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2nd ODI: Prasidh wrecks West Indies



Prasidh Krishna sparkled with the ball by picking up a superb four-wicket haul that allowed India to defend their total of 237 runs.

Earlier, the crucial knocks from Suryakumar Yadav and KL Rahul helped their side to put a fighting and respectable total on the board after that little collapse from the Indian top-order.

India took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series under the leadership of their new skipper Rohit Sharma.

India         50 overs         237-9

S. Yadav  64 (83)            Smith 2-29                                                                                                                                   KL Rahul  49 (48)            Joseph 2-36                                                                                                                                  D. Hooda 29 (25)           Holder 1-37

West Indies    46 overs   193 all-out

S. Brooks 44 (64)               Krishna 4-12                                                                                                                       A. Hosein 34 (52)              Thakur 2-41                                                                                                                                    S. Hope 27 (54)                 Hooda 1-24

India registered yet another series victory against West Indies in the ODIs.

This was the 11th series win by India over West Indies in One Day Internationals which is the joint-most series win by any team against any other team.

Prasidh Krishna leads the Indian side towards victory with his match-winning spell of 4-12.

West Indies also bowled well to restrict India to just 237-9 despite some brilliant batting from Suryakumar Yadav and KL Rahul. 

India experimented by sending Rishabh Pant alongside Rohit Sharma to open the innings but that didn’t work as the skipper Rohit Sharma edged the ball into the keeper’s hand on the last ball of the 3rd over.

Pant also had a short stay as he got caught out in Holder’s over after scoring only 18 runs.

The poor run and wait for the 71st International hundred continues as Virat Kohli departed cheaply.

The former skipper while trying to drive the ball, nicked the ball towards the keeper and got caught behind out on 18 runs. 

Rahul and Yadav’s crucial stand

India was struggling badly on 43-3 but KL Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav rescued team India from a big collapse.

Both of them played sensible cricket in their excellent 91 runs stand for the fourth wicket.

KL Rahul fell just 1 run short of a well-deserved half-century as he was given run-out on 49 runs. 

Suryakumar Yadav completed his half-century but after scoring an important 64 runs, he got a top edge while trying to sweep the ball and Alzarri Joseph took an easy catch at short fine leg.

Washington Sundar and Deepak Hooda played some crucial cameos of 20 plus run to add more runs to the total.

Alzarri Joseph and Odean Smith picked up 2 wickets each. 

In reply, West Indies started well in the first 7 overs as both openers played sensibly and scored 32 runs without losing any wicket.

Prasidh Krishna came in to give his side the first breakthrough by dismissing Brendon King on just 18 runs.

In his very next over Krishna also dismissed the experienced Darren Bravo for just 1 run.

The collapse continued and West Indies lost their first 5 wickets on just 76 runs but some small contributions from the lower order gave a little bit of hope to the West Indian side.

Akeal Hosein, Fabian Allen, and Odean Smith played some excellent little cameos but that didn’t prove enough against the in-form Indian bowling lineup.

Krishna’s outstanding 4-wicket haul 

West Indies were all-out on just 193 runs thanks to the brilliant bowling performance from Prasidh Krishna who claimed a magnificent 4 wicket haul.

Prasidh proved with his performance that’s why he was picked over Deepak Chahar in this match.

His bowling figures of 4-12 are also the 3rd cheapest 4-wicket haul by any Indian bowler in an ODI game. 

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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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