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ICC T20: Easy win for Kiwis, India knocked out



The Black caps registered a semi-final spot after their 4th consecutive victory.

New Zealand beat Afghanistan by 8 wickets, but they knocked out both Afghanistan and India.

They have played brilliantly in this tournament, and they made a very strong comeback after their first match defeat against Pakistan.

New Zealand qualified for yet another ICC tournament final.

They played and almost won the ICC ODI world cup, they won the ICC test championship, and now they have qualified for the 2021 world cup Semi-finals.

Will they be able to win this one?

May be time will tell.

Afghanistan’s worst Power play

Afghanistan won the toss and elected to bat first, but that didn’t prove to be a good decision at all.

Williamson used his bowlers very cleverly in the Power play as they know how much dangerous this Afghan side is especially in the power plays.

Southee and Boult bowled brilliantly in the start once again followed by Milne.

All the three picked up 1 wicket each and destroyed the Afghanistan’s top order batting.

Afghanistan scored just 23 runs with the loss of 3 wickets in the Power play.

This was the worst Power play score for Afghanistan in this tournament

Najibullah’s fighting 73 runs

Afghan batters didn’t look comfortable against the Kiwi bowlers and even after the end of Power play, they continued to lose wickets.

But in the middle overs Najibullah Zadran played some good shots, and he tried his best to recover the innings and put a good total on the board.

He first made a 37 runs partnership with Gulbadin Naib and then a solid 59-runs stand with the skipper M.Nabi.

Najibullah played a superb innings of 73 runs off 48 balls(6 fours and 3 sixes).

This was also the highest score by an Afghan player in the T20 World Cup.

Afghanistan stated their innings very badly, they played better and recovered things a bit in the middle, but they failed to score quick runs in the death overs.

Like the batting Power play, this was their worst death overs score for Afghanistan in this tournament.

New Zealand’s comfortable chase

The Kiwis got a very quick start as they scored 45 runs with lost of just 1 wicket and that was of Daryl Mitchell.

But Afghan bowlers recovered well after the Power play and bowled good lines and lengths.

Both Rashid and Mujeeb tried their best to pick up wickets, and they got 1 wicket each from their spells.

Conway-Williamson Stand

Williamson and Devon Conway had a good partnership to ensure their team’s victory.

Williamson again played a cool innings in a run chase condition.

He picked the ones and twos regularly to put pressure on the opposition side.

Williamson and Conway’s 68 runs partnership off 56 balls gave their team a victory by 8 wickets.

This 11 ball win of New Zealand over Afghanistan means that now both India and Afghanistan will pack their bags and leave to their homes.


Afghanistan 20 overs. 124-8New Zealand 18.1 overs 125-2
Najibullah          73 (48)Williamson          40 (42)
Naib                    15 (18)Conway               36 (32)
Nabi                    14 (20)Guptill                 28 (23)
Boult                   3-17Rashid             1-27
Southee              2-24Mujeeb           1-31
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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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