FIFA World Cup 2018 Today Officially Kicks off in Russia with first match between Host Russia and Saudi Arabia

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Today once again billions of football fans in world will witness the start of another most epic even in sports history, which is FIFA World Cup. There is no other sport in world which have this many fan following in the world. Football World Cup happens after every 4 years, under the super vision of ‘International Association of Football’, formally called ‘The Fédération Internationale de Football Association’ (FIFA).

A football fan supporting his team in a football stadium

The first official game of FIFA World Cup 2018 will be played between the host nation Russia and Saudi Arabia. The match will start on 8 PM Pakistan time. For FIFA World Cups its been tradition that, tournament starts with host country playing in first match always.

There will be total 64 Matches in the whole tournament. Total 32 teams are Part of the tournament. First of all there is a group stage, so teams are divided into 8 groups of 4 teams each. Group stage is comprised of 24 matches, after which we will be left with teams of 16 countries instead of total 32, along with which tournament started.

Next is round of 16, which is comprised of 8 formal matches and one for the third place. Now winning teams will land into the Quarter Finals. From this point you can guess that there will be two semi finals and a final match.

First Semi Final match will be played on 10th of July 11 PM Pakistan time, Second Semi Final will be played on 11th of July 11PM Pakistan time. There will be Play Off match between losing teams of both semifinal, to be played on 7PM Pakistan Time on 14th of July. This match will decide the team which took the third place in FIFA World Cup 2018.

Final match of FIFA World Cup 2018 will be played on 15th of July on 8PM Pakistan time. This will mark the end to the tournament and will put fans to the rest for next four years. As there is no other FIFA tournament which is as exciting as FIFA World Cup, which happens after every four Years.

One thing which is important to mention here is, Pakistan football team is nowhere to be seen on International Football Ranking, which is very unfortunate fact. Our government need to streamline the football facilities and need to fix/create a working football regulatory authority, which could show some progress like our Cricket Board is doing. Rest assured we do not lack the talent or willingness to play in any way, its just all nightmare scenario on the managerial level.

Lahore Qalandars have been knocked out of PSL

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Lahore Qalandar PlayerAs the first stage of Pakistan Super League (PSL) is about to complete, Lahore Qalandars are the ones who are knocked out of tournament. In first stage one team had to say good bye to the tournament from total five teams. On points table Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators are now topping the chart by winning 6 matches each from 8 matches each, which they played. Quetta Gladiators is behind the Peshawar Zalmi on base of run rate.  Than on third place is Islamabad United with 4 matches won and 4 matches lost. Finally on 4th and 5th places are Karachi Kings and Lahore Qalandars.

Karachi Kings and Lahore Qalandars both have won two matches each, however the Karachi Kings are ahead of Lahore Qalandars only on base of better run rate in PSL matches of current first season. This results in Lahore Qalandars being knocked out of the PSL Tournament.

Lahore Qalandars and their fans however must not get disappointed. They played somewhat good cricket and sometimes luck would not have been with them. They must now support other teams, the other teams of their own country. At the end real victory should be of PSL, Pakistan Cricket and Pakistan.

Quetta Gladiators vs Lahore Qalandars PSL Match Gone Very Emotional Today

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As it is established fact that the today’s PSL (Pakistan Super League) match was a thriller, it was gone very emotional. Firstly due to Lahore Qalandars were only left with couple of matches and they could have been out by losing out any of them. So fans were very emotional and concerned. On other side Quetta Gladiators had to maintain their winning streak and their struggle to stay on top of points table so they were emotional too. But still the emotions of Lahore fans bleeded today, as we will see in following pictures.

A Lahore Supporter Getting Emotional While Watching the Match
Lahore Supporters Getting Emotional While Watching the Match
Lahore Qalandars Team Owner Worried for his team
Lahore Qalandars Team Owner Worried for his team
A Lahore Qalandars Supporter Worried for her team on a very critical moment
A Lahore Qalandars Supporter Worried for her team on a very critical moment

 

Moin Khan and Others in Quetta Gladiators Camp worried at very critical match moment
Moin Khan and Others in Quetta Gladiators Camp worried at very critical match moment
A Lahore Supporter Full of Sorrow After the Quetta Gladiators Win
A Lahore Supporter Full of Sorrow After the Quetta Gladiators Win
Kevin Peterson very Happily Staring with Other Quetta Gladiators Players after Winning
Kevin Peterson very Happily Staring with Other Quetta Gladiators Players after Winning
Moin Khan and others in Quetta Gladiators Camp Celebrating their well deserved victory
Moin Khan and others in Quetta Gladiators Camp Celebrating their well deserved victory

Both teams played very well today. there were lots of stakes involved for the players of both sides. So lots of emotions were seen on both sides. Finally, whatever the result of game was, the real result was the victory of Pakistan Cricket, victory of Pakistan Super League.

Quetta Gladiators Chase a big total against Lahore Qalandars in another PSL Thriller

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Lahore Qalandars vs Quetta Gladiators T20 PSLQuetta Gladiators today performed one of biggest chases of Twenty20 Cricket. Today while playing first the Lahore Qalandars were able to put up very big total of 201 on scoreboard while playing their 20 overs. But amazingly Quetta Gladiators played even better and were able to chase the total. Match was alive till the very end of the second innings. In fact Quetta Gladiators completed their chase on very last ball of match’s second innings.

While playing first Chris Gayle from Lahore Qalandars scored 6o on 34 balls with the help of 6 sixes and 3 fours. Azhar Ali scored 61 on 45 and Umar Akmal Scored 55 on just 25 balls Not Out. Dwayne Bravo did 20 on 19 Not Out. The total added up to 201, which was huge Challenge for Quetta Gladiators.

From Quetta Gladiators Zulfiqar Babar and Grant Elliot got on wicket each. Also Grant Elliot was the most economical bowler as he given relatively low 26 runs in his 4 overs. Most expensive bowler turned out to be Anwar Ali who given whooping 57 runs in his four over and was not able to take any wicket.

Bismillah Khan Man of the Match, from Quetta Gladiators
Bismillah Khan Man of the Match, from Quetta Gladiators

Unlike Lahore Qalandars the batting Quetta Gladiators comprised of several small individual totals instead of few big ones, however one fifty plus is worth mentioning. Its 55 runs scored by Bismillah Khan on 30 balls which included 10 fours and 1 six. Bismillah Khan played his first PSL Match today also he never played in National team, so he was another talent that Pakistanis today discovered. He was also name the “Man of the Match” today for his tremendous hitting. Kevin Peterson Scored 34, Kumara Sangakkara scored  37 and also Muhammad Nabi Scored 30 on 12 balls. Muhammad Nabi was the one who actually finished the match up, he was from tail endears. Everyone thought its game over for the Quetta Gladiators but 30 of Muhammad Nabi did the job. He hit 3 fours and 2 sixes. In fact a boundary on last ball of 2nd innings of match came from bat of Muhammad Nabi. It was absolutely required.

Muhammad Nabi of Quetta Gladiators
Muhammad Nabi of Quetta Gladiators

Lahore Qalandars bowlers did very good job but they were out of luck today, as they were not able to secure the victory. Ehsan Adil took 4 wickets by giving 39 runs in 4 overs, Dwayne Bravo secured 3 wickets by giving 30 runs in 4 over and another wicket taker was Kevon Cooper who took just one wicket by giving 37 runs in four overs. No other bowler from Lahore Qalandars side was lucky to secure a wicket.

Quetta Gladiators Scorecard
Quetta Gladiators Scorecard

Overall it was very good, high energy, thriller Pakistan Super League (PSL) match. Lahore Qalandars did very well but Quetta Gladiators took another well deserved victory. Thumbs up for both teams for top notch game play, winning or losing is just part of the game. Plus one for the Pakistan Super League, its going very good with such thriller matches.

Lahore Qalandars give a target of 201 to Quetta Gladiators in a PSL T20 Match

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Lahore Qalandars BattingLahore Qalandars, a team which have been under the shadow of other teams, did well by batting first against Quetta Galdiators. With poor performance earlier they are bound to win their last two matches to progress in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) tournament. They have been able to do well today, definitely due to that fear factor, fear of getting out of the tournament.

From Lahore Qalandars side Chris Gayle did 60 on 34 balls with the help of 3 fours and 6 sixes. Azhar Ali helped him with 61 on 45 balls with the help of 7 fours and 2 sixes. Umar Akmal was another batsman to make his 55 with the help of 4 fours and 4 sixes and remained not out. Dwayne Bravo also remained not out and scored 20 on 17 balls. So it was very good show of batting from Lahore Qalandars.

From Lahore bowlers Grant Eliot and Zulfiqar Babar were able to take one wicket each. Overall all bowlers proved very less economical. Now Lahore Qalandars will have to show same kind of performance in batting side to win this current match.

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