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T20: Bowlers and Fakhar take Pakistan to series victory



The bowlers restricted Bangladesh on just 108 runs to give Pakistan an easy target to chase down and gain an unassailable 2-0 lead in the T20 series. 

It was a great series win for Pakistan as winning a series against Bangladesh at their home is not an easy task.

In recent times, we have seen big teams like Australia and New Zealand struggling and losing series in Bangladesh, so it was a great effort by the Pakistani side.

Bangladesh again started very badly as they lost their top two wickets in the first two overs of the innings.

Shaheen Afridi again picked up a wicket in his very first over as he dismissed Saif Hasan on the fifth ball of his 1st over.

M. Wasim jr bowled the second over and he also picked up a wicket in his first over.

Wasim dismissed the 2nd opener M. Naim, who was caught by Fakhar Zaman in the slips.

Afif Hossain and Najmul Hossain Shanto rescued their side a bit by building a small but effective partnership.

Both of them batted solidly but when the stand (46 runs) was looking good, Afif Hossain played a very bad shot and gifted his wicket to Shadab Khan.

Poor finish by Bangladeshi batters

Bangladesh was 3 down for 64 runs in 10 overs but they were still looking good to score at least 140 plus runs.

However, the Pakistani bowlers made a great comeback and bowled beautifully in the last 10 overs.

Bangladesh scored their lowest number of runs in the last ten overs in a T20 international (when they have faced all the 60 deliveries).

They only managed to hit two boundaries in that period, as the Pakistan bowlers used their variations brilliantly.

Bangladesh scored just 44 runs with the loss of 4 wickets in the last 10 overs of their innings.

Bowlers shine for Pakistan

Shadab Khan and Shaheen Afridi were the leading wicket-takers for Pakistan in the innings as both of them picked up two wickets each.

M. Wasim jr also bowled a brilliant spell, he picked up 1 wicket for just 9 runs in 3 overs.

Shadab Khan has bowled brilliantly against the left-handers in this T20I series so far.

He has given just 18 runs off 25 balls, picking up three wickets.

In the first match, Bangladesh’s left-handers found him too difficult to pick, scoring only three runs off his 11 balls. 

An easy chase for Pakistan

It was a very easy chase for Pakistan and it never looked difficult for Pakistan to chase down this total.

Pakistan lost their skipper Babar Azam very early in their innings but it didn’t put any pressure on Fakhar Zaman and M. Rizwan as both of them played superb innings.

Rizwan played well for his side, scoring 39 runs off 45 balls.

Fakhar Zaman smashed a brilliant half-century, he remained not out on 57 runs off 51 balls including 3 sixes and 2 fours.

Rizwan and Fakhar made a superb partnership of 85 runs.

Rizwan was dismissed when his side was just 12 runs away from victory.

Pakistan chased down the total very easily in 18.1 overs with still 8 wickets in hand.

Pakistan has won this series already and now they will be looking to complete a clean sweep by winning the last match of this series.

Pakistan 109 for 2 (Fakhar 57*, Rizwan 39) beat Bangladesh 108 for 7 (Shanto 40, Afif 20, Afridi 2-15, Shadab 2-22) by eight wickets

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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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