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Day 4: Khawaja scores ton again



Usman Khawaja scored another brilliant hundred in this Test match to keep Australia in control.

The English openers survived the remaining overs before stumps but it will be a tough day for the batters tomorrow.

England will need 358 runs on day 5 while Australia requires 10 wickets on the final day to win the Test match and to go 4-0 in the series. 

Australia      1st innings      416-8 Dec

Khawaja 137                Broad 5-101                                                                                                                                 Smith 67                       Root 1-36                                                                                                                                  

England       1st innings      294 all-out  

Bairstow 113                  Boland 4-36                                                                                                                                             Stokes 66                        Cummins 2-68                                                                                                                                      

Australia     2nd innings      265-6 Dec

Khawaja 101*                Leach 4-84                                                                                                                              Green 74                         Wood 2-65

England      2nd innings      30-0

Crawley 22                                                                                                                                                               Hameed 8*

Usman Khawaja remained unbeaten 101 runs and the Australian team declared their 2nd innings on a score of 265-6, giving a target of 388 to England in the 4th innings.

Cameron Green also scored a superb knock of 74 runs. Jack Leach was the leading wicket-taker as he took 4 wickets for his side. 

Earlier, the English team got dismissed on 294 in their 1st innings after starting the day with a score of 258-7.

Jonny Bairstow got caught behind after scoring 113 runs for his side.

Scott Boland played a handy role in the bowling department for Australia.

He picked up 4 important wickets and conceded only 36 runs in the 14.1 overs that he bowled.

Boland’s spell also included 6 maiden overs. 

Australia also had a bad start with the bat in the 2nd innings as they lost their 1st wicket on only 12 runs.

In only the 6th over of the innings, David Warner nicked a 91mph delivery of Mark Wood straight into the hands of Ollie Pope.

After Warner’s dismissal, Harris and Labuschagne made a small partnership of 40 runs but Leach didn’t allow this stand to prosper as he dismissed Marcus Harris (27 runs) when the score reached 52.

Labuschagne and Smith failed to convert their good starts into big knocks as they got out on 29 and 23 runs respectively. 

Another magnificent Ton from Khawaja

Usman Khawaja is making a dream come back into the Australian side as he scored his 2nd hundred in this match.

He becomes only the third batter in history to score a hundred in both innings of a Test match at the SCG.

Khawaja was playing his first Test match since 2019 and was picked in the playing 11 in place of Travis Head who was dropped after getting a Covid positive report.

Thankfully, he grabbed this opportunity with both hands by scoring back to back hundreds and now it will be hard to drop him from the playing 11.

Australia was struggling on 86-4 but Usman Khawaja helped his side to get a lead of 387 runs.

He had a solid partnership of 179 runs with Cameron Green for the 5th wicket.

Green also scored a brilliant knock of 74 runs, including 7 fours and a six. 

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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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