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Day 3: Wood scalps 6 but Aussies win



England batting lineup collapsed badly under lights as they lost all their 10 wickets for just 56 runs in 136 balls.

Mark Wood earlier picked up 6 wickets to give England some hopes but the Australian pacers finished the 5th Test on only the 3rd day.

Australia has won the 5 match Ashes series by 4-0.

Australia      1st innings     303 all-out 

T. Head 101                      Broad 3-59                                                                                                                              C. Green 74                      Wood 3-115                                                                                                                                           Labuschagne 44              Robinson  2-24

England      1st innings      188 all-out 

Woakes 36                  Cummins 4-45                                                                                                                                              Root 34                        Starc 3-54                                                                                                                                                        Billings 29                    Boland 1-33

Australia      2nd innings     155 all-out 

Carey 49                    Wood 6- 37                                                                                                                                         Smith 29                    Broad 3-51                                                                                                                                              Green 23                   Woakes 1-40

England      2nd innings     124 all-out 

Crawley 36                Boland 3-18                                                                                                                                         Burns 26                    Green 3-21                                                                                                                                        Wood 11                   Cummins 3-42

Australian pacers stunned the English batting lineup with some great bowling performance under lights especially that little spell of Cameron Green changed the momentum of the game as he dismissed the top 3 wickets of England in no time.

Cameron Green ended with 3 for 21 while Pat Cummins and Scott Boland also picked up 3 wickets each. 

The English openers put up a solid and bright opening stand of 68 runs but after the dismissal of the first wicket England collapsed and got all-out on just 124 runs in the next 22.5 overs as Australia won the 5th Test by 146 runs.

Mark Wood’s superb 6-wicket haul 

Mark Wood bowled excellently in the 2nd innings to keep his team alive in this match.

He claimed his career-best bowling figures by picking up 6 wickets for just 37 runs to dismiss Australia on just 188 runs.

He contained the Australian lead to just 270 runs. 

Wood got rid of the night watchman early in only the 4th over of the day.

Boland edged the ball and got caught behind for just 8 runs.

The century scorer from the 1st innings, Travis Head also had a short stay on the crease as Wood’s short ball strategy worked on him.

Travis Head got a faint edge of the gloves on the leg side to get caught behind after scoring only 8 runs.

After the gap of only 1 over, Mark Wood dismissed the settled Smith who scored 29 runs to pick up his 3rd wicket of the morning.

Australia was 6 down on just 63 runs but Cameron Green and Alex Carey scored a small partnership to add more valuable runs into the lead. 

The 49 runs stand between Green and Carey was ended by Stuart Broad on a fullish delivery that was nibbling away and Cameron Green got LBW out on 23 runs.

Alex Carey fell just 1 short of a well-deserved half-century as he got caught behind the wickets after scoring crucial 49 runs for his team.

Australia got all-out on 155 runs to give England a target of 271 runs to win the match. 

A bright start from England

Rory Burns Zak Crawley finally gave a good start to their team.

The English openers added 68 runs for the first wicket to put their side in a commanding position.

Both of them patiently survived the new ball against the in-form Australian pacers to settle down and put some runs on the board.

The huge collapse

England’s opening pair was going well but Cameron Green came in and just changed the momentum of the contest by picking up 3 quick wickets in his short spell.

He dismissed the top 3 England batters to leave England 3 down on 83 runs.

He first bowled out Rory Burns for 26 runs and then dismissed Malan and Crawley who have scored 10 and 36 runs respectively.

England failed to come back into the match after the excellent spell of Cameron Green.

England was 68-0 but they added only 56 runs and lost all their 10 wickets in the next 136 balls.

Pat Cummins and Scott Boland also picked up 3 wickets apiece to dismiss England on only 124 runs in the second innings. 

Travis Head was adjudged Man of the Series.

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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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