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3rd ODI: Kohli fails again, Indian complete sweep



India completed an outstanding clean sweep against the struggling West Indies side.

Once again, India managed to come back after the failure of the top order in this series.

India lost their top 3 on just 42 runs but excellent half-centuries from Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant brought them back into the game.

Deepak Chahar and Washington Sundar played crucial cameos in the lower order to help their side pass the 260 run mark.

Jason Holder grabbed 4 important wickets from his spell. 

India      50 overs      265 all-out

S. Iyer 80 (111)            Holder 4-34                                                                                                                                          R. Pant 56 (54)             Joseph 2-54

West Indies  37.1 overs   169 all-out 

Smith 36 (18)              Krishna 3-27                                                                                                                           Pooran 34 (39)           M. Siraj 3-29

The West Indies batting lineup failed once again in this series as the Indian bowlers wrappedthem up on just 169 runs.

The seamers bowled brilliantly against the top and middle order of their opponent.

West Indies were 7 down on just 82 runs but some small contributions from Odean Smith and Alzari Joseph drag them to 169 runs.

The Indian bowlers were outstanding throughout the series as they didn’t allow their opponent to cross the 200 run mark even once in the series. 

The Top order fails once again

The experienced Shikhar Dhawan returned to the side but still, the top order collapsed once again in this series.

Alzarri Joseph hurts India badly early on by picking up two huge wickets in the 4th over of the innings.

He dismissed the big guns of the Indian batting lineup; Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli in the same over.

Rohit got an inside edge into the middle stump after scoring only 13 runs.

After the gap of only delivery, Virat Kohli nicked a leg-side gift through to Hope.

Virat Kohli was dismissed for a duck for the 32nd time in his overall International career.

Shikhar Dhawan was also not looking comfortable in his comeback game.

After scoring only 10 runs from 36 balls, Dhawan managed to top-edge on a short delivery from Smith that went straight into the hands of Jason Holder at first slip. 

The superb partnership between Iyer and Pant 

After losing 3 wickets for just 42 runs, Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant rescued their side by putting up an excellent 110 runs stand for the 4th wicket.

Iyer returned with an excellent knock and he was well supported by Rishabh Pant who also smashed a half-century.

Rishabh Pant departed after scoring 56 runs from just 54 balls. 

On the other hand, Shreyas Iyer continued his brilliant knock even after the departure of Pant and Suryakumar Yadav.

Iyer was looking to beat the long-off fielder by smashing the ball over his head but he didn’t get to the pitch of the ball and due to lack of power behind the shot, he got caught out at long-off.

He played a magnificent knock 80 runs from 111 deliveries and he surely missed a well-deserved hundred.

But the half-centuries from Pant and Iyer allowed India to reach 265 runs despite losing all the 10 wickets. 

The bowlers shine again 

India was brilliant with the ball in all the 3 matches of this series and today they once again defended a total that wasn’t too big.

The bowlers destroyed the top and middle order of West Indies as the visitors were 7 down on just 82 runs despite having a long and strong batting lineup.

The player of the match from the last game, Prasidh Krishna picked up another 3-wicket haul in the last match of the series.

Mohammed Siraj also grabbed 3 wickets while Deepak Chahar and Kuldeep Yadav picked 2 wickets each.

Washington Sundar was the only bowler who remained wicketless today. 

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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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