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Day 2: Green and Carey put Australia in good position



Both Shaheen Afridi and Naseem Shah picked up a four-for but the later was more impressive today due to his reverse swing master-class.

Cameron Green and Alex Carey shared 135 runs for the 6th wicket that helped Australia gather a decent total.

Cummins managed to dismiss Imam early on but Abdullah Shafique and Azhar Ali looked rock-solid to make sure Pakistan will not lose any more wickets before stumps on day 2.

Australia   1st innings   391 all-out

Khawaja 91               Naseem 4-58                                                                                                                                   Green 79                   Shaheen 4-79                                                                                                                               Carey 67                    Nauman 1-77

Pakistan   1st innings    90-1

Abdullah 45*            Cummins 1-27                                                                                                                                   Azhar 30*                                                                                                                                                                                Imam 11

Naseem Shah presented a wonderful display of reverse swing bowling today in the post-lunch session.

Australia lost all their remaining 5 wickets in the second session after having an excellent morning session in which they scored 88 runs without losing any wicket.

The twin centurion from the first Test Imam-ul-Haq fell early for the third successive time in this series.

Pat Cummins got him LBW out for only 11 runs.

The partnership between Abdullah and Azhar.

The in-form Abdullah Shafique and Azhar Ali batted patiently after losing an early wicket.

The Australian bowlers especially the pacers bowled at good areas and got some half chances but luckily both Abdullah and Azhar survived till the end of day 2.

Abdullah Shafique is just 5 runs away from another half-century in this series while the veteran Azhar Ali is also unbeaten on 30 runs and he will be looking to score big in front of his home crowd and city.

They will continue their 70 runs stand from tomorrow and will try to add as many runs as possible in the first innings.

Green and Carey save Australia

Australia was in trouble at 206-5 when Carey and Green came to bat.

Australia started the day with their overnight score of 232-5 and the Pakistani bowlers were looking in a great touch to wrap up the Australian innings quickly but Carey and Green had other ideas.

They brilliantly negotiated the first few overs in the morning to ensure that Australia did not lose an early wicket.

Alex Carey and Cameron Green played some outstanding shots against both spinners and pacers in their crucial partnership.

They shared 135 runs for the 6th wicket to help their side cross 350 runs in the first innings.

Nauman Ali broke this partnership by dismissing Alex Carey, who got LBW out after scoring 67 runs.

Cameron Green was removed by Naseem Shah on an outstanding delivery that knocked the stumps out of the ground.

He played a crucial knock of 79 runs for his side.

Naseem and Shaheen got rid of the lower-order quickly to end the Australian batting on 391 runs in the first innings.

The two young guns of Pakistan Naseem Shah and Shaheen Shah Afridi were magnificent against Australia as both of them claimed a 4-wicket haul.

Naseem Shah was the pick of the lot due to his brilliant reverse swing bowling with the old ball.

The two spinners Sajid and Nauman picked up 1 wicket each.





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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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