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ICC T20: India thrash Scotland



India outclassed Scotland in every department and in the process, hugely boosted their NRR.

Now they just need to win their last game against Namibia and hope that Afghanistan beat New Zealand but with a lesser margin. 

Virat Kohli the birthday boy finally won the toss and he elected to bowl first.

The Indian bowlers started well. Bumrah bowled out the Scottish skipper with a splendid slower ball.

G. Munsey was looking very good; he smashed a brilliant six off Bumrah in the very first over.

He then hit 3 consecutive fours in Ashwin’s over but he was dismissed on 24(19).

While trying to play a shot towards long-on, he was caught on mid-on by Hardik Pandya off M. Shami in the 6th over.

Scotland ended their power play on a score of 27-2, having played two maiden overs in the power play.

Jadeja shines with the ball

After the brilliant start by Bumrah and Shami, Jadeja joined the party and destroyed the Scottish middle order with sublime off-spin bowling.

He dismissed both the main batters of Scotland, Berrington and M. Cross in the same over.

He then dismissed the dangerous-looking Leask in the 12th over of the innings.

Jadeja ended his spell with 3 wickets for 15 runs in his 4 overs.

Out-classed by Indian bowlers

Scotland scored just 44 runs with the loss of 4 wickets and lost half their side for just 58 runs.

Shami destroyed the lower order with his unplayable yorkers and also picked up 3 wickets for 15 runs from his 3 overs.

The whole Scotland team was dismissed on just 85 runs in 17.4 overs and Munsey was the top scorer with 24 runs.

All the Indian bowlers were superb especially Jadeja and Shami who both picked up 3 wickets.

Ashwin picked up 1 wicket for 29 runs in 4 overs.

Bumrah bagged 2 wickets for just 10 runs in 3.4 overs. 

India got a huge NRR boost

India was required to chase down the target of 85 in 7.1 overs to surpass Afghanistan’s NRR.

India managed to do that in just 6.3 overs.

Both the Indian openers started superbly and they smashed the Scottish bowling with some great hitting.

Rohit Sharma (30 runs off 16 balls) was dismissed on the last ball of the fifth over. 

KL Rahul played a sensational knock and scored the fourth fastest fifty in T20 world cup history.

He completed his half-century in just 18 balls including 6 fours and 3 sixes.

Rahul once again proved that he is one of the finest white balls players in the world right now.

Fastest 50s in T20 World Cups (By balls)

12 balls Yuvraj Singh v England Durban 2007
17 balls Stephan Myburgh v Ireland Sylhet 2014
18 balls Glenn Maxwell v Pakistan Mirpur 2014
18 balls KL Rahul v Scotland Dubai 2021

Highest Power play scores by India

India scored 82 runs in the power play which is their highest ever.

82/2 v Scotland Dubai 2021
78/2 v South Africa Johannesburg 2018
77/1 v Sri Lanka Nagpur 2009
76/1 v New Zealand Johannesburg 2007


Scotland             17.4 overs         85 all outIndia                 6.3 overs                        89-2
Munsey                        24 (19)KL Rahul                  50 (19)
Leask                            21 (12)R. Sharma               30 (16)
McLeod                     16 (28)S.Yadav                    6* (2)
Jadeja                          3-15M. Watt                    1-20
Shami                          3-15B. Wheal                  1-32
Bumrah                       2-10 
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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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