PSL 2019: Shane Watson tells Australia to be wary of Quetta pacer Mohammad Hasnain

Waseem Ahmed 18/03/2019
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Watson (l) and Hasnain (r). Image - @thePSLt20/Twitter.

Shane Watson has warned the Australia ODI squad to beware of the threat posed by young Quetta Gladiators pacer Mohammad Hasnain in their upcoming series against Pakistan.

18-year-old Hasnain excelled for eventual 2019 Pakistan Super League (PSL) champions Quetta in the just concluded edition with the young pacer picking up 12 wickets in his seven appearances. Hasnain has been one of the standout youngsters from the tournament and has grabbed eyeballs with his raw pace while managing to even breach the 150kph barrier.

So impressive were the teenager’s displays in his maiden PSL campaign that he was given a call up to the Pakistan squad for the upcoming ODI series in the UAE.

Watson, who was awarded the player of the tournament for racking up the highest number of runs in PSL 2019, has admitted to being thoroughly impressed by his Quetta team-mate Hasnain.

“Hasnain’s control over his length and swing is very impressive and he varies his pace very well,” said Watson.

“I have never seen an 18-year old bowl at such pace and I think even on the UAE pitches he will be a difficult proposition for the Australian team.”

Hasnain was in fine form in the final at Karachi on Sunday where he picked up 3-30 in a man-of-the-match display to help the Gladiators clinch their maiden PSL title.

The right-armed pacer is now targeting a spot in Pakistan’s World Cup squad and hopes to take his chance against Australia in the UAE.

“I have always been a fast bowler, and I hope to bowl even faster,” the express quick said after the final against Peshawar Zalmi.

“I want to do well in the ODIs against Australia and maybe get a spot in the World Cup squad as well.”

Hasnain will have the chance to make his case for the World Cup when the five-match ODI series between Pakistan and Australia gets under way at Sharjah on Friday.

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South Africa complete 5-0 whitewash of Sri Lanka after 41-run win in final ODI

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A dominant display by South Africa in the ODI series.

The five-match ODI series between South Africa and Sri Lanka came to an abrupt end with the final clash at Cape Town cut short by a floodlight failure.

The hosts were ultimately declared winners by 41 runs via the Duckworth Lewis System (DLS), thereby completely a 5-0 clean sweep of the ODI series.

South Africa were batting on 135-2 after bowling Sri Lanka out for 225 runs when the floodlights at the Newlands cricket ground malfunctioned.

No further play was possible after a two-hour delay leading to the officials calling off the match.

Earlier, South Africa pacers Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje shared five wickets between themselves with Sri Lanka’s batsmen finding the going tough.

Kusal Mendis top-scored for the visitors with 56 but none of the other Sri Lanka batsmen were unable to push on despite getting good starts. Veteran leg-spinner Imran Tahir picked up two wickets in his home ground on what his final ODI appearance on South African soil.

In response, Sri Lanka skipper Lasith Malinga removed Quinton de Kock early but Aiden Markram and Faf du Plessis forged a 70-run stand for the second wicket to get the hosts back on track.

Markram was unbeaten on 67 while Rassie van der Dussen was batting on 28 when the match was ultimately called off.

The two teams will now square off in a three-match T20 series which begins at Cape Town on Monday.

BRIEF SCORES

Sri Lanka: 225 all out

Kusal Mendis: 56 (84)

Kagiso Rabada: 3-50

South Africa: 135-2 (28 overs)

Aiden Markram: 67 not out (75)

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Supreme Court of India sets aside life ban handed out to pacer S Sreesanth

Sudhir Gupta 16/03/2019
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Relief for former India pacer S Sreesanth.

The Supreme Court of India has on Friday revoked the life ban imposed on S Sreesanth by the BCCI.

The former India pacer was handed a life ban by the BCCI disciplinary committee for his involvement in the spot-fixing scandal which occurred during the 2013 Indian Premier League (IPL).

A Supreme Court bench comprising of Justices KM Joseph Ashok Bhushan upheld Sreesanth’s guilty conviction but has asked the BCCI to revise the quantum of punishment handed out to the pacer within the next three months.

The bench has argued that the BCCI disciplinary committee did not take into account mitigating factors like Sreesanth’s past track record while handing out the harshest punishment for the spot-fixing scandal.

Sreesanth had initially appealed against BCCI’s punishment in the Kerala High Court where he failed to find relief before approaching the Supreme Court of India.

Now 36, Sreesanth has played 27 Tests, 53 ODIs and 10 T20s over the course of his international career for India with his last appearance coming in August, 2011. The Kerala-born pacer has not played any competitive cricket since the 2013 IPL where he represented the Rajasthan Royals.

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