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Day 3: Bavuma resists but India on top



Lungi Ngidi and Muhammad Shami shine with the ball as both of them claimed 6 and 5 wicket haul respectively for their sides.

India also lost Agarwal before stumps on day 3.

India      1st innings    327

KL Rahul 123           Ngidi     6-71                                                                                                                                   Agarwal  60             Rabada 3-72                                                                                                                                              Rahane   48             Jensen 1-69

South Africa  1st innings  197 all-out 

Bavuma 52              Shami 5-44                                                                                                                                          de Kock 34              Bumrah 2-16                                                                                                                        Rabada 25               Thakur 2-51

India     2nd innings       16-1

Rahul 5*                 Jensen 1-4                                                                                                                                    Thakur 4*

M. Shami’s brilliant 5-wicket haul put India in total control of the first Test match. India secured a big lead of 130 runs in the first innings.

South Africa made a big comeback on day 3 due to the brilliant bowling performance from Lungi Ngidi who picked up 6 wickets today.

India was dismissed on 327 runs in the first innings. 

Indian batting collapsed on day 3

Team India was expecting to put a huge total on the board as they were just 3 down for 272 runs but India collapsed badly today as they lost their last 7 wickets for just 55 runs.

India’s both overnight batters Rahul and Rahane were dismissed early-on today.

KL Rahul was dismissed on 123 runs by Rabada while Ngidi picked up his 4th wicket of the innings by dismissing Rahane with some extra bounce as Rahane got a thick edge straight into the keeper’s hands.

Rahane missed his fifty by just 2 runs.        

Ngidi and Rabada wrapped up the lower order of India very quickly.

Ngidi claimed a superb 6 wicket haul while Rabada supported him nicely by picking up 3 wickets.

Ngidi’s 6-wicket haul helped South Africa to restrict India on just 327 runs. 

Solid start by Indian bowlers

South Africa had a very poor start with the bat as they lost their first 4 wickets on 32 runs.

Bumrah removed the Proteas skipper, Dean Elgar in the first over of the innings.

Elgar was given caught behind by the umpire.

Muhammad Shami clean bowled Keegan Petersen on the 3rd ball after Lunch.

Petersen was dismissed after scoring 15 runs.

In the 12th over, Shami again bowled a magnificent delivery to Aiden Markram that hits the top of the off-stump.

Markram scored 13 runs before getting bowled out by Shami.

Muhammad Siraj then struck in the next over as he ended the short stay of Rassie van der Dussen with a length delivery that nipped outside off to get a thick edge, taken very low by Rahane at gully.

Bavuma and de Kock partnership

Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma tried to rescue their side by building up a solid partnership.

They added 72 runs for the 5th wicket.

But when this partnership was looking good, Thakur bowled out Quinton de Kock with a superb length delivery that was angling in.

De Kock tried to play it towards the 3rd man but unfortunately, he got a thick edge that smashed the stumps. 

Bavuma played patiently but the wickets continued to fall on the other end.

Bavuma completed his half-century but he was dismissed by M. Shami when he was looking good on 52 runs.

Marco Jensen and Rabada added 37 runs for the eighth wicket but that wasn’t enough as South Africa was all-out on just 197 runs to give India a good lead of 130 runs. 

Shami’s 5-wicket haul

Shami bowled beautifully as he picked up 5 wickets for 44 runs in his spell today.

M. Shami dismissed Rabada to not only complete his 5-wicket haul but also to reach the landmark of 200 Test wickets.

This was the 6th five-wicket haul for Shami in Test cricket. 

India lost Agarwal before stumps on day 3 and they will continue their innings tomorrow with a score of 16-1.

Rahul and Thakur are unbeaten on the crease as India will look to set a good target on the board for South Africa. 

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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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