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2nd ODI: Malan and De Kock seal series win



The superb batting performance from the openers helped South Africa to register a series win over India after completing a comfortable victory in the 2nd match.

South Africa chased down the target 289 runs comfortably with 7 wickets in hand.

India       50 overs      287-6

Pant 85 (71)              Shamsi 2-37                                                                                                                                 Rahul 55 (79)            Markram. 1-34

South Africa     48. 1 overs      288-3

Malan 91 (108)             Bumrah 1-37.                                                                                                                                      De Kock 78 (66)            Thakur 1-35

A magnificent and aggressive fifty from Quinton de Kock followed by a well-paced half-century from Janneman Malan helped South Africa to chase down the target of 288 convincingly.

This was the fourth straight loss for the Indian team on this tour as South Africa wins the ODI series.

Due to the brilliant performance by the South African side, the outstanding knock of Rishabh Pant goes in vain. 

The Indian middle-order failed to perform once again.

India was eyeing 300 plus but South African bowlers were brilliant in the middle overs to disturb the momentum of team India and to restrict them under the 300 runs mark.

Malan and de Kock’s superb opening stand

Janeman Malan and Quinton de Kock set the tone early for the big chase by playing aggressive cricket in the beginning.

De Kock took the charge against every bowler he faced early on.

Janeman Malan and de Kock played superb knocks to give a good start to the innings, they smashed an outstanding partnership of 132 runs for the first wicket.

De Kock scored 78 runs while Malan felt just 9 runs short of a well-deserved hundred.

He was bowled out by Jasprit Bumrah after scoring 91 runs. 

South Africa never looked under pressure in their entire chase.

South Africa lost two quick wickets in the 34th and 35th over of the innings that gave the Indian team some hope to come back into the match but Markram and Rassie van der Dussen vanished their hopes and led South Africa to a comfortable series win.

Both the batters, Markram and Rassie van der Dussen reminded unbeaten on 37 runs each to get their side over the line.

South Africa has now taken an unaccessible lead of 2-0 in the 3 match ODI series against India and they will be looking to make it 3-0 by winning the last match of the series. 

The Indian skipper, KL Rahul had a very lucky day as he got three chances – on 8, 27, and 42 but on all three occasions he survived.

He played an anchor role while Pant was striking the ball well on the other end.

Pant scored his career-best score but unfortunately, he failed to score his maiden ODI hundred.

He smashed some great sixes against Shamsi but in the end, Shamsi had the last laugh though as he dismissed Pant on 85 runs. 

India lost some quick wickets after the departure of Rahul and Pant.

The middle-order failed again to deliver but in the death overs, Shardul Thakur played some elegant shots in his unbeaten knock of 40 runs off 38 balls.

Ashwin also supported him by scoring 25 runs off 24 balls in the end. 

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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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