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Day 3: Kiwis under pressure to save test



New Zealand ended day 3 with the loss of  5 wickets for 140 runs after Ajaz Patel’s 14 wicket haul in the match.

New Zealand still needs 400 more runs to win but it is looking almost impossible for New Zealand to save this match right now.

India    1st innings   325 all-out

Agarwal 150 (311)            A. Patel 10-119                                                                                                               Axar        52  (128)

New Zealand  1st innings   62 all-out 

Jamieson 17 (36)       Ashwin 4-8                                                                                                                        Latham    10 (14)       Siraj      3-19

India       2nd innings     276-7 Dec

Agarwal  62 (108)       A. Patel  4-106                                                                                                                                          Pujara     47 (75)         Ravindra 3-56

New Zealand   2nd innings     140-5

Mitchell  60 (92)        Ashwin 3-27                                                                                                                     Nicholls 36*(86)       Axar      1-42 

India needs just 5 more wickets to win this match now.

New Zealand will either have to chase down the target of 540 runs or to survive the next 2 days to draw this match, which looks unlikely.

The Indian top-order batted brilliantly in the second innings.

Agarwal and Pujara started aggressively and had an opening partnership of 107.

Mayank continued his first innings form by compiling a well-made 62.

Pujara finally struck a semblance of form by making 47 before becoming Ajaz Patel’s second victim of the innings.

Gill and Virat Kohli continued the good work and both batted beautifully but unfortunately, both of them failed to score a 50.

Gill scored 47 runs while Virat was dismissed by Rachin Ravindra after scoring 36 runs.

India lost some quick wickets before declaring the innings on 276 runs, giving a target of 540 runs to the Black Caps.

Ajaz Patel again bowled superbly as he picked up 4 wickets in the second innings as well. 

Ajaz Patel bragged 14 wickets in the match and it is the most number of wickets by any bowler in a single Test match against India.

Ajaz was the lone warrior in the first innings but he finally got some support from the other left-arm spinner, Rachin Ravindra who picked up 3 wickets in the second innings.

Rachin Ravindra dismissed Virat, Gill, and Saha after the tea break. 

Ashwin’s brilliance 

Ashwin was once again brilliant with the new ball as he picked up the important wicket of Tom Latham in just the fourth over of the innings.

Ashwin continued to bowl beautifully and dismissed Will Young and Ross Taylor to further damage the New Zealand batting lineup.

The experienced Ross Taylor failed badly in the whole series and never looked comfortable against the spinners.

Daryl Mitchell who replacing Kane Williamson in this match, played a superb knock today.

Daryl Mitchell played against the spinners confidently and he used his feet several times against them to disturb their line and length, similar to what Mayank Agarwal did in this entire match.

Mitchell scored 60 runs before getting caught on Axar Patel’s delivery.

Mitchell was supported by Henry Nicholls who too struggled against spinners throughout his innings.

He is still not out on 36 runs and he will be hoping to get his fifty tomorrow.  

It is a great opportunity for Nicholls and Rachin Ravindra to show their fighting spirit though saving the match might be beyond them.

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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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