated Peshawar Zalmi in Thursday's tournament opener, with Darren Bravo replacing Hardus Viljoen.

Ahmed Shehzad and Kumar Sangakkara opened the batting for the Sultans, whereas Raza Hasan and Aamer Yamin shared the new ball for the Qalandars.

Both Shehzad and Sangakkara looked in good touch earlier on, with the latter hitting Yamin for this maximum over extra cover.

Shehzad brought up the Sultans' 50 in the 6th over.

Sangakkara showed the young Shaheen Afridi that he has plenty of learning to do in the game by pulling him for this brilliant six.

Shehzad also picked his shots, although his preferred route to reach the boundary was through the ground rather than aerial a la his partner.

The breakthrough the Qalandars so badly needed finally came on the first ball of the 11th over when Shehzad nicked a ball to the wicketkeeper.

Sohaib Maqsood misjudged a Yasir Shah googly and departed in the very next over. While Shah's delivery was superb, the same cannot be said about his new celebration.

While Shah may have managed to fool Maqsood, he had little luck against new batter Shoaib Malik.

Sangakkara, meanwhile, brought up his second straight half-century of the young tournament in the 15th over.

Malik showed no mercy to PSL debutant Raza Hasan, dancing down the track for this maximum,

Sangakkara's glittering 63-run innings finally came to an end in the 17th over when Mustafizur Rahman had him caught.

But there was little to worry about for the Sultans as Malik went after the Lahore bowlers.

Line-ups

Lahore Qalandars: Brendon McCullum, Sunil Narine, Cameron Delport, Mustafizur Rahman, Fakhar Zaman, Sohail Akhtar, Aamer Yamin, Umar Akmal, Sunil Narine, Yasir Shah, Raza Hasan.

Multan Sultans: Shoaib Maik, Ahmed Shehzad, Sohaib Maqsood, Darren Bravo, Saif Badar, Sohail Tanvir, Kieron Pollard, Kumar Sangakkara, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Imran Tahir.



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LIVE: Multan Sultans set 180-run target for Lahore Qalandars

LIVE: Multan Sultans set 180-run target for Lahore Qalandars

24/02/2018, Pakistan, Multi Sports, Pakistan Publications, Article # 25884761

The Lahore Qalandars are 13-0 after 2 overs in pursuit of their 180-run target set by the Multan Sultans in their 2018 Pakistan Super League match in Dubai on Friday.

Fakhar Zaman and Sunil Narine opened the batting for the Qalandars, who are under pressure to perform well this year following two disappoint PSL season.

Multan Sultans innings

Earlier, Ahmed Shehzad and Kumar Sangakkara opened the batting for the Sultans, whereas Raza Hasan and Aamer Yamin shared the new ball for the Qalandars.

Both Shehzad and Sangakkara looked in good touch earlier on, with the latter hitting Yamin for this maximum over extra cover.

Shehzad brought up the Sultans' 50 in the 6th over.

Sangakkara showed the young Shaheen Afridi that he has plenty of learning to do in the game by pulling him for this brilliant six.

Shehzad also picked his shots, although his preferred route to reach the boundary was through the ground rather than aerial a la his partner.

The breakthrough the Qalandars so badly needed finally came on the first ball of the 11th over when Shehzad nicked a ball to the wicketkeeper.

Sohaib Maqsood misjudged a Yasir Shah googly and departed in the very next over. While Shah's delivery was superb, the same cannot be said about his new celebration.

While Shah may have managed to fool Maqsood, he had little luck against new batter Shoaib Malik.

Sangakkara, meanwhile, brought up his second straight half-century of the young tournament in the 15th over.

Malik showed no mercy to PSL debutant Raza Hasan, dancing down the track for this maximum,

Sangakkara's glittering 63-run innings finally came to an end in the 17th over when Mustafizur Rahman had him caught.

But there was little to worry about for the Sultans as Malik went after the Lahore bowlers.

Sunil Narine's 18th over was plundered for 18 runs but Rahman compensated for that by bowling brilliant 19th, conceding just three runs.

In the end, the Sultans finished with 179 runs on the board, thanks to some tight bowling at the death.

Line-ups

Lahore Qalandars: Brendon McCullum, Sunil Narine, Cameron Delport, Mustafizur Rahman, Fakhar Zaman, Sohail Akhtar, Aamer Yamin, Umar Akmal, Sunil Narine, Yasir Shah, Raza Hasan.

Multan Sultans: Shoaib Maik, Ahmed Shehzad, Sohaib Maqsood, Darren Bravo, Saif Badar, Sohail Tanvir, Kieron Pollard, Kumar Sangakkara, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Imran Tahir.



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Qalandars vs Sultans: Can the league newcomers make it two wins out of two?

Qalandars vs Sultans: Can the league newcomers make it two wins out of two?

23/02/2018, Pakistan, Multi Sports, Pakistan Publications, Article # 25882138

Confident after yesterday's unexpected seven-wicket win, Multan Sultans are going to face Lahore Qalandars in the third fixture of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) to be played in Dubai on Friday evening.

Though the Sultans are the new team on the block, their ability to ruffle the opponents' feathers was apparent in the PSL 2018's opening match.

On the other hand, Lahore Qalanders — who have been arguably the competition's worst side in the past two seasons — have now bolstered their line-up with the addition of Australian batsman Chris Lynn and left-handed Mustafizur Rehman among other measures.

Today's match is likely to be a tough fight as the Sultans have already shown their strength and the Qalandars are also expected to show their maximum potential.

A glance at Multan Sultans' compositions shows that they have assembled a sharp looking squad, leaving almost no loopholes. T20 veteran Shoaib Malik is leading the squad. The team is also equipped with run-machines like Pollard, Ahmed Shehzad, Darren Bravo, Kumar Sangakkara, Sohaib Maqsood and globetrotter Tanvir. With this composition, batting is their strongest suit.

Similarly, the Qalandars seem to be fully prepared for the challenge ahead. To overcome their shortcomings — resulting in an average performance in the PSL 2017 — the Qalandars with the help of Shoaib Akhtar have nurtured a fine blend of both batting and bowling. The core of their side is comprised of Brendon Mccullum, Umar Akmal, Sunil Narine, Fakhar Zaman, Yasir Shah and Chris Lynn. Teenage sensation Shaheen Shah Afridi and left-handed Mustafizur Rehman have made the bowling attack of the team more sharpen than before.

Squads:

Multan Sultans

Shoaib Maik (captain), Ahmed Shehzad, Sohaib Maqsood, Abdullah Shafiq, Darren Bravo, Saif Badar, Umar Siddiq, Shan Masood, Sohail Tanvir, Kieron Pollard, Kashif Bhatti, Ross Whiteley, Kumar Sangakkara, Nicholas Pooran, Umar Gul, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Imran Tahir (cover: Thisara Perera), Irfan Khan, Mohammad Abbas, and Hardus Viljoen.

Lahore Qalanders

Brendon McCullum (captain), Cameron Delport, Fakhar Zaman, Sohail Akhtar, Chris Lynn, Aamer Yamin, Bilawal Bhatti, Bilal Asif, Anton Devcich (replaced Angelo Mathews), Umar Akmal, Gulraiz Sadaf, Sohail Khan, Sunil Narine, Yasir Shah, Ghulam Mudassar, Mitchell McClenaghan, Raza Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman (cover: Dinesh Ramdin), Shaheen Afridi and Imran Khan.



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Pakistan retain top T20 ranking after ICC error

Pakistan retain top T20 ranking after ICC error

23/02/2018, Pakistan, Multi Sports, Pakistan Publications, Article # 25882139

Australian cricket chiefs have clarified that Pakistan still top the Twenty20 world rankings, despite Australia's victory in the T20 tri-series also featuring New Zealand and England.

Cricket Australia said this week that Australia would take the number one spot if they were unbeaten in the tri-series, a feat they achieved with a 19-run win over New Zealand in Auckland on Wednesday.

But in a statement late Thursday, it said a “clerical error” by the International Cricket Council meant the calculation was wrong and Pakistan retain the number one ranking.

When ratings points were rounded off, it said, Australia were second on 125.65, 0.19 points behind Pakistan on 125.84.

It means Australia have still not been rated the number one T20 side in the world since the shortest form of the game began in 2011.

Australia are currently ranked third in Tests and fifth in one-dayers.



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