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Day 5: India clinch historic win at Centurion



The South African batting line up again failed against the Indian pacers in this match.

South Africa was dismissed below 200 runs in both innings due to some excellent performances by the Indian pacers.

India has now become the first Asian side to win a Test match in Centurion against South Africa.

This was India’s fourth away victory in a calendar year.

India    1st innings    327 all-out 

KL Rahul 123           Ngidi     6-71                                                                                                                                   Agarwal  60             Rabada 3-72                                                                                                                                             

South Africa  1st innings  197 all-out 

Bavuma 52              Shami 5-44                                                                                                                                         de Kock 34              Bumrah 2-16                                                                                                                        

India     2nd innings    174 all-out 

Pant   34                 Rabada 4-42                                                                                                                                  Rahul 23                 Jansen  4-55 

South Africa  2nd innings  191 all-out 

Elgar 77                   Bumrah 3-50                                                                                                                                Bavuma 35*           Shami 3-63          


India started their year with an unbelievable and historic victory at the Gabba against Australia and now they finished their Test year with another historic victory here at Centurion.

Team India is now leading the series 1-0 and they are now the favorites to win this series.

A whole day was washed out due to rain but still, India managed to register an easy win over South Africa. 

India needed only 6 wickets to complete a historic win against the Proteas and they did it quite comprehensively.

South Africa started the day requiring 211 runs to win 6 wickets in hand and the weather forecast was also with the home side as the rain was predicted in the 3rd session.

However, the peerless performance by the Indian pacers wrapped up the match quickly for their side.

The relentless performances by Bumrah and Shami rattled the Proteas batting lineup.

The runs came quickly for South Africa at the start of the day’s play.

Elgar delays the inevitable

The skipper Dean Elgar was the biggest hope for South Africa to save the match but in the 10th over of the day, Bumrah bowled an unplayable delivery to get him LBW.

Elgar can’t do much about the ball and he went back to the pavilion after scoring a solid knock of 77 runs. 

Quinton de Kock then started to counter-attack by playing aggressive cricket but it was not an easy plan to execute against this Indian pace attack.

The South African hopes almost vanished after the departure of Quinton de Kock, who was bowled out by a back of the length delivery bowled by Muhammad Siraj.

After de Kock’s dismissal, the wickets started to fall quickly.

The last 5 wickets went down within 50 balls. 

South Africa was bowled out on just 191 runs as they lost the match by 113 runs.

Bumrah and Shami were brilliant in the second innings as both of them picked up 3 wickets each in the second innings.

Bumrah got crucial breakthroughs for his side at crucial times.

Mohammad Shami picked up 8 wickets overall in the match.

Siraj and Ashwin also claimed two wickets in the second innings.

India registered a comfortable victory to become the first Asian while overall the 3rd side to win a Test match at Centurion against South Africa. 

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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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