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Day 2: Tons by Root and Stokes, England in command



Joe Root completed his 150 while Ben Stokes regained his form by scoring an aggressive ton to put West Indies on the back foot in the 2nd Test.

The debutant Matthew Fisher picked up a wicket on the 2nd delivery but the unbeaten fifty-run stand between Braithwaite and Brooks ensured that West Indies will not lose any more wickets before stumps.

England    1st innings   507-9 Dec

Root 153               Permaul 3-126                                                                                                                                               Stokes 120            Roach 2-68

West Indies   1st innings  71-1

Brooks 31*             Fisher 1-18                                                                                                                                        Brathwaite 28*

Ben Stokes made a magnificent return to his form in the longest format with a brilliant hundred that helped England to put a commanding total on the board.

Joe Root’s splendid form continues as he scored another 150 (12th of his career) and he is inching closer to the record of 10,000 Test runs.

Some good contributions from Ben Foakes and Chris Woakes helped their side to cross 500 run mark.

The debutant Mathew Fisher bowled brilliantly in his first international Test.

He picked up his maiden Test wicket by dismissing Ian Campbell on only the second ball of his first over.

After losing an early first wicket, the duo of Braithwaite and Brooks played patiently against the swinging new ball.

England used 6 bowlers in the 27 overs before stumps but they didn’t manage to pick up the second wicket.

Braithwaite and Brooks will continue their batting on day 3 and both of them will need to score big and put West Indies back into this match.

Earlier, Root and Stokes batted superbly and added 125 in the first session.

Root completed his 150 but the star for England on day 2 was Ben Stokes who played a blinder.

Stokes took charge against the West Indian bowlers and smashed them all-around the ground.

Kemar Roach broke the 4th wicket partnership between them by getting Root LBW out for 153 runs.

The centurion from the 1st Test Johnny Bairstow had a short stay at the crease today as he was dismissed by Alzari Joseph for only 20 runs.

Stokes is back with a bang

Ben Stokes was simply outstanding today against the West bowlers.

He scored his 11th Test hundred off just 114 deliveries.

Stokes smashed 6 sixes and 11 fours in his blistering knock of 120 runs.

This is commendable as he was struggling badly before this match and also had a very poor Ashes with the bat.

This was the first Test Hundred for Stokes after 18 months and almost 23 innings.

He suffered an injury, lost his form, and also his Father last year but this knock has brought his confidence and form back that will help him in the upcoming matches.

Stokes got out after scoring 120 runs from only 128 deliveries at a strike rate of 93.75.

Contributions from Woakes and Foakes

After losing the wicket of Stokes, Ben Foakes and Chris Woakes put up another crucial partnership for England.

They added 75 runs for the 7th wicket as England reached 500 runs in the first innings.

Ben Foakes was stumped out by Permaul at 33 runs while Chris Woakes was caught at mid-wicket while trying to slog a short ball on the leg-side, England declared their innings on 507-9.

Veerasammy Permaul claimed 3 wickets but he conceded 126 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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