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Day 2: Australia all set to win



Steve Smith also missed out on his hundred but Labuschagne managed to complete his first Test Hundred in Ashes.

It was a brilliant day for the debutant Neser as he shone with both bat and ball. 

Australia     1st innings    473-9 Dec

Labuschagne 103       Stokes 3-113                                                                                                                            Warner  95                  Anderson 2-58                                                                                                                     Smith 93                      Robinson 1-45

England      1st innings     17-2

Hameed 6               Neser 1-4                                                                                                                                          Root   5*                 Starc 1-11                                                                                                                                    Burns 4      

Australia is again in a good position to win the match as they declared their 1st innings on a good total of 473 runs.

Labuschagne who was batting on 95 completed his 100 today.

Smith built on his impressive record against England and had another good partnership with Carey for the 6th wicket.

Like Warner, Smith also missed out his hundred and was dismissed on 93. 

Australian lower order fires

England was looking to wrap up things quickly when Australia was 7 down on 300 runs but Starc and Neser frustrated England with their outstanding partnership.

They smashed a 58 runs stand off just 53 balls.

The lower order of Australia scored more than 80 runs in the last 10 overs of their innings. 

The England openers once again failed to provide a good start to their side as both of them went to the pavilion within the first 7 overs.

Burns was once again dismissed by Mitchell Starc.

On the other hand, the debutant Michael Neser his maiden Test wicket on the 2nd ball of his first over in Test cricket by dismissing Haseeb Hameed on just 6 runs.

However, the stumps were taken off early because of a storm threat in Adelaide.

Labuschagne was dismissed early on in the first session today after completing his first Ashes ton.

After his dismissal, Smith and Head scored a 40 run stand but Root didn’t allow Travis Head to score big runs like the first test and clean bowled him on 18 runs.

Cameron Green also had a very short stay on the crease as he was bowled by Ben Stokes on 2 runs.

Smith stayed calm and patient on the crease and made another solid partnership with Alex Carey.

Their 91 runs stand was broken down by James Anderson.

He dismissed Smith on 93 runs with a brilliant delivery that nipped back from outside off.

Smith was given LBW and he took a review against it but the ball was hitting the stumps clearly. 

Alex Carey also scored a crucial half-century to contribute to the 1st innings total.

His partnership with Smith helped his side to put a big total on the board.

Carey was dismissed on 51 runs by Anderson. 

Both Smith and Carey were dismissed in quick succession and the English bowlers were looking to dismiss the tail as quickly as possible but Mitchell Starc and Michael Neser smashed a brilliant partnership in the end.

Both of them thrashed the English bowlers for boundaries all over the ground.

Neser was dismissed on 35 runs off just 24 balls including 4 fours and 1 six.

Mitchell Starc remained unbeaten on 39 runs off 39 balls.

All the pressure is again on skipper Joe Root to score big runs as the English openers have failed again.

The Malan and Root partnership will be crucial for England and if Australia somehow manages to dismiss Root early on tomorrow, the match will be totally in Australia’s hands. 

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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.

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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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