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ICC T20: Pakistan outclass Scotland



Pakistan registered yet another win in the Super 12s and remained unbeaten in 5 matches.

Pakistan were too strong for Scotland, and they remained on number 1 position in their Group.

The Green Shirts will now play against Australia in the semi-finals.

Pakistan batted first, but they lost the consistent Rizwan early on in their innings. Pakistan started slowly, and they scored just 35 runs in their Powerplay.

Fakhar Zaman was dismissed on 8 runs in the 10th over and Pakistan was struggling a bit on 60-2 in 10 overs.

But M. Hafeez came to bat and he scored runs in quick time.

He reduced the run rate pressure and his quick cameo gave Babar the confidence to play his shots comfortably.

Hafeez was dismissed after scoring 31 runs off 19 balls. 

Babar shines again 

Babar Azam played another superb innings and he scored his 4th fifty in 5 innings.

He scored 66 runs off 47 balls including 3 sixes and 5 fours.

Babar is batting brilliantly and he is leading his side from the front.

Babar Azam has now equals the record of most fifties in a single edition of T20 world cup.

The current batting coach of Pakistan, Mathew Hayden and Virat Kohli have also scored 4 fifties in a single T20 world cup.

Hayden has done that in 2007 world cup, Kohli in the 2014 World Cup and Babar Azam has done it now.

Babar has still at least one more match to go and the kind of form he is in, he can break this record easily. 

Malik’s fireworks

After Hafeez and Babar dismissals, Pakistan wanted to score quick runs in the death overs and everyone was expecting this from Asif Ali, but Shoaib Malik came out of syllabus.

He blasted 54 runs in 18 balls including 6 sixes and 1 four.

He equals the record of the fastest fifty in this world cup that was scored by KL Rahul in 18 balls. 

Malik broke the record of Pakistan’s fastest fifty in T20 internationals that was set by Umar Akmal, who scored a fifty of just 21 balls.

His innings pushed Pakistan’s score to 189.

His experience is definitely helping Pakistan team in this tournament. 

Scotland’s Chase

Scotland never looked tough competition against Pakistan in the chase.

Scotland were not looking comfortable at any stage.

They scored less than 45 runs in the first 10 overs and ended their innings on a score of 117-6 in 10 overs.

R. Berrington was the only batter who showed some resistance, and he was the one helped his side to reach these 117 runs.

He scored 54 runs off 37 balls(4 fours, 1 six).

Shadab bowled brilliantly and he picked up two wickets for 14 runs in his 4 overs.


Pakistan           20 overs        189-4Scotland.        20 overs        117-6        
Babar     66 (47)             Greaves 2-43Berrington 54*(37)      Shadab   2-14
Malik     54*(18)            H. Tahir  1-24Munsey      17(31)        Shaheen 1-24
Hafeez   31(19)              S. Sharif 1-41Leask          14(14)        Rauf         1-27
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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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