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CPL 2021: Guyana down Jamaica in key match



In a do-or-die encounter against Jamaica Tallawahs, Guyana found their mojo and delivered a sucker punch.

If the Guyana fans had to chose one batsman to bail them out, before the match, they would have opted for Nicholas Pooran.

After all, Pooran has been the most consistent batter for the Warriors in the ongoing edition of the CPL.

The left-hander has scored 228 runs from eight innings at an average of 38 and a stupendous strike rate of 162.85.

Yet again, Pooran rose to the occasion when it mattered.

Pooran is da man

He arrived in the ninth over at 63 for 3 and scored a magnificent 75 off just 39 balls.

His innings was studded with four boundaries and seven hits over the fence.

Undeterred by the early dismissals of Brandon King, Hemraj and Hetmyer, Pooran scored the majority of his team’s runs as Guyana ended at 169 for 6.

Pooran was brutal against Veerasammy Permaul early on, heaving him over the leg side rope to get off the mark.

Next, he disdainfully swatted him for another six two balls later.

Pooran completed his 50 in just 30 balls by smashing an Andre Russell yorker over short third man for a boundary in the 19th over.

Another attempted wide yorker by Russell met even worse treatment, disappearing over extra cover for six.

Pooran made short work of Carlos Bathwaite in the 20th over by clobbering two more sixes to take his tally to seven as he put Guyana in an impregnable position.

Odean Smith does it with the ball

Odean Smith has been excellent for the Warriors in the 2021 edition of the CPL.

In nine matches, the medium fast bowler has picked up 13 wickets at an impressive economy rate of 7.05.

He has also scored 117 runs at an average of 23.40 but today he showed his quality with the ball.

Tallawahs were cruising at 63 for 1 in the ninth over before Smith disrupted the chase with his medium pace by dismissing two set batsmen.

His first victim was Haider Ali who tried to heave Smith over the leg side but could only top-edge a swirler to Shoaib Malik.

Next, Chandrapaul Hemraj then took a tremendous low catch at short extra cover off a scorching drive from Kirk McKenzie to leave the Tallawahs at 63 for 3.

But Smith’s best moment came in the 15th when he bowled a wicket maiden that included the key wicket of Russell who mistimed a heave to long-on.

Smith was ably supported by Gudakesh Motie who bagged 3 wickets for just 25 runs.

First, Motie got Rovman Powell to punch the ball straight to Smith at mid-off at the end of the 14th over.

He followed that with the wickets of Brathwaite who edged the ball to extra cover.

His best ball was one that spun sharply to leave Shamarh Brooks stranded outside the crease as Bramble completed a fine stumping.

From 63 for 3, the Tallawahs quickly collapsed to 101 for 7.

The writing was on the wall as they folded up for 123 with five balls left left.

Guyana Amazon Warriors 169 for 6 (Pooran 75, Russell 2-35) beat Jamaica Tallawahs 123 all out (Snith 3-21, Motie 3-25) by 46 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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