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Day 5: Australia clinch historic series win



Nathan Lyon claimed a superb five-wicket haul on the final day of the historic Test series.

Pakistan was beaten in their home yard and they lost a golden chance to beat Australia and get some crucial WTC points.

Usman Khawaja was the star for Australia in this series with 496 runs in only 5 innings.

Australia   1st innings   391 all-out

Khawaja 91               Naseem 4-58                                                                                                                                   Green 79                   Shaheen 4-79

Pakistan   1st innings    268 all-out

Abdullah 81            Cummins 5-56                                                                                                                                  Azhar 78                  Starc 4-33

Australia     2nd innings    227-3 Dec

Khawaja 104*             Naseem 1-23                                                                                                                                                         Warner 51                   Shaheen 1-45

Pakistan   2nd innings     236 all-out 

Imam 70                  Lyon 5-83                                                                                                                                                                Babar 55                  Cummins 3-23

Australia came to Pakistan after a long wait of 24 years and they managed to win this historic series 1-0.

Australia fought hard in Rawalpindi Test, almost won the match in Karachi but they outplayed Pakistan in the Lahore Test.

Pakistan has definitely missed a huge opportunity to beat the Australian side but they have made a mess of it by making such flat pitches.

Australia has won their second consecutive series in Pakistan but with a gap of 24 years.

The number 1 ranked Test side was brilliantly led by the number 1 ranked Test bowler Pat Cummins who made bold decisions that helped his side to beat Pakistan on their home soil.

The decision of an early declaration from Pat Cummins proved correct at the end and Australia will remember this victory for a long time because this is their first series win in Asia since 2011.

Nathan Lyon’s five-for

Nathan Lyon was brilliant with the bowl on day 5 as he kept hitting those cracks and in the end, got a reward for his consistency.

The veteran spinner claimed his 19th five haul of his Test career and this was a special one because it has come in Asian conditions.

Nathan Lyon picked wickets at crucial stages when some partnerships were building in the Pakistan innings.

He dismissed the main pillars of Pakistan’s batting lineup including Azhar Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, and Babar Azam.

Cummins led from the front

Lyon was brilliantly supported by the skipper Pat Cummins who was just simply outstanding in this Test match with his reverse swing bowling.

Pat Cummins picked up 3 wickets for 23 runs in the second innings and hence, he ended with 8 wickets in the match.

Pakistan lost Abdullah Shafique early on in the day as he got caught behind by Cameron Green.

Azhar Ali looked solid and tried to build up a good partnership with Imam-ul-Haq but after scoring 27 runs he suffered another controversial dismissal in this series.

He got a very faint edge that went into Steve Smith’s hands in the first slip but Azhar Ali was sure that he hasn’t edged the ball.

Imam and Babar survived till lunch and they were never looked to win the match and seemingly they were going for another draw.

Lyon dismissed Imam for a well-made 70 runs and the game turned quickly after this wicket.

The out-of-form Fawad ended the series with another bad performance. He got LBW out after scoring only 11 runs.

Mohammed Rizwan is considered as the backbone of the Pakistani batting lineup alongside Babar but today he was stunned with an almost unplayable delivery from Pat Cummins.

He was given LBW out and he didn’t even review it but the DRS showed that the impact was outside off and he was not out but it was too late.

Pakistan was 5 down before tea and Australia only needed 5 wickets in the final session to win this match.

Babar was playing bravely with his fifty and after the tea break, both he and Sajid Khan started to play aggressively.

Sadly, Babar’s knock came to end with his dismissal in Nathan Lyon’s over. He scored an impressive 55 before getting caught in first slips.

Australia didn’t waste much time removing Pakistan’s lower order and registered their historic Test victory in Pakistan after 24 long years.

They bowled out Pakistan on 236 runs and won the match by 115 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.

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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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