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Day 3: India in strong position despite Bairstow ton



India were in a commanding position in the 5th Test vs England at Edgbaston.

They are heading into Day 4 with a 257 run lead and 7 wickets in hand.

Cheteshwar Pujara was unbeaten on 50 and Pant was on 30 not out.

England cave in

England finished at 284 runs in response to India’s 418.

Though they finished 132 runs behind, it’s a score they will be happy with after being 83/5 at one moment.

Jonny Bairstow was the standout performer in the England batting lineup as he smashed 106.

The innings continued Bairstow’s golden run of form and included 14 boundaries and 2 sixes.

Bairstow’s innings had 2 phases. In the first phase, he was totally subdued as Bumrah and Shami peppered him with an array of swinging unplayable deliveries.

After he had missed a shot, Kohli sledged him saying – Faster than Southee, eh?, alluding to the New Zealand bowling attack whom Bairstow had destroyed a week before.

This seemed to awaken Bairstow and he suddenly changed gears.

He pulled out his repertoire of attacking strokes and went after the Indian bowlers, particularly Siraj.

Eventually, Bairstow caught by Virat Kohli bowled by Mohammed Shami after scoring what was probably his finest Test century.

Stuart Broad contributed just 1 off 5 balls before getting caught by Rishabh Pant off Mohammed Siraj.

England were rescued by 2 vital late order partnerships for the sixth and seventh wickets.

Bairstow along with Stokes stitched a 66-run partnership for the sixth wicket.

Next, he added 92 runs for the seventh wicket with Sam Billings who showed admirable composure in testing conditions.

The wicket of Ben Stokes for 25 was vital.

He was caught by Bumrah off the bowling of Shardul Thakur, the man with the golden arm.

Stokes had been dropped two times but the Indians held on to the catch the third time.

Mohammed Siraj took four wickets while skipper Jasprit Bumrah took three as India bowled out England on 284.

Gill fails again

England struck early in the very first over as Shubman Gill was caught by Crawley off a trademark Jimmy Anderson out-swinger.

Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuman Vihari steaded the ship for India after Shubman Gill’s early dismissal.

After blunting the England pacers for a while, Vihari was caught by Bairstow bowled by Stuart Broad for 11 off 44 deliveries.

Virat Kohli made a strong start before a short-pitched delivery from Ben Stokes gave him his marching orders.

it was an unlucky dismissal as the ball was keeping low but this one bounced and caught Kohli off-guard.

Pujara (50) scored his fifty in the final over of the day, while Rishabh Pant also remained unbeaten on 30.

Pujara’s knock consumed 139 balls and it was a brilliant innings in challenging conditions.

He has smacked 5 boundaries on his way to the 50-run mark.

The partnership between Pant and Pujara is already worth 50 runs off 91 balls.

India’s game plan will be to extend this partnership with Pant doing the scoring and Pujara holding up the other end.

If the pair put on another 50 runs, it will create the perfect launch pad for Jadeja and Thakur to add some quick runs.

India will probably look to add another 150 runs before asking England to bat.

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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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