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1st ODI: Holder resists but India ease to win



Jason Holder scored a crucial half-century but still, West Indies were bowled out on just 176 runs, and once again they failed to play all the 50 overs in an innings.

Yuzvendra Chahal was awarded as Player of the Match for his superb 4-wickets haul.

India chased down the target comfortably with six wickets and 22 overs to spare.

The new full-time appointed skipper Rohit Sharma was the leading run-scorer in the first match, scoring 60 runs off 51 balls.

West Indies      43.5 overs     176 all-out

Holder 57 (71)             Chahal 4-49                                                                                                                                     F. Allen 29 (43)            W. Sundar 3-30                                                                                                                                Pooran 18 (25)             Prasidh 2-29

India      28 overs       178-4

R. Sharma 60 (51)              A. Joseph 2-45                                                                                                              S.K.Yadav  34*(36)            A. Hosein 1-46                                                                                                                          I. Kishan 28 (36)

India registered a convincing victory in their 1000th ODI match under the leadership of their new full-time captain Rohit Sharma.

The Indian bowlers were all over the West Indies batters throughout the 1st innings.

Jason Holder scored an important 78 runs partnership for the 8th wicket to put something on the board for the bowlers to defend.

However, 176 runs wasn’t enough against the brilliant Indian batting lineup.

Team India decided to bowl first after winning yet another toss.

Mohammed Siraj gave India their first breakthrough in only the third over by dismissing Shai Hope for just 8 runs.

Hope got an inside edge straight into the stumps while trying to drive the ball for the 3rd consecutive time.

Washington Sundar then picked up 2 big wickets in a single over to put West Indies in a rebuilding phase early on in their innings.

Sundar dismissed Brandon King on the 2nd while Darren Bravo on the last ball of his over.

After Washington Sundar’s double-wicket over, the second and spinner Yuzvendra Chahal came into the action by dismissing the dangerous Pooran and Pollard on back-to-back deliveries in the 20th over. 

Jason Holder’s excellent knock

West Indies was struggling badly at 79-7 in 23 overs but Holder played a crucial knock to rescue his side.

His partnership with Fabian Allen saved them from getting bowled out under the 100 run mark.

The 78 run partnership between Fabian Allen and Jason Holder helped West Indies to cross the 150 runs mark.

Fabian Allen was caught and bowled by Washington Sundar after scoring important 29 runs for his side.

Jason Holder played an outstanding knock and he tried to add as many runs as possible to the total but his resistance came to end when Prasidh Krishna got him caught behind with a brilliant back of the length outside-off delivery.

Holder tried to play it through the covers but got an edge that went in Pant’s hand.

Holder scored 57 runs off 71 deliveries including 4 fours.

Yuzvendra Chahal claimed an excellent 4-wicket haul while Washington Sundar also picked up 3 wickets. 

Superb start from Rohit

India had a very bright start to their chase as Rohit Sharma played an outstanding knock of 60 runs off just 51 balls.

He shared an 84 run stand with Ishan Kishan for the first wicket.

Rohit was more aggressive as he smashed 10 fours and a six in his knock.

Ishan Kishan also scored 28 runs off 36 balls before getting caught out at the boundary on Akeal Hosein’s delivery in the 17th over. 

SKY and Hooda get India over the line

After the dismissal of Rohit the former skipper Virat Kohli also had a short stay at the crease and India lost some quick wickets in that period.

India has a tiny collapse from 84-0 to 116-4 but the target wasn’t big enough to bother team India.

Suryakumar Yadav and the debutant Deepak Hooda batted nicely to get India over the line comfortably in just 28 overs.

Yadav remained unbeaten on 36 runs off 34 balls while Deepak Hooda also scored a not-out 26 runs off 32 balls. 

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Smriti Mandhana and Ellyse Perry star in RCB women’s comeback win against UP Warriorz in WPL 2024




Smriti Mandhana and Alyssa Healy (Source - X)

RCB women overcame UP Warriorz by 23 runs to clinch their third win of the season. The home side outperformed Warriorz in all the facets of the game and emerged victorious. A collective team effort, particularly with the bat, helped RCB women to beat Warriorz for the second time in the season. They now have three wins in their five matches in the WPL 2024.

Alyssa Healy won the toss and opted to field first. Given how things have panned out in the league so far, it needed a great batting performance from RCB to challenge the chasing side. The home side did exactly that. They were full of intent which was lacking in the last few games. Right from the start, S Meghana and Smriti Mandhana smashed the bowlers.

It was the night of the RCB skipper. The Southpaw scored 80(50) in her stay. S Meghana perished after a valuable 28(21). Ellyse Perry batted well and registered her first fifty of the WPL 2024. She was aided well towards the end by Richa Ghosh whose 21(10) propelled RCB to a score of 198 on the board. It was the highest team total in the WPL 2024.

Alyssa Healy’s efforts go in vain

Chasing the daunting total, UP Warriorz were off to a flier. The opening duo of Healy and Kiran Navgire gave a fiery start to the visiting side. When the two were batting in the PP overs, it seemed like the Warriorz could pull off an insane chase. However, Sophie Devine brought RCB back into the game with crucial wickets. At Bengaluru, the home crowd was literally behind the RCB women.

It helped the home side to stay calm and do their job with ease. Sophie Molineux and Asha Sobhana were the pick of the bowlers, who claimed 2/29 each in their spell of four overs. While Healy scored a fifty and Deepti tried her best in the death overs, ten daunting targets could not be chased down. Despite the early hiccups, RCB managed to restrict UP Warriorz to a score of 175 and won by 23 runs.

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WATCH: Ellyse Perry in disbelief as her six breaks car’s window




Ellyse Perry smashed a six in the match against UP Warriorz in the WPL 2024. It was an interesting six as the ball travelled towards the boundary ropes and fell exactly on the window of the car. As a result, the glass of the window was broken. The car is set to be provided as a reward for the player of the tournament.

It was the over of Deepti Sharma towards the last few moments of RCB’s innings. Before Perry struck, the home side was in a great position in the match, thanks to a great start provided by Smriti Mandhana. The star batter scored 80 (50) and shined in front of the home crowd. Her form helped RCB to have a good momentum towards the death overs.

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Perry, who was struggling till that point, opened up and smashed the bowlers for fun. She went hard against the spinners like Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Deepti Sharma who were asked to bowl at the death. The right-handed batter smashed back-to-back sixes in the over of Sharma. One of those travelled towards the mid-wicket region where the car was stationed. The video of her shot has gone viral on X.

RCB teammates laugh, Ellyse Perry in disbelief

As the ball fell on the car and damaged the window, the fans erupted. There was no end to the joy of the fans who started chanting “Perry.. Perry..” and lit the atmosphere of the stadium. However, Perry was in disbelief. As she saw the impact of the ball damaging the car’s window, the Australian batter could not believe her eyes and thought about what she had just done.

On the other hand, the RCB teammates of Perry were in awe of the shot. They looked at the replays and appreciated the shot of Perry. At the same time, players like Sophie Molineux and Sophie Devine had a laugh about the car’s window getting damaged. Ellyse scored a fifty and helped her team score 198 runs with her batting in front of the home crowd.

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Praveen Kumar addresses Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer’s negligence of taking part in Ranji Trophy




Praveen Kumar

Praveen Kumar has given his opinion on the preferences of Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer in recent times. The duo did not take part in the Ranji Trophy matches for their respective teams despite being fit. It did not go well with the Indian Cricket Board which landed the duo without a ventral contract which was announced a few days back.

Praveen Kumar has reacted to the issue recently. The former India pacer claimed that he has been of an opinion on the issue for a long time. Praveen felt that one should definitely earn money but not at the cost of neglecting to play for domestic and national teams. The right-arm pacer felt that players today are having a certain mentality which is not good.

The former pacer claimed that the players have a mindset that they can rest for a month before taking part in the IPL, thereby bypassing playing for their national team or the domestic teams. Praveen felt that the players could not resist letting go of money which they could earn by taking part in the IPL and other T20 leagues (For foreign players).

‘Ye mentally hota hai, ki mai itne paise kaise chodun’ – Praveen Kumar

“This thing is now firmly in the mind of players. Mai ek mahine pehle rest kar lunga, fir IPL khel lunga. Ye mentally hota hai, ki mai itne paise kaise chodun,” said Praveen in the interview. He claimed that youngsters these days are spoilt and are behind money. The former RCB pacer felt that it is not fair on the part of the young players to neglect the country over the IPL.

Kumar felt that a player needs to maintain a balance between playing for the IPL team and for the country. He felt that money is an important factor, but not at the cost of playing for the national team. “But this is not fair at all. A player needs to balance things. Money is important, but this (giving franchise cricket the priority) is wrong,” said the former Indian bowler in the interview.

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