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Day 5: Aussies thrash England by 275 runs



England lost yet another Test match in Australia due to another poor performance by their batting lineup.

Australia registered a comfortable victory by 275 runs and now they are leading the series by 2-0.

Jos Buttler and the lower-order of England displayed some epic resistance with the bat but  Australia was too good for them at the end. 

Australia    1st innings    473-9 Dec

Labuschagne 103      Stokes      3-113                                                                                                                           Warner 95                  Anderson 2-58                                                                                                                    

England     1st innings    236 all-out 

Malan 80                  Starc  4-37                                                                                                                                   Root    62                  Lyon  3-58                                                                                                                                   

Australia   2nd innings   230-9 Dec 

T. Head 51                  Root         2-27                                                                                                                 Labuschagne 51        Malan       2-33                                                                                                                         

England    2nd innings    192 all-out 

Woakes 44          Richardson 5-42                                                                                                                                               Burns     34          M. Starc      2-43   

England started the final day with their overnight score of 82-4.

Australian bowlers started brilliantly as Starc get rid of Ollie Pope in only the third over of the day.

England was hoping that Ben Stokes will play another match-saving innings for them but he also failed today.

Stokes was given LBW out on Nathan Lyon’s delivery.

England was 106-5 and it was looking that the game will end within the first two sessions but Buttler and Woakes stood up with a solid partnership for the 7th wicket.

Chris Woakes and Jos Buttler added 61 for the 7th wicket in 31.2 overs that gave some hope to the English fans.

Both of them batted outstandingly and tackled the Australian pace bowlers brilliantly.

Smith used both pace and spin against them but they were looking solid as a rock.

They did not give any chances to the Aussie bowlers and the pressure was building on Australia. 

The solid stand between Woakes and Buttler was finally ended by Richardson who clean bowled Chris Woakes in the 88th over to snuff out England’s hopes of a draw

Woakes scored 44 runs off 97 balls.

Buttler continued his fight with the tail-enders. 

Unbelievable effort from Buttler

It was an epic effort from Jos Buttler today as he tried his best to draw the match.

Buttler is known as an aggressive batter but today he played a knock that was totally opposite to his style.

He consumed 207 deliveries to score just 26 runs.

Buttler tried his level best to save the game for his side but his knock also ended in an unbelievable way as he was given out due to hitting the wicket.

Buttler stayed almost 4 hours on the crease and played with a strike rate of just under 13 which is the 3rd lowest strike rate in Test history(minimum 200 balls).

The tail-enders of England played with more maturity than most of their top-order batters.

Richardson’s maiden fiver

Jhye Richardson was the star with the ball for Australia today as he picked up his first-ever 5-wicket haul in Test cricket.

He shattered the English hopes today by picking up wickets at the right time.

His outstanding 5-wicket haul included the important wickets of Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes.

Richardson took the last wicket of Anderson to end the English resistance as Australia won the game by 275 runs.

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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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