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ICC T20: Sri Lanka thump Bangladesh by five wickets



Sri Lanka have registered a commanding victory over Bangladesh by five wickets in their first game of Group 1 during ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021.

The Lankans chased down 172 after bowlers had a bad outing in front of Bangladesh’s batters.

Charith Asalanka was the star of the chase, scoring an unbeaten 80 while Bhanuka Rajapaksa stunned Bangladesh with aggressive knock.

Asalanka crafts impressive knock

The left-hander looked in complete command during the chase after Kusal Perera fell cheaply.

He stole the show with his mesmerizing strokes which featured five boundaries and five maximums.

He was supported well by Nissanka (24) who was dismissed by in-form Shakib Al Hasan.

“When I faced the first ball, it looked like a good pitch and I backed myself to play my natural game,” he said while receiving Player of the Match.

Asalanka hailed Rajapaksa too for support from the other end. Rajapaksa scored an important 53 off 31 balls, powered by three fours and as many sixes.

“Rajapaksa played a brilliant knock and he changed the momentum. I want to keep it up and look forward to doing the same for my country in the upcoming games.”

Bangladesh post fighting total

Bangladesh was nothing short of brilliance with the bat as they cruised to 171/4.

Mushfiqur Rahim, with an undefeated 57 and opener Mohammad Naim, who hit 62, starred for the Tigers.

Mushfiqur was the aggressive one while Naim anchored the innings from the start. Mushfiqur, in his 37-ball knock, hit five fours and two sixes.

Kumara, Das engage in heated exchange

Ugly scenes took place in first innings after Lahiru Kumara dismissed opener Liton Das for 16.

The moment took place in the sixth over of Bangladesh’s innings.

Immediately, Kumara went to Das and exchanged a few words.

Liton did not like the reaction and started arguing back as he was walking off.

The argument intensified as several players came forward and intervened to separate the two cricketers.

Shakib Al Hasan creates history

Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan surpassed Shahid Afridi in the list of the highest wicket-takers in the T20 World Cup during the game.

The all-rounder has 41 wickets in 29 T20 World Cup matches with an economy rate of 6.65.

Shakib put up a splendid performance with the and returned with figures of 2/17.

Mahmudullah aims not to repeat mistakes in next game

Bangladesh’s captain Mahmudullah was in awe of his batters but bowlers let him down.

He aimed not to repeat similar mistakes further in the competition.

“We were in the game till the tenth over. But things went wrong for us after that. We will correct that in the next game.”

“We watched the IPL games and thought an extra spinner would help. The spinners bowled well but we missed a couple of chances.”

“This game will boost up our batting unit and we are looking forward to the next game,” he said.

Sri Lanka’s captain impressed with youngsters

Dasun Shanaka bagged the youngster in the team.

He felt that it’s ideal for youngsters to step up and make a mark in the mega event.

“It was not the easiest targets to chase but once batsmen are set, any target can be chased.

It was an outstanding inning from Asalanka. Youngsters must step up at this stage, it was really nice to see that,” he added.

Sri Lanka 172 for 5 (Asalanka 80*, Rajapaksa 53, Shakib 2-17) beat Bangladesh 171 for 4 (Naim 62, Mushfiqur 57*) by five 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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