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Day 2: Boland & Starc put England on the mat



Mitchell Starc and the debutant Scott Boland picked up two wickets each to destroy the English top-order before stumps on day 2.

Earlier, Australia was all-out on 267 runs due to some superb bowling from the 39-year old youngster James Anderson who picked up 4 wickets. 

England      1st innings    185 all-out 

Joe Root 50           Cummins 3-36                                                                                                                            Bairstow 35           Lyon 3-36                                                                                                                                  Stokes 25               Starc 2-54

Australia     1st innings    267 all-out 

Harris    76          Anderson 4-33                                                                                                                              Warner 38          Robinson  2-64                                                                                                                                     T. Head   27        Wood 2-71

England        2nd innings         31-4

Root 12*              Boland 2-1                                                                                                                                   Hameed 7            Starc 2-11

England’s batting lineup stumbled once again in this series as they lost 4 wickets in 12 overs before stumps on day 2.  

England bowlers tried their best to drag their side back in the game with some outstanding bowling especially by the experienced Anderson who claimed 4 wickets today.

Australia was all out on 267 runs but they were able to get an 82 runs lead in the first innings.

Australia is very close to another victory against England on Australian soil and they will also win this series after winning this match. 

Australia lost their nightwatchman, Nathan Lyon earlier today but the major jolt they faced was the dismissal of Marnus Labuschagne who got out on 1 run when the score was just  84-3.

Mark Wood dismissed the number 1 ranked Test batter with a brilliant delivery that got a thick edge and went straight into Joe Root’s hands who was standing in the slips. 

After losing two early wickets, all the Australian hopes were on the shoulders of Smith and Harris.

Sadly, their partnership didn’t last long because Smith was clean bowled on a beautiful delivery bowled by one of the best fast bowlers in Test history, James Anderson.

Australia lost wickets at regular intervals without managing any big partnerships. 

Australia was 8 down on 219 runs and the lead was just 34 runs.

However, skipper Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc built a crucial 34 runs partnership and helped their side to pass the 250 run mark.

Pat Cummins scored 21 runs while Starc remained not out on 24 runs.

Australia got an 82 runs lead in the first innings. 

Anderson’s brilliance

James Anderson bowled a quality spell today against the in-form batting lineup of Australia.

He proved today that why he is the 3rd highest wicket-taker of Test cricket.

The star bowler picked up 4 wickets for just 33 runs in 23 overs.

Anderson also bowled 10 maiden overs in his spell.

He picked up the important wickets of Harris, Warner, Smith, and Cummins.

James Anderson has picked up 635 wickets in his Test career so far, the most by any fast bowler.

Starc & Boland snuff out England hopes

The Australian bowlers also bowled splendidly in the 12 overs they were given to bowl today before stumps.

Starc picked up two wickets in two balls in the 5th over of the innings.

He first dismissed Zak Crawley and then on the next ball he got David Malan LBW thanks to a brilliant short-length delivery.

Malan reviewed it but the ball was hitting the stumps clearly.

On the hat-trick delivery, Starc almost got the wicket of Joe Root off an unplayable delivery but unfortunately, the ball just missed the outside edge.

England were 2 down on just 7 runs and they were trying to negotiate the remaining overs without losing any more wickets. 

But the debutant, Scott Boland struck twice in the 2nd last over of the day.

He first dismissed the out-of-form Haseeb Hameed and after the gap of just 1 delivery, he removed the nightwatchman, Jack Leach, for a duck.

England lost 4 wickets for 31 runs before stumps on day 2 and once again all their hopes are on the shoulders of their skipper Joe Root who is unbeaten on 12 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.

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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