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Day 2: India fight back after Ajaz Patel creates history



Ajaz Patel picked up a magnificent 10 wicket haul in a single innings.

Sadly, the New Zealand batters spoiled his performance as the whole team was dismissed for just 62 runs giving a lead of 263 runs to the Indian team.

India    1st innings   325 all-out

Agarwal 150 (311)            A. Patel 10-119                                                                                                               Axar        52  (128)

New Zealand  1st innings   62 all-out

Jamieson 17 (36)       Ashwin 4-8                                                                                                                        Latham    10 (14)       Siraj      3-19

India       2nd innings     69-0

Agarwal  38*(75)                                                                                                                                                     Pujara     29*(51)

India started their innings from 221-4 but Ajaz Patel struck early on picking up the back-to-back wickets of Saha and Ashwin.

He was on a hat-trick at that stage.

Saha was dismissed after adding just two runs in his previous night score of 25.

Axar Patel and Mayank Agarwal built up another important partnership for team India.

Agarwal became the 7th scalp of Ajaz Patel as he got out after just completing his 150.

Axar Patel scored a crucial half-century but India was bowled out on 325 runs by only one bowler, Ajaz Patel who picked up all the 10 wickets.

The New Zealand batting lineup failed badly against the brilliant bowling attack of team India as they were done and dusted on just 62 runs.

The Indian bowlers destroyed the Kiwi batting lineup in just less than 29 overs.

India didn’t force the follow-on and they decided to bat again. 

Due to the finger injury to Gill, Pujara came to open the innings with Agarwal and both of them played superbly and put 69 runs on the board without losing their wickets.

India has a lead of 332 runs with still 10 wickets in hand. 

Ajaz Patel’s Historic performance

Ajaz Patel made history for New Zealand today as he became only 3rd bowler in the history of Test cricket to pick up a 10 wicket haul in a single innings of a Test match.

He joined the illustrious company of Jim Laker and Anil Kumble.

Patel was outstanding with the ball and broke many records with his unbelievable bowling today.

Here are some of the records broken by him.

Best bowling figures in an innings by a visiting spinner in India:

10-119 Ajaz Patel 2021*

8-50 Nathan Lyon 2017

8-215 Jason Krejza 2008

Best bowling figures in a single Test innings against India:

10-119 Ajaz Patel, Mumbai 2021*

9-95 Jack Noreiga, Port of Spain 1971

Best Bowling figures by a New Zealand bowler:

10-119 Ajaz Patel v India 2021*

9-52 Richard Hadlee v Australia 1985

Outstanding bowling performance from India

The Indian bowlers just outclassed the New Zealand batting lineup.

New Zealand had the upper hand due to Ajaz Patel’s bowling spell but the great bowling performance from the Indian bowlers put India in a match-winning situation.

Siraj made a good come back picking up 3 wickets in the start.

Ashwin also bowled beautifully and grabbed 4 wickets for 8 runs.

New Zealand was all out for just 62 runs and it was the lowest team total against India in Tests. 

Lowest totals against India in Test cricket 
62 New Zealand, Mumbai 2021*
79 South Africa, Nagpur 2015
81 England, Ahmedabad 2021
82 Sri Lanka, Chandigarh 1990

Lowest totals for New Zealand v India in Tests
62 at Mumbai 2021*
94 at Hamilton 2002
100 at Wellington 1981
101 at Auckland 1968

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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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