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BBL: Fawad, Cockbain shine as the Strikers make playoffs



Renshaw and Cockbain scored match-winning fifties as the two-time defending champion Sydney Sixers missed an opportunity to seal a second-place on the points table.

Fawad Ahmed took 3 wickets to continue his good form. 

Sydney Sixers    20 overs     161-7

Avendano 52 (29)                Fawad 3-16                                                                                                                        Edwards 34 (34)                   Siddle 2-32       

Adelaide Strikers    17.3 overs    165-2

Cockbain 71*(42)                H. Kerr 1-37                                                                                                                       Renshaw 50 (31)                 Dwarshuis 1-37

The Adelaide Strikers confirmed a place in the playoffs of BBL with a comfortable eight-wicket win against the two-time defending champion Sydney Sixers.

The confident Adelaide Strikers convincingly chased down Sixers’ 7 for 161 with 2.3 overs left.

This was the fourth consecutive victory for the Strikers and this is also their longest match-winning streak in the BBL.

This 8 run victory moved the Strikers with 28 points into the Eliminator final that will be played on Friday between the fourth and fifth-ranked teams.

Sydney Sixers with 31 points remained equal in terms of points with the Sydney Thunder in the battle for the second position that will give a double chance in the playoffs.

Josh Philippe and Jack Edward gave a decent start to Sydney Sixers as they added 44 runs for the opening wicket.

Josh Philippe got out for 22 in the 7th over after playing a couple of beautiful straight drives. 

Fawad continues his brilliant form

Fawad Ahmed bowled another match-winning spell for his side in this BBL season.

Fawad will turn 40 next month but for him, age is just a number.

He has taken 7 wickets in three matches since the departure of Rashid Khan.

He picked the three top-order wickets of Sydney Sixers in this match. 

He first dismissed the opener Josh Philippe and then turned picked up back-to-back wickets of Jack Edwards and Daniel Hughes in the 13th over.

It was high-quality delivery in which Fawad cleaned bowled Edwards that came in and spun away.

Fawad Ahmed picked up 3 wickets for just 16 runs from his 4 overs. 

Avendano scores a crucial fifty

Sixers were struggling on 83-4 in the 13th over when Justin Avendano came in to bat at number 6.

Avendano has become the first player in Big Bash League history to represent two sides in the same season after playing for Covid-affected Melbourne Stars earlier this month.

He scored a crucial half-century to put a decent total on the board for his side.

He smashed 52 runs off just 29 balls that included a boundary and five superb sixes. 

The fiery start from Strikers

The Adelaide Strikers got a fiery start to their innings as Matt Renshaw played a wonderful knock in the absence of their regular and in-form opener Matt Short.  

Strikers lost Henry Hunt who got caught at short third man in the 4th over.

Renshaw continued to play aggressively and helped his side to score their highest Powerplay score of this season.

The Adelaide Strikers scored 66 runs for the loss of just 1 wicket in the Powerplay.

Renshaw departed after playing an excellent knock of 50 runs off 31 balls. 

Cockbain’s excellent knock

Renshaw was well supported by the Englishman Cockbain who was the top scorer for Strikers with an impressive and unbeaten knock of 71 runs off just 42 balls.

Cockbain is playing only his 3rd match of BBL but he has become an important part of the Adelaide Strikers middle-order due to his brilliant batting performance. 

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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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