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Day 1: 16 wickets fall, India on top



The pitch on day 1 of the Pink ball Test was offering some turn and bounce but surprisingly the Indian pacers were more successful than the spinners.

Bumrah and Shami collectively grabbed 5 wickets out of those 6 Sri Lankan wickets that fell on day 1.

Axar Patel was the only Indian spinner today to pick up a wicket on day 1.

India posted 252 runs in the first innings thanks to the excellent 92 runs knock from Shreyas Iyer.

India    1st innings   252 all-out

  1. Iyer 92     Jayawickrama 3-84                                                                                                                                 R. Pant 39              Embuldeniya 3-94

Sri Lanka    1st innings    86-6

Mathews 43          Bumrah 3-15                                                                                                                                  Dickwella 13            Shami 2-18

India completely dominated Day 1 of the Pink ball Test at the fully crowded Chinnaswamy Stadium.

On a spin-friendly pitch, the Indian pacers did the most of the damage and destroyed the Sri Lankan top and middle order with some great lines and lengths under lights.

Mathews was the only Sri Lankan batter who was looking confident against the Indian bowlers.

However, he too was trapped by Bumrah just an over before stumps with a slower one that Mathews guided straight into the hands of Rohit Sharma at the second slip.

Mathews scored a brave 43 runs knock from 85 deliveries including 3 fours and 2 sixes.

Shami and Bumrah destroyed the top order of Sri Lanka within the first 6 overs.

Bumrah first dismissed Kusal Mendis on 2 runs in the 3rd over and later, Lahiru Thiramane for 8 runs in the 5th over.

The Lankan skipper Dimuth Karunaratne was bowled out on 4 runs by Mohammad Shami.

Dhananjaya de Silva was given LBW on 10 runs on a superb delivery from Shami and Sri Lanka was 4 down on 28 runs.

Charith Asalanka also had a short stay at the crease and was dismissed by Axar Patel on 5 runs.

Sri Lanka finished day 1 on 86-6 and they are still trailing by 166 runs.

Earlier the Indian team also had a poor start as they lost both of their openers on 29 runs.

Mayank Agarwal was dismissed on only 4 runs due to a bizarre run out while Rohit got an outside edge to second slip after scoring only 15 runs.

Hanuma Vihari and Virat Kohli played patiently after losing the openers early-on on but both of them failed to convert their good starts into big innings.

Vihari was dismissed on 31 runs while Kohli was shocked after getting LBW out on 23 runs.

Rishabh Pant once again played an aggressive knock under pressure.

Pant was looking in great touch today but he was bowled out by Embuldeniya after scoring 39 runs off just 26 balls.

All the three all-rounders of India didn’t contribute much with the bat today to support Shreyas Iyer who was playing bravely against the Lankan bowlers.

Jadeja, Ashwin, and Axar scored 26 runs collectively.

Shreyas Iyer’s outstanding knock

Shreyas Iyer is proving to be a solid no 5 batter for India in Test cricket since his debut.

Iyer played an impressive knock when his side needed it the most.

The right-handed batter smashed an outstanding knock of 92 runs from just 98 deliveries.

He scored the runs freely against the Lankan spinners.

Not surprisingly, he smacked 10 fours and 4 beautiful sixes in his innings but unfortunately, wasn’t able to complete his well-deserved ton.

This excellent batting performance from Iyer helped team India to reach a respectable total of 252. Jayawickrama and Embuldeniya picked up 3 wickets each.



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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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