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Day 1: Rahul’s brilliant ton as India dominate



Rahul played a superb knock and smashed another away hundred for India.

Indian batters punished the inexperienced South African bowling lineup as India finished day 1 on 272-3.

Mayank Agarwal and Kl Rahul put up a brilliant opening stand for their side.

Rabada and Ngidi bowled nicely but the Indian batters still batted comfortably today.

All the 3 wickets that fell on day 1 were picked up by Lungi Ngidi. 

India      1st innings     272-3

KL Rahul 122* (248)          Ngidi 3-45                                                                                                                                    Agarwal  60 (123)                                                                                                                                                              Rahane   40*(81)   

India won the toss today and surprisingly they elected to bat first.

As there was some overnight rain in Centurion, the pitch was under covers for a good amount of time.

Everyone thought the teams will like to bowl first on this pitch but Kohli made a surprising decision that proved right at the end of the day.

And when it came to selection, India raised some eyebrows by picking up Rahane in the team instead of the inform Shreyas Iyer.

The selectors have shown a big amount of confidence in Rahane by picking him but now he has to deliver with the bat in this match to prove himself.

South Africa also made 1 surprising change in their playing 11 by picking up Marco Jensen in the team who is playing his 1st Test match today. 

Indian openers shine 

The openers gave India a brilliant start with the bat as they smashed a superb partnership of 117 runs for the first wicket.

Both Rahul and Agarwal batted nicely to negotiate the tough period with the new ball early on.

They played Rabada and Ngidi’s overs patiently in the start.

Agarwal continued his form and score another crucial knock at the start of the innings.

Agarwal scored 60 runs before getting LBW out on Lungi Ngidi’s delivery.

But Rahul stayed calm till stumps on day 1 and he scored a great hundred today. 

After the 117 run opening stand, Ngidi picked up two wickets in two balls in the 41st over.

He first dismissed Agarwal and then he picked up the important wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara on the very next ball of his over.

Pujara got out on a 1st ball duck which is very rare.

After losing back-to-back wickets, the skipper Virat Kohli joined Agarwal for the 3rd wicket. 

Virat and Rahul put up a superb 82 run stand for the 3rd wicket.

Virat Kohli was also looking good today but unfortunately, he was again dismissed in the 30s and the fans will have to wait more for Virat’s 71 International hundred.

Kohli was dismissed on 35 runs by Ngidi who picked up his 3rd wicket of the day.

Rahane and Rahul played excellent cricket at the end of the day.

Rahul is still unbeaten on 122* runs while Rahane is playing on 40 runs and he is inching closer to a much-needed half-century. 

Rahul’s Ton

Kl Rahul displayed a superb knock with the bat today to give his side a good start to their innings.

Rahul scored an unbeaten knock of 122 runs today which is the joint biggest innings in terms of runs by any Indian opener in an away Test match.

It was the 5th Test hundred for the Indian opener outside Asia.

KL Rahul will be looking to convert his 122 runs knock into a double hundred tomorrow. 

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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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