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Ashes Day 1: England dismissed cheaply



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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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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