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Day 4: Australia’s bold declaration makes match come alive



Usman Khawaja scored another superb century in this series to put Australia in command.

Pat Cummins declared the Australian second innings at a score of 227-3 and this bold declaration decision has set a target of 351 runs for Pakistan.

Australia   1st innings   391 all-out

Khawaja 91               Naseem 4-58                                                                                                                                   Green 79                   Shaheen 4-79                                                                                                                              Carey 67                    Nauman 1-77

Pakistan   1st innings    268 all-out

Abdullah 81            Cummins 5-56                                                                                                                                  Azhar 78                  Starc 4-33                                                                                                                                                                Babar 67                  Lyon 1-95

Australia        2nd innings       227-3

Khawaja 104*             Naseem 1-23                                                                                                                                                          Warner 51                   Shaheen 1-45                                                                                                                                    Labuschagne 36          Nauman 1-55

Pakistan       2nd innings        73-0

Imam 42*                                                                                                                                                                             Shafique 27*

Australia made a very aggressive and bold decision to declare the innings with a lead of 350 runs.

It is clear from their declaration that they want to win this series.

Australia has also taken a risk because if Pakistan manages to chase this total then both Cummins and Australian management will face a lot of criticism for this decision.

The Test match has entered in a very interesting scenario in which all three results are possible.

Pakistan can go hard on Australian bowlers tomorrow and win the series.

However, Australia also has a chance to destroy the Pakistani batting lineup with some good reverse swing bowling with the old ball just like the 1st innings where they removed the last 7 Pakistani wickets for only 20 runs.

Partnership between Khawaja and Warner

Khawaja and Warner continued their innings from where they left yesterday.

They batted brilliantly early on and showed intent by smashing some boundaries.

Naseem Shah bowled out Usman Khawaja for 31 runs on an unbelievable delivery but luckily Khawaja survived as the Umpire gave it as front foot line no-ball.

David Warner completed his excellent half-century but just a couple of overs before stumps, he was clean bowled by Shaheen Afridi on a wonderful delivery that costs him his wicket on 51 runs.

Labuschagne joined Khawaja and these two also shared a 50 run partnership.

Labuschagne smashed 6 boundaries before getting caught out on 36 runs.

Khawaja stood patient at the other end and continued to score runs.

Another ton from Usman Khawaja

Usman Khawaja has played superbly in this entire series scoring 496 runs in only 5 innings which is a huge achievement.

Khawaja scored 2 hundreds and two innings of 90 plus runs.

The left-handed batsman registered his 12th International hundred today.

Australia lost Steve Smith before declaring the innings.

Smith was given caught behind for 17 runs to finally reward Naseem Shah for his outstanding bowling performance in the second innings.

Bright start from Pakistani openers

The Pakistani openers have made a very strong and confident start that has made Australia a bit anxious about their decision of early declaration.

Both Imam and Shafique patiently negotiated the new ball snd survived 27 overs before stumps on day 4.

Imam-ul-Haq is batting on 42 while Shafique is unbeaten on 27 runs.

Imam looked a bit dull in his last 3 innings after scoring those two centuries in the 1st Test but he is again looking in great form for a big one.

On the other hand, Abdullah Shafique again got a good start to his innings and he will be the key player for Pakistan tomorrow.





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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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