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1st ODI Predictions: India vs South Africa



India will clash with South Africa in the first T20I of the five-match series at the Arun Jaitely Stadium on Thursday.

The series will start on 9th June 2022 and end on 19th June 2022.

Delhi will host the 1st T20 match.

Indian team

The Indian team will be devoid of many seniors like  Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah who have been rested.

KL Rahul will lead the side in the absence of Rohit Sharma.

Rishabh Pant has been appointed vice-captain for the series.

The best performers of IPL 2022 have been rewarded with selections.

Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Umran Malik, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Ravi Bishnoi and Avesh Khan form part of the squad after their sterling displays in the IPL.

At the same, many non-performers in the IPL have been ditched. Varun Chakravarthy, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli had a mediocre tournament and as a result, they are not in the team.

South Africa Team

Temba Bavuma will lead the South African side for the series.

South Africa has a very good squad with proven T20 performers.

Most of their players are in form including Quinton De Kock and David Miller.

Kagiso Rabada was also hitting the right strides in the IPL and will be in good nick.

The return of Anrich Nortje will be a useful addition to the pace attack as he is capable of bowling above 150 kmph.

Quinton de Kock is one player the Proteas will depend on as he is very familiar with Indain conditions and was outstanding in IPL 2022 as well.

Besides, de Kock was the player of the series in the  last T20 series in 2019-2020.

Head to Head series record

This is the 7th T20 series between the teams.

India has won 3 bilateral series whereas SA has won on two occasions.

One series between the sides ended in a tie.

India Likely Playing 11

1. KL Rahul (Captain), 2. Ishan Kishan, 3. Shreyas Iyer, 4. Rishabh Pant (wk), 5. Dinesh Karthik, 6. Hardik Pandya, 7. Axar Patel, 8. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9. Harshal Patel, 10. Yuzvendra Chahal, 11. Umran Malik / Avesh Khan.

South Africa Likely Playing 11

1. Quinton de Kock (wk), 2. Reeza Hendricks, 3. Rassie van der Dussen, 4. Aiden Markram, 5. Temba Bavuma (Captain), 6. David Miller, 7. Dwaine Pretorious, 8. Kagiso Rabada, 9. Keshav Maharaj, 10. Tabraiz Shamsi, 11. Anrich Nortje.

Key Impact Player for India

KL Rahul is possibly the best and most consistent T20 player in the world.

He will be the key player for India.

Till now, he has scored 1831 runs at an average of 40.69 with a strike rate of 142.49.

Moreover, he already has 2 hundred in T20s.

These are outstanding stats.

Key Impact Player for South Africa

David Miller’s talent has never been in doubt.

When he gets going, he is one of the most explosive batters in the world.

Currently, he is brimming with confidence after his exploits with Gujarat Titans.

He has scored 1786 runs for SA and has the highest score of 101 not out in the T20 format.

Who will win

India and South Africa are strong T20 teams.

They are quite even in terms of batting and bowling firepower.

However, India has two advantages.

It has a superior spin attack.

Two, it boasts of the home advantage.

For this reason, our prediction is India will win.

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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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