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Peshawar Zalmi Signs Inzamam-ul-Haq As Mentor And Batting Consultant For PSL 2021

Peshawar Zalmi took to social media Twitter on Saturday to announce that they have signed former Pakistan batsman Inzamam-ul-Haq as a mentor and batting consultant for their remaining matches of Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021.

Inzamam-ul-Haq is one of the most successful batsmen in Pakistan cricket history. The former Pakistan skipper played 378 ODI matches, scoring 11,739 runs at an average of 39.53. In Test cricket, Inzamam-ul-Haq has amassed 8,830 runs, including 46 half-centuries and 25 hundred.

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Peshawar Zalmi Ropes In Legendary Former Pakistan Skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq As Mentor Cum Batting Consultant

Since retiring, Inzamam-ul-Haq has had coaching stints with Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Peshawar Zalmi welcomed him to their franchise with the following tweet: “Legend Inzamam Ul Haq joins Peshawar Zalmi as Mentor/Batting Consultant for remaining matches of PSL 6. Welcome to the Zalmi family.”

Inzamam-ul-Haq played a vital role in the rise of the Afghanistan cricket team. When he was the team’s coach, the Afghans upset the West Indies in the ICC T20 World Cup 2016. Peshawar Zalmi has a strong squad for PSL 2021, and the team management will expect their batsmen to perform better under Inzamam-ul-Haq’s guidance.

Peshawar Zalmi Is In 2nd Spot Before IPL 6 Was Suspended Midway Due To Bio Bubble Breach

Having recorded three wins and two defeats in the first phase of PSL 2021, Peshawar Zalmi is currently in the second position on the points table, behind defending champions Karachi Kings. Peshawar Zalmi won three of their five matches in the first phase of PSL 2021.

Peshawar will resume their PSL 2021 campaign on June 4 against the Lahore Qalandars. The team has a strong chance of qualifying for the next round.

Shoaib Malik. (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images)
Shoaib Malik. (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images)

With the likes of Wahab Riaz, Shoaib Malik, Ravi Bopara, Fidel Edwards, David Miller, and Sherfane Rutherford in their ranks, Peshawar Zalmi will start as one of the favourites to win PSL 2021 in the UAE.

Shimron Hetmyer will make his Pakistan Super League debut with Multan Sultans. PSL 6, which was suspended in March, will resume in Abu Dhabi in June. Multan Sultans signed the West Indies big-hitter along with opener Johnson Charles.

Afghanistan’s star-leg spinner Rashid Khan will return to Lahore Qalandar for the PSL 6. The six-team tournament was stopped after 14 games in March after seven people, including six players, tested positive for COVID-19, and the franchises were allowed to add two more players to their squads in Saturday’s virtual players draft.

Peshawar Zalmi: Wahab Riaz (c), Abrar Ahmed, Amad Butt, Bismillah Khan, David Miller (partially available), Fabian Allen (partially available), Fidel Edwards (partially available), Haider Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Amir Khan, Mohammad Irfan Snr, Mohammad Imran, Mohammad Imran Randhawa, Rovman Powell, Waqar Salamkheil, Sherfane Rutherford, Shoaib Malik, and Umaid Asif

Top Five Highest Partnerships In The ICC T20 World Cup 2009
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Top Five Highest Partnerships In The ICC T20 World Cup 2009

Under the captaincy of Younis Khan, Pakistan lifted the T20 World Cup 2009 trophy after defeating Sri Lanka in the grand-finale. The Green Army was dominant in all the departments. In the final of that tournament, they halted Sri Lanka to set up huge targets as the Islanders were restricted to 138/6 in 20 overs. In reply, the all-rounder Shahid Afridi scored match-winning runs and guided the team to lift the ICC trophy.

India were the defending champions but they even failed to get qualify for the knock-out rounds in the second edition of the T20 World Cup. 

During the tournament, batsmen and bowlers build several records. And on that note, in this article, we have mentioned the players who were the highest scorer in the T20 World Cup 2009.

Chris Gayle and Andre Fletcher: 133 runs against Australia:

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West Indies started their ICC T20 World Cup 2009 campaign by winning against Australia. Ricky Ponting-led Australia had set a fighting target of 170 runs but it felt short in front of the explosive batsman Chris Gayle.

The Windies opening batsmen Chris Gayle and Andre Fletcher led the team to chase down the target. The duo set up 133 runs partnership which became the highest partnership of this particular tournament. Gayle smashed Australia’s bowling line up with the likes of Mitchell Jonson, Shane Watson, Nathan Bracken and Bret Lee. He amassed 88 runs off 50 balls, striking six gigantic sixes and six boundaries, before losing the wicket to Bret Lee. His opening partner Fletcher scored 53 runs off 32 balls and hit seven fours and one six. 

In the end, Ramnaresh Sarwan scored match-winning runs to guide the team to victory by seven wickets.

Tillakaratne Dilshan and Sanath Jayasuriya: 124 runs against West Indies

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Sri Lankan cricketers Tillakaratne Dilshan (L) and Sanath Jayasuriya ( Image Credit: Getty Images)

Tillakaratne Dilshan and Sanath Jayasuriya played the quick-firing innings against West Indies which led Sri Lanka to register the third-highest total by a team in the ICC T20 World Cup 2019.

Sri Lanka was asked to bat first as they lost the toss. The openers Dilshan and Jayasuriya thrashed the Caribbean bowlers and registered 124 runs partnership before the end of that partnership. Dilshan scored 74 off 47 balls, striking 11 fours and a six while Jayasuriya scored 81 off 47 balls, striking 10 boundaries and three sixes. Sri Lanka set up the target of 193 runs with the help of their partnership.

Finally, the West Indies faced defeat as they lost the game by 15 runs. 

Ravi Bopara and Luke Wright: 102 runs against the Netherlands

Top Five Highest Partnerships In The ICC T20 World Cup 2009
Ravi Boapara. Image Credit: Getty Images.

This was the opening match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2009 where the host England faced a shocking defeat against the Netherlands though Ravi Bopara and John Wright set the third-highest partnership of the tournament. 

Put in to bat, England got off to a great start with Ravi Bopara (46) and Luke Wright (71 off 49) adding 102 for the opening wicket in 11.2 overs. Once Netherlands’ pacer Ryan ten Doeschate got Bopara, things went downhill for England. Wright kept them going at one end but the others collapsed as England settled for only 162/5 in 20 overs. 

In reply, the underdog Netherlands chased down the target on the last ball of the match as they won the match by four wickets.

Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis: 87 runs against Scotland

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Scotland played the second match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2009 tournament against South Africa. It was important for them to win the match to be alive in the competition as they had already lost the first match against New Zealand. However, the Proteas skipper Graeme Smith ended Scotland’s hope after setting up a partnership with the all-rounder Jacques Kallis. 

Asked to bat first, Kallis made a 31-ball 48 and added 87 runs in 9.3 overs for the first wicket with Smith who scored 38 runs. AB de Villiers’s blistering knock of unbeaten 79 runs led South Africa to set the highest total of the tournament, 211 runs (211/5).

In reply, Scotland were folded up for just 81 runs at the Oval as Proteas crushed them by 130 runs.

Tillakaratne Dilshan and Sanath Jayasuriya: 81 runs against Pakistan

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Sri Lankan cricketers Tillakaratne Dilshan (L) and Sanath Jayasuriya ( Image Credit: Getty Images)

Sri Lanka opening pair Tillakaratne Dilshan and Sanath Jayasuriya once again set up the match-winning partnership for the first wicket. Dilshan smacked the likes of Shahid Afridi and Umar Gul and went on to score 46 runs off 39 balls, striking eight boundaries. Jayasuriya who made 26 off 24 balls, stitched up 81 runs partnership with Dilshan before losing his wicket. Their partnership became the fifth highest partnership in the ICC T20 World Cup 2009.

Sri Lanka put up 150 at the loss of seven wickets on the board. In reply, Pakistan could not chase down the target and were restricted to 131/9.

 

 

 

 

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Four Bowlers Who Leaked More Than 30 Runs In An Over In IPL

Yuvraj Singh, with his explosive batting in the 2007 T20 World Cup, showed that a batsman can score 36 runs in an over. After Andrew Flintoff provoked him, Yuvraj smacked six sixes in Stuart Broad’s over (6 balls). It became the most expensive over of T20I history. And after that innings, Yuvraj was called sixer king.

So far, no batsman has been able to break his record at the international platform. However, in T20 leagues, few explosive batsmen have scored more than 30 runs in an over. Nevertheless, scoring more than 30 runs in an over is a disgrace for the bowler.

Here, in this article, where we have discussed four bowlers who leaked more than 30 runs in an over in IPL:

4) Rahul Sharma: 31 runs

Four Bowlers Who Leaked More Than 30 Runs In An Over In IPL, Rahul Sharma.
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Chris Gayle is the T20 specialist, especially he builds the record in IPL. He holds the highest individual IPL score, 175* runs against Pune Warriors. He has also scored the fastest IPL century.

He showed the youngster Rahul Sharma how dangerous he could be at times. In the 2012 edition against Pune  Warriors, chasing a huge target of 183, RCB lost some early wickets. Then Gayle changed the whole scenario when Rahul came to bowl 13th over of the innings. Saurabh Tiwary, who was batting on the other end took a single on the first balls and then Gayle got the strike. He went on to hit six in the next five balls of that over. In total, Rahul leaked 31 runs in an over.

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Kumar Sangakkara Will Lead MCC Team for Pakistan Tour

On last Wednesday (29th January), the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has announced their squad for the upcoming 2020 Pakistan tour. Former Sri Lankan wicketkeeper-batsman and current MCC President Kumar Sangakkara will lead the MCC side.

MCC will tour to Pakistan this February to play some cricket matches. This tour is the long-stated aim for the MCC World Cricket committee who wants to support Pakistan’s cricket that has been hugely affected for over a decade. As the ICC’s full members are still not interested in playing in Pakistan immediately, this MCC tour has the aim to decrease the fear about the security system in Pakistan.

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In the upcoming Pakistan tour, the MCC team will play around three T20 matches. Apart from playing against the two PSL teams, Lahore Qalandars and Multan Sultans, MCC will also face Northern – the latest champions of the National T20 Cup (Pakistan’s domestic T20 tournament).

Also, the MCC will reportedly play a One-off one-day match against Pakistan Shaheens during this impending tour. The London club will play these matches at Lahore between 13th and 19th February 2020, just ahead of the PSL 2020. Pakistan will also host the entire PSL 2020 that will run from 20th February to 22nd March 2020.

Ravi Bopara has been included in Kumar Sangakkara-led MCC team

While the club has announced the 12-member squad for this upcoming Pakistan tour, Sangakkara will lead this MCC side.

The present MCC President was a member of the Sri Lankan team who bears witness to the terrorist attack in Lahore in March 2009. Subsequently, that incident had hugely affected that country’s cricket.

Kumar Sangakkara, MCC
Kumar Sangakkara (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

The 34-year-old English all-rounder Ravi Bopara will also fly to Pakistan with Sangakkara-led MCC team. Some other special names in this squad are Safyaan Sharif (Scotland), Michael Leask (Scotland), Fred Klaassen (Netherlands) and Roelof van der Merwe (former South Africa, present Netherlands).

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Ravi Bopara batting in the final of ICC Champions Trophy 2013 (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Former English international cricketer Ajmal Shahzad will coach of MCC for Pakistan’s 2020 tour.

MCC: Kumar Sangakkara (capt), Ravi Bopara, Michael Burgess, Oliver Hannon-Dalby, Fred Klaassen, Michael Leask, Arron Lilley, Imran Qayyum, Will Rhodes, Safyaan Sharif, Roelof van der Merwe, Ross Whiteley.

Ajmal Shahzad (Coach).