PCB Backs Misbah despite failure in PSL 202023 March 2020 / SkyBook365 Cricket Editors Team
Islamabad crashed out without reaching the knockout stages for the 1st time.
The Paarl Rocks were crowned Mzansi Super League 2019 (MSL) champions after they defeated Tshwane Spartans by eight wickets in the final on Monday. Chasing a 148-run target, Davids scored 77 off 44 balls (8 fours, 4 sixes), including a 22-ball 50, with Dwaine Pretorius scoring 43 off 20 balls as they chased down the target with over five overs to spare. Earlier in the first innings, Tabraiz Shamsi and Isuru Udana were at the centre of a good bowling display on a slow pitch, nabbing two for 29 and two for 24 respectively to restrict the visitors to a below-bar total. Ab de Villiers was the only player who put up a resistance for the Spartans in the first innings, scoring 51 runs off 37 balls. Paarl captain Faf du Plessis won the toss and chose to field first, and that turned out to be the right option. In the second innings, it was Davids' turn to shine as he helped put on 80 runs for the first wicket with Cameron Delport, and then a 52-run stand. Faf du Plessis then came in to bat and finished the job, as the Rocks emerged victorious.
The Indian Test team last played against Bangladesh, whom the beat 2-0 to consolidate their position at the top of the World Test Championship Points Table. Since then Australia have handed New Zealand a big defeat in Perth and Pakistan played out a tame draw against Sri Lanka in a historic Test match in Rawalpindi in Pakistan. Ever since the ICC World Test Championship was introduced, this was India's seventh straight win as the team pocketed another 60 points and sits pretty on top of the points table with 360 points. The gap between India and now, second-placed Australia — it beat Pakistan in the first Test to go 1-0 up in a two-match series — is huge as the table topper enjoys a lead of 244 points. Third placed New Zealand has 60 points and followed by England (56 points).
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