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4th Test: England dismiss India cheaply



India’s top order collapsed once again against England to leave the rest of the batters vulnerable.

A low total in the first innings has put the visitors in a tough spot in the 4th Test.

After a toiling effort on Day 1, Virat Kohli’s men have managed to score only 191 runs.

While most fans expected India to fight back strongly after the hosts levelled the series 1-1 in the third game, a below-par display has disappointed the Indian supporters.

Thakur, Kohli step up

None of the Indian batters, apart from Kohli and Shardul Thakur, made an impact.

India may not have hit the 150-run mark if it was not for a blistering half-century of Thakur.

At the top, it was the Indian captain who kept the ship sailing smoothly with wickets tumbling on the other hand.

Despite losing Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, Kohli reached yet another fifty in this series.

At a time, it seemed like the skipper would wave his MRF bat to the gallery to end his century drought, but Ollie Robinson had other plans.

The relative newcomer in the red-ball arena got Kohli to snick a ball pitched on the off- stump yet again.

With a familiar dismissal, Kohli departed without adding any run after scoring his fifty.

England lose early wickets

If one thing that India could be happy about at the end of the first day, is the dismissal of England captain Joe Root.

The visitors are 53/3, trailing by 138 runs.

If the Indian pace cartel continues to go ballistic early in the second day, things could fall apart for the visitors as well.

Joe Root has saved the Englishmen time and again in this series.

With him out for 21 off 25, all eyes are on Dawid Malan.

The T20 specialist, who is poised to prove himself in red-ball cricket, is unbeaten on 26 alongside the night watchman, Craig Overton (1*).

Umesh Yadav dismissed Root, while Jasprit Bumrah got both openers – Rory Burns (5) and Haseeb Hameed (0).

How Pope can cash in

Ollie Pope is dubbed as the next big thing for England in Tests.

However, the young gun hasn’t got a lot of chances yet to prove his worth.

The right-handed star is next in if England lose another wicket.

Playing in his first game of this series, Pope will have an uphill task against a fiery Bumrah and Thakur.

But if he can extend his stay on the wicket and get a chunk of runs in the meanwhile, he might as well make a case for a permanent spot in the side.

What’s with Pant?

India wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant has gone missing.

He has failed to turn up with the bat in any game. He could have made amends for his poor performances against England today, but Chris Woakes got the better of him at 9.

It’s time for him to replicate his feats on the English soil which he did a few months ago in Australia.

His form slump is hurting India as the visitors have been lacking a handful of runs to mount pressure on Root’s unit.

This might be a warning for Ajinkya Rahane as well.

He looked in fine touch while batting with the Indian skipper today, but failed to stay on the pitch for long once again.

England 53 for 3 (Malan 26*, Bumrah 2-15) trail India 191 (Thakur 57, Kohli 50, Woakes 4-55, Robinson 3-38) by 138 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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