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CPL 2021: Guyana pip Trinbago in thriller



In one of the most exciting matches of this season’s Caribbean Premier League, Guyana Amazon Warriors beat Trinbago Knight Riders in the super over. 

Chasing 139, the Warriors just couldn’t seem to get going.

On the last ball with scores tied, Udana ran Imran Tahir out to ensure that the match goes to super over.

In the super over, Sunil Narine gave the Riders hope after bowling out both the Warriors’ batsmen in five balls.

Requiring just 7 runs to win, up stepped Siefert.

The Warriors bowler gave away just four runs in the over to ensure that his team gets over the line.

Late heroics by Udana

Trinbago couldn’t have started any worse as Lendl Simmons got bowled by Chanderpaul Hemraj on his first ball.

That set the tone for the rest of the game because Munro, Narine, and Webster all struggled to accelerate on the current run rate. 

Even though Munro scored 32 runs off 28 balls, he registered the most dot balls out of anyone in his side.

This inconsistency resembled throughout the innings as the Riders struggled to rotate the strike and had to hit boundaries to get the scoreboard ticking.

Despite having a great season until now, Kieron Pollard had a night to forget.

The Riders captain could only score 13 runs off 17 balls.

Udana’s late heroics salvaged something for the Riders as he scored a quick 21 off 9 balls to guide his side to a decent total.

The Warriors required 139 runs to win. 

Rampaul masterclass leads to super over

The pitch suited the bowlers, and Ravi Rampaul took full advantage.

The West Indian seamer continued his prolific wicket-taking form as he grabbed another four wickers to break the spine of the Warriors.

Mohammad Hafeez had one of his worst batting experiences in any form of cricket as he could only score 16 runs in 30 balls.

The veteran Pakistani batsman just couldn’t seem to get going as he got beaten time and time again by seamers and spinners.

Hafeez fell to Kharry Pierre.

Hetmeyer and Pooran both scored 27 runs each to ensure that the match goes to the final over.

On the final ball, Udana ran Imran Tahir out to ensure that the match gets decided in the super over.

Seifert clinches it for the Warriors 

Sunil Narine bowled the super over for the Riders.

Pollard couldn’t have expected any more from his former international teammate as he bowled out both the Warriors batsmen in five balls.

Firstly, he got the wicket of Pooran who skied the ball straight into the hands of the fielder at long-off.

On the fifth ball, Narine got the wicket Hetmyer as he edged the ball into Ramdin’s hands.

Trinbago Knight Riders required just 7 runs to win the match.

Defending just six runs, Seifert had a huge responsibility on his shoulders, and boy did he came up with the goods.

On the first ball, he got the prized scalp of Kieron Pollard.

The rest of his 5 balls went for just 4 runs as he displayed a fantastic show of death-bowling to get the Warriors over the line.

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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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