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CPL 2021: Hemraj ton sinks Barbados



Guyana Amazon Warriors thumped Barbados Royals by a whopping nine wickets in the 16th game of the Caribbean Premier League 2021 to take home another win.

Hemraj stuns Royals

Nicholas Pooran’s men first restricted the Royals to a low total of 130/10.

It took the Warriors only 14.2 overs to complete the run chase, courtesy a brilliant century by Guyana’s Chandrapaul Hemraj.

The 28-year-old crunched the ball all around the park to turn the run chase into a piece of cake.

After Brandon King departed for a 17-ball 19, Hemraj continued to accelerate his innings.

His 105 is among one of the best centuries in the CPL.

Hemraj was on 99* when he sent the ball into the stands for six off Nyeem Young’s second ball of his last over, achieving double delight of registering a ton and taking his team over the line.

Not to forget Pakistan’s batting veteran Shoaib Malik who kept on playing dot balls to make sure that his partner on the other end reaches the milestone.

Tahir gets three scalps

Imran Tahir picked three wickets for 34 to register his best bowling figures in this year’s CPL campaign.

The experienced spinner dismissed Royals opener Johnson Charles, in-form Smit Patel and Glenn Philips.

The South African superstar has notched nine wickets for the Warriors in the six matches he has played so far.

His contribution in every game has been hard to ignore.

The likes of Tahir and Romario Shepherd are proving to be an elite duo for the Pooran’s unit.

Azam Khan shows signs of brilliance

Azam Khan has been making waves in the Pakistan Super League for a while, but the CPL fans are yet to see him in red-hot form yet.

The youngster showed his strength for his 28-run knock, but couldn’t get going for long.

The Pakistan batsman needs to pick up his form to make an impact that Barbados Royals have been lacking this season.

Guyana Amazon Warriors 136 for 1 (Hemraj 105*) beat Barbados Royals 130 all out (Khan 28, Tahir 3-34) by nine wickets.

Kings end Patriots’ win streak

St Lucia Kings seem to be the nemesis for Dwayne Bravo’s St Kitts and Nevis Patriots.

The Kings have won their second game in a row, against the Patriots.

Patriots collapse in no time

A rare batting collapsed from the Royals gave control to the Kings early on.

St Lucia Kings then reached the 119-run target in 15.4 overs to make it 2-0 against the table toppers.

Faf du Plessis, who scored a brilliant ton in the last game, led his team from the front in this clash.

His tactics were spot on with the ball that helped the Kings’ pace cartel bundle out Bravo’s unit for only 118.

With a below-par total, the Pats were never in the game.

Fabian Allen was the sole warrior for the losing side for his patient knock of 34 before Kesrick Williams dismissed him.

Chase shines with the bat, again

Roston Chase is the man with the gold bat at the moment for du Plessis.

The West Indies’ all-rounder bagged another Man of the Match award for his team.

His 51* made the chase easier for the Kings.

Du Plessis’s side are now just two points behind the Pats on the table.

St Lucia Kings 121 for 4 (Chase 51*, Allen 2-30) beat St Kitts & Nevis Patriots 118 (Allen 34, Thomas 28, Royal 3-20, Samit 2-15, Williams 2-32) by six wickets.

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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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