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LPL: Dambulla Giants beat Colombo in the first Eliminator



Angelo Mathews’ half-century was in vain as Dambulla Giants won the first Eliminator of LPL 2021.

It was an all-round performance by Dambulla Giants as they first restricted the Colombo Stars below 150 and then chased down the target in the 19th over with still 4 wickets remaining. 

Colombo Stars      20 overs      145-6

Mathews 50*(34)             Pradeep        2-23                                                                                                           Nissanka  42(39)               Tahir              2-25                                                                                                                                               de Silva    15(11)               Karunaratne 1-31

Dambulla Giants   18 5 overs   146-4

Liyanage   56*(47)           Chameera  1-24                                                                                                         Najibullah 34(28)             Naveen      1-26                                                                                                                    P. Salt        32(21)             Vandersay 1-34

Colombo Stars decided to set the target in the first Eliminator after winning the toss.

It was a bad start by the Stars as they lost Kusal Perera in the second over of the innings on just 3 runs.

The second opener, Tom Banton also didn’t last long on the crease as he was runout in the 6th over after scoring 13 runs off 13 balls.

Colombo Stars only managed to score 28 runs in the Powerplay with the loss of two wickets. 

Nissanka and Dhananjaya de Silva had a good 42 runs stand for the 3rd wicket.

The experienced Imran Tahir broke this partnership by dismissing de Silva.

He bowled a brilliant leg break that took enough turn to beat Dhananjaya as the ball pulled off the bails.

Mathews joined Nissanka after Dhananjaya’s dismissal.

The steady knock of Nissanka came to end in the 15th over when he tried to play a slog sweep against Imran Tahir but unfortunately he was caught at deep midwicket by Karunaratne. 

The skipper Angelo Mathews once again played a crucial knock for his side.

He scored a brilliant fifty in the end to give his side a respectable total on the board.

Mathews smashed 50 runs off just 34 balls including 4 fours and 2 sixes. 

The Dambulla Giants also didn’t start well as they lost their skipper Niroshan Dickwella on the very first ball of their innings.

Dickwella was caught and bowled by Chameera.

Sandun Weerakkody came to bat at no 3 but he was dismissed after scoring just 10 runs in the 4th over of the innings.

Dambulla Giants scored only 29 runs in the first 4 overs and also lost 2 wickets in that period but they smashed 16 runs off the last 2 hours to end the Powerplay with a score of 45-2

Phil Salt was dismissed in the 9th over after scoring an important knock of 32 runs off 21 balls(4 fours and 1 six).

After Salt’s dismissal, Najibullah Zadran and Janith Liyanage smashed a match-winning partnership of 61 runs.

Najibullah scored a crucial 34 runs off 28 balls (1 fours and 2 sixes).

He was sent to the pavilion by his countryman Naveen-ul-Haq but it was too late for the Colombo Stars at that time to turn over things.

Janith Liyanage remained unbeaten on 56 runs and he played patiently and firmly until his side got over the line.

Liyanage was given the Player of the Match award for his outstanding performance with the bat.

All the Colombo Stars bowlers picked up 1 wicket each except Karim Jannat who went wicketless today. 


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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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