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Ashes Day 1: England dismissed cheaply

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Pat Cummins picked up a brilliant 5 wicket haul on the first day of the opening match against England.

Rain, wet outfield, and then bad light spoiled day 1 after England’s horrible batting performance.

England   1st innings  147 all-out 

Buttler    39 (58)         Cummins     5-38                                                                                                                    Pope       35 (79)          Starc            2-35                                                                                                           Hameed 25 (75)          Hazlewood 2-42

Joe Root elected to bat first after winning the toss and that was might not a bad decision as Pat Cummins also said on the toss that he would also bat first if he had won the toss.

But England’s batting lineup failed badly against the might pace attack of Australia as they were all-out on just 147 runs before Tea on day 1.

Nightmarish start for Burns

Starc started the Ashes brilliantly series by dismissing Rory Burns on the very ball of the series.

Burns was clean bowled for a golden duck and now he holds two negative records under his belt.

Rory Burns is now only the second opener in history to get dismissed on the first ball of the Ashes.

This was also Burn’s 6th golden duck in this year and now holds the record of the most number of golden ducks in a calendar year by an opener.

The most dependable batter of England who is also the leading run-scorer in 2021, Joe Root was dismissed on a duck and England was 3 down on just 11 runs.

The star all-rounder Ben Stokes came to the crease but he also failed to rescue his side, he was dismissed by Cummins.

Buttler and Pope hold fort

England lost half of their side on just 60 runs but Jos Buttler and Ollie Pope tried to rebuild the innings and they made a solid 52 run partnership for the 6th wicket. 

Mitchell Starc break the stand by dismissing Buttler for 39 runs and after that wicket, the rest of the English side was blown away for just 35 runs.

Ollie Pope couldn’t resist much after Buttler’s dismissal. Pope was dismissed on 35 runs before completing his 1000 runs in Test cricket.

Jos Buttler(39) and Ollie Pope(35) were the top scorers for England.

Cummins picked up 5 wickets and he was well supported by Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood as both of them picked up 2 wickets each.

Cameron Green also picked up his maiden Test wicket. 

England was all-out on 147 runs before Tea on day 1 but the rain interrupted the play in the last session followed by wet outfield and then the bad light.

All these factors enforced early stumps on day 1 but Australia will be very happy with their performance right now. 

Brilliant fiver by Cummins

The Australian skipper, Pat Cummins was the star with the bowl as he claimed an outstanding 5 wicket-haul on his debut captaincy match.

He became the first Australian captain to pick up a five-wicket haul in Test cricket since Richie Benaud who has done this in 1962.

He also became the first skipper of either side to do so since Bob Willis who had done the same in 1982 at the Gabba.

Indeed, it was a dream performance from Cummins today. 

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‘Ye toh Mohammad Kaif 2.0 nikla’ – Fans react as Brendon McCullum accepts series defeat against India and claim themselves to be better than they were in 2022

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Brendon McCullum has reacted to England’s performance in the ongoing series against India. The visiting side are currently trailing 1-3 in the series after the conclusion of the 4th Test in Ranchi. With the fifth Test set to happen in Dharamshala, England have lost the series by all means. They do have a chance to end the series on a high note by winning the last Test.

After the loss against India in the 4th Test, McCullum was in the press conference. He claimed that they are a better side than they were 18 months ago. Brendon acknowledged the fact that they lost the series against India and could not win in the Ashes. He felt that given the way England is playing, there is a good chance of them doing special things in the next 18 months in Test cricket.

“We’ve lost this series and we didn’t win the Ashes, but we’re a better cricket team than we were 18 months ago and we’ve got an opportunity in the next 18 months to do some pretty special shitz. I’m fizzing for it, to be honest,” said McCullum as he was hopeful of a bright future for England in Tests. It is true that England were not as competitive under Joe Root as they are under Ben Stokes.

Improved competitiveness of England

While Root’s tenure was good before the pandemic, the team struggled under his captaincy. 2021 and early 2020 were the years when England was demoralised. They lost in India 1-3 and trailed 1-2 at home against the same opponent. For the first time in over 20 years, NZ beat England in Tests in their own backyard. In 2022, England lost the Ashes 0-4 away from home.

They also lost to the West Indies 0-1 which acted as a final nail in the coffin of Root’s leadership. However, things have changed drastically under Stokes and McCullum. They won the series against New Zealand at home and clean-swept Pakistan in their own backyard. They drew the Ashes 2-2 and drew the series against NZ 1-1 before losing the series against India.

Here’s how the fans reacted to the statement of Brendon McCullum –

 

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WATCH: IShowSpeed reacts to Virat Kohli becoming father for 2nd time

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IShowSpeed took to his YouTube channel and reacted to Virat Kohli becoming the father for the 2nd time in his life. The popular YouTuber is known to be a fan of Virat in cricket. He claimed that the Indian batter got twins. In the video which has gone viral on the internet, Speed was seen reacting to the announcement of the star couple. He was visibly excited about seeing the good news.

Speed claimed that Akaay and Vamika are twins. The fan of the Indian batter claimed that the son of Virat should have been named as ‘Virat Kohli Jr’. He went on to add that Akaay could become a young GOAT. Seeing the announcement video, the popular YouTuber claimed that he would still call Akaay as ‘Virat Kohli Jr’.

Watch the viral video of Speed here –

 

He got twins!! Virat Kohli got twins!! Vamika and Akaay! Akaay about to be a young GOAT. He should have been named to Virat Kohli Jr, I’m still going to call him Kohli Jr bro,” said I Show Speed in his video. The fans are in bits after seeing the video of the YouTuber and said that he is too funny. The way Speed calls Virat was mocked by the fans on social media.

The family of Virat Kohli

Virat has a big family. While his father died when he was playing a Ranji Trophy game in the 2000s, he has a brother and mother. In 2017, Virat married Anushka which became a sensation. The star couple has been the talk of the town since then. In 2021, Virat and Anushka were blessed with their first child. The duo named her as ‘Vamika‘.

Earlier this year, Virat took a leave during the series against England. The fans were not sure of the reason behind the move of the batter that he even could not attend the Ram Mandir inaugural ceremony. Earlier this month, the fans got to know that the couple became the parents for the 2nd time. Anushka and Virat posted a joint statement where they declared to be parents and announced ‘Akaay’ to the world.

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Fans troll Ajinkya Rahane for his poor form in Ranji Trophy 2024

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Fans trolled Ajinkya Rahane for his poor form in the ongoing Ranji Trophy 2024 for Mumbai. The experienced batter has been going through a lean patch in the ongoing tournament and has not been able to contribute to the team in any capacity. It has frustrated the fans to the core who want to see him back in the Indian team.

In the WTC 2023 final, Rahane last appeared for India. Although he was impressive with a score of 90 in the first innings and a 30 odd in the second innings, Rahane was not picked for the series following it. India seems to have moved on from him, as the experienced batter did not feature in the series against the West Indies, South Africa, and England.

However, the fans were angry with the fact that the star batter was left out of the series. The furious nature of the fans led them to claim that the right-handed batter would certainly return to the Indian squad by performing in the Ranji Trophy 2024 for Mumbai. But it does not seem to be a good tournament with the bat for Rahane, who has struggled to score a single hundred for Mumbai.

Poor performance in the quarterfinal against Baroda

His struggles in the Ranji Trophy continued even in the quarterfinal match against Baroda. Batting first, Mumbai scored 384 runs. Rahane was poor with the bat again as he was dismissed for just 3(13). His dismissal paved the way for the great innings of the U19 World Cup 2024 hero Musheer Khan, who scored a double hundred and shined with the bat. He did not have a good 2nd inning either.

As Baroda replied with a score of 348 runs, Mumbai got off to a decent start before Rahane got a chance to bat for the 2nd time. In the 2nd inning, he had a worse outing. The 35-year-old registered a 4-ball duck and became the scapegoat of the anger of the fans. The Mumbai batter has been trolled on social media by the fans, who believe that his time is up in cricket.

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