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Day 4: Aussies need just 6 wickets to win



Australia is very close to another victory in this series as they require only 6 wickets on day 5 to make take 2-0 lead in the series.

England can only wish for a miracle right now to save the match.

Australia will look to wrap up things as quickly as possible tomorrow. 

Australia    1st innings    473-9 Dec

Labuschagne 103      Stokes      3-113                                                                                                                           Warner 95                  Anderson 2-58                                                                                                                     Smith    93                  Robinson  1-45

England     1st innings    236 all-out 

Malan 80                  Starc  4-37                                                                                                                                  Root    62                  Lyon  3-58                                                                                                                                   Stokes 34                 Green 2-24

Australia   2nd innings   230-9 Dec 

T. Head 51                  Root         2-27                                                                                                                  Labuschagne 51        Malan       2-33                                                                                                                         Green 33*                  Robinson 2-54 

England    2nd innings    82-4 

Burns  34           Richardson 2-17                                                                                                                                         Root    24          M. Neser     1-7                                                                                                                             Malan 20           M. Starc      1-21

England is on the verge of another loss in this series.

England’s biggest hope, Joe Root was dismissed in the last over of the day as he nicked the ball in Starc’s over that went straight into the keeper’s hands.

It was the last over the day and the play was called off after his dismissal.

England is 4 down on 82 runs at the end of day 4.

Good start by England with the ball 

Australia continued their innings today from their overnight score of 45-1.

England made a great start with the ball as they picked up 3 early wickets.

First of all James Anderson clean bowled the night-watchman Neser and in the very next over Stuart Broad got the wicket of Harris who was given caught behind.

After a brilliant start by the senior fast bowlers in the first hour, the young Robinson picked up the big wicket of Steve Smith. 

Labuschagne-Head stand

Australia was struggling a little a bit on 55-4 but Labuschagne and Head fought back with their brilliant 5th wicket partnership.

Both Labuschagne and Head scored crucial half-centuries and they helped their side to set a big target of 468 runs on the board for England to chase.

Green remained unbeaten on 33 runs as Australia declared their innings on 230-9.

The part-time spinners: Root and Malan picked up 2 wickets each.

Robinson also picked up 2 wickets.

Both the senior bowlers, Stuart Broad and James Anderson bowled brilliantly but they were only able to dismiss only 1 batter each.

England was given a target of 468 runs to chase in 4 sessions. 

England again started badly as they lost their opener, Haseeb Hameed on a duck in the second over of the innings.

Hameed was dismissed by Jhye Richardson on a very good delivery.

Finally, Rory Burns got a good start today and he made an important partnership of 44 runs with David Malan.

Sadly, Burns again failed to capitalise on the good start as he was also dismissed by Richardson on 34 runs. 

Malan was looking good but he was given LBW on a good delivery bowled by the debutant Neser.

All the hopes were once again on the skipper Joe Root.

He played superbly in the last part of the day but he struggled hard after getting hit by Starc.

Root showed some brilliant fighting spirit but in the last, over of the day, he got an edge that went into the wicketkeeper hands.

Australia will be very happy after the last ball wicket of Root and they will be feeling much relaxed now.

England will have to survive the whole day tomorrow to save the game but it is looking almost impossible for them to turn back things right now. 

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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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