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5 things we learnt from India’s Lord’s win



India outfoxed England in the second Test match of the series at Lord’s to stamp their authority on the World Test Championship race.

Virat Kohli’s men restricted Englishmen to 120 runs in the second innings, thanks to a bowling masterclass from Mohammad Siraj and other members of India’s fiery pace cartel.

In pursuit of 272 runs, England fell a massive 151 runs short at the home of cricket.

The first Test was spoiled by intermittent rainfall in the UK, but India took charge in the second clash.

Here are five things we learned from the game:

KL Rahul – the all-format player

KL Rahul bagged the Player of the Match trophy for his gritty display with the bat.

Not many had expected the Punjab kings skipper to stand tall alongside Rohit Sharma against one of the toughest bowling line-ups in the world.

But Rahul seemed to have different plans.

The right-handed opener has been the star performer for the visitors ever since Men in Blue have landed in England.

His 129 in the first innings of the second Test helped India mount pressure on Joe Root’s men.

England need new openers

Joe Burns and Dom Sibley have failed to impress time and again.

While both have different batting techniques, they share the same method of failure against the moving red ball.

Both openers returned to the pavilion for a duck in the second inning which shattered England’s plans of chasing the tricky total.

Kohil’s aggression helps

Virat Kohli may be undergoing a century drought, but he doesn’t let the form slump affect his aggression on the field.

The Indian skipper was in the ears of every Englishmen in the second innings to leave them unsettled.

Be it James Anderson, Jos Butler or Ollie Robinson, Kohli made sure he let his animated character throw them off-balance.

After the game was wrapped up, the Indian skipper said that the visitors used the English critics as a motivating force in the second Test.

Stokes is irreplaceable

Ben Stokes has taken an indefinite break from cricket due to mental health.

The English all-rounder is one of the best all-rounders in all formats of the game and his absence has vastly hurt Root’s side.

There seems to be a vacant slot in the middle order which no other player has been able to fill.

The sooner England finds Stokes’ replacement, the better.

Root, the captain has lots to learn

Joe Root was the highest run-getter on both sides.

He stood head and shoulders above every batsman and put on a masterclass performance each time he got to bat.

However, his tactical flaws led England to a loss.

Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami ran riot with the bat till Kohli declared the innings and their ninth-wicket partnership was the last nail in the coffin for Root’s team.

The runs Bumrah and Shami added took India to a fighting total and pressurized England in their backyard.

Joe Root has since been rightly criticised for letting the two tail-enders run away with the game.

Nonetheless, the Englishman has taken full responsibility for the team’s loss.

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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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