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Day 1: Rain curtails play, England bag 3 wickets



Day 1 was badly affected by rain as it delayed the toss and start of play by 30 minutes.

The rain was on and off the whole day.

They got a good dry window after the tea break but still, only 46.5 overs were possible today.

The Australian openers Warner and Harris survived a few close chances against the new swinging and bouncing ball.

The pair shared a decent half-century partnership but Stuart Broad came back to get the wicket of Warner once again in his Test career.

Then, Marnus Labuschagne and Marcus Harris put on a solid stand.

The star fast bowler James Anderson came back and sent Harris’s edge to the slip fielder.

Mark Wood then had Marnus caught behind in quick succession.

The pitch has some grass and good bounce but the English bowlers failed to hit the right areas, but they looked pretty decent after the tea break. 

Australia      1st innings      126-3

M. Harris   38                   Anderson 1-24                                                                                                                             D. Warner 30                   Wood       1-31                                                                                                   Labuschagne 28               Broad       1-34

Australia won the toss and elected to bat first after the late start due to rain.

The pitch was under covers for a decent amount of time due to rain and that’s why it had a lot of swing and bounce in it.

Warner and Harris played patiently in the start and negotiated the new ball brilliantly which was swinging and bouncing pretty well. 

A good start from the Australian openers   

The openers provided a good start to the Australian team as Warner and Harris added 51 runs for the first wicket.

The rain allowed only 12.3 overs to be bowled before the lunch break, in which Harris and Warner added 30 runs without losing their wickets.

Anderson and Broad bowled some brilliant deliveries but unfortunately, the luck wasn’t on their side in the start. 

After the lunch break, David Warner started and play aggressively as he smashed 6 superb boundaries in that period.

The openers provided an aggressive start and added 40 runs for the first wicket.

This was the second consecutive half-century partnership between Warner and Harris. 

Things were going pretty well for Australia but out of nowhere Warner played a loose drive on Stuart Broad’s delivery that cost him his wicket.

Broad bowled a very similar kind of length on which Warner struggled a lot in the previous Ashes.

This was the 13th time, Broad got the wicket of Warner in Test cricket.

After the loss of the first wicket, the number-ranked Test batter Marnus Labuschagne joined Marcus Harris to put up another decent partnership. 

Labuschagne and Harris added 60 runs for the second wicket.

Both of them played excellent cricket against the English bowlers.

But after the tea break, the England bowlers bowled at good line and lengths against the batters.

James broke the partnership in the 40th over by dismissing Harris who scored 38 runs.

In the very next over, Labuschagne got caught behind on a back-of-length delivery bowled by Mark Wood. 

After losing two wickets in quick succession, Smith and Khawaja were left in an awkward situation in which they had to negotiate the last hour before stumps.

Luckily, the rain reduced that hour into just 6 overs.

Australia ended the day on a score of 126-3 with Smith and Khawaja still on the crease. 

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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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