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Day 1: India bundled out, Jansen shines again



The skipper Elgar and Petersen survived till the end of day 1 after losing Aiden Markram early on before wrapping up the Indian batting lineup on just 202 runs.

The South African pacers bowled brilliantly today to put their side in a commanding position at the end of day 1.

India       1st innings     202 all-out

Rahul     50               Jansen 4-31                                                                                                                               Ashwin  46               Olivier 3-64                                                                                                                                  Agarwal 26               Rabada 3-64

South Africa   1st innings   35-1 

Petersen 14*          Shami 1-15                                                                                                                                          D. Elgar   11*                                                                                                                                                              Markram 7

KL Rahul led the Indian team today in the absence of Virat Kohli, who was injured today before the start of the match.

He won the toss in his first match as a Test captain and elected to bat first.

Rahul again played a superb knock of 50 runs but the South African pacers were outstanding today as they wrapped up the Indian batting lineup on just 202 runs. 

Olivier was an unlikely candidate for selection but he picked up 3 wickets.

The experienced Rabada also picked up 3 wickets but the leading wicket taker was Marco Jansen.

Playing in only his second match, he claimed 4 wickets in his spell.

Ashwin made a crucial 46, in the end, to drag the total over 200 runs. 

Rahul and Agarwal were again looking good in the start as they successfully negotiated the first hour without losing any wicket.

But after drinks break, Jansen bowled a superb delivery to Mayank Agarwal to dismiss him when he was looking good on 26 runs.

In the absence of Kohli, the expectations were high from Pujara and Rahane to score some big runs today to get their form back.

But unfortunately, it wasn’t a good day for them as both of them were dismissed on back-to-back deliveries. 

Olivier picked two in two

The tall pace bowler, Olivier first dismissed Pujara on a short of length delivery that pitched outside off.

Pujara was surprised with the extra bounce and the ball went straight into the hands of Bavuma at the point.

On the very next delivery, Olivier dismissed Rahane on a golden duck.

Olivier again bowled a short of length outside off delivery and Rahane got an outside edge that went into the hands of gully fielder.

It was also the 50th Test wicket for Olivier. 

Rahul batted brilliantly and scored another superb half-century when the wickets were tumbling from the other end.

He tried to rescue his side by putting up a stand with Hanuma Vihari.

They took the score from 49-3 to 91 runs but Vihari lost his wicket to a superb delivery from Rabada.

When the score reached 116-4, Jansen dismissed the dangerous Rahul for 50 runs.

India lost Pant and Thakur in back-to-back overs.

Ashwin played a very crucial knock of 46 runs off just 50 balls at the end that helped the Indian side to pass the 200 runs mark.

South Africa pacers shine with the ball 

The South African pace bowlers were brilliant today as they bowled some great lines.

The bowling lineup of South Africa looked more dangerous after the addition of Olivier, who took three crucial wickets today including the scalps of Pujara and Rahane.

Marco Jansen who made a fantastic debut in the last match was also superb today.

He claimed the big wickets of Rahul, Agarwal, Pant, and Ashwin. Rabada also picked up 3 wickets while Ngidi remained wicket-less today. 

Mohammad Shami struck early in the South African innings as he dismissed Markram through a superb length ball that clicked his pads.

Markram was given LBW after scoring only 7 runs.

The South African skipper, Dean Elgar, and Petersen played fluently in the end and made sure that they doesn’t lose any more wickets before the end of play on day 1. 

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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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