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BBL Eliminator: Strikers down Hobart



Both the Adelaide openers scored brilliant half-centuries to give a solid start to their side as the Strikers registered their 5th successive win in the season.

Peter Siddle was the star with the ball for the Strikers as he picked up a superb 4 wicket haul to set up the Strikers clash with the Sydney Thunder’s on Sunday in a knockout game. 

Adelaide Strikers      20 overs      188-6

M. Short 89 (48)                    Meredith 2-37                                                                                                                        A. Carey 67 (45)                     Rogers 2-37

Hobart Hurricanes   19.4 overs  166 all-out

D. Short 56 (34)                  Siddle 4-32                                                                                                                                           C. Jewell 35 (31)                 Thornton 2-25

Alex Carey returned in the BBL with a half-century as the Adelaide Strikers defeated the Hobart Hurricanes by 22 runs at the MCG.

This season of BBL for Hobart Hurricanes also ended with this defeat because it was the Eliminator match which is a must-win game between the fourth- and fifth-ranked sides of the tournament.

Alex Carey scored 67 off 45 balls in his comeback game after playing the Ashes, he shared a brilliant opening stand with Matthew Short, who smashed 89 runs today.

Due to the outstanding opening partnership, Adelaide Strikers ended their innings on 188-6 from their 20 overs. 

Striker’s strong bowling attack then demolished the inconsistent Hurricanes for 166 runs.

Adelaide Strikers have marched into unexpected title contention after their fifth consecutive victory to confirm a face-off with the third-placed Sydney Thunder in the Knockout game on Sunday.

Carey and Short provided an excellent start

Matthew Short and Alex Carey destroyed the Hurricanes bowling attack with their superb batting performance.

Short and Carey provided a dream start to their side by smashing a 145 runs opening partnership to set the platform for a big total.

The Ashes winners Alex Carey and Travis Head returned to their Big Bash franchise in this match and Alex Carey scored a brilliant half-century on his return.

He smashed 67 runs off just 45 balls. 

His partner, Matthew Short also played an excellent knock, he scored 89 runs off just 48 balls including 4 fours and 6 sixes.

He was also awarded Player of the match due to his all-round performance as he also picked the most important wicket of the in-form Ben McDermott in the very first over of the innings.

Hurricanes bowling attack struggles  

The bowling attack of Hobart Hurricanes struggled despite the return of Ashes Hero, Scott Boland.

Hurricanes mostly missed their leading spinner Sandeep Lamichhane, who has left the league due to national duties.

Hurricanes made a small comeback, in the end, to restrict Striker’s on just 188 runs after that lethal opening stand

Strikers also shine with the ball 

Adelaide Striker’s were also excellent both with the bowl and in the field.

The experienced, Peter Siddle claimed a four-wicket haul including the big wickets of Matthew Wade and Tim David to restrict the Hurricanes 22 runs short of the target.

Henry Thornton and Harry Conway also bowled superb spells as they picked up 2 wickets each.

Thornton held his nerves to dismiss the dangerous-looking D’Arcy Short, who almost dragged the game away from Strikers.

Short got out after playing an entertaining cameo of 56 runs off just 34 balls. 

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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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