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2nd Test, Day 1: Ajaz Patel shines, ton for Mayank Agarwal



Agarwal’s hundred rescued India after Ajaz Patel’s brilliant four-wicket haul including the wickets of Virat Kohli and Chateshwar Pujara.

India lost 3 wickets for no run at one stage but Agarwal settled team India with a 100 and he was well supported by Iyer and Saha.

India   1st innings    221-4

Agarwal 120 (246)          Patel 4-73                                                                                                                                      S. Gill      44 (71)

Both Agarwal and Saha’s places were uncertain in the playing 11 before the match but they turned up for India on day 1.

They had an unbroken 61-run partnership to put 221-4 on the board before stumps. 

There was a lot of rain overnight that created a lot of wet patches on the pitch.

The morning session was washed out and there was an early lunch break due to the wet patches.

But still, 70 overs were bowled today and only 20 overs were lost on the day which is great because the whole first session was washed out due to the wet outfield. 

Brilliant opening stand

Mayank Agarwal and Shubman Gill were superb at the start and they dominated the new ball period very nicely.

Gill smashed 3 fours on his first 6 balls to put bowlers under pressure straight away.

Gill was dismissed by Jamieson twice in the first test but today he looked confident against him and played some astonishing shots against him.

He was also looking good against spin as well especially against Somerville’s off-spin. 

Mayank Agarwal was more careful at the start.

He saw off the opening spell from the seamers patiently but he looked confident against the spinners and he also played some aggressive shots against the spinners.

Mayank Agarwal and Shubman Gill put up a brilliant 80-run stand for the opening wicket and gave India a very wonderful start to the match. 

Ajaz Patel strikes

India was 80 for no loss but then came the Mumbai-born, Ajaz Patel who bowled an outstanding spell to get his side back in the match.

He first broke the opening stand by dismissing Gill for 44 runs in the 28th over.

The keeper Blundell missed a stumping chance of his delivery against Gill but he got him out on the very next ball as Gill found an outside edge that went straight to Ross Taylor’s hands. 

In his next over, Ajaz Patel dismissed the experienced but out-of-form Pujara with a delivery that turned sharply from leg stump to knock back his off stump.

In the same over, he dismissed the returning Kohli for a duck.

Kohli was given LBW but he thought he might have nicked and taken a review but there was not enough evidence for the umpire to change his decision.

Ajaz grabbed 3 crucial wickets in no time and from controlling the game at 80-0, team India was struggling at 80-3. 

Mayank Agarwal’s fantastic ton

Mayank Agarwal was outstanding with the bat.

There were a lot of talks going around that he will not be part of the team in the second test but the management believed in him and he didn’t disappoint them by scoring an outstanding century at a crucial time.

He started patiently but he was more fluent in the post-tea session as he scored 33 of the total 45 runs India had made in the first 10 overs after the break.

He was comfortable against the spin bowlers and he was even scoring runs fluently against Ajaz Patel who picked up all 4 wickets.

Mayank scored his 4th hundred in Test cricket and it was his first ton in 14 innings.

Mayank Agarwal is still on the crease with an unbeaten knock of 120 runs. 

Agarwal made a good partnership with Iyer to rescue India after that Ajaz Patel show in the 28th and 30th over of the innings.

Iyer contributed 18 runs in the 80-run stand with Agarwal before getting dismissed on Ajaz Patel’s delivery. 

Saha was sent earlier before Ashwin due to that spectacular knock he played in the last test.

Saha is still not out on 25 runs alongside Mayank Agarwal and both of them will continue their partnership on day 2 and they will try to put a big first-innings total on the board for India. 

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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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