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4th Test: Any result possible on Day 5



England are on course to chase a whopping 368-run target set by India.

Without losing a wicket on Day 4, the hosts look all set for a tough fight to save the test or even win it.

England are 77/0 on their pursuit to rewrite history.

This will be the highest-ever run chase from the Englishmen if they accomplish it.

They need another 291 runs in 90 overs on Day 5. The biggest target that England have chased down is 362/9 at Headingley.

It’s incredible how India have weaved a web around the hosts, put themselves in the driving seat despite a horrific start to the Test where the entire side was bundled out for merely 191 runs.

England openers stand tall

Chasing a big total is often dependent on how the openers treat the new ball.

So far, the Englishmen will be happy with what they have seen.

After a duck in the first inning, Haseeb Hameed has been in brilliant touch.

The right-handed opener, who is making a case for himself in the Ashes series, has already got 43 runs in the brief play on Day 4.

Burns seems solid on 31* as well.

With how everything looks so far, if the England openers can stretch their stand to 150, the hosts could make history at the Oval.

It was stunning to see how they handled Umesh Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah.

The India pace cartel kept on testing the openers with variations, but the Burns-Hameed duo looked unshakeable.

Their prolonged partnership was monumental in England’s victory in the third Test as well. So this isn’t something new for them.

Virat Kohli has a Mo problem

Day 4 of the 4th Test had everyone looking forward to Virat Kohli’s crispy cover drives and flicks.

Kohli looked in a sublime shape until he reached 40*.

The Indian skipper then had a long haul with Rishabh Pant where he did not trouble the scorers for a good half hour.

He then departed for 44, courtesy of a brilliant Moeen Ali delivery.

The England spinner got Kohli in a similar manner the English pace cartel has been dismissing him.

Ali got him caught at first slip to Craig Overton.

He looked visibly angry on his way back to the hut.

A video of the Indian skipper punching the door of the dressing room is also making rounds on social media.

Thakur lights the Oval

Shardul Thakur has been superb with the bat.

When it comes to handling Jimmy Anderson and co, the India all-rounder did well under pressure to add a gritty fifty to his name.

Thakur’s 60 off 72 could be the nail in the coffin for the hosts.

Just when the Englishmen were rejoicing the wicket of Kohli, Thakur took charge.

He took a few balls to settle in then went berserk alongside wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant.

The lefty-righty duo put up a 100-run stand.

After Joe Root got the better of Thakur and Moeen Ali dismissed pant on 50, the tailenders put up a fight as well.

Jasprit Bumrah crisped four fours to score 24 runs.

Umesh Yadav did not hold back either.

The pacer smashed two sixes and a four to score 25 off 23.

Hence, India finished at 466 to set up an intriguing final day.

England 290 and 77 for 0 (Hameed 43*, Burns 31*) need 291 more runs to beat India 191 and 466 (Rohit 127, Pujara 61, Thakur 60, Pant 50, Woakes 3-83)

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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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