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3rd ODI Predictions: Pakistan vs West Indies



Pakistan will be facing West Indies in the third and final ODI of the series, at the Multan Cricket Stadium.

Current form

Pakistan defeated West Indies by five wickets in the first ODI to take a 1-0 lead in the series.

WI posted an impressive 305 for 8 wickets batting first, aided by a brilliant 127 by Shai Hope. Haris Rauf was the top wicket-taker for Pakistan with four wickets.

Sadly for WI, Babar Azam was in sterling form and brought up his fourth century in the last five ODI innings to power Pakistan to a five-wicket victory.

In the second ODI, Pakistan emerged winners again by 120 runs.

Babar was once again the key batter with a brilliant 77 runs as Pakistan posted 275 runs for 8 wickets.

In reply, WI folded up for a disappointed 155, stunned by a four wicket burst by Mohammad Nawaz.

So Pakistan definitely are high on confidence whereas the Caribbeans look down and out.

Head to Head record

West Indies and Pakistan have played 134 ODIs matches against each other.

WI have the upper hand with 71 wins while Pakistan have claimed 60 victories.

In the last 5 matches, Pakistan have won 5 and WI have won 2.

Team analysis

The bright spot of WI has been their bowling, in the 2nd ODI.

They contained the formidable Pakistan batting lineup with frequent wickets and controlled the innings for a long time.

Their best bowler was Akeal Hosein who picked up three wickets and displayed remarkable guile and variations.

He was well supported by Alzarri Joseph who went on to pick up two wickets.

The biggest letdown was the performance of Hayden Walsh who was wayward and never found his groove.

It will be hard for the WI bowlers to bounce back.

Amongst the batters, Shamarh Brooks and Kyle Mayers gave a good account of themselves.

The WI team doesn’t lack in talent. Nicholas Pooran, Shai Hope and Rovman Powell are world-class batters but are not showing the application needed to play a long innings.

This could be an effect of playing too much T20 cricket!

For Pakistan, Babar Azam has been the shining star of the team but has been ably supported by Mohammad Rizwan and Imam-ul-Haq.

The bowling attack led by Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf and Imad Wasim has looked capable of picking wickets whenever the need arises.

Pakistan Likely 11

Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan(wk), Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Haris, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Shaheen Afridi

WI Likely 11

Shai Hope (wk), Kyle Mayers, Shamarh Brooks, Nicholas Pooran (c), Brandon King, Rovman Powell, Romario Shepherd, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Anderson Phillip, Hayden Walsh

Impact players for the match

Babar Azam, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz and Shaheen Afridi are likely to shine.

Babar has scored four centuries in his last five ODIs and became the first batsman to score three consecutive hundreds twice over, during the first ODI.

He has 4364 runs in ODIs at an average nearing 60 and has scored 17 centuries.

The WI batters are vulnerable to spin and the left-arm spin of Nawaz could once again spell trouble for them.

For West Indies, Shai Hope, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell and Alzarri Joseph are the main players who can help WI mount a strong challenge.

Akeal Hosein and Jayden Seales also can do a great job at containing batters and picking up wickets.

Who will win

The odds favour Pakistan who also boast of the home soil advantage.

They are also functioning well as a team with all departments firing smoothly.

WI look totally dispirited and incapable of challenging Pakistan.

We expect Pakistan to win the 3rd ODI handsomely.

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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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