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3rd T20: Suryakumar Yadav shines, India sweep series



The wonderful knocks from Suryakumar Yadav and Venkatesh Iyer followed by Harshal Patel’s 3-for helped India to brush aside the West Indies side in their favourite format.

Another half-century from Nicholas Pooran went in vain as the Indian bowlers didn’t allow West Indies to open their arms in the death overs and they finished 17 runs short of the target.

India     20 overs     184-5

Suryakumar 65 (31)            Chase 1-23                                                                                                             Venkatesh  35*(19)            Holder 1-29

West Indies     20 overs   167-9

Pooran 61 (47)                   Harshal 3-22                                                                                                                         Shepherd 29 (21)               Chahar 2-15

Ruturuj Gaikwad who was making his T20I debut today opened the innings for India with Ishan Kishan.

But unfortunately, it was not a dream debut for him because Jason Holder get rid of him on only 4 runs in the 3rd over.

Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer then had a 53 run partnership for the 2nd wicket.

Ishan Kishan again failed to convert his good start into a big knock.

Shreyas Iyer also smashed 4 boundaries in his knock of 25 runs.

Both of them got out in two successive overs to leave India 3 down on 66 runs within the first 10 overs.

Rohit came to bat at no 4 but never looked comfortable batting at this position today as he scored only 7 runs from 15 balls. 

The spectacular partnership between SKY and Iyer

After losing 4 wickets on 93 runs, Suryakumar Yadav again stood up to build a match-changing partnership with Venkatesh Iyer for the 5th wicket.  

Yadav and Iyer destroyed the West Indies bowling line-up with their outstanding batting.

India scored 21 runs each in the 19th and 20th over, as a total of 86 runs were scored from the last 5 overs. 

Suryakumar Yadav thrashed a magnificent knock of 65 runs from just 31 balls including 7 sixes and only one four in his innings.

Venkatesh also played an important role in the death overs and remained unbeaten on 35 runs from 19 deliveries.

The 91 runs stand between these two helped India to score 184-5 from their 20 overs. 

The West Indies openers once again failed to provide a good start to their side in this series.

Deepak Chahar removed both the openers in his splendid opening spell.

Rovman Powell and Nicholas Pooran get their side out of trouble with their  power hitting in the powerplay.  

Harshal Patel ended the cameo of Rovman Powell in the 7th over to bring India back into the contest.

Powell smashed 2 fours and 2 sixes in his 25 run innings.

West Indies lost some quick wickets in the middle as Venkatesh Iyer dismissed the dangerous Pollard and Holder cheaply.

Harshal also grabbed his 2nd wicket by removing Chase on 12 runs and West Indies were suddenly 6 down on 100 runs.

Nicholas Pooran and Romario Shepherd tried their best to get their side over the line in the last match of the series but the Indian bowlers didn’t allow them to do so with their impressive death bowling.

Pooran’s 3rd successive half-century

Nicholas Pooran was outstanding throughout the series for West Indies.

Pooran played another excellent knock in the last T20I of the series and scored his third consecutive fifty of the series.

He smashed 61 runs from 47 balls today including 8 fours and a six. 

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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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