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Delhi Bulls defeat Team Abu Dhabi by 49 runs
Abu Dhabi (SB Report);- The Delhi Bulls booked their place in the Abu Dhabi T10 final after defeating Team Abu Dhabi by 49 runs in Qualifier 2 on Friday. The Bulls will be up against the Deccan Gladiators in the Final and Team Abu Dhabi will face off against Bangla Tigers in the 3rd Place Play-off on Saturday. After the Delhi Bulls recorded a total of 109/7 in their 10 overs, Team Abu Dhabi were bowled out for 60 in 8.3 overs. Dominic Drakes was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 4/13. Philip Salt and Paul Stirling began Team Abu Dhabi's innings in typical fashion, gathering 23 runs off the first over. Salt struck two boundaries and a six off the first three deliveries and Stirling smacked consecutive boundaries off Chandrapaul Hemraj's bowling. However, Dominic Drakes brought the Delhi Bulls back into the match by taking the wickets of Philip Salt and Captain Liam Livingstone in the second over. Fazalhaq Farooqi made matters worse for Team Abu Dhabi when he dismissed Stirling in the fourth over, leaving Team Abu Dhabi at 39/3. Romario Shepherd completely tilted the match in favour of Delhi Bulls when he removed Chris Gayle for 14 runs from 11 balls and Danny Briggs for nought in consecutive deliveries in the fifth over. Team Abu Dhabi were reduced to 44/6. Thereafter, Team Abu Dhabi kept losing wickets at regular intervals and eventually folded for 60. Earlier, Sheldon Cottrell got Team Abu Dhabi off to a great start by bowling out Rahmanullah Gurbaz on the first delivery of Delhi Bulls' innings. Sherfane Rutherford tried to gain momentum for the Bulls as he struck a four and a six in the second over, however, he was dismissed by Captain Liam Livingstone for 19 runs from 8 balls in the next over. Team Abu Dhabi continued to put pressure on their opponents by picking up wickets at regular intervals. Livingstone led from the front with magnificent figures of 2/7 in his 2 overs. Romario Shepherd tried to take responsibility of getting the runs for the Bulls as he smacked Marchant de Lange for consecutive boundaries in the seventh over, but he was removed by Cottrell for 26 runs from 16 balls in the ninth over. Adil Rashid's breezy cameo innings of 13 runs from 5 balls helped the Bulls post a competitive total of 109/7 in their 10 overs. Brief scores: Delhi Bulls 109/7 (Romario Shepherd 26, Sherfane Rutherford 19, Liam Livingstone 2-7) beat Team Abu Dhabi 60 (Philip Salt 15, Chris Gayle 14, Dominic Drakes 4/13) by 49 runs.    
T10 League: Team Abu Dhabi brush aside to Bangla Tigers
Abu Dhabi (SB Report):-Team Abu Dhabi kept their title hopes alive after defeating Bangla Tigers by 7 wickets in the Eliminator in the Abu Dhabi T10 on Friday. After the Bangla Tigers posted a total of 101/4 in their 10 overs, Paul Stirling played a brilliant innings of 57 runs from 20 balls to help his team chase down the total in 6.5 overs. Team Abu Dhabi will take on Delhi Bulls in Qualifier 2 on Friday. Paul Stirling smashed Mohammad Amir for two boundaries and a six in the second over and set the ball rolling for Team Abu Dhabi. He smashed two more sixes off James Faulkner's bowling in the next over. The opening batters Paul Stirling and Philip Salt put Team Abu Dhabi in the driver's seat with a partnership of 81 runs in 4.5 overs. Salt and Stirling were dismissed in quick succession, however, Chris Gayle and Colin Ingram closed out the game in clinical fashion in the end. Earlier, Hazratullah Zazai single-handedly took the Bangla Tigers to 101/4 in their 10 overs. The Afghanistan cricketer smashed 5 fours and 4 sixes in his magnificent innings of 66* off 37 balls. Sheldon Cottrell set the tone with the ball for Team Abu Dhabi by taking the wicket of Johnson Charles in the first over itself and then Faf du Plessis fell to Fidel Edwards in the next over. Edwards put more pressure on the Tigers by dismissing Will Jacks for a first-ball duck and then Marchant de Lange joined the party by taking the wicket of Will Smeed in the fourth over. Thereafter, Zazai took matters into his own hands and smashed Edwards for three boundaries in the sixth over. The Afghanistan cricketer took on de Lange as well, smacking him for a four and a six in the eighth over, taking the Tigers' score to 76/4.  The Bangla Tigers propelled their score over hundred by gathering 18 runs off the last over. Benny Howell played a fantastic hand of 14* runs from 11 balls as well. Brief scores: Team Abu Dhabi 105/3 (Paul Stirling 57, Philip Salt 24, Benny Howell 2/22) beat Bangla Tigers 101/4 (Hazratullah Zazai 66*, Benny Howell 14*, Fidel Edwards 2-20) by 7 wickets.  
Junior World Cup: Argentina and Germany to contest final
Bhubaneswar (SB Report):-Argentina and Germany to contest the final of the FIH Odisha Men’s Junior World Cup Bhubaneswar 2021 after a thrilling day of hockey action. There was the drama of shoot-outs; plenty of goals, some outstanding saves and, as always, heartbreak and joy as the tournament approaches the grand finale. In Sunday’s final Argentina and Germany will be meeting each other for the second time after the European team beat the South American side in a  tight 4-3 pool match. The third place contest will be between France and host nation India – again two teams that met in the pool stage, where France were 5-4 winners. Semi-final 1: France 0-0 Argentina (1-2 Shoot-out) Nehuen Hernando in the Argentina goal was the difference separating the two combatants in the first semi-final. In a tournament that had yielded so many goals, the 0-0 score-line at full-time was an indicator of the tense and tight nature of this game. During the match, France and Argentina played a canny game with neither side willing to take risks and push for a win. In previous matches both teams had played with an all-out attacking mindset; this was far from the case as the two teams probed and tested each other. For both teams, this was a totally different style of play with Argentina adapting to it quickest and looking the more dangerous in the early stages. During the first half, Argentina won three penalty corners to one French penalty corner, but neither side was able to capitalise. Both teams have great game managers in the shape of their captains Timothee Clement of France and Facundo Zarate of Argentina. What we saw during this match was these two players controlling their defences but further up the field a fear of mistakes inhibited the movement and decision-making of the midfield and forward players of both teams. Argentina goalkeeper Nehuen Hernando saved the first French attempt by Antonin Igua but Argentina’s advantage was lost when Zarate saw his attempt fly wide. Corentin Sellier then stepped up for France but Hernando again held his nerve to keep the striker out and it was Bautista Capurro who coolly scored his attempt and sent his side through to the final on Sunday, where they will meet Germany. Argentina’s captain Facundo Zarate said: “We are very happy and very proud. We trained very hard to get here and we have done well. Now we have to play another 60 minutes. “We are going to prepare like we have for the other matches. We are going to prepare equally well and play equally well.” A hugely disappointed Timothee Clement said: “It was a good game for the two teams. It is hard to lose in the semi-final. Now we focus on getting third place.” Semi-final 2: India 1-4 Germany Going into this match, both India and Germany had been through tough encounters with Belgium and Spain respectively and the tempo of the opening quarter reflected this. Here were two teams working at a high intensity and an equally high quality of competition. However, it was Germany who got the advantage in the opening quarter when Eric Kleinlein slotted home from a penalty corner to put his team ahead at the first break. That lead was doubled in the 21 minute when Philip Holzmüller scored. From this point on there was little doubt about the outcome. Germany scored twice more – through Julius Hayner and Kleinlein again and any Indian attacking moves were closed down by the German defence. India did score. Surdeep Chimarko made it 3-1 and gave his team hope but Head Coach Graham Reid will be disappointed that his side failed to deliver the creativity and speed that had been their hallmark in earlier games. The second Indian goal came in the final minute and was scored by Boby Dhami. Player of the Match, Masi Pfandt said: “It is a pleasure for me to stand here and I am so happy to be in the final. We played as a team. We know Argentina is a good team, we played them in the pool [Germany won 4-3] and it was tight but if we play as we did today, then we have a good chance of winning” India’s captain Vivek Prasad said: “It was a great match and a very tight match. Germany played very well and congratulations to them. I hope we can win bronze. That is what we will focus on now. “France is a great team. They beat us in the pool match [5-4] so it will not be easy but we will do our best.” In the 5th-8th place classification matches, Belgium overcame Spain and Netherlands comfortably beat Malaysia. The match reports are below. Belgium 2-2 Spain (4-3 shoot-out) Earlier in the day Belgium squeezed every last ounce of effort to haul in and eventually overcome Spain. This was a game that went to the wire, with Spain dominating the opening half with two goals from Pau Cunill giving the Spanish team a 2-0 cushion at half-time. Belgium fought back with goals from Jeremy Wilbers and Thibeau Stockbroekx to force a shoot-out. An efficient and calm performance from the Belgium players, combined with some very good goalkeeping by Pierre de Gratie saw the Belgium team win the shoot-out with relative ease. Player of the Match Thibeau Stockbroekx said: “We didn’t start so well but I tried to keep the team up. The second half was for us and I think we did really well. In the first half we were lacking of energy and the basics were not there. At half-time, we discussed it, we put some energy in the team and that helped us a lot.” For Spain, the result was the second disappointment following their defeat at the hands of Germany in the previous round. Alvaro Portugal said: “It’s a little bit like two days ago against Germany. We had the lead almost all the match and then at the end we conceded two goals. We have to improve that. We cannot permit that. We had another chance but we didn’t not convert it. This is a bit frustrating. It’s disappointing but it is what it is.” Netherlands 9-3 Malaysia The second match saw Malaysia steamrollered in the opening quarter by a Netherlands team intent on making up for their previous match, where they lost to Argentina. Three goals in 15 minutes gave Netherlands a cushion to launch further attacks, although Malaysia rallied to shut down the Dutch in the second quarter. The third quarter, however, saw Netherlands once more  pile the pressure on with a further three goals, with Luke Dommershuijzen chalking up a hat trick. The last few minutes of fourth quarter was a wholly different affair as Malaysia threw caution to the wind and went in search of goals of their own. They had already scored a consolation through Mohammad Khalid but in the 59th minute Akimullah Anuar found the net before his teammate Firadus Rosdi added a third. However, Netherlands also kept pushing and added three more goals of their own. The final score of 9-3 underlined the difference in performance and speed of play between the two teams on this occasion. Player of the Match Luke Dommershuijzen said: “After Wednesday’s match [in which Netherlands lost to Argentina], it was hard to play but it was good today. “Our match against Belgium will be a hard game but we trust in our systems and we also trust everyone in the team.”
Abu Dhabi T 10: Deccan Gladiators reach in final
Abu Dhabi (SB Report):-Riding on Andre Russell’s brilliant all-round show, the Deccan Gladiators progressed to the final of Abu Dhabi T10 after clinching the first qualifier against Delhi Bulls on Friday. The Gladiators’ batting clicked once again and overcame a minor stutter in the middle overs to pose an imposing 139. The Delhi Bulls’ batting unit started strongly but the chase lost steam after the departure of Eoin Morgan in the seventh over. The loss meant that the Delhi Bulls would need to play against the winning side of the Eliminator in Qualifier 2 later in the day. Gurbaz began the Bulls’ chase with the same confidence that he has exhibited throughout the season, lofting Wahab Riaz over his head for a six in the first over. Hemraj continued the good work in the next over, finding the boundary on multiple occasions to fetch 22 runs off Sultan Ahmed’s bowling. However, the left-hander departed soon, failing to pick Smith’s slower ball. In the company of Sherfane Rutherford, Gurbaz took the team to 65 at the halfway mark of the innings but fell to Hasaranga on the first delivery of the sixth over. Eoin Morgan raised hopes of the Delhi fans with a flurry of sixes but Andre Russell delivered the knockout punch when he had Morgan caught at deep point. With 47 to get off the final three overs and their main batsmen back in the hut, the result became a foregone conclusion. The Bulls eventually finished with 122 for the loss of five wickets to lose the contest by 17 runs. Earlier, the Gladiators lost the toss and were put in to bat by Dwayne Bravo. Russell and Tom Kohler-Cadmore resumed from where they had left in the last match, stitching together a 58-run-partnership from just 23 balls to give the team a solid start. Russell, who dominated the partnership, fell for 39 in the fourth over. The sixth over of the innings bowled by Dominic Drakes proved to be quite an eventful one. Gladiators began the over in a strong position with the scoreboard reading 74/1. Kohler-Cadmore lofted Drakes’ first delivery which Dwayne Bravo dropped. However, the captain showed the presence of mind and threw down the stumps from long-off to run out the non-striker Najibullah Zadran. Kohler-Cadmore went for it once again on the next ball but the mistimed shot was safely pouched by Chandrapaul Hemraj. Anwar Ali too lasted only two balls before edging one to Gurbaz. Gladiators slipped to 77/4 by the time Drakes’ over ended. Odean Smith and David Wiese brought the innings back on track and took the total beyond 100 on the first ball of the penultimate over. Odean Smith then went on to unleash a hat-trick of sixes against Fazalhaq Farooqi’s bowling who gave away 27 runs in the over. Wiese hit Nyeem Young for a four and a six in the final over to ensure that the Gladiators ended up a big score despite the setback faced in the middle overs. The duo added 62 runs from 24 deliveries. Brief scores: Deccan Gladiators 139/4 (Andre Russell 39, David Wiese 31, Dominic Drakes 3-15) beat Delhi Bulls 122/5 (Eoin Morgan 27, Chandrapaul Hemraj 24, Andre Russell 2-27)

PSL03 Dec 2021

PCB announces PSL-7 schedule PSL
Ali Ahmed LAHORE (December 3, 2021):-Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) unfolded the schedule of HBL PSL Season 7, as the countdown started of the PCB high profile cricket league, HBL Pakistan Super League on Friday here. Defending champions Multan Sultans will take on hosts Karachi Kings at the National Stadium in the opening fixture on January 27, 2022. Two-time champions Islamabad will be in action on Sunday afternoon when they will lock horns with Peshawar Zalmi, with the evening match to be played between arch-rivals Karachi Kings and Lahore Qalandars. It is pertinent to mention here that the 27 February final will be the first time since 2017 when the headquarters of Pakistan cricket will hold the final. National Stadium had staged the finals from 2018 to 2020, while Abu Dhabi was the venue for the 2021 final where Sultans defeated Zalmi by 47 runs. HBL PSL Draft 2022 The PCB has decided the HBL PSL Draft 2022 will be held at the High Performance Centre in Lahore on Sunday, 12 December, with the event to kick-off at 3pm. Each side will come to the draft with a maximum of eight player retentions from the last event. Following the finalisation of player categories, the transfer and retention window is now officially open and will close on 10 December. In the Platinum Category, Lahore Qalandars will have the first pick, followed by Multan Sultans, Karachi Kings, Islamabad United, Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators. Lahore Qalandars will have the first pick in the Diamond Category, followed by Peshawar Zalmi, Islamabad United, Quetta Gladiators, Karachi Kings and Multan Sultans. Lahore Qalandars will have the first pick in the Gold Category, Peshawar Zalmi will have the first pick in the Silver Category, Lahore Qalandars will have the first pick in Emerging Category and Quetta Gladiators will have the first pick in Supplementary Category. Local players’ category renewals The PCB, following a review and assessment process, has updated local players’ categories. In the biggest moves, Pakistan wicketkeeper/batter and Multan Sultan’s captain Mohammad Rizwan (previously Silver), Asif Ali of Islamabad United (previously Gold) and Lahore Qalandars’ Haris Rauf (previously Diamond) have been placed in Platinum Category. Multan Sultans’ Sohaib Maqsood, who was Player of HBL PSL 6, and Haider Ali of Peshawar Zalmi have moved up from Silver and Gold Categories to Diamond Category, respectively. PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja says: “I am delighted that the HBL PSL 7 schedule has been announced. This will now get the ball rolling with the teams to start planning and finalising their line-ups and the PCB increasing the pace of the operational delivery to ensure they provide quality playing facilities for the players as well as five-star experience to the fans and our valued commercial partners. “The HBL PSL 7 will also kick start what will be a bumper year for Pakistan cricket with the Australia men’s cricket team to play a full series in March-April with England men’s cricket side to tour Pakistan twice for white-ball and red ball cricket.” Schedule (Matches from 27 Jan-7 Feb to be played at the National Stadium, Karachi; matches from 10-27 Feb to be played at the Gaddafi Stadium) 27 Jan - Karachi Kings vs Multan Sultans 28 Jan - Quetta Gladiators vs Peshawar Zalmi 29 Jan - Multan Sultans vs Lahore Qalandars; Karachi Kings vs Quetta Gladiators 30 Jan - Peshawar Zalmi vs Islamabad United; Karachi Kings vs Lahore Qalandars 31 Jan - Quetta Gladiators vs Multan Sultans 1 Feb - Islamabad United vs Multan Sultans 2 Feb - Peshawar Zalmi vs Lahore Qalandars 3 Feb - Quetta Gladiators vs Islamabad United 4 Feb - Karachi Kings vs Peshawar Zalmi 5 Feb - Islamabad United vs Lahore Qalandars; Peshawar Zalmi vs Multan Sultans 6 Feb - Karachi Kings vs Islamabad United 7 Feb - Quetta Gladiators vs Lahore Qalandars 10 Feb- Multan Sultans vs Peshawar Zalmi 11 Feb - Lahore Qalandars vs Multan Sultans 12 Feb - Islamabad United vs Quetta Gladiators 13 Feb - Peshawar Zalmi vs Karachi Kings; Lahore Qalandars vs Quetta Gladiators 14 Feb - Islamabad United vs Karachi Kings 15 Feb - Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta Gladiators 16 Feb - Multan Sultans vs Karachi Kings 17 Feb - Islamabad United vs Peshawar Zalmi 18 Feb - Multan Sultans vs Quetta Gladiators; Lahore Qalandars vs Karachi Kings 19 Feb - Lahore Qalandars vs Islamabad United 20 Feb - Quetta Gladiators vs Karachi Kings; Multan Sultans vs Islamabad United 21 Feb - Lahore Qalandars vs Peshawar Zalmi 23 Feb - Qualifier (1 vs 2) 24 Feb - Eliminator 1 (3 vs 4) 25 Feb - Eliminator 2 (Loser Qualifier 1 vs Winner Eliminator 1) 27 Feb – (Qualifier v Eliminator 2) Final Match timings: Friday’s double-headers – 3pm & 8pm Other than Friday’s double-headers – 2pm & 7pm All single-headers – 7pm

Tennis03 Dec 2021

Davis Cup: Croatia and Serbia prepare for semifinal
Islamabad (Sports Desk):-The semi-final between Serbia and Croatia will be the latest instalment of an old rivalry, even if the players are all friends. It will also pit the world No.1 singles player against the world No.1 doubles team. Whenever Croatia faces Serbia, it’s about more than just tennis. “There is a big rivalry obviously being neighbouring countries, and there is always an extra pressure, an extra motivation, extra expectations I think for both nations to really win against each other”, says Novak Djokovic. “It’s not just semi-finals, it’s Croatia against Serbia, which has extra meaning for us.” Friday’s last-four clash in Madrid will be just the third time Croatia and Serbia have faced off in Davis Cup since they became independent nations following the break-up of Yugoslavia. Both of the previous meetings have gone Serbia’s way. The first came in Split in 2010 when Serbia won 4-1 in the quarter-finals en route to winning the competition. Then, like now, Djokovic was Serbia’s leading man, winning both of his singles matches against Ivan Ljubicic and Marin Cilic in straight sets. “I remember it really well and I even have a few photos from that tie”, Cilic recalls. “I couldn’t believe how young we were. It was incredible to play in Croatia, really loud fans, special atmosphere. In the end Novak played incredible over the weekend. With that victory of them in the Davis Cup, Novak got an incredible boost for the 2011 season. So Davis Cup again showed a lot of great emotions and positivity. Those experiences are incredible for everyone’s career.” “It’s not just semi-finals, it’s Croatia against Serbia, which has extra meaning for us" (Novak Djokovic) In 2015, Serbia beat Croatia again, although this time it was a 5-0 thrashing in Kraljevo. Viktor Troicki, who won both of his singles matches in that whitewash six years ago, now hopes to inspire Serbia as captain. “It's a completely new role for me. First year as a Davis Cup captain, being on the team for so many years as a player, I have experienced everything, but this is a whole different level, being in the court and supporting the players. Nice memories against them [Croatia]. Of course we are going to go for a win. Hopefully the streak will continue.” While the national rivalry is impossible to ignore, it’s not something that leads to friction between the players. If anything, the opposite is true, with the country’s ties bringing them all closer. “We get along extremely well”, Cilic says about the two teams. “During the season we’re practising all the time, hanging out together. With Novak I’ve been great friends since childhood. Krajinovic has been working with my fitness coach for a while. Borna [Gojo] was practising in Belgrade. So there is great connection with their team.” Djokovic believes the tie, while competitive, will be an opportunity to showcase the camaraderie between the sides. “I think regardless of what happens on the court, what is really nice in the sense of [a] really positive message out there is the respect and the friendship with these guys that we have on and off the court. These are great guys.” Speaking after midnight following Serbia's comeback against Kazakhstan, Djokovic added: “It’s been a long day. When you're not on the court, you're also emotionally involved in every match. You're cheering, you're supporting. It's very different from any individual tournament. So it's always great to have a day rest where you can recalibrate, recuperate all the necessary energy for not just your match but other matches, as well, and giving support, being there for your teammates.” “Borna and Nino back in Italy played amazing”, says Cilic. “They played above their usual match level and we hope those experiences are going to boost them for a great 2022 season. We know they can play a high level and they really fed off the team atmosphere and the captain and played amazing tennis.” Whatever happens, with Serbia looking to reach its third Davis Cup final and Croatia its fourth, both nations continue to punch above their weight in tennis, and Cilic is well aware that this is a tremendous opportunity. “Considering we are coming from such small countries and making such a great impact in tennis, it’s incredible. It’s so great for our nations to be in this position. Whoever wins is going to be in the final of Davis Cup and that’s an incredible achievement for both countries.”
Northern complete comfortable nine-wicket win over Central Punjab
Karachi (Sports Report):-Northern recorded their first win of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2021-22 season as they thumped Central Punjab by nine wickets while table-toppers Sindh consolidated their position at the top with a 127-run win over Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Southern Punjab and Balochistan meanwhile played a draw as the seventh-round matches concluded today in three Karachi venues. At the UBL Sports Complex, Southern Punjab and Balochistan played out a draw. Resuming their second innings at the overnight 37 for no loss, Southern Punjab were bowled out for 311 in 78 overs. Opener, Tayyab Tahir were top scorer with 86 off 183 balls (nine fours, one six). First innings centurion Yousuf Babar maintained his fine form in the second innings with 63 off 86 balls (12 fours). Left-arm-spinner Kashif Bhatti who scored a fifty in Balochistan’s first innings completed a fine all-round performance with a four-wicket haul with the ball, Akif Javed took three wickets for 41 runs. Balochistan had reached 24 for no loss when stumps were drawn for the fourth and final time in the match. Over at the State Bank of Pakistan Stadium in the match between Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa which was live streamed on PCB’s YouTube channel, left-armer Mir Hamza’s stunning six-wicket haul helped Sindh register their second successive victory of the season as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were defeated by 127 runs. Resuming their second innings at 13 for no loss (258-run target), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were rolled over for 130 runs shortly after lunch on the final day. Hamza generated seam and swing and bowled a probing spell making regular inroads. Captain Iftikhar Ahmed (44 off 61 balls, seven fours) was KP’s top-scorer with Sahibzada Farhan contributing 39. Hamza collected the 27th five-wicket haul of his career, he was ably support by pacer Mohammad Hasnain who took two wickets. Sindh who were on the backfoot after conceding a 120-run first innings lead have now further strengthened their position at the top of the six-team table by earning a total of 19 points from the match. KP settled with eight points based on their first innings supremacy. Over at the National Bank of Pakistan Sports Complex, Northern wrapped-up a comfortable nine-wicket win with-in the first hour on the fourth-day. Central Punjab were bowled out for 207 after resuming their first innings at the overnight 197 for nine. Off-spinner Mubasir Khan who recorded his maiden first-class five-for yesterday took the final wicket to finish with impressive figures of 24.2-8-43-6. Northern lost opener Muhammad Huraira (6) but the pair of Zaid Alam and Rohail Nazir took the past the 20-run target. Scores in brief: Southern Punjab vs Balochistan, match drawn at UBL Sports Complex, Karachi Southern Punjab 483 all out, 117.5 overs (Salman Ali Agha 135, Yousuf Babar 119 not out, Zeeshan Ashraf 102; Kashif Shehzad 3-63, Akif Javed 3-78) and 311 all out in 78 overs (Tayyab Tahir 86, Yousuf Babar 63; Kashif Bhatti 4-52, Akif Javed 3-41) Balochistan 606 all out, 124 overs (Ayaz Tassawar 149, Bismillah Khan 125, Shan Masood 105, Kashif Bhatti 71; Hassan Khan 3-27, Aamer Yamin 2-63) and 24 for no loss, 5 overs. Sindh beat Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by 127 runs at State Bank of Pakistan Stadium, Karachi Sindh 145 all out, 42.1 overs (Asad Shafiq 31, Faraz Ali 31; Irfanullah Shah 5-43, Asif Afridi 3-16) and 377 all out, 124.1 overs (Khurram Manzoor 107, Saad Khan 89 not out, Asad Shafiq 83; Irfanullah Shah 4-51, Asif Afridi 3-112) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 265 for 9 (declared) 64.1 overs (Musadiq Ahmed 75, Asif Afridi 50, Iftikhar Ahmed 40; Sohail Khan 5-82, Mir Hamza 3-62) and 130 all out, 44.1 overs (Iftikhar Ahmed 44, Sahibzada Farhan 39; Mir Hamza 6-33, Mohammad Hasnain 2-49) Northern beat Central Punjab by nine wickets at National Bank of Pakistan Stadium, Karachi Northern 445 for 8 (declared), 106 overs (Haider Ali 206, Faizan Riaz 67, Mohammad Huraira 54; Mohammad Ali 3-68) and 20 for 1, 7.3 overs. Central Punjab 257 all out, 71.5 overs (Hussain Talat 51, Imran Dogar 43; Haris Rauf 6-47, Mubasir Khan 2-38) and 207 all out, 77.2 overs (Ali Zaryab 71, Imran Dogar 55; Mubasir Khan 6-43, Haris Rauf 3-62)
Bahawalpur clinch the title of National Disabled T 20 Championship
Abdul Jabbar Faisal ISLAMABAD (December 3, 2021):-Bahawalpur Disabled cricket team has clinched the title of ICRC Presents SAF National Disabled T20 Cricket Championship after beating Islamabad by six wickets in the final on the World Day of People with Disabilities on December 3 played at DHA Sports Club Moin Khan Cricket Academy Ground Karachi on Friday. According to available information from Karachi, the final of National Championship organized by Pakistan Physical Disability Cricket Association (PDCA), ICRC Head of Sub Delegation Peshawar Farrukh Islamov, Former Pakistan Cricket Team Captain Moin Khan, COO Shahid Shahid Afridi Foundation and Country Head Mohammad Rizwan,Disabled Cricket founder Saleem Karim, former Test cricketer Tauseef Ahmed and ICRC Head of Communication Fiza Bangash distributed prizes on the occasion. Disability Cricket Association Secretary Amiruddin Ansari, Imran Latif, Tournament Secretary Jamil Kamran and Tauseef Shah were also present on this eve.  After winning the toss in the final, Islamabad Disabled scored 133 runs for the loss of 6 wickets. Usman Paracha scored 45 runs off 43 balls with the help of four fours while Raja Ali Abbas scored 30 off 19 balls, Adil Abbasi scored 24 off 22 balls and Mohammad Noman scored 15 runs.From Bahawalpur Disabled, Abdul Khaliq took two wickets while Mohammad Asif and Kashif Abbas took one wicket each.  In reply, winner Bahawalpur Disabled achieved their target of 134 runs for four 18.1 overs. Abid Hussain was the top scorer with 41 runs off 28 balls with the help of 6 fours. Captain Mohammad Shehzad scored unbeaten 36 runs included a four and a six. Mohammad Noman scored 26 off 20 balls with the help of 5 fours. Hamad Shaukat and Waqif Shah took one wicket each for Islamabad Disabled.  Mohammad Noman of Bahawalpur Disabled was declared the best batter and player of the tournament while Waqif Shah of Islamabad Disabled was declared the best bowler, Ashfaq Shakir of Lahore Disabled the best fielder and Abid Hussain of Bahawalpur Disabled decleard man of the match. Hafiz Ghulam Mohammad of Multan Disabled was also given a special award for scoring a century off just 27 balls in the National Championship. Talking to media on the occasion, the special guest Farrukh Islamov, Head of Sub-Delegation of ICRC Peshawar, assured full cooperation with PDCA in the future as well and termed the championship as a successful event.

Sports News03 Dec 2021

Lahore and Faisalabad win Inter-Board Sports Gala titles
Abdullah Asjad ISLAMABAD (December 3, 2021):-Lahore and Faisalabad have won the title of Inter-Board Sports Gala 2021 that concluded at Pakistan Sports Complex Islamabad on Friday. Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Faisalabad lifted the Men’s title while Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Lahore claimed the Women’s title. Parliamentary Secretary for Federal Education and Vocational Training Wajiha Qamar graced the closing ceremony as chief guest to distribute the prizes amongst the girls and boys. In Inter Board Sports Gala 2021, Around 840 female students participated in 3 different sports disciplines. BISE Lahore won the title, FBISE second and BISE Abbottabad third.  In hockey, BISE Lahore won the title and BISE Faisalabad and Larkana secured second and third positions respectively. While in Athletics BISE Lahore got the first position and BISE DG Khan and FBISE got the second and third position respectively.

Billard & Snooker03 Dec 2021

SSB-SJAS Sports Festival: Zeeshan Nazir lifts snooker title
Islamabad (Sports Desk):-Zeeshan Nazir from 24 News overcame experienced Mohsin Raza in the final of snooker event of the SSB-SJAS Sports Festival at the Legend Snooker Club. According to details, 24 journalists from different media houses participated in the event where Zeeshan Nazir played aggressively and beat Faizan Lakhani of Geo News in the semifinal and then outclassed tournament favorites Mohsin Raza in the best of 3 final. Later, President PBSA Irfan Motan distributed prizes along with Hanif Lakhani and Senior Vice president of SJAS Zubair Nazeer Khan.