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BBL: Perth Scorchers qualify for the final



Both the openers scored superb half-centuries for Perth before the bowlers demolished the Sydney Sixers batting lineup.

Sydney Sixers were 7 down on just 55 runs but the Number 9 batter, Ben Dwarshuis scored 66 runs from just 27 balls to rescue his side from getting bowled out under the three figures in a Qualifier game. 

Perth Scorchers     20 overs       189-3

J. Inglis 79 (49)                  H. Kerr 2-37                                                                                                                  Patterson 64 (41)             O’Keefe 1-36          

Sydney Sixers     19.1 overs       141-10

Dwarshuis 66 (28)             Agar 2-16                                                                                                                                     H. Kerr 22 (18)                   Richardson 2-21  


The tournament favorites, Perth Scorchers qualified for the BBL final after beating the Sydney Sixers by 49 runs at the Docklands Stadium.

In the Qualifier match between the top two placed sides who have shared six trophies of BBL between them so far, Perth Scorchers produced a wonderful performance to confirm a spot in the Final on 28th January, which will be played at the same venue.

The two-time defending champions, Sydney Sixers was outclassed in this match by the Perth Scorchers.

The Sydney Sixers still have a chance to qualify into the Final as they will face the winner of the 2nd Eliminator match that will be played between Sydney Thunder and Adelaide Strikers.

Thus, the Sixers’ dream for a historic hat-trick of trophies depends upon their match on Wednesday against the winner of the Sydney Thunder and Adelaide Strikers match. 

Inglis and Patterson thrashed the Sixers

The openers gave an ideal start to Perth Scorchers in the all-important Qualifier game.

Josh Inglis and Kurtis Patterson shared an excellent stand of 120 runs for the first wicket that came to an end in the 13th over when Patterson got caught out at long-on. 

Josh Inglis was having a very bad BBL season this year as his highest score was even just 23 runs from six games but he came back in form at the right time for his side.

He smashed a brilliant knock of 79 runs off just 49 balls, including 9 fours and a six.

His partner Kurtis Patterson also scored a brilliant half-century. Patterson played an aggressive knock of 64 runs off just 41 balls.

His inning included 5 fours and 3 superb sixes. 

After Patterson’s dismissal, Josh Inglis took over and opened his arms by smashing a splendid reverse-paddle for four off the seamer, Hayden Kerr.

It meant Perth Scorchers only needed a quick little cameo from the T20 world cup hero, Mitchell Marsh, who scored 28 runs from 21 balls in the end.

Perth Scorchers scored 188 with the loss of just 3 wickets from the 20 overs. 

Bowlers shine for Scorchers

Jhye Richardson shines with the bowl on his debut match in this season of the Big Bash League.

Richardson came back into his side after playing the Ashes series for Australia.

He picked up 2 wickets for just 21 runs from his 4 overs.

He claimed the huge wicket of Josh Philippe in his first over of the innings.

Behrendorff also bowled brilliantly as he picked up 2 wickets within the first 3 overs of the innings.

Ashton Agar then joined the party and he also picked up 2 crucial wickets of Nicholas Bertus and Dan Christian in his spell. 

The Sydney Sixers were 7 down on just 55 runs in the first 12 overs and they were on the verge of getting all-out before the 100 run mark.

But Ben Dwarshuis played an outstanding inning of 66 runs after coming into bat on the 9th number.

He used only 28 balls for his 66 runs which included 7 fours and 4 sixes.

All the Scorchers bowlers picked up 2 wickets each except Peter Hatzoglou who claimed a single wicket.

Sydney Sixers got all-out on just 141 runs and lost the match by 48 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.

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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