Multan Tigers, ICAD, Butt Sports triumph in JCA Summer League

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Naseem Al-Zahra cricket team.
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BBB before its match against Kashmir Stags. (AN photos)
Updated 12 October 2017
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Multan Tigers, ICAD, Butt Sports triumph in JCA Summer League

JEDDAH: ICAD and Multan Tigers beat Rawalpindi Stars and Saudi German Hospital by 8 wickets and 4 runs respectively while Hyderabad Sharks dominated in chasing down Peeran XI with a target of 130 for no loss in 6 overs in the second week matches of JCA Summer League.
In other matches, Butt Sports, Naseem Al-Zahra and Banswada Ball Burners continued their unbeaten streak with wins over KAIA (35 runs), UT Lines (7 wickets) and Kashmir Stags (9 wickets) in that order.
Mansoor’s elegant knock of 85 with 8 fours and 7 sixes was responsible for ICAD’s triumph over Rawalpindi Stars. Multan Tigers got the better of SGH on a superior average run rate with Shahid (36) and Madani (34NO) accelerating to keep them above the required rate, despite Bilal’s 104 off 56 balls (11 fours, 3 sixes) and Asad’s unbeaten 52 for SGH.
Butt Sports relied on Hasnain’s sharp bowling as he took 5 for 27. Naseem Al-Zahra was cruising at 186 for 3 in 14 overs chasing 211 at which stage UT Lines conceded to lose by 7 wickets.
The Sharks shut the lights out of Peeran XI in a 10-wicket win chasing the target of 130 runs in only 6 overs, with Yasir son 79 and Assad unbeaten on 37.
BBB got the better of Kashmir Stags scoring 160 for 1 in 11 overs and chasing 219 for 3 to win by 9 wickets on superior average run rate thanks to Zaheer’s unbeaten 96. Majid tallied 85 and Aadil 69 for the Stags’ losing cause.
Brief scores:
Rawalpindi Stars (163) Awais 41, Faiz 50 NO, Altaf 2 for 5; ICAD (168 for 2) Mansoor 85, Mohsin 47
Saudi German Hospital (234 for 3 in 20 overs) Bilal 104, Amir 26, Assad 52 NO, Waqas 2 for 18; Multan Tigers (157 for 5 in 13 overs) Shahid 36, Saad 21, Madani 34 NO, Arshad 3 for 35, Talha 2 for 29
Butt Sports (197) Omar 42, Zaman 41, Azam 27, Yasir 27, Zubair 4 for 27; KAIA (162) Majid 40, Junaid 28, Zubair 22, Shuaib 27, Hasnain 5 for 27
UT Lines (210 for 8 wickets) Shad Muhammad 34, Bilal 30, Fahd 71, Usman Butt 3 for 53, Saeed 2 for 19; Naseem Zahra 186 for 3 in 14 overs at which stage UT Lines conceded the match.
Peeran XI (129 for 8 wickets) Zeeshan 26, Ashfaque 45, Hassan 2 for 27, Yasir 2 for 19, Sharoz 2 for 23; Hyderabad Sharks (130 for no loss in 6 overs) Yasir 79, Assad 37
Kashmir Stags (219 for 3 in 20 overs) Adil 69, Majid 85, Sajid 41; BBB (160 for 1 in 11 overs) Zaheer 96 NO, Rahil 46 NO. BBB won on superior average run rate.


Why Juventus could prove to be Cristiano Ronaldo's toughest, most rewarding challenge yet

Updated 19 July 2018
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Why Juventus could prove to be Cristiano Ronaldo's toughest, most rewarding challenge yet

  • Portuguese superstar has moved to Italian giants in deal worth nearly $120 million
  • Ronaldo scored 450 goals in 438 games for Real Madrid

LONDON: Love him or loathe him, you have to admire Cristiano Ronaldo’s character.
At a time of life when lesser mortals are lured by big paychecks to the likes of Qatar or China, the mercurial Madeiran has opted for what will be his biggest challenge yet at Juventus.
His career over the last decade has been played out under the cloud of the never-ending debate — “Ronaldo or Messi; who is better?”
Thankfully, that circus was quietened somewhat at the recent World Cup. Some flashes of pure brilliance aside, neither player made a big enough impact to lead their respective teams to glory and Messi’s wait for an international trophy goes on.
And, while both players are undeniably in a league of their own, the fact Ronaldo does have a European Championship title under his belt will always tip the argument toward the Portuguese — especially for those who measure greatness in statistics and trophies.
In fairness, Ronaldo’s statistics are mind-boggling. His stint at Manchester United, where he cut his teeth and started to show his potential as a great of the game, was instrumental in the club winning three Premier League titles and their third European crown. His staggering 450 goals in 438 games for Real Madrid saw him become the Spanish giant’s record goalscorer on his way to winning everything under the sun.
But the Premier League and La Liga are leagues in which attacking footballers flourish. With the dawning of wall-to-wall TV coverage, they have both been transformed to entertain the billions of people who tune in every week — and in this day and age, goalscoring superstars win you fans, not defenses.
The art of defending has all-but disappeared and the culture of building a spine through a team has slowly but surely been eroded away. Nobody wants to watch an engrossing, absorbing, end-to-end goalless draw anymore — it is all about 6-5 thrillers.
But, not so in Italy.
Serie A, for all its scandals and fall from grace since its heady days of the 1990s, is still an extremely difficult league to win. It is a league in which fans and managers place great emphasis on defending, on building teams from back-to-front (not the other way around) and on the mentality of “you cannot lose if you don’t concede.”
Granted, Juventus have walked Serie A for the past seven seasons; it is to be expected from one of the richest clubs in the world. But rarely have they won it at a canter. Never once have they scored anywhere near 100 goals in a season to win it — unlike Manchester City in last season’s Premier League, or Barcelona and Real Madrid almost every season in the same period.
And not once has Serie A’s top-goalscorer reached the dizzying heights Ronaldo (and Messi) hit in La Liga season after season, nor has it always been a Juventus player claiming the golden boot.
This all points to a monumental challenge for Ronaldo. On paper, he should not find it as easy to score goals in Serie A and with the marked improvement of Napoli, Roma and Lazio recently, nor will it be an easy ride for Juventus to claim an eighth scudetto in a row this year.
So, while Messi prefers to stay in one country and within his comfort zone of the defense-shy Spanish league, if a 30-something Ronaldo succeeds in Italy — or, better yet, guides Juventus to the European glory the fans crave so much — it would be his most remarkable achievement yet.
And it would put the tiresome debate over who is the greatest ever to bed, once and for all.
No contest.