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ICC T20: Aussies trump Windies



Warner, Hazelwood and Marsh starred in a convincing victory against West Indies as Australia nailed a semi-final spot.

Australia won the toss and elected to field first.

Gayle started well and hit two huge sixes but he was clean bowled by Cummins on 15 runs.

It might well have been his last game in the West Indies Jersey, he raised his bat while going to the pavilion and all the West Indies players stood up and cheered for the Universe Boss. 

After Gayle’s dismissal, Hazelwood picked up couple of wickets in the 4th over.

The West Indies side ended up their Power play with a score of 50-3.

Half the side was dismissed on 91 runs in 13 overs. 

Hazelwood shines with ball

Hazelwood bowled a magnificent spell as he picked up 4 wickets for 39 runs in his 4 overs.

He got the important wickets of Pooran and R. Chase in the same over and give his side a very wonderful start.

He further picked up the major wickets of S. Hetmyer and DJ Bravo in his next 2 overs. 

Russell-Pollard fought back in the death overs

Russell and Pollard played a superb cameo with the bat in the death overs and gave their team a very respectable total of 157 runs.

Pollard scored 45 runs off 31 balls including 4 boundaries and a six.

On the other hand, Russell made a quick fire 18 off 7 balls smashing 1 four and two huge sixes. 

Warner-Marsh match winning stand

Australia lost Finch early on in their chase but Warner and Marsh put up a match winning partnership.

Both of them played superbly and smashed the ball all over the ground.

Australia scored 53 runs in the Power play and they lost just 1 wicket.

Warner played a match winning innings after a long time in T20 cricket

Warner scored 89 runs off 56 balls ( 9 fours and 4 sixes). 

Mitchell Marsh also scored a brilliant fifty.

He is having a good 2021 with the bat.

Marsh scored 53 runs off just 32 balls including 5 fours and 2 sixes.

When the scores were level, he was dismissed on the last ball of Chris Gayle’s over.

A forgettable tournament for the Defending Champions 

West Indies, a team full of T20 specialists and all-time T20 greats failed to deliver once again and they ended their T20 world cup 2021 campaign with yet another defeat.

West Indies lost 4 out of their 5 matches and this world cup proved to be a nightmare for them.

The defending Champions entered this world cup as favorites and there was a lot of expectations from them but they failed badly.

The 2 time Champions need to rebuild now and try to come back stronger in rhe next year. 

DJ Bravo, The End of an Era

DJ Bravo didn’t have a good farewell spell as he conceded 36 in his 4 overs without getting any wicket but he has had a wonderful career.

He was a star all-rounder and a great entertainer.

He was one of the best T20 players in the world and his services will always be remembered. 


West Indies   20 overs  157-7Australia       20 overs     161-2
Pollard               45 (31)Warner              89* (56)
Lewis                  29 (26)Marsh                53 (32)
S. Hetmyer        27 (28)Finch                  9  (11)
Hazelwood       4-39       Gayle                 1-7
Zampa               1-20A. Hosein              1-29
Starc                  1-33 
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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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