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Day 3: Proteas need only 122 to win



South Africa ended day 3 on a score of 118 runs with the loss of just 2 wickets.

The skipper Dean Elgar will be the biggest threat for India tomorrow as he is still unbeaten on 46 runs.

Earlier, India was all-out on 266 runs in the second innings due to the superb half-centuries from Pujara and Rahane.

There were also some good batting performances down the order from Vihari and Thakur that helped India to set a target of 240 runs for South Africa.

India       1st innings     202 all-out

Rahul     50               Jensen 4-31                                                                                                                              Ashwin  46               Olivier 3-64                                                                                                                                 Agarwal 26               Rabada 3-64

South Africa   1st innings   229 all-out 

Petersen 62           Thakur 7-61                                                                                                                                         Bavuma  51            Shami 2-52                                                                                                                                                       D. Elgar   28

India      2nd  innings      266 all-out 

Rahane 58             Ngidi 3-43                                                                                                                                      Pujara   53             Jensen 3-67                                                                                                                                  Vihar  i 40*            Rabada 3-77

South Africa   2nd innings   118-2

Elgar 46*               Ashwin 1-14                                                                                                                           Markram 31          Thakur 1-24

It was a brilliant display of batting from the South African top-order that put them in a strong position to equal the series.

South Africa ended the 3rd day’s play with a score of 118 for 2 while chasing 249 runs.

India made 266 runs in their second innings due to superb batting by Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane, both of them scored brilliant half-centuries.

Hanuma Vihari and Shardul Thakur also played vital knocks down the order to set a fighting target of 240 on the board for South Africa to chase.

South Africa lost 2 wickets so far in their chase, but still, South Africa managed to score 118 runs before going to stumps.

The Aggressive start from South Africa

Aiden Markram and Dean Elgar played aggressively in the start to give South Africa and a good start to their chase.

The South African opening pair added 47 runs in only ten overs to put the Indian bowlers under pressure straight away.

Earlier today, Pujara and Rahane also followed this aggressive approach and got good results from this approach. 

Elgar played another fighting innings for his side.

He is still unbeaten on 46 runs and he will be a key wicket for India tomorrow.

If India can somehow dismiss Elgar early on tomorrow then they will have a great chance of winning this game.

Elgar added 46 runs for the 2nd wicket with Keegan Petersen that was ended by Ashwin.

Elgar is now batting alongside Rassie van der Dussen for the 3rd wicket and both of them have added 25 runs in more than 12 overs so far. 

Pujara & Rahane deliver

For India, Pujara and Rahane played with intent right from the start of the day.

Pujara played some beautiful shots early on.

When things were looking comfortable for India, Rabada struck and broke this partnership by dismissing Rahane who scored 58 runs.

In his next over, Rabada removed the other set batter Pujara on a fuller length outside off delivery that nipped back sharply to beat Pujara’s defense and he was given LBW straight away. 

After the departure of both these set batters, Pant also failed to deliver and got caught behind for a duck.

India lost 6 wickets for just 184 runs and 8 wickets for 228 runs.

Hanuma Vihari and Shardul Thakur played well in the end and both of them scored crucial knocks to drag the score from 228 to 266.

Thakur got out after playing a quick-fire knock of 28 runs while Vihari remained unbeaten on 40 runs right till the end.

South Africa requires only 122 more runs to win the match with 8 wickets still in hand.

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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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