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Day 1: Naseem Shah & Afridi restrict Aussies



Shaheen Shah Afridi and Naseem Shah were brilliant today as both of them picked up 2 wickets each.

Usman Khawaja continued his brilliant form against Pakistan but unfortunately, he suffered a bout of nerves in the 90s for the second time in this series.

Australia finished on 232-5 before stumps on day 1 with Cameron Green and Alex Carey still present at the crease.

Australia   1st innings   232-5

Khawaja 91               Naseem 2-40                                                                                                                                    Smith 59                    Shaheen 2-39                                                                                                                                 Head 26                     Sajid 1-65

It was another historical day for Pakistani supporters as Test cricket was revived in Lahore after 13 long years.

It is indeed sad that all the Pakistani players in their current squad are playing their first international Test match in Lahore.

You gotta feel for these players, especially for someone like Azhar Ali who has played 93 Test matches but this will be his first international Test match in his home ground and city.

Australia elected to bat first and they made no changes in their playing 11 for the series decider.

Pakistan reduced their batting strength by picking Naseem Shah in place of the all-rounder Faheem Ashraf but it proved to be a good decision as Naseem bowled beautifully today.

Naseem Shah picked up two important wickets of Steve Smith and Travis Head.

Shaheen shines with the ball

Shaheen once again proved to be lethal with the new ball as he dismissed the two main batters of the Australian batting lineup, David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne within the gap of just 3 deliveries.

Afridi is currently ranked among the best bowlers in the world and is known for his early breakthroughs with the new ball.

In only the 3rd over of the innings, Shaheen first get rid of David Warner on a good length delivery that came back quite a lot way off the seam and Warner was given LBW out by the umpire.

After the gap of only one ball, Shaheen dismissed the number 1 ranked Test batsman Labuschagne for a duck to put Australia in big trouble at 8-2 in 3 overs.

Labuschagne got an outside edge while trying to drive the ball and got caught behind without troubling the scorers.

Smith and Khawaja stand

After losing two early wickets, Steve Smith and Usman Khawaja rebuilt the innings by putting up a good 3rd wicket partnership.

Both of them were dropped early on in Nauman’s over and they took full advantage of those drop chances by sharing a 138 runs stand for the 3rd wicket.

Naseem Shah broke their partnership by dismissing Steven Smith for 59 runs.

Smith failed to convert his fifty into a big score for the third time in this series.

Usman Khawaja also failed to complete a well-deserved hundred and got caught out at first slip after scoring 91 runs.

Naseem Shah claimed his second wicket of the day by dismissing Travis Head for 26 runs.

Cameron Green and Alex Carey resisted the remaining over before stumps to make sure Australia will end day 1 without losing any more 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.

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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