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ICC T20: Mujeeb, Rashid spin Afghanistan to victory



Afghanistan ran riot at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Monday night, winning their first game of the Group Stages by 130 runs against Scotland.

Afghanistan bundled out Scotland for only 60 runs after scoring 190/4 in the first half of the contest.

Mujeeb and Rashid too much to handle for Scotland

Eight overs of Mujeeb ur Rehman and Rashid Khan will be tough for any opposition Afghanistan will face in the tournament.

The mystery spinners gave a glimpse of their capabilities tonight, claiming nine of 10 wickets.

Mujeeb bagged the Man of the Match award for his 5/20 while Rashid claimed 4/9 in only 14 deliveries (2.2 overs).

This goes to show how the tracks in the UAE have been a tad supportive of spinners.

Top-order clicks for Afghanistan

Afghanistan batters were having a dream night in Sharjah.

Hazratullah Zazai scored 44, while his opening partner Mohammad Shahzad recorded a fiery 22-run knock before Safyaan Sharif dismissed him.

Rahmatullah Gurbaz scored 46 while Najibullah Zadran top-scored with his 34-ball 59.

Mohammad Nabi struck two fours in his 4-ball 11* to make the most of the final deliveries.

“This was our plan, to bat first and put a big score,” Nabi said.

“The way our openers started really well, finished the powerplay with a good score and then Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Najibullah Zadran rotated the strike really well.”

Afghanistan now sit pretty at the top of Group B with a net run rate of +6.50. Pakistan are second with two points as well.

Afghanistan 190 for 4 (Najibullah 59, Gurbaz 46, Sharif 2-33) beat Scotland 60 (Munsey 25, Mujeeb 5-20, Rashid 4-9) by 130 runs.

Match preview – NZ vs Pakistan

New Zealand will meet in-form Pakistan at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Tuesday night. The game will commence at 7:30 pm (IST).

Best probable performers


Mohammad Rizwan is the only man in world cricket who has overshadowed Babar Azam’s stunning performances, and it takes something special to do that to the Pakistan captain.

Rizwan justified his opening position with a match-winning 79* against India on Sunday night, top-scoring in the contest.

He has been the highest run-getter in the world in T20Is in 2021.

There seems to be nothing stopping the Pakistan wicket-keeper.

New Zealand need to get to come into the game with a plan against Rizwan to avoid a rough powerplay.

Shaheen Afridi

There are barely any left-arm pacers who can bring the ball back into a right-handed batsman better than Shaheen Shah Afridi.

The tall seamer is in red-hot form across all formats for the Men in Green for a long time.

He has had a fantastic Pakistan Super League as well.

His three-wicket haul against India will have him brimming with confidence against the Kiwis.

Match prediction

There’s no doubt that Pakistan are bearing the favorites’ tag for the Tuesday showdown.

They have already have one game of the World Cup, while New Zealand are yet to make their mark.

The Kiwis have, however, shown over the years that they are a well-rounded unit that are brilliant in all departments.

Trent Boult and Tim Southee cover their bowling well and Devon Conway has been a real star in the making with the bat.

Kane Williamson’s men will have to play at their best to give a tough time to the Men in Green.

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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.

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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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