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ICC T20: Rampant South Africa hammer Bangladesh



South Africa have hammered Bangladesh by six wickets at Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed International Stadium in Group 1 fixture of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.

Proteas bowled out Bangladesh for 84 after skipper Temba Bavuma opted to field first.

Bangladesh tried to put a fight but South Africa chased down the total in the 14th over. 

Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are knocked out from Group 1 while South Africa increased their chances by improving run-rate after today’s win.

South Africa will now face England in their last group match on November 6 in Sharjah.

Rabada, Nortje rattle Bangladesh’s batting

Pacers Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje took full advantage of the pitch which supported fast bowlers.

Rabada removed Bangladesh’s top-order inside powerplay while Nortje owned the middle-overs.

Rabada bagged wickets of Mohammad Naim (9) and Soumya Sarkar (0) on two consecutive balls while Mushfiqur Rahim (0) departed in the sixth over.

He finished with figures of 3/20 and also bagged Player of the Match award.

“That wicket favoured the seamers and I’m just glad that today was my day. Every time we have the opportunity to practice, we try and implement what could possibly work for us,” said Rabada after the match.

Meanwhile, Nortje was highly impressive with his pace and bagged figures of 3/8 in 3.2 overs.

He took wickets of Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah (3), Mahedi Hasan (27) and Nasum Ahmed (0).

“Anrich has been on form for a long time now and I’m so happy for him. He works extremely hard and it’s paying off. So it’s great to be bowling with him,” Rabada highly praised his partner.

Bangladesh’s Hasan, Taskin show fight

All-rounder Mahedi Hasan and pacer Taskin Ahmed were the only two players, who showed some resilience for Bangladesh.

Mahedi Hasan hit 27 off 25 balls when other batters were failing around him.

He also bagged a wicket of Quinton de Kock later.

Meanwhile, Taskin Ahmed was effective for Bangladesh with the ball in hand.

He looked to get wickets early and managed to pick two.

He removed Reza Hendricks (4) in the first over as he trapped him in front.

He returned to bowl his third over and dismissed Aiden Markram (0) with a pacy delivery. He finished with figures 2/18.

Mahmudullah unhappy with poor batting display

Bangaldesh skipper seemed visibly angry with how his batters turned up on the wicket.

“I think the wicket was pretty good to bowl on in the first half. We weren’t good enough in the middle.”

“That was a poor batting display, but having said that there was enough assistance in the pitch,” the skipper said after the match.

He hoped Bangladesh could have won previous games to stay in contention for the semi-finals.

He also hailed Taskin for his bowling.

“Taskin has been bowling well in this tournament. We had the choice between Taskin and Fizzy (Mustafizur Rahman), but we went with Taskin because he has been bowling well.”

“It’s frustrating, but we could have won two games. If we had won those games, it would have been a different story,” he added.

Bavuma hails SA quicks

SA captain was glad to see his pace cartel picking from where they left off in the last World Cup clash.

“t was a good day for us. Quite a lot in the wicket early on, and KG (Rabada) and Nortje were able to exploit it. It excites us.”

“The conditions reminded us of playing at home. It’s never easy when you have one guy bowling 150 and another guy in KG who’s got all the skill in the world,” Bavuma said after the match.

South Africa 86 for 4 (Bavuma 31*, Taskin 2-18) beat Bangladesh 84 (Mahedi 27, Nortje 3-8, Rabada 3-20) by six 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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