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ICC T20: Lankans end Windies hopes



Sri Lanka ended up their world cup campaign by winning their last group match and their victory also confirmed the elimination of West Indies.

West Indies chose to field first after winning the toss but this didn’t help them.

Sri Lanka amassed a huge total of 189 due to some sterling batting by Asalanka and their opener P. Nissanka.

Both hit the fifties, yet Asalanka’s was the better one.

He struck 68 off 41 balls, smashing a six and eight fours.

While defending a huge target, Wanindu Hasaranga took two further wickets to finish with 16 wickets for the competition – a T20 World Cup record. 

For West Indies, the greats didn’t actually show up, but two youthful players did, and in spite of the inadequacy around them, they even got West Indies to inside 20 runs of Sri Lanka’s aggregate.

The 24-year-old Shimron Hetmyer’s 81 off 54 balls was the more destructive of the two.

Nicholas Pooran hit 46 off 34 balls.

No other West Indies hitter scored in two digits. 

Asalanka shines again 

At the point when Sri Lanka began this competition, Asalanka wasn’t even in the XI.

He then came in at No. 3 for Dinesh Chandimal, who failed to score runs in the first two games.

Since then, he hit 8, 80*, 35, 21, 12, and 68.

His innings on Thursday wasn’t even his best of the competition (that would be his 80* while chasing a target of 172, against Bangladesh).

However, it was still brilliant to watch.

He scored regular boundaries when the spinners were bowling.

He kept the scoreboard ticking with ones and twos when the boundaries were not coming easily.

The run-rate almost didn’t came below 8 runs per over when he was batting at the crease.

A vital innings from Nissanka

P. Nissanka also played a crucial innings for his side and scored a brilliant fifty.

His stand with Asalanka helped the Lankan side to put-up a good total on the board.

He is the second most successful batter for Sri Lanka in this T20 world cup after Asalanka.

He scored a lot of runs on the leg-side. He exuded calm that allowed Asalanka to play aggressively.

His 91 runs stand for the 2nd wicket with Asalanka defined the match and he ended up scoring more than 200 runs in this tournament

The finish from Sri Lanka 

The second-wicket stand had set up Sri Lanka well, but it still required a top class finish.

The skipper Shanaka promoted himself up the order to show his big-hitting abilities.

He played a brilliant cameo with the bat scoring 25 runs off just 14 balls hitting a six and two fours.

Sri Lanka made 52 runs in the last four overs of the innings

West Indies batting collapses

C. Gayle, the “Universal Boss” and a match-winner in so many T20 internationals, failed to score big once again and failed for the fourth time in succession.

He scored just one single off his initial four balls and holed out to mid-off playing his first forceful shot of the match, to be out for one off five balls.

West Indies also lost Evin Lewis and Roston Chase inside the Powerplay that ended their possibilities to win the match. 

Pooran was playing brilliantly and he made a small 30 runs partnership with Hetmyer but he was dismissed in the 12thover.

Hetmyer was playing on 9 off 15 balls when Pooran (46 off 34) was dismissed.

Hetmyer then began to accelerate but wickets were crumbling from the other end. He played aggressively to smash every bowler but it was too late. 

Finally, West Indies ended up scoring 169 runs for the loss of 8 wickets but they lost by 20 runs against Sri Lanka 


Sri Lanka – 189-3 in 20 overs

C. Asalanka                              68 (41)                Russell    2-33

Pathum Nissanka                     51 (41)                DJ Bravo 1-42

West Indies – 169-8 in 20 overs

Hetmyer                                  81 (54)               W.Hasaranga 2-19

N.Pooran                                46 (34)                B.Fernando   2-24

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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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