Arif Yaqoob – first bowler to take four wickets in an over in PSL

After 17 overs, Islamabad United was at 173 for 3 chasing 202. Then, something big happened. Azam Khan, who scored 75 runs from just 30 balls, got out, leaving space for a new hero. Arif Yaqoob, a 29-year-old playing his 15th T20 match, did something amazing.

He took four wickets in one over with his leg spin bowling. ESPNcricinfo‘s Forecaster tool showed a huge change: Peshawar Zalmi’s chances of winning jumped from 37% to 91% in just six balls. Here’s what happened:

It started in the 18th over when the first setback occurred.

At 17.6 overs, Naveen-ul-Haq bowled to Azam Khan, who got out. The ball was good, Azam tried to hit it hard but missed, and Babar Azam caught it brilliantly. Azam Khan was disappointed with himself for not doing better. He misjudged the delivery and lost his balance while trying to hit it hard.

Azam Khan scored 75 runs from 30 balls, with 6 fours and 6 sixes.

At 18.1 overs, Arif Yaqoob bowled to Munro, who also got out. Munro tried to hit a big shot but missed, and Haseebullah Khan quickly removed the bails. Munro had to leave the field. The game was getting more intense.

Munro scored 71 runs from 53 balls, with 7 fours and 1 six.

Then, at 18.2 overs, Arif Yaqoob bowled to Faheem, who scored 1 run.

At 18.3 overs, Yaqoob bowled to Haider Ali, who got out without scoring any runs.

At 18.4 overs, Yaqoob bowled to Imad Wasim, who got 1 leg bye.

At 18.5 overs, Yaqoob bowled to Faheem again, who got out this time. Faheem tried a tricky shot but failed, and Luke Wood caught the ball easily. Arif was very happy with his performance.

Faheem Ashraf scored 1 run from 2 balls.

At 18.6 overs, Arif bowled to Hunain Shah, who also got out without scoring any runs. Rovman Powell caught the ball, and there was chaos on the field.

Hunain Shah scored 0 runs from 1 ball.

From needing 21 runs to win in the final two overs, with six wickets left, United suddenly lost the game. Arif made it happen. Just nine days ago, nobody knew about him. Now, he’s the star of the show.

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WPL 2024 BAN-W vs GUJ-W: Match 5 Top Captain, Vice-captain Picks & Player Stats

WPL 2024 Match 5 between BAN-W and GUJ-W with top captain and vice-captain picks, along with player stats. Make informed decisions for your fantasy team and stay ahead in the game!


The Women’s Premier League’s second edition is happening now. Royal Challengers Bangalore (BAN-W) are facing off against Gujarat Giants Women (GUJ-W). The fifth match is set for Tuesday, February 27th, 2024, at the famous M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore at 7:30 PM IST. They’ll play again in the 13th match on Wednesday, March 06th, at Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi at the same time.


The Challengers started strong, winning a close match against UP Warriorz by just two runs. However, the Giants had a tough start, losing to Mumbai Indians by five wickets.


Toss Factor:

Chinnaswamy Stadium is known for favoring the team chasing. Winning the toss means the team will likely choose to field first.


If Royal Challengers Bangalore win the toss:

They’ll opt to field first. Sabbhineni Meghana and Richa Ghosh performed well in the first match. Asha Sobhana took five wickets. They’ll be key players.


If Gujarat Giants win the toss:

They’ll likely field first. Beth Mooney had a good start in Gujarat’s first match. Tanuja Kanwar and Lee Tahuhu will try to restrict the Challengers.


Top Captain and Vice Captain Picks:

If Royal Challengers Bangalore Bat First:

Sabbhineni Meghana and Richa Ghosh will be key players.


If Gujarat Giants Bat First:

Beth Mooney and Kathryn Bryce will be crucial for the Giants.


High Risk, High Reward:

Smriti Mandhana needs a big knock. Harleen Deol is a risky but worthy pick.


Stay Aways:

Georgia Wareham and Dayalan Hemalatha might not be the best choices based on past performance.


It’s a thrilling contest between these teams, and fans are eagerly waiting for the action to unfold.

π‘πžπšπ 𝐀π₯𝐬𝐨:Β  DC bowler Arundhati fined for breaching the WPL code

DC bowler Arundhati fined for breaching WPL code

Arundhati Reddy, a player for the Delhi Capitals team, got in trouble during a Women’s Premier League (WPL) match against UP Warriorz. She got fined 10% of her match fees for not behaving well on the field. The match happened at Chinnaswamy Stadium. Arundhati, who is 26 years old, got a wicket during the game, which Delhi Capitals won easily by nine wickets.


The Women’s Premier League (WPL) said in a statement that Arundhati Reddy broke the rules during the match. She accepted that she did something wrong as per the WPL Code of Conduct. The rule she broke is about saying or doing things that can make a batter angry after they get dismissed. This is called a Level 1 Offence under Article 2.5 of the WPL’s Code of Conduct.


The statement from the WPL said that the decision made by the Match Referee about Arundhati’s fine is final and cannot be changed. Arundhati took the wicket of a batter named Poonam Khemnar during the match. In the same match, Radha Yadav performed really well, taking four wickets and giving away only 20 runs. This helped restrict the Warriors team to a score of 119/9.


After that, Delhi Capitals easily chased down the target, scoring 120 runs with the loss of just one wicket in 14.4 overs. Meg Lanning scored 51 runs, and Shafali Verma remained not out with 64 runs.


So, in summary, Arundhati Reddy got fined for her behavior during the match, but Delhi Capitals still won the game comfortably.

π‘πžπšπ 𝐀π₯𝐬𝐨:Β  Β WPL 2024: MI’s Bowling Might Prove Too Hot to Handle for Gujarat Giants

Shami set to miss IPL 2024 after undergoing ankle surgery

Mohammed Shami had surgery on his right Achilles tendon in London. He wants to recover soon. He might not play in IPL 2024, which is from March 22 to May 26.


Shami hasn’t played cricket since the ODI World Cup. He was important for India, taking 24 wickets in seven matches. He had an average of 10.70 and a strike rate of 12.20. During the World Cup, he played with pain. He took injections for his ankle.


Mohammed Shami’s injury is bad news for Gujarat Titans. They finished second in IPL 2023. Shami was their top wicket-taker. They also traded Hardik Pandya to Mumbai Indians.


Earlier, Shami felt stiffness in his ankle. He hoped to recover for England Tests. But later, he went to BCCI’s National Cricket Academy for a check-up. He was in India’s squad for South Africa Tests but couldn’t play due to ankle pain.


India gave Test caps to Mukesh Kumar and Akash Deep when Mohammed Shami was absent. He hasn’t played any game in the ongoing WTC cycle. His last Test was against Australia at The Oval.


Shami might also miss the T20 World Cup. It starts after IPL ends.

π‘πžπšπ 𝐀π₯𝐬𝐨:Β  Β Pandya Faces Backlash As Rohit Sharma Fans Remove His Poster Ahead Of IPL 2024

Pandya Faces Backlash As Rohit Sharma Fans Remove His Poster Ahead Of IPL 2024

In a surprising twist, a bunch of students convinced the college bosses to take down a poster showing Hardik Pandya, the captain of Mumbai Indians (MI). These students really like Rohit Sharma and didn’t like seeing Pandya as the MI skipper on the poster.


Mumbai Indians, one of the most successful teams in the IPL, surprised everyone by making Hardik the captain for the next IPL season in 2024, instead of Rohit. This news made Rohit’s fans very emotional. They felt upset, angry, and disappointed.


Even though Mumbai Indians explained why they made Hardik the captain, some of their fans are still not happy about it. Rohit Sharma’s loyal fans are not happy with Pandya and think he should give up being the captain. They also blame the MI bosses for choosing Pandya.


Mumbai Indians said they changed captains because they have plans for the future. They thanked Rohit Sharma for playing amazingly for them since 2013, helping the team win five IPL titles.


Mahela Jayawardene, the team director, and Mark Boucher, the head coach, explained why they chose Hardik Pandya as the captain. But even after all these explanations, Rohit Sharma’s fans are still not satisfied.


Pandya got hurt in a cricket match in 2023 and couldn’t play for a while. He hurt his left ankle during India’s game in the 2023 Men’s ODI World Cup. Now, he’s getting ready to play again in the DY Patil T20 Cup, starting on Monday in Navi Mumbai. He’ll lead the Reliance 1 team and their first match is against Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL).

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Dhruv Jurel’s emotionally hard-hitting words for Rohit ‘bhaiya’, Dravid ‘sir’ makes hearts melt

Dhruv Jurel’s emotionally hard-hitting words for Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid. They supported him and chose him for the Ranchi Test.


Dhruv Jurel has become very popular in India because he showed a lot of bravery and determination. He helped India win the 4th Test against England. Jurel played well in both innings. First, he scored 90 runs when the team was not doing well. Then, he helped India chase 192 runs along with Shubman Gill when the team was in trouble at 120/5. Despite being only 22 years old, he showed the maturity of a player who has played 20 Test matches. This is really good for Indian cricket.


Jurel was named the Player of the Match for his great performance. After the Ranchi Test, he shared a heartfelt message on social media. Jurel was part of the Indian squad for a long time, and finally got his chance to play in the previous Test at Rajkot after KS Bharat missed another chance.


In his first innings for India, Jurel scored 46 runs. But his real test came in Ranchi where he played exceptionally well to help India. However, none of this would have been possible without the support of Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid, which Jurel appreciated in his post.


“Thank you Rohit bhaiya, Rahul sir for believing in this boy,” he posted along with a fitting picture.


Jurel’s journey is remarkable. His mother sold jewelry to support him, and his father faced criticism from neighbors for supporting his cricket dreams. Finally, Jurel achieved his dream of playing for India. When he received his Test cap from Dinesh Karthik, he touched his mother’s feet, acknowledging her role in his journey.


When it was time for Jurel to perform, he did it brilliantly. India was struggling at 177/7 and needed a good partnership to recover from England’s total of 353 in the first innings. Jurel partnered with Kuldeep Yadav and added 77 runs, helping India reach 307 runs. In the second innings, Jurel scored an unbeaten 39 runs, which was as important as his 90 runs in the first innings. He played well against England’s spinners and patiently built a partnership with Gill, helping India win the match.

π‘πžπšπ 𝐀π₯𝐬𝐨:Β  Neil Wagner retires from international cricket

Neil Wagner retires from international cricket

Neil Wagner has decided to stop playing international cricket right away because the New Zealand selectors said he wouldn’t be in the team for the upcoming two-Test series against Australia. He’s 37 years old and made this tough choice after talking with coach Gary Stead. They confirmed he wouldn’t be playing in the series against Australia. Wagner announced his retirement at a press conference in Wellington on Tuesday, alongside Stead. He had been asked to join the squad for the first Test.


Wagner played 64 Tests for New Zealand after moving from South Africa. He took 260 wickets at an average of 27.57. His strike rate was 52.7, which is really good. Only Sir Richard Hadlee has a better strike rate among New Zealand bowlers who have taken more than 100 wickets.


Even though Wagner will keep playing first-class cricket, he felt it was the right time to stop playing Test cricket. He said, “I knew the time was coming near. They sometimes say when you think about retirement, you’re screwed in a way. I knew the time was going to come and it was going to come close. In the last week, reflecting and looking into the future, looking at the Test matches that are to come, I thought it was the right time to step down and let the other guys come in and do what we’ve been doing as a group for several years and grow that attack.”


He mentioned that the decision wasn’t easy and that it’s been an emotional journey. He believes it’s time to pass the baton to others and let them continue the legacy.


Wagner and Stead talked after New Zealand’s Test series win over South Africa, which turned out to be Wagner’s last Test. They discussed his future in the Test side. Wagner wasn’t initially going to be part of the build-up to the Australia series, but the team invited him to be part of the first Test even though he wouldn’t play.


Wagner appreciated the gesture and felt it was a nice way to bow out. He said, “I think it’s a very nice way for the team… they invited me to come down here and spend this time with them to celebrate it but also help them prepare for the series to get stuck in against Australia and it was a really nice, kind gesture.”


Stead mentioned that telling Wagner he wasn’t part of New Zealand’s plans anymore was tough. “Very, very tough conversations to have,” he said. Stead appreciated Wagner’s understanding and gratitude for his time with the Black Cap. He highlighted that Wagner is still available for domestic cricket but is retiring from international cricket.


Test captain Tim Southee described Wagner as a great team player. He praised Wagner’s commitment and said he earned respect and admiration in the dressing room. Southee expressed his enjoyment of their relationship on and off the field and looked forward to celebrating Wagner’s career after the first Test against Australia.


Wagner shared some of his favorite memories in Test cricket, including wins over India and England and the World Test Championship final against India. He also mentioned the emotional last Test against England last year.


He became emotional as he thanked his family, friends, coaches, and mentors who supported him throughout his career. He hopes people remember him as someone who gave his all for the cap. Wagner admitted he wasn’t the most talented player but loved the game and playing for the team. He said he worked extremely hard and found different ways to succeed.

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