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Day 3: India thrash Sri Lanka



The Bengaluru Test is also over on the 3rd day just like the Mohali Test as India won the series by 2-0 and most importantly they have now jumped to the 4th spot on the WTC points table.

Ashwin was once again brilliant in the 4th innings as he grabbed a four-wicket haul while Bumrah picked up 3 wickets to finish with an 8-wicket haul in the match.

India    1st innings   252 all-out

  1. Iyer 92 Jayawickrama 3-84 R. Pant 39              Embuldeniya 3-94

Sri Lanka    1st innings    109 all-out

Mathews 43          Bumrah 5-24                                                                                                                                   Dickwella 21          Shami 2-18

India    2nd innings   303 all-out

Iyer 67 Jayawickrama 4-78 R. Pant 50              Embuldeniya 3-87

Sri Lanka    2nd innings   208 all-out

Karunaratne 107                Ashwin 4-55                                                                                                                            Mendis 54                           Bumrah 3-23

India has completely dominated the whole series against Sri Lanka in all the 3 formats.

The new Indian skipper Rohit Sharma has won his first series as a Test skipper and it will be a proud moment for him.

Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis showed some resistance but the Indian bowlers were too good for them as the Sri Lankan team was all-out on only 208 runs and suffered a huge defeat by 238 runs.

India has gained so many positives from this series like Hanuma Vihari cementing the no 3 position and Shreyas Iyer emerging as a reliable middle-order batter.

Bumrah was also exceptional in the series and especially in the second match in which he claimed an 8-wicket haul.

Ravindra Jadeja’s all-round heroics and Ashwin becoming the 8th highest wicket-taker in Test history were also amongst the pluses from this series.

On the other hand, Sri Lanka was totally outclassed by the Indian team.

The batting lineup failed in the whole series and the bowling was also not up to the mark.

The spinners bowled beautifully but they didn’t get any support from the pacers, unlike the Indian bowling unit, where both the spinners and seamers contributed to the victory.

Mendis and Karunaratne’s partnership

Sri Lanka was one down for 28 runs when they came to bat in the morning session and both Karunaratne and Mendis negotiated the difficult first hour in the morning with patience.

Indian bowlers bowled at good line and lengths but they were not able to pick an early wicket due to superb batting from both the Sri Lankan batters.

Karunaratne and Mendis scored runs at a quicker rate to remove the pressure.

Mendis completed his half-century and was looking good for a big one but he failed to read the flight from Ashwin and got stumped out after scoring 54 runs from only 60 deliveries.

In the very next over, Jadeja clean bowled the experienced Mathews for only 1 run.

The wickets started to fumble after the departure of Mendis but Karunaratne played patiently and blocked the other end with his excellent batting.

The Sri Lankan opener completed the 14th Test ton of his career.

Jasprit Bumrah ended Karunaratne’s resistance with an extraordinary delivery that knocked out his stumps from the ground.

Karunaratne smashed 15 hours in his knock of 107 runs.

The Sri Lankan side was bowled out for only 208 runs and only 3 batters were able to cross the 2 digit mark in the second innings.


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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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