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3rd ODI: Proteas blank out India



Deepak Chahar almost steal the victory from the hands of South Africa with his excellent batting but the Proteas bowlers held their nerves to bowl out India on 283 runs to win the match by 4 runs. 

South Africa    50 overs   287 all-out 

De Kock 124                           Krishna 3-59                                                                                                                              van der Dussen 52                Bumrah 2-52                                                                                                                            Miller 39                                 Chahar 2-53

India         49.2 overs       283 all-out 

Kohli 65                    Phehlukwayo 3-40                                                                                                                           Dhawan 61              Ngidi 3-58                                                                                                                                         Chahar 54                Pretorius 2-54

South Africa has completed their clean sweep over India in the 3 match ODI series.

This was a perfectly done job by South Africa as they won both the Test and ODI series against India.

The former skipper, Quinton de Kock was the star with the bat as he scored a magnificent century and he was well supported by the in-form Rassie van der Dussen who scored a half-century today.

South Africa scored 287 runs from their 50 overs due to the huge collapse they faced in the last part of the innings.

Dhawan, Kohli fire

Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli scored brilliant half-centuries to set up the chase for team India but neither of these two managed to convert his fifty into a hundred.

India middle-order also collapsed a bit but the No. 7 batter Deepak Chahar played an unbelievable knock to drag India back into the game from nowhere.

Deepak Chahar thrashed 54 runs off just 34 balls but the South African pacers held their nerve and closed out the match by picking up the last 3 wickets for just 5 runs to register a 3-0 series win. 

KL Rahul fails

India lost their skipper KL Rahul early in their chase but Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli had an excellent partnership for the 2nd wicket to put their side in a commanding position.

The 98 runs stand for the second wicket ended with the dismissal of Shikhar Dhawan who scored 61 runs before getting caught out by the wicketkeeper.

Rishabh Pant also departed on the very first ball for a duck to bring South Africa back into the match. 

Virat Kohli played a superb knock of 65 runs to complete his 6th half-century in the last 8 games but he failed to convert his 50 into a hundred.

The wait for Kohli’s ton continues.

Shreyas Iyer and Suryakumar Yadav also got out after getting good starts and India was 7 down on just 223 runs at one stage. 

Deepak Chahar’s heroics

Deepak Chahar just flipped the script of the match by playing an outstanding knock under pressure when India was struggling on 223 for 7.

Chahar scored his 2nd consecutive half-century of ODI cricket to drag the score from 223-7 to 278-7.

When India was requiring just 10 runs from 17 balls, he got out after scoring 54 runs off 34 balls (5 fours and 2 sixes).

The last 3 batters failed to score those 10 runs as India lost their last 3 wickets for just 5 runs. 

De Kock’s ton and van der Dussen’s half-century

Earlier in the South African innings, Quinton de Kock played a brilliant inning to score his 17th ODI hundred.

De Kock loves to bat against India and this was his 6th century against India in the one-day internationals.

He got out on 124 runs after sharing a match-winning partnership of 144 runs for the 4th wicket with Rassie van der Dussen who has also scored 52 runs today.

Both De Kock and van der Dussen scored have scored a single half-century and a hundred in this series but the Player of the Series award was given to Quinton de Kock for his splendid batting performance.

The huge Collapse

After that superb partnership between de Kock and van der Dussen, South Africa collapsed badly in the last part of the innings as India managed to restrict the Proteas for just 287 runs.

South Africa lost their last 7 wickets for just 73 runs.

Prasidh Krishna picked up 3 wickets while Bumrah and Chahar claimed two wickets each.

South Africa was looking to reach 340 plus runs at one stage when they were 3 down on 214 runs on 35 overs but they got all-out on 287 after that collapse. 

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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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