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India demolish Lanka in 3 days



Sri Lanka lost 16 wickets on the third day as India go 1-0 in the series.

Ravindra Jadeja also shone with the ball after smashing 175*, picking up 9 wickets in the match.

Sri Lanka was bowled out, unable to even cross the 200 run mark in both the innings and suffered an embarrassing innings defeat in their 300th international Test match.

India     1st innings     574-8

Jadeja 175*( 228)         Lakmal 2-90                                                                                                                                 R. Pant 96 (97)              Fernando 2-135                                                                                                                                                     Vihari 58 (128)              Embuldeniya 2-107

 Sri Lanka   1st innings  174 all-out  

Nissanka 61*(133)            Jadeja 5-41                                                                                                                     Asalanka 29 (64)               Ashwin 2-49                                                                                                             Karunaratne 28 (71)         Bumrah 2-36

Sri Lanka   2nd innings   178 all-out

Dickwella 51*(81)             Jadeja 4-46                                                                                                                                    de Silva 30 (58)                 Ashwin 4-47                                                                                                                         Mathews 28 (75)              Shami 2-48

Rohit Sharma has registered a victory in his debut match as a skipper.

He is only the second Indian skipper to win his debut captaincy match by an innings.

Virat Kohli was unable to score his 71st International hundred in his 100th Test match but this was a great win for the men in blue.

Sri Lanka was bowled out on just 174 runs in the first match after starting the innings from their overnight score of 108-4.

Ravindra Jadeja claimed a brilliant fifer while Ashwin and Bumrah picked up 2 wickets each.

India forced the follow-on and Sri Lanka came to bat again but the story remained the same as they were bowled out for just 178 runs in their second innings.

The experienced Ravichandran Ashwin got an early breakthrough by dismissing Lahiru Thiramane for a duck in the third over.

Ashwin took only 3 overs to grab his second scalp as he dismissed the top-scorer for Sri Lanka in the first innings- Pathum Nissanka for only 6 runs.

Mohammed Shami who remained wicketless in the first innings picked the important wicket of the Sri Lankan skipper Dimuth Karunaratne on 27 runs and the Lankan tigers were again struggling on 45-3.

Dhananjaya de Silva and Angelo Mathews got off to good starts but they failed to convert their good scores into a big innings as Ravindra Jadeja get rid of both of them for 30 and 28 runs respectively.

Jadeja dismissed Mathews and Lakmal in the same over.

Charith Asalanka played a quick little cameo including 2 fours and 2 sixes but Ashwin didn’t allow him to do much damage and sent him back to the pavilion on 20 runs off just 9 balls.

Niroshan Dickwella was the leading run-scorer for Sri Lanka in the second innings as he scored a half-century.

Dickwella smacked 9 fours in his knock and remained not-out on 51 runs.

But Sri Lanka was all-out on 178 runs, adding only 4 runs into their 1stinnings total, and suffered an innings defeat by 222 runs.

The two spinners Ashwin and Jadeja were the stars for India with the bowl as both of them claimed a 4-for while Shami managed to pick two wickets in the second innings.

Ravindra Jadeja’s supremacy

Rohit wins his debut red-ball captaincy match and Virat Kohli played his 100th Test but this match will be remembered due to Ravindra Jadeja’s mind-blowing performance.

He was the star for India both with the bat and ball.

Jadeja smashed an unbeaten 175 runs with the bat and he picked up a fifer in the first and 4 in the second innings.

Jadeja also became the first player in almost 50 years to score a 150 and also pick a five-wicket haul in the same match.





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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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