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CPL 2021: Barbados outplay Tallawahs



Barbados Royals were on a roll in the game against Jamaica Tallawahs as they got another win under their belt on Sunday.

Jason Holder’s men were just 15 runs better than Rovman Powell’s unit.

Batting first, the Royals scored 161/5 on a tricky pitch.

Good bowling and alert fielding helped them in the second innings as they restricted the Tallawahs to only 146/9.

Reifer’s all-round takes Royals home

Raymon Reifer ran riot in the game as everything he touched turn to gold.

After putting up a crucial 31 with the bat off 20 balls that included two big sixes and a couple of fours, the West Indian star picked three wickets as well.

The scalps he pocketed were of some of the biggest strikers in the franchise cricket – Kennar Lewis, Carlos Brathwaite and Andre Russell.

He was declared Player of the Match for his match-winning display in both innings.

Amir-Walsh duo contains Tallawahs

Mohammad Amir has been enjoying his time in franchise cricket ever since he announced a withdrawal from the national side.

The left-arm pacer has added another commendable performance to his resume.

He gave away only 23 runs and picked two wickets in his quota of four overs to make the chase even harder for Powell’s men.

While Hayden Walsh did not pick any wicket, he kept the economy tight (5.7) to mount pressure on the opposition.

Thisara Perera also grabbed two scalps to his name in the two overs he bowled.

Barbados Royals 161 for 5 (Phillips 56*, Reifer 31*, Permaul 2-15) beat Jamaica Tallawahs 146 for 9 (Brooks 47, Reifer 3-31, Perera 2-17) by 15 runs.

Riaz helps St. Lucia Kings win

Lucia Kings won a game from the jaws of defeat against Trinbago Knight Riders on Sunday. Courtesy a great last over by Wahab Riaz, the Kings won by 5 runs.

From being a zero in the last game, to a hero in this clash, Wahab Riaz showed the cricket fans how important is his role in the side.

The Pakistan pacer got the crucial wicket of Riders skipper Kieron Pollard and gave away only 17 runs in three overs.

Most importantly, he withstood Colin Munro (40*) and Tim Seifert (40*) in the final over.

He defended the 14 runs needed in the penultimate over for the Riders to achieve the 158-run target.

Seifert was striking the ball sweeter than his partner Munro, but Riaz did not them walk away with the won.

He conceded only a single boundary (four) and defended six runs on the last ball against in-form Seifert.

Kings captain Faf du Plessis hailed Riaz for his performance. He revealed that he was feeling like reserving the 19th over for Riaz earlier.

“We thought about Wahab’s experience bowling the second-last over but we were worried about the short boundary from that end,” Du Plessis said.

David continues good form

Tim David’s ride in franchise cricket has been sublime so far.

After making a big impact with Lahore Qalandars in the Pakistan Super League, he is helping the Kings make it big in the CPL.

The Singaporean-Australian cricketer smashed 43 off 32 to propel the Kings to a respectable score before Seales dismissed him.

St Lucia Kings 157 for 5 (David 43, Chase 30*, Rampaul 3-29) beat Trinbago Knight Riders 152 for 3 (Seifert 40*, Munro 40*, Wahab 1-17, Chase 1-17) by five runs.

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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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