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Day 5: England snatch a thrilling draw



The England tail-enders resisted the final overs to draw the match.

Australia remained just 1 wicket short of victory and their dream to whitewash England in this Ashes also vanished as the English team was finally able to save a Test match in this series after losing the first 3 games. 

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      270-9

Crawley 77                      Boland 3-30                                                                                                                                                    Stokes    60                      Lyon 2-28

It was a brilliant game of Test match cricket where two teams played 5 days of cricket to win the match, 1 team played much better than the other one but still, the other team survived on the last day to draw the match.

Australia almost won their 4th consecutive match in this Ashes but Leach, Broad, and Anderson survived more than 10 overs to save the match for England. 

England lost 9 wickets but the most experienced no 10 and 11 batters of the world, Broad and Anderson resisted the last couple of overs to end this epic Test match as a draw.

Cummins grabbed 2 wickets in 3 balls to change the momentum of the game while Steve Smith almost became the hero of the match by picking up his first Test wicket since 2016.

He dismissed the solid-looking Jack Leach at a crucial stage of the match to put Australia just 1 step away from victory. 

England openers give decent start

England openers finally gave a better start to England by scoring 46 runs for the first wicket.

The poor run of Haseeb Hameed in this series continued, he went back to the pavilion after scoring only 9 runs off 58 balls.

He was also given a chance by the wicketkeeper Alex Carey who dropped him on Cummins bowling but he failed to take any advantage from that drop chance.

Haseeb nicked the ball again into the hands of Carey who didn’t drop him this time to help Boland get his first wicket of the innings. 

Zak Crawley batted much better today, he smoked a magnificent half-century today.

He scored a brilliant knock of 77 runs off just 100 balls before getting LBW out in Cameron Green’s over.

David Malan was bowled out by Nathan Lyon after scoring only 4 runs.

After losing 3 wickets on 96 runs, Stokes had a 60 runs partnership with the skipper Root.

Scott Boland dismissed Joe Root (24 runs) for the second time in this Test match.

Ben Stokes then made a small partnership with Bairstow.

Stokes completed his second half-century of this Test match but he was again dismissed by Nathan Lyon in this match.

Stokes was caught by Smith at the first slip after scoring 60 runs. 

Cummins picked 2 wickets in 3 balls

At one stage England needed to survive less than 20 overs with still 5 wickets in hand to draw the match.

When the victory was slipping away from Australia, Cummins struck with 2 wickets in 3 balls to bring his side back into the game.

He first dismissed Jos Buttler who was playing with a finger injury and then got Wood LBW out with a toe-crushing yorker.

The century maker from the last innings Jonny Bairstow scored another important knock under pressure.

He scored 41 runs but he lost his wicket at a very crucial stage leaving the match in hands of the England tail-enders. 

Leach and Broad’s resilience

Leach and Broad played more than 60 deliveries together and showed a huge amount of courage and resistance to save the game.

Smith dismissed Leach (26 runs off 34 balls) to add more drama in the last overs.

The most experienced number 11 batter in the world right now“James Anderson“ was at the crease to survive the last over of the day and he did exactly that to draw this thrilling Test match.

Boland was again the star with the ball for Australia as he picked up 3 wickets for 30 runs while both Lyon and Cummins picked up 2 wickets each. 

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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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