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1st T20: Ishan’s fireworks help India win



Sri Lanka proved no match for India in the first T20I as they lost by 62 runs despite Asalanka’s half-century.

Ishan Kishan and Rohit Sharma provided a great start followed by a magnificent finish from Shreyas Iyer that pushed India closer to 200 run mark. 

India     20 overs    199-2

Ishan 89 (56)                 Shanaka 1-19                                                                                                                                  S. Iyer 57*(28)              Kumara 1-43

Sri Lanka       20 overs     137-6

Asalanka 53*(47)           Bhuvneshwar 2-9                                                                                                                 Chameera 24*(14)         Venkatesh 2-36

The dominance of team India continues in white-ball cricket under the leadership of Rohit Sharma with yet another victory.

The number 1 ranked side has registered a convincing victory of 62 runs against Sri Lanka.

Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan provided the platform of a big score with their outstanding partnership. 

Ishan Kishan was superb today against the young Lankan bowling unit as he played an excellent knock in the first T20I.

Shreyas Iyer played the finishing role for India in the death overs and due to the half-centuries from him and Ishan, India managed to put 199 runs on the board. 

Sri Lanka’s poor chase 

Bhuvneshwar Kumar disturbed the Sri Lankan approach to chase the target of 200 runs by dismissing Pathum Nissanka on the very first ball of their inning.

Bhuvi further jolted the Lankan batting by sending Kamil Mishara back to the pavilion after scoring just 11 runs off 28 balls.

Sri Lanka continued to lose wickets and they were 60-5 at one stage.

Charith Asalanka played patiently at one end when wickets were falling around him.

Chamika Karunaratne played a little cameo of 21 runs off 14 balls.

Asalanka and Chameera scored an unbeaten partnership for the 7th wicket but it was too late as India managed to win the game by 62 runs.

Asalanka remained unbeaten on 53 runs while Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Venkatesh Iyer picked up 2 wickets each. 

Rohit-Ishan’s opening stand

Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan provided a good start to the innings to set the platform for a big score.

Rohit and Ishan added 111 runs for the first wicket from just 71 balls.

Both of them played aggressively in the powerplay to put the bowlers under pressure.

Rohit was bowled out by Lahiru Kumara after scoring 44 runs off 32 balls. 

After having a bad series against West Indies, Ishan Kishan came back strongly with an incredible knock.

The left-handed batter fell just 11 runs short of his century as got out on 89 runs from just 56 deliveries. He smashed 10 fours and 3 sixes in his inning. 

Iyer’s firepower in the end

Shreyas Iyer played a superb knock in the death overs that helped India to put a big total on the board.

Iyer thrashed an unbeaten 57 runs from just 28 deliveries including 5 hours and 2 sixes at a strike rate of 203.57.

Due to his outstanding power-hitting, India scored 44 runs from the last 3 overs. 

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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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