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Day 2: Bavuma, Shardul Thakur steal the show



Pujara and Rahane played patiently at the end of day 2 to make sure India don’t lose more than 2 wickets before stumps.

Shardul Thakur bowled a magnificent spell of bowling to pick up 7 wickets against the Proteas.

South Africa was only able to get a lead of only 27 runs in the first innings. 

India       1st innings     202 all-out

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

South Africa   1st innings   229 all-out 

Petersen 62           Thakur 7-61                                                                                                                                         Bavuma  51            Shami 2-52                                                                                                                                                      D. Elgar   28

India      2nd  innings      85-2

Pujara    35*             Jensen 1-18                                                                                                                                              Agarwal 23               Olivier 1-22   

Dean Elgar and Keegan Petersen played nicely in the first hour and survived the difficult period in the morning session.

When the score reached 88, Thakur bowled a good back-of-length delivery, which Elgar poked at and got a thick edge straight into the hands of the wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant.

Petersen batted well but after playing a superb knock of 62 runs, he was caught at the second slip off Shardul’s delivery.

Rassie van der Dussen (1 run off 17 balls) again failed to score big runs as he was also given caught behind on Shardul Thakur’s bowling. 

When South Africa was struggling on 102-4, the skipper Temba Bavuma and the new wicketkeeper Kyle Verreynne built a much-needed partnership of 60 runs for the 5th wicket.

But when the partnership was looking good, Thakur trapped Verreynne on an outside off-length delivery that came back in sharply and the batter was straightaway given LBW out by the umpire. 

The South African skipper, Temba Bavuma scored a crucial half-century to bring his side closer to the first innings total of India.

Thakur grabbed his fifth wicket of the innings by dismissing Bavuma on 51 runs.

Bavuma was caught down the leg side by Rishabh Pant.

Mohammad Shami didn’t waste much time in sending Rabada back into the pavilion for a duck and South Africa was 7 down on just 179 runs.

Maharaj and Jansen put up a brilliant 38 runs partnership for the 8th wicket to go past the first innings total of the Indian team. B

oth Maharaj and Jansen scored 21 runs each.

South Africa was all-out on 229 runs, getting a lead of just 27 runs. 

Shardul Thakur’s magnificent 7-wicket haul

The South African batters were prepared for Shami, Siraj, and Bumrah but Shardul Thakur came out of the syllabus for them today.

Thakur claimed a magnificent 7-wicket haul to drag India back into the contest.

This was the first 5 wicket haul of his career and it proved a special one for him.

Thakur’s brilliant spell didn’t allow South Africa to get a big lead in the 1st innings.

His figures of 7-61 in this innings is the best bowling figures by an Indian bowler against South Africa not only in South African conditions but overall in Test cricket. 

India lost their in-form batter KL Rahul early on in the second innings as he was dismissed by Jansen after scoring only 8 runs.

Mayank Agarwal started well but he failed to score big and got out on 23 runs.

Both Pujara and Rahane are facing a challenge to save their careers in this match.

It is a great opportunity for both of them to salvage both the match and their careers.

Both played some aggressive cricket today to put the pressure back on the bowlers.

Pujara was looking more comfortable and he is still unbeaten on 35 runs alongside Rahane who is not out on 11 runs. 

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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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