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Haseebullah, Imran, Omair half centuries keep Shaheens alive – Dunya News

Haseebullah, Imran, Omair half centuries keep Shaheens alive




Pakistan Shaheens beat Zimbabwe Select by 177 runs in the 5th ODI on Thursday.

26 May,2023

07:03 am

HARARE (Web Desk) – Half-centuries by Haseebullah, Imran Butt and Omair Bin Yousuf and three-fers from Qasim Akram and Shahnawaz Dahani helped Pakistan Shaheens beat Zimbabwe Select by 177 runs in the fifth one-day of the sixth-match series at the Harare Sports Club in Harare.

This was Shaheens’ second win in the one-day series as the hosts lead the series 3-2. The final match of the series will be played at the same venue on Saturday, 27 May.

Chasing 315 to win, the hosts were never in a position to win the game as they continued to lose wickets at regular intervals and were dismissed for 137 in 31.4 overs. Only wicketkeeper-batter Clive Madande top-scored for his side, scoring an unbeaten 41 off 46, hitting five fours.

For Shaheens, right-arm fast Dahani and right-arm off-spinner Qasim bagged three wickets each. Left-arm spinner Mehran Mumtaz took two wickets for 36 from seven overs.

Earlier, after being put into bat, Shaheens scored 314 for six in their allotted 50 overs. Making three changes to their side in the must-win game, Shaheens got off to a great start as opening batters Imran Butt (64, 65b, 7x4s, 1×6) and Haseebullah (62, 77b, 9x4s) had a 139-run stand between them. After the departure of Haseebullah and Imran in the 24th over, Omair and Rohail Nazir stitched a 55-run partnership for the third wicket.

Soon after Rohail’s (16, 24b, 1×4) departure, Shaheens lost three wickets for 32 runs as they were in a spot of bother with 250 for six in 42.3 overs. At that crucial juncture, well-settled Omair was joined by Aamir Jamal and the pair knitted an unbroken 64 runs for the seventh wicket.

Player of the match Omair continued his rich vein of form with an undefeated 89 off 87 deliveries, having already amassed two centuries and a half-century on the tour before today’s match. Aamir played a bright cameo as he scored an unbeaten 24 off 18 balls, hitting two fours and a six.

For Zimbabwe Select, Brandon Mavuta took two wickets for 39 from eight overs.

Scores in brief:

Pakistan Shaheens beat Zimbabwe Select by 177 runs

Pakistan Shaheens 314-6, 50 overs (Omair Bin Yousuf 89 not out, Imran Butt 64, Haseebullah 62; Brandon Mavuta 2-39)

Zimbabwe Select 137 all out, 31.4 overs (Clive Madande 41 not out; Qasim Akram 3-9, Shahnawaz Dahani 3-29, Mehran Mumtaz 2-36)

Player of the match – Omair Bin Yousuf (Pakistan Shaheens)

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Wanindu hopes to play last Afghan ODI – Daily News

Sri Lankan key leg spinner Wanindu Hasaranga will most probably miss the first two ODI’ s against Afghanistan and might play in the third and final ODI game.

Hasaranga who came from IPL (played for Royal Challengers Bangalore-RCB) and back home due to injury (heel injury) has to stay with his recovery period to come back to the game.

According to a reliable source, Wanindu, the Sri Lankan main weapon of the bowling department is not fit to play but he is waiting to get green light from the medical staff. Most probably he will fit to play for the third ODI on June 7. Due to his unavailability Dushan Hemantha will get chance to replace Hasaranga’ s position.

In fact Hasaranga couldn’t perform well during the recent ODI including last New Zealand series but he was the most successful and highest wicket taker at the last Asia Cup held in UAE.

Hasaranga is a key member of the Sri Lanka white ball team and he was the Sri Lanka T -20 team vice captain. Sri Lanka is expected to play World Cup qualifying tournament which will commence from June 18 in Zimbabwe. Due to this injury Hasaranga missed recent matches. He played really well during the last National Super League ( NSL) tournament in Sri Lanka while his commitment is always high to play the game.

Dushan Hemantha the new leg spinner who performed well at the recent domestic tournament was the Player of the Series having highest wickets during the Sri Lanka A series against England Lions. Later he was added to Sri Lanka Test squad against Ireland but he was on the bench in that series and now have the chance to perform at ODI format before the Zimbabwe tour.

Meanwhile two players Maheesh Theekshana, the mystery spinner and right arm paceman Matheesha Pathirana came back home after successful IPL and both were plan to reach Hambantota to join Sri Lanka ODI squad to play Afghanistan series. The 21-year-old Pathirana was the most successful bowler claiming two crucial wickets in the last over of the innings guided Chennai Super Kings (CSK) team to win the IPL title after thrilling final. Pathirana was highly praised by CSK skipper and former Indian skipper M.S Dhoni and pointed out how to protect this young Matheesha to get his maximum service to Sri Lanka.

The former Sri Lanka legend fast bowler Chaminda Vaas said Pathirana is a good asset for Sri Lanka team and we should protect this type of a bowler. The selectors are happy with Pathirana’ s performance and confident of using for ODI. He had chance to play New Zealand white ball series but couldn’t play as he had Covid 19.

Meanwhile both Sri Lanka and Afghanistan ODI squads are having their final training sessions at Hambantota Mahinda Rajapaksa International cricket stadium and will select the final 11 today evening. According to the Sri Lanka team news Dimuth Karunaratne will open the innings with Pathum Nissanka while Lahiru Kumara, Kasun Rajitha and Matheesha Pathirana are tipped to play first ODI with two spinners Maheesh Theekshana and Dushan Hemantha. If Hemantha will get chance that could be his debut ODI game. The selectors already named 16 member squad including Hasaranga for first two ODI’ s but Hasaranga is still in Colombo waiting for green light from medical staff.

Meanwhile South Africa’ A ‘team was scheduled to reach the island to play Sri Lanka A series yesterday which included three ODI’ s and two four day games from June 4 at Pallekele and after three ODI’ s both teams will be played two four day games in Colombo. Kamindu Mendis who was down with Dengue fever is back but will miss the Sri Lanka A ODI’ s. Nipun Dhananjaya will lead the Sri Lanka ‘A’ team for South Africa A series and Mendis will lead the two four day games. The selectors are hope to name ODI squad for the Zimbabwe tour after first Afghan ODI on June 4.

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Veteran UAE pacer Zahoor Khan banks on reverse swing in Zimbabwe – Gulf News


Zahoor Khan has been one of the main bowlers for UAE during the World Cup Playoffs in Namibia.
Image Credit: Source: ECB Twitter

Dubai: Veteran UAE pacer Zahoor Khan is looking forward to the ICC World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe as the conditions will be ideal for him to use his main weapon, reverse swing.

The 34-year-old pacer, a death-over specialist in the Twenty20 internationals, has been one of the main factors for UAE finishing second in the World Cup Qualifier Playoff table in Namibia on Wednesday and rightfully cement their team a place in the 10-team ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifiers to be held in Zimbabwe in June.

Perfect conditions

“In Twenty20, I usually bowl in the death, between the 15th and 20th overs. During those matches I was not able to use my main weapon, the reverse swing, which generally happens after 20 overs. In Namibia, I was able to bring my weapon into the play in the 50-over matches and the conditions were also really conducive for reverse swing. Out of the 10 wickets I got in the World Cup Qualifier Playoff, eight of them were due to reverse swing, either bowled or LBW,” said Zahoor, who developed his game in Pakistan. “I have played in Zimbabwe earlier and I know the conditions well. I can expect a lot of reverse swing.”

Zahoor, who used to bowl around 45 overs in the four-day games, feels those spells have helped him to develop the required strength that has held him in good stead today. The pacer still savours the success the team achieved in Namibia, which also helped them retain their One Day International status.

Team unity

“We played in Namibia as one unit. Each and every player had the fire in them to take UAE qualify for Zimbabwe Qualifiers and also retain the ODI status. The entire team was motivated with the aim of winning the tournament. I am happy to be part of the winning squad,” he added.


Veteran UAE pacer is hoping that his experience of playing in varous franchise leagues will help him during the World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe.
Image Credit: Source: ECB Twitter

Franchise league experience

UAE will be meeting Sri Lanka in the World Cup Qualifiers opener in Zimbabwe and the pacer is ready for the challenge and expects his experience of playing in the Lanka Premier League will help him.

“I have been playing a lot of leagues including Lanka Premier League, Bangladesh Premier League, T10 and UAE’s International League T20 (ILT20). So I will use those experience,” added Zahoor, who played under Kieron Pollard for MI Emirates in ILT20.

Mentor’s role

“I have been playing with some of the best for the last seven years and had a good relationship. It has helped me a lot and particularly Pollard knew my strength and used me to the best of my abilities. I would like to thank Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) for organising such a big league, which can benefit a lot of young players.”

Since making his debut in 2017 Zahoor has been the main bowler for UAE, but now as the senior bowlers he has assumed the role of a mentor to young UAE pacers, who will be facing West Indies in the three-match One Day Internationals in Sharjah from June 4.

“All the new bowlers — Sanchit Sharma, Matiullah, Muhammad Jawadullah and Sabir Ali — share a good rapport. They keep asking me about reverse swing and I share my knowledge with them,” he added.

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