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Day 3: Boland’s pace shreds England



Another poor performance with the bat caused England to lose the match by an innings and 14 runs.

England was blown away with the first 90 minutes on day 3 as the debutant Boland took a brilliant 6-wicket haul.

 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   68 all-out 

Root 28               Boland 6-7                                                                                                                                   Stokes 11            Starc    3-29

Australia has retained the Ashes by taking an unassailable lead of 3-0 in the 5 match series.

England’s performance has been very poor in this series and it was an even worse performance by them as compared to the previous 2 matches.

This Test match was over in almost 2 days as Australia used just 15.5 overs on day 3 to wrap up the test match. 

England was bowled out on just 68 runs and they even failed to reach Australia’s 1st innings lead of 82 runs.

Australia scored just 267 runs in their 1st innings but they still won the match by an innings and 14 runs.

It was a wonderful display of fast bowling in this Test match not only by Australia but the English pacers also bowled beautifully especially James Anderson in the first innings. 

England started their day with their overnight score of 31-4.

Starc starts the collapse

Australia got the first breakthrough within the first 25 minutes as Mitchell Starc smashed Stokes’ middle stump.

Start employed a quick and fuller ball that drifted through the gate as Stokes moved forward to defend but the ball was too quick and fast for him to defend.

England were 5 down for 46 when Boland came into action and he took no time to wrap up England’s batting lineup by picking up the  4 out of the last 5 wickets.

Bairstow was given LBW on a  brilliant delivery bowled by Boland.

Bairstow took a review against the umpire’s decision but the bowl was clearly hitting the stumps.

Boland gets Root

Boland then got the most important wicket of Joe Root in his very next over.

Root tried to drive the ball but he got a big thick edge that went straight into the hands of David Warner at slips. 

Boland got back-to-back wickets of Mark Wood and Ollie Robinson in his next over.

Both of them departed without scoring a single run.

Cameron Green then clean bowled James Anderson to wrap up England’s batting lineup on just 68 runs.

This is England’s lowest Ashes total in Australia since 1904 and the lowest Ashes total since 1934 overall.

Scott Boland’s superb 6-wicket haul

Scott Boland was superb in his debut match.

He picked up 6 wickets for 7 runs in just 4 overs.

Boland claimed his 6-wicket haul in just 21 balls.

In the presence of experienced and world-class bowlers like Starc and Cummins (who is the number 1 ranked Test bowler), Boland produced a master-class spell.

Scott Boland was also awarded the Mullagh Medal as Player of the Match which is named after Johnny Mullagh, who toured England as a member of the Australian Aboriginal team in 1868.

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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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