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1st ODI: Jadeja’s all-round show sinks Aussies



The roar of the crowd echoed through the Wankhede Stadium as India took the first step on their journey towards the 2023 ODI World Cup.

Hardik Pandya’s men were on fire, beating Australia by five wickets in a nail-biting match that kept everyone on the edge of their seats.

The hosts have now taken a 1-0 lead in the 3-match series.

Thus, India extended their winning streak in ODIs to eight games and ended Australia’s run on six matches.

From the very beginning, it was clear that both teams were not going to give an inch.

Australia lost their opener, Travis Head, in the second over of the innings, thanks to a fiery delivery from Mohammed Siraj that had him playing on. The Australian side fought back, however, with Mitchell Marsh’s resilient 81 giving them some hope.

India’s bowlers were relentless, with Mohammed Shami leading the charge. He triggered a startling collapse, taking three wickets in just 11 deliveries and conceding only eight runs during a three-over spell with a slightly old ball. Despite Marsh’s impressive performance, Australia crashed from 129 for 2 in the 20th over to 188 all out in the 36th.

But if anyone thought India’s chase of 189 would be a walk in the park, they were sorely mistaken.

Stoinis struck the first blow in the second over, trapping Kishan lbw to prolong his run of poor scores.

Then Starc took center stage, using his unrivaled skill and pace to slice through India’s top order.

Kohli misjudged the inswinger and was dismissed LBW, while Suryakumar Yadav fell victim to Starc’s sheer pace, getting trapped in front on his very first ball.

But Gill seemed to be immune to Starc’s wrath, despite a few nervy moments. Inglis dropped him on just 2, and a couple of outside edges failed to find the hands of second slip.

Gill continued to take risks, playing some exquisite on-the-up shots. However, his luck eventually ran out when he mistimed one of Starc’s deliveries, and Labuschagne took a brilliant catch at backward point.

India was in dire straits, reduced to 39/4 in just 10.2 overs.

The home crowd was starting to lose faith, but skipper Hardik Pandya did his best to stem the rot. However, when he was dismissed with the scoreboard reading 83 for 5, it seemed like India was doomed.

That’s when KL Rahul stepped up.

The gritty player showed his mettle with a stunning unbeaten 75, finding a willing ally in Ravindra Jadeja, who also remained unbeaten on 45.

Their partnership of 108 runs helped India avoid a scare and take the win.

The crowd erupted in cheers as India crossed the finish line without any hiccups.

Ravindra Jadeja was the Player of the Match for his all-round contribution (2/46 and 45 not out and an incredible catch to dismiss Marnus Labuschagne)

Jadeja said,I’m playing ODI after 8 months so was just looking to adjust as soon as possible. Luckily did well with the ball, got three wickets and was looking to build a partnership with the bat.”

“Having played Test cricket, line and length was there but you have to alter you lengths and pace. I was looking to build a partnership today of about 70-80 runs, and that happened.”

Despite the win, India will have concerns regarding their top order heading into the remaining games at Visakhapatnam and Chennai.

Thankfully, the way their middle order fought back today along with their all-round bowling performance will certainly give them a lot of confidence.

India 191 for 5 in 39.5 overs (Rahul 75*, Jadeja 45*, Starc 3-49) beat Australia188 (Marsh 81, Shami 3-17, Siraj 3-29) by five wickets

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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.

Watch the viral video here –

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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