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What will be India’s XI for the second test?



After an entertaining and thrilling 1st test match that ended as a draw, both teams will now move to the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai for the 2nd and final match of the series.

The resilience from New Zealand’s tail-enders helped them to draw the 1st match but now they will face the brilliant Indian spin attack on a spinning track.

It will be a great test for their batters to tackle this spin web of team India.

India will definitely make some changes to the team for the 2nd Test match.

Let’s look at what might be the probable playing eleven.

1.Shubman Gill 

Gill played a good knock of 52 runs in the 1st innings of the last test match.

He has proved himself at the opening position with many good knocks during the past year.

Gill will be part of the team for the second match as an opener as he was looking in good touch.

2. Mayank Agarwal

Mayank Agarwal will be the second opener for team India in the 2nd Test as well.

The right-handed batter failed to score some big runs in the 1st Test, getting just 13 and 17 in both innings.

However, he is lucky that India does not have many options for the opening slot in this series because KL Rahul was injured before the series.

Hence, the Gill-Agarwal opening pair might feature again for India in the next match as well.

3. Virat Kohli

The permanent skipper, Virat Kohli will come back to the squad after missing the 1st Test match and now he will lead his side in the 2nd match against The Black Caps.

In the last series against England, Virat Kohli made 218 runs in 7 innings at an average of 31.14.

He failed to score big knocks but smashed two half-centuries during that series.

But he is a class player and hopefully, he will come good in this match. 

4. Ajinkya Rahane

The Vice-Captain, Ajinkya Rahane might be part of the 2nd Test but it is a close competition between him and Chateshwar Pujara who is also out of form.

Although, Ajinkya Rahane has consistently struggled to score runs in the last few Test matches but he is the vice-captain of the side and will not be benched so easily.

In the 1st Test match, Rahane was dismissed for 35 and 4 in the two innings. 

5. Shreyas Iyer

Shreyas Iyer, who made a dream debut in the 1st Test match might be in the next game as well, replacing most probably Cheteshwar Pujara.

The right-handed batter scored a brilliant century in the 1st innings and a very important half-century in the 2nd innings.

Iyer was also given the Player of the Match award for his outstanding batting.

With his brilliant performance in the previous game, the team will definitely give him another opportunity in the next Test match. 

6. Ravindra Jadeja

The star all-rounder of team India, Ravindra Jadeja will remain in the side for the 2nd test match.

In the last match, the left-handed batter gave an outstanding performance with both bat and ball.

Jadeja scored a crucial fifty and was a part of that important partnership with Iyer that helped his side to reach a total of 345 runs in the first innings.

Jadeja was also brilliant with the ball as well, he picked up 5 wickets in the match including the fabulous spell of 4-40 in the second innings

7. Wridhhiman Saha

Wridhhiman Saha will most probably be the wicket-keeper for the side in the 2nd Test match.

Saha got out early in the 1st innings after just scoring 1 run but he came back strongly in the second innings scoring a very crucial 61 not out when his side was struggling at 103-6.

His important knock helped his side to score enough runs on the board towards the end and set up a target of 284 for New Zealand in the final innings.

8. Axar Patel 

Axar Patel will be the part of the playing XI in the next game.

The left-arm spinner gave an outstanding performance in the 1st Test, picking up 6 wickets in the match including a 5-wicket haul in the 1st innings.

He also scored 28* runs in the 2nd innings. 

9. Ravichandran Ashwin

Ravichandran Ashwin will be obviously  the part of the side in the next Test.

The right-arm spinner did a great job in the 1st match, picking up 6 wickets in the match, and also contributed a bit with the bat in the second innings. 

10. Mohammed Siraj

Mohammed Siraj might be given an opportunity in the 2nd Test match instead of the experienced but out of form Ishant Sharma.

The experienced Ishant Sharma was the only bowler in the first test match who failed to pick up any wickets.

So Siraj might be given an opportunity to showcase his skills in the next match.

11. Umesh Yadav

Umesh Yadav might be the second seamer that India can pick in the next match.

Yadav picked up 2 wickets in the first Test, picking 1 wicket each in both the innings.

He performed better than Ishant Sharma, who went wicketless in the 1st 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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