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ICC T20: Easy win for Aussies against Lanka



Australia has won the 2nd game of the tournament by beating Sri Lanka by 7 wickets.

Australia maintained their dominance over Sri Lanka as they beat them for the 9th time so far in 17 games.

Adam Zampa got the Man of the Match award for his awesome performance.

Zampa was very economical today and picked up 2 crucial wickets.

Australia in the toss

Finch chose to bowl first and invited Sri Lanka to bat first.

Sri Lanka lost their first wicket early for 15 runs as Pat Cummins dismissed Pathum Nissanka (7).

Kusal Perera (35) and Charith Asalanka (35) built a partnership of 65 runs and reduced the pressure.

Adam Zampa broke the partnership by picking up Asalanka’s wicket.

Soon after that, Mitchell Starc’s deadly yorker sent Kusal Perera back to the pavilion.

Zampa struck again and picked the wicket of Avishka Fernando (4) and sent Sri Lanka on the backfoot again. Thus, Sri Lanka lost their 3 wickets for just 12 just runs. 

Bhanuka Rajapaksa (33) was holding up one side, but he didn’t get enough support from others as wickets were falling at regular intervals.

Australia’s experienced bowling attack destroyed Sri Lanka’s middle-order completely.

Mitchell Starc and Cummins picked 2 wickets each and reduced Sri Lanka to 154 runs. 

Australian openers on fire

Australian openers started well and put up a partnership of 70 runs for the first wicket.

Warner (65) and Finch (37) set a platform for the upcoming batsmen which made chasing easy for them.

Australia lost Finch’s wicket when the score was 70.

Unfortunately, Maxwell lost his wicket in the haste of ending the game.

Both wickets were picked by Sri Lanka’s leg spinner Wanindu Hasaranga.

David Warner scored his first half-century in the tournament and returned to form.

Dasun Shanka dismissed Warner but it was too late as he has already done his work.

Warner and Smith (28) built a valuable partnership of 50 runs for the 4th wicket.

Losing Warner’s wicket didn’t cost much as the target was not big enough.

Marcus Stoinis did the rest for Australia by scoring 16 quick runs in just 7 balls.

It was an easy win for Australia as they were in the game from the beginning.

Team effort by Aussies

It was an overall team effort that made this win possible.

First, the bowlers made inroads by picking up wickets at regular intervals.

Later, the openers returned to form and built a good platform for the chase.

They played the Sri Lankan’s spinners very well today and batted sensibly.

Australia will now take on England on October 30 and Sri Lanka will face South Africa.

It won’t be as easy for Australia to beat England as it was against Sri Lanka.

On the other end, the South African bowlers would challenge Sri Lanka’s brittle batting lineup.  

Sri Lanka would have learned the lesson today from Australia.

Building partnerships and picking wickets at regular intervals is the key to success.

Australia 155 for 3 (Warner 65, Finch 37, Hasaranga 2-22) beat Sri Lanka 154 for 6 (Perera 35, Zampa 2-12) by seven 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.

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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