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Delhi romp to easy win over Punjab



Delhi Capitals bagged their sixth victory of the Indian Premier League 2021 after thumping Punjab Kings at the Narendra Modi Stadium by seven wickets.

Punjab were outplayed in all departments.

First, they failed to put enough runs on the board, then leaked runs with toothless bowling.

The 167-run chase never troubled Delhi Capitals on the batting track of Ahmedabad.

They completed the chase with 14 balls in hand to go top of the points table with 12 points in hand.

But it seems harsh to scrutinize the Kings, considering that they were playing without their best batsman and captain KL Rahul.

The skipper was hospitalised hours before the game due to acute appendicitis.

Agarwal takes charge

Mayank Agarwal played a true captain’s knock that won him the Player Of The Match award.

The 30-year-old’s unbeaten 99* kept the Delhi Capitals on their toes, however, lack of support had them end the innings on 166/6.

This Agarwal’s second fifty of the season.

He is Punjab’s second-highest run-scorer with 260 runs, just behind Rahul (331 runs).

Shaw and Dhawan continue to fire

Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw have been the backbone of Delhi’s batting.

They’ve been consistently laying a solid foundation for the middle order as openers.

Their mixture of youth and experience piled up quick runs in the power play to lower Punjab heads early.

Dhawan hit his third half-century of the season to retain the Orange Cap once again.

His 69 not out has propelled him to 380 runs so far. 

Delhi Capitals 167 for 3 (Dhawan 69*, Shaw 39) beat Punjab Kings 166 for 6 (Agarwal 99, Rabada 3-36) by seven wickets.

Preview: Kolkata Knight Riders vs. Royal Challengers

Royal Challengers Bangalore will take on Kolkata Knight Riders for the second time in the Indian Premier League 2021 at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium.

Probable best performer

AB de Villiers

Former South African captain AB de Villiers is in great touch for a guy who hasn’t played professional cricket in the last six months.

He has already hit two fifties this IPL and scored over 200 runs.

He has been RCB’s most valuable asset in the death overs.

This makes him a probable key performer for Bangalore for the Monday game.

He also bagged the Man of the Match award in the last clash against KKR for his 34-ball 76.

He hammered the Kolkata bowlers all over the park, finishing not out with the strike rate of 233.

Match prediction

After a dream start to IPL 2021, Bangalore have got two losses on their record.

But that wouldn’t bother captain Virat Kohli as the side has already bagged 10 points.

They are ranked third in the table and hold the advantage over a lop-sided Kolkata.

KKR have struggled in their batting and that has been their major flaw this year.

Eoin Morgan hasn’t made bold decisions despite fetching only two wins in seven games.

They lost the last game against RCB by 38 runs in Chennai.

Hence, Bangalore are firm favourites to thrash KKR on Monday night.

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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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