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ICC T20: Zampa helps Aussies thrash Bangladesh



Aaron Finch decided to bowl first after winning the toss.

It was the right decision as the Aussie bowlers just destroyed the Bangladeshi batting lineup with some brilliant spells, especially by the leggie Adam Zampa.

Australia got a much-needed boost in their net run rate as they chased down the minor total of 74 runs in just 6.2 overs.

Australia jumped to the 2nd spot on the points table and now they will face the defending champions West Indies in their next match.

As for Bangladesh, it’s a time to introspect and revamp their squad.

Bangladeshi top-order fails again

Bangladesh lost 3 wickets in the first 3 overs.

It all started when opener Liton Das was bowled out by a brute of a delivery from Mitchell Starc in the 3rd ball of the very first over.

This was followed by the wickets of Soumya Sarkar and Mushfiqur Rahim in the next 2 overs.

Bangladesh ended their powerplay on 33 runs with the loss of 4 wickets.

8 Bangladeshi batsmen scored in single digits and Shamim Hossain was the highest scorer with 19.

Shamim also hit the only six of the innings off Zampa.

Adam Zampa gets his best career figures

After the failure of the Bangladeshi top-order, Zampa came into action and cleaned up the lower middle-order.

Zampa bowled superbly to attain not only his best bowling figures but were also the best bowling figures by any Australian bowler in T20 World Cups.

He picked up 5 wickets for just 19 runs and broke the record of James Faulkner who bowled a splendid spell of 5-27 against Pakistan.

The Bangladeshi lower middle order was unable to pick up his googlies and once again they were bowled on less than 100 runs.

Fast bowlers Mitchell Starc (2 for 21 runs) and Josh Hazlewood (2 for 8 runs) took four wickets while all-rounder Glenn Maxwell sent a batsman to the pavilion.

Australian batters boost NRR

Australian batters came to bat to chase down a low total of 74.

They had to do it as quickly as possible to boost up their Net Run Rate and they did exactly that.

Both the Australian openers started aggressively especially the skipper Aaron Finch, who scored a quick fire 40 off 20 balls including 4 sixes and 2 fours.

He had an opening partnership of 58 runs with David Warner (18).

Warner hit 3 fours in 14 balls.

Mitchell Marsh (16 *) hit the winning six off Taskin Ahmed.

Taskin Ahmed and Shoriful Islam of Bangladesh took one wicket each.

As a result of this massive win, Australia are now on 2nd spot in the points table.


Bangladesh                     73 all out      15 overs

Shamim Hossain             19 (18)           Zampa 5-19                                                                                                                      M. Naim                           17(16)            Hazlewood 2-8                                                                                                 Mahmudullah                  16(18)           Starc 2-21

Australia                          78-2               6.2 overs                        

Finch                                 40(20)            Shoriful 1-9                                                                                                        Warner                             18(14)            Taskin 1-36                                                                                                          Marsh                                16(5)              

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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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