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Cricket13 Sep 2021

POLLARD AND KHAN TAKE TKR TO TOP OF THE TABLE
Sports Bulletin Report ISLAMABAD (September 13, 2021): The Trinbago Knight Riders finished in top spot in the 2021 Hero Caribbean Premier thanks to a four wicket win over the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots. The Knight Riders will now face the Saint Lucia Kings in the first semi-final on Tuesday 14 September. The Patriots finish third in the points table and they will face the Guyana Amazon Warriors in the second semi-final which takes place later that same day. It was the bowling of Ali Khan and the batting of Kieron Pollard who took the Knight Riders to victory, a win they wrapped up with an over to spare. The Patriots got off to a steady start thanks to Joshua Da Silva who had been pushed up to open in the absence of the injured Devon Thomas. The young wicket-keeper batsman kept things steady after Chris Gayle was dismissed for 5 when he edged a ball from Ravi Rampaul through to Denesh Ramdin. Da Silva went on to top score, making 50 from 45 balls, but there was no really substantial partnership in the Patriots innings. Sherfane Rutherford and Dwayne Bravo both made 25 but just as it looked as if they would launch in the death overs they were both dismissed in the midst of a 10 ball period that saw the Patriots lose four wickets. Rather than exploding over the line the Patriots limped to 147/7 with Ali Khan the star for the Knight Riders, claiming 3/19 on his return to the starting line-up. The Knight Riders chase got off to a sedate start as they reached 34/1 at the end of the PowerPlay. The only wicket to fall in the first six overs was that of Lendl Simmons who was dismissed by a brilliant Fabian Allen catch at backward point off the bowling of Naseem Shah. Two wickets in three balls pinned back the Knight Riders innings with Ramdin and Colin Munro both dismissed. Things changed when Pollard came to the crease as he made his way to fifty from just 20 balls. Pollard was dismissed just two balls after passing his fifty but the Knight Riders lower order saw them to victory. Trinbago Knight Riders 150/6 (Pollard 51, Udana 25; F Ahmed 2/16, F Allen 1/9) beat St Kitts & Nevis Patriots 147/7 (Da Silva 50, Bravo 25, Rutherford 25; Ali Khan 3/19, Udana 2/28)  by four wickets     

snooker12 Sep 2021

Asian Snooker Championship: Babar outplays Nirmal 4-0
Sports Bulletin DOHA, QATAR (September 12, 2021): Pakistan’s snooker lad, Babar Mashi defeated Nirmal Bogati 4-0 in the 36th Asian Snooker Championship 2021 that started on Sunday at Doha, Qatar. As many as 42 players are taking part from different 19 countries, as the cueists are divided in 10 groups. Two players from each group will qualify for 20 knock-out round. Result Babar Masih (Pak) bt Nirmal Bogati (Nepal) 4-0 (73-23, 87-0(62), 91-01(78), 64-54) Haris Tahir (Pak) bt Sadiq Alfarsi (Oman) 4-1 (67-22, 20-65, 55-31, 63-20, 65-02(61),) Pakistani Player Schedule: 13/09/2021  (10:00 am) Haris Tahir (Pak) v Mansour Alobaidli (Qatar) (1:00 pm) Babar Masih (Pak) v Ahmed Abel (Kuwait) (4:00 pm) Haris Tahir (Pak) v Cheung Ka Wai (Hong Kong) (7:00 pm) Babar Masih (Pak) v Mhanaa Alobaidli (Qatar)

Tennis12 Sep 2021

South Asian Regional Qualifying Tennis Event starts from Monday
Abdul Jabbar Faisal ISLAMABAD (September 12, 2021): The South Asia Regional Qualifying Event of ITF Asia Under-12 Team Competition 2021 will start from Monday (September 13, 2021) at the PTF-SDA Tennis Complex, Garden Avenue  Islamabad. Besides hosts Pakistan Boys and Girls teams from Maldives, Nepal and India will take part in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) tennis showpiece. According to Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF), this is the first time in history of Pakistan an ITF Junior Team event is going to be hosted by Pakistan. Toyota-Indus Motors Company is major sponsor for this international fixture.  In preparation for the event, a hybrid Captain’s meeting was held today, in which all the captains, the Tournament Referee and Tournament Director, ITF Development Officer for South Asia Jonathan Stubbs and ATF Executive Director-Operations Puneet Gupta took part.  The draws for the event were also conducted, with Secretary PTF Col Gul Rehman(R). It is pertinent to mention that during the ITF event, besides proper security coverage to the foreign teams, Covid-19 SOPs will be strictly observed as per government of Pakistan and ITF protocols and guidelines, and no spectators or non-essential persons will be allowed inside the tournament venue. Salim Saifullah Khan, President PTF welcomed the teams and wished them for the matches. He reiterated that such events were a golden opportunity for our players to get international exposure at such a young age, and hoped it would go a long way in developing young talent. He also hoped that sports diplomacy would further help in generating goodwill in the region. Boys: India vs Nepal Girls: Pakistan vs India, Nepal vs Maldives

Football12 Sep 2021

PPFL 2021: Army outclass Sui Northern Gas Pipeline 3-1
Sports Bulletin MULTAN (September 12, 2021) Pakistan Army outclassed Sui Northern Gas Pipeline limited (SNGPL) 3-1 in the 13th Pakistan Premier Football League (PPFL) match at Qasim Bagh Football Stadium Multan. The winners took 1-0 lead at the end of the first half against SNGPL, when in the 32nd minute of the first half, Ansar Abbas scored first goal. Later on, Mohammad Jameel doubled the score 2-0 in the 77th minutes besides, he also scored third goal for Pakistan Army in the 83rd minutes. Samad Khan reduced the margin 3-1 in the 87th minutes for SNGPL. The match was locked 3-1 at the end of the stipulated times. SNGPL missed three corners and four were wasted by winning team. Mohammad Afzaal and Danish Hameed received yellow card for Pakistan Army in the 89th minutes and injury time of the second half respectively. Ahmad Rauf supervised the match while Mohammad Asif and Nadeem Butt assisted to him. Shafaat Habib acted as match Commissioner.

Cricket12 Sep 2021

CPL 2021: Lewis seals semifinal spot for Patriots
Sports Desk ISLAMABAD (September 12, 2021): The St Kitts & Nevis Patriots returned to winning ways with an eight wicket victory over the Trinbago Knight Riders to seal a spot in the latter stages of the 2021 Hero Caribbean Premier League. The Patriots bowled brilliantly and then backed that up with a dominant batting display that saw them knock off the victory target with 32 balls to spare. It was Evin Lewis who was the star of the show, making 102 from just 52 balls. The Knight Riders got off to a slow start in the face of some excellent bowling from the Patriots. They reached the end of their PowerPlay at 28/2 with both Lendl Simmons and Denesh Ramdin dismissed caught on the mid-wicket boundary. Ramdin could have gone an over earlier, but Ravi Bopara put down a simple chance. Thankfully for the Patriots this did not prove too costly. A fifty-run stand between Darren Bravo and Colin Munro steadied the ship and brought the Knight Riders back into the contest. Munro would go on to top score with 47 but when Darren Bravo went for 22 the Knight Riders lost momentum once again. When Munro and Kieron Pollard went in successive balls bowled by Jon-Russ Jaggesar it looked as if the Knight Riders would set a sub-par total but some big hitting from Sunil Narine took his team to 159/7. The Patriots innings got off to a flying start thanks to Evin Lewis and Chris Gayle who was promoted to open as a result of an injury to Devon Thomas. They reached 67/1 from their PowerPlay overs with Gayle the wicket to fall for 35 from 18 balls. When Gayle went it was Lewis who took up the attack, passing his fifty from just 27 balls. While Narine was economical, returning figures of 0/10 from his four overs, the rest of the Knight Riders bowlers struggled for control in the face of the Lewis onslaught. Bopara and Lewis shared an 85-run stand, and Bopara contributed just seven runs as the Patriots opener smashed the ball to all parts. This win moves the Patriots back to the top of the table and guarentees them a space in the semi-finals on Tuesday 14 September. St Kitts & Nevis Patriots 160/2 (Lewis 102*, Gayle 35; Pollard 1/20, Khan 1/54) beat Trinbago Knight Riders 159/7 (Munro 47, Narine 32*; Jaggesar 3/32, Drakes 3/32) by eight wickets   

Cricket11 Sep 2021

Pakistan Cup: Blasters beat Strikers by 47 runs
Sports Bulletin KARACHI (September 11, 2021):Player of the match Nahida Khan’s scored her second half-century on trot as PCB Blasters beat PCB Strikers by 47 runs at the Oval Academy Ground in the ongoing Pakistan Cup Women’s One-Day on Saturday. This was Sidra Nawaz-led Blasters’ second consecutive win. Nahida followed up her 90 not out against PCB Dynamites on Thursday, the opening day of tournament, with 59 off 74 after Strikers’ captain Kainat Imtiaz decided to bowl at the toss. Nahida and her fellow opener, Gul Feroza, added 114 runs for the opening wicket, before a collapse saw Blasters getting rolled out for 195 inside 47.3 overs with the only other notable contribution coming from Nida Dar, who made 24 off 33. Both openers – Nahida and Gul – smashed five fours each. Gul made 45 off 83. Off-spinner Hafsa Khalid accounted for top three batters, before dismissing opposition captain, Sidra, who made 33-ball 17, as she returned four for 34 from 10 overs. Ayesha Naseem’s leg-spin sent Fatima Sana and Noreen Yaqub back to the pavilion, while skipper Kainat, Umm-e-Hani and Tooba Hassan picked up one wicket each. Omaima Sohail and Nida shared five wickets between them, with Omaima returning three for 20 from seven, as Strikers faltered in their run chase. They were all out for 148 in 41.4 overs. Strikers’ troubles began with their opening partnership of 41 runs was broken. Jaweria Rauf managed 11 runs before she was removed by Nida and Ayesha Zafar was run out after scoring run-a-ball 33. Number nine Tooba Hassan was the next best batter with 18 runs to her name. Kainat, Hafsa Khalid and Natalia Pervaiz scored 16 runs each. At the National Stadium, the fans were served with a thrilling contest as Javeria Khan-led PCB Challengers defeated Muneeba Ali’s PCB Dynamites by one run. Dynamites’ all-rounder Aliya Riaz smashed 90 off 102 balls, which included seven fours and two sixes, in the run chase before her stay at the crease was ended by Saba Nazir, who returned three of 56. Openers Muneeba and Sadaf Shamas scored 41 and 37, before Maham Tariq blasted an unbeaten 21 off 10. It was a solid batting performance, in which all batters played a role, which helped Challengers post 253 for four, with player of the match Sidra Amin, laying the platform with a 96-ball 70. Opening the batting, Sidra smashed seven fours, and stitched a 100-run opening stand with Fareeha Mehmood, who made 43 off 69. Javeria hit 54 off 77 and Iram Javed made 43-ball 41. Both batters were dismissed by pacer Maham Tariq. The other two wickets were picked up by leg-spinner Ghulam Fatima. Scores in brief: PCB Blasters beat PCB Strikers by 47 runs at Oval Academy Ground PCB Blasters 195 all out, 47.3 overs (Nahida Khan 59, Gul Feroza 45, Nida Dar 24; Hafsa Khalid 4-34, Ayesha Naseem 2-14) PCB Strikers 148 all out, 41.4 overs (Ayesha Zafar 33; Omaima Sohail 3-20, Nida Dar 2-16) Player of the match – Nahida Khan (PCB Blasters) PCB Challengers beat PCB Dynamites by one run at National Stadium PCB Challengers 253-4, 50 overs (Sidra Amin 70, Javeria Khan 54, Fareeha Mehmood 43, Iram Javed 41, Najiha Alvi 25 not out; Ghulam Fatima 2-35, Maham Tariq 2-57) PCB Dynamites 252-8, 50 overs (Aliya Riaz 90; Muneeba Ali 41, Sadaf Shamas 37, Maham Tariq 21 not out; Saba Nazir 3-56) Player of the match – Sidra Amin (PCB Challengers) Upcoming fixtures (13-9-2021): PCB Blasters v PCB Challengers at Oval Academy Ground PCB Dynamites v PCB Strikers at National Stadium

Football11 Sep 2021

PPFL: KRL outplay Karachi United 6-0
Sports Bulletin MULTAN (September 11, 2021) Defending Champions, Khan Research Laboratories ( KRL) outplayed Karachi United 6-0 in the 13th Pakistan Premier Football League (PPFL) fixture at Qasim Bagh Football Stadium Multan, on Friday night. Alamgir Ali Khan scored three goals for KRL and he got second hat trick for his team in the top national football league 2021. KRL took 5-0 lead against Karachi United at the end of the first half. In the 13th minute of the first half, Alamgir Ali Khan scored first goal for KRL and he doubles the margin 2-0 in the 23rd minute. KRL award a penalty kick against Karachi United in the 26th minute, Alamgir scored third goal for his team while he made score 3-0. Imran Khan, Waqar Ihtishan and Rajab Ali also netted the each ball in 37th, 41st and 68th respectively. Players of Karachi United tried their best to reduce the score but they didn't make any score against KRL and also showed that the players of Karachi United looked helpless in front of the KRL team during the match. Alamgir Ali Khan showed best performance during their league matches. Adnan Anjum supervised the match while assisted by Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Rizwan. Shafaat Habib acted as match Commissioner. Secretary General, Pakistan Football Federation, Mohammad Naveed Akram said that the first phase of the 13th Pakistan Premier Football League concluded and the new date of the second phase would be announced in the next few days.

Cricket11 Sep 2021

New Zealand arrive in capital city Islamabad
Abdul Jabbar Faisal ISLAMABAD (September 11, 2021): New Zealand cricket team arrived in the capital city of Pakistan on Saturday to play a bilateral series of three One Day Internationals matches at Pindi Cricket Stadium Rawalpindi. A chartered plane carrying Black Caps team members and officials landed at Islamabad International Airport at 2:00pm. The security staff took them to local hotel where they under went for Covid-19 tests. Kiwis came in Pakistan after 18 years to play three ODIs and five T20, as the one day matches will be hosted by Pindi Stadium while T-20 by Qaddafi Stadium Lahore.      Names of New Zealand players (ODI squad): Tom Latham (c) (wk), Finn Allen, Hamish Bennett, Tom Blundell (wk), Doug Bracewell, Colin de Grandhomme, Jacob Duffy, Matt Henry, Scott Kuggeleijn, Cole McConchie, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Rachin Ravindra, Blair Tickner, Will Young T-20 team squad: Tom Latham (captain/wicketkeeper), Finn Allen, Todd Astle, Hamish Bennett, Tom Blundell (wk), Mark Chapman, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Daryl Mitchell, Ajaz Patel, Ish Sodhi, Ben Sears, Blair Tickner, Will Young. Schedule of teams: 12 September: A member of the New Zealand squad will be available to media in a virtual media session at 1130. Pakistan will play an intra-squad practice match at the Pindi Cricket Stadium, which will begin at 1400. 13 September: Both the sides will hold training sessions at the Pindi Cricket Stadium from 1630. 14 September: A member of the New Zealand squad will be available to media in a virtual media session at 1130. Both the sides will hold training sessions at the Pindi Cricket Stadium from 1630. 15 September: A member of the Pakistan squad will be available to media in a virtual media session at 1130. New Zealand squad will play an intra-squad practice match at Pindi Cricket Stadium, which will begin at 1100. Pakistan team will practice at Pindi Cricket Stadium from 1830 to 2130. 16 September: Pakistan captain Babar Azam will hold his online pre-series media conference at 1130, which will be followed by New Zealand captain Tom Latham’s virtual session. At 1630, both the teams will train at the Pindi Cricket Stadium. 17 September:  First ODI - First ball to be bowled at 1430 18 September: Both teams are scheduled to hold training session at the Pindi Cricket Stadium from 1630. Media representatives are advised to speak with the respect team media manager before arriving at the Pindi Cricket Stadium as the teams may decide to cancel their training sessions. 19 September:  Second ODI – First ball to be bowled at 1430 20 September: Both teams are scheduled to hold training session at the Pindi Cricket Stadium from 1630. Media representatives are advised to speak with the respect team media manager before arriving at the Pindi Cricket Stadium as the teams may decide to cancel their training sessions. 21 September:  Third ODI – First ball to be bowled at 1430 22 September: Both the sides will depart for Lahore and have no media activities planned.

Cricket11 Sep 2021

PCB: A special meeting of the BoG on Monday
Sports Bulletin LAHORE (September 11, 2021):A Special Meeting of the Board of Governors will take place on Monday, 13 September, at 1100 at the National High Performance Centre in Lahore to elect the 36th PCB Chairman. The PCB Election Commissioner, Mr Justice (retd) Sheikh Azmat Saeed, will conduct the election and preside over the Special Meeting. Aasim Wajid Jawad, Alia Zafar, Asad Ali Khan, Arif Saeed, Javed Kurieshi, Ramiz Raja and Wasim Khan are members of the BoG and will attend the special meeting.

Cricket11 Sep 2021

Pakistan-New Zealand ODIs status changed
Sports Bulletin ISLAMABAD (September 11, 2021): Pakistan Cricket Board and New Zealand Cricket have mutually agreed to change the status of next week’s ODI series to a bilateral series from the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League fixtures due to the non-availability of Decision Review System (DRS), a requirement in the event playing conditions. As New Zealand will return to Pakistan in the 2022-23 season to play two Tests and three ODIs, the two boards have agreed that these 50-over matches will now count towards the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 qualification.