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BBL: Maxwell smashes 154, Stars punish Hobart



Glenn Maxwell stuns the Hobart Hurricanes with his record-breaking batting.

Stoinis also scored an unbeaten 75 runs to helped his side to put 273 runs out on the board which is the 2nd highest total of overall T20 cricket so far. 

Melbourne Stars       20 overs       273-2

Maxwell 154*(64)              Thompson 1-32                                                                                                                      Stoinis 75*(31)                    Kann 1-40          

Hobart Hurricanes     20 overs      167-6

McDermott 55 (33)           Couch 3-30                                                                                                                     Short 41*(36)                     Webster 1-23

Melbourne Stars defeated the Hobart Hurricanes comfortably by 106 runs in a record-breaking match at the MCG.

Maxwell’s and Stoinis unbeaten knocks of 154 and 75 runs respectively helped the Stars to put the highest-ever BBL score on the board today.

The target of 274 runs from 120 balls was too good for the Hurricanes to it chase down.

Hobart Hurricanes lost the match by 106 runs as they only scored 167 runs with the loss of 6 wickets from their 20 overs. 

Maxwell’s record-breaking knock

Glenn Maxwell showed an unbelievable batting display today against the Hurricanes as he smashed an unbeaten 154 runs off just 64 balls which is the highest individual score in Big Bash League history.

Maxwell completed his ton on just 41 balls which is the 2nd fastest century of BBL, he remained just 2 balls shy of breaking Crag Simmons’s record of 39-ball hundred that he made in the 2014 BBL season.

His knock of 154* runs included 4 sixes and 22 fours.

Maxwell showed no mercy against the Hobart bowlers and scored runs against them all around the ground.

This was also the overall 9th highest individual score of T20 cricket. 

Glenn Maxwell made a 97 run opening stand with Joe Clarke to set the platform for a big total.

He then shared a 44 run stand with Nick Larkin and a magnificent unbeaten 132 run stand with Marcus Stoinis for the 3rd wicket. 

Stoinis also shines

Marcus Stoinis also played an excellent knock of 75 runs off just 31 balls to support Glenn Maxwell in reaching a big first-innings total.

Stoinis smoked 4 fours snd 6 sixes in his brutal batting display.

Due to Stoinis and Maxwell’s superb batting, Melbourne Stars scored 273 runs in their 20 overs which is the highest total in BBL history while the second-highest T20 cricket score overall. 

Hobart Hurricanes lost all their confidence after the end of 1st innings as they never looked interested in winning the match while chasing the huge target of 274 runs.

Ben McDermott scored a half-century for Hobart but that was not enough to challenge the Stars total.

McDermott scored 55 runs off 33 balls including 2 fours and 4 sixes. D’Arcy Short remainders unbeaten on 41 runs from 36 nalls.

Hobart Hurricanes only managed to score 167-6 from their 20 overs and lost the match by a big margin of 106 runs.

Brody Couch picked up 3 wickets for 30 runs from his 4 overs. 

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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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