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Day 2: Kiwi openers solid, India collapse



New Zealand dominated second day to put themselves back in contention in the first test match.

New Zealand is now looking good but India can still easily make comeback in this game.

After dismissing India on 345, the Kiwi openers played superbly and put an unbeaten stand of 129 runs before stumps on day 2.

India      111.1  overs     345 all out 

S. Iyer    105 (171)           Southee    5-69                                                                                                                 Gill          52 (93)              Jamieson   3-91                                                                                                           Jadeja    50 (112)            Ajaz Patel   2-90    

New Zealand    57 overs   129-0

W. Young   75* (180)                                                                                                                                                                                               T. Latham   50* (165)

India started day 2 with 258-4 on the scoreboard but the New Zealand bowlers were fully charged today.

Southee started brilliantly by dismissing the star of day 1, Jadeja without allowing him to score even a single run on day 2.

Saha also didn’t contribute much to the scorecard and he was dismissed on only  1(12) run courtesy an excellent delivery bowled by Tim Southee.

The Indian lower order failed to deliver and the wickets kept falling quickly.

Ashwin showed some character in the end and scored an important 38 runs.

The debutant Shreyas Iyer completed his century today and became only the 16th Indian batter to score a 100 on Test Debut.

India was all out on 345 runs and Southee was the star with the bowl for New Zealand as he picked up 5 wickets for just 69 runs.

Then the New Zealand openers gave a very good start to their  side and both the openers remained unbeaten till the end of day 2

Southee’s five-wicket haul

Tim Southee bowled one of the best Test-match spells by a visiting pace bowler in India to almost pull his side back into the test match singlehandedly.

Having medicated a hamstring strain that took him off the field on the first day’s play, Southee recovered adequately – or bowled through persistent pain – to pick up four important wickets.

He bowled continuously for 11 overs in the morning session of day 2 to complete his 13th five-wicket haul in the longest format and it was his second 5 wicket haul in India.

100 on debut for Iyer

Shreyas Iyer, who was unbeaten on 75 last night, completed his 100 today.

Iyer’s century was the only positive for team India today.

Shreyas Iyer continued his brilliant innings from where he left last night.

He was given the opportunity to announce himself in the test side and he grabbed this with both hands.

He was dismissed by Southee after scoring an excellent 105. 

Dream start by New Zealand’s openers

New Zealand started their first innings solidly with the bat.

The two openers, Latham and Young played magnificently to build an unbeaten 129 runs partnership.

Young is batting on 75 runs while Latham has scored 50 runs.

Both of them handled the spin bowling of team India very well.

If they stay unbeaten till lunch tomorrow, New Zealand will be eyeing a mammoth lead in the first innings.

Also note, that Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor are fresh, after having not played the T20 series.

Right now, the match is evenly balanced but if the Kiwis play sensible cricket, they could hold the edge.

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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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