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IPL: Chennai make it 2-0 against RCB



Chennai Super Kings dominated the second time they met Royal Challengers Bangalore, making it 2-0 against Virat Kohli’s men in the Indian Premier League 2021.

While the Bangalore openers had a better start than the Chennai duo, Bangalore somehow managed to lose this contest.

RCB set up a mediocre total of 156/6 despite having skipper Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal give them a dream start.

Bravo changes the context of the game

Both VK and his 21-year-old partner struck half-centuries with ease, dominated the first 10 overs and hammers the Chennai bowlers at will.

However, everything changed with Kohli’s wicket falling to Dwayne Bravo.

This was the breakthrough Mahendra Singh Dhoni was looking for.

One after another, the wickets kept falling like a domino effect had hit the star-studded Bangalore side.

Both Padikkal and AB de Villiers returned to hut in two balls.

Glenn Maxwell and Harshal Patel fell to Bravo again and with that the hopes of all RCB supporters who have been waiting for a decade to see the team lift the coveted IPL title.

Padikkal’s fifty goes in vain

Devdutt Padikkal’s 70 off 50 showed the class he possesses.

He struck the ball at every corner of the Sheikh Zayed Stadium before falling cheaply to Shardul Thakur.

Once Kohli departed after a well-made 53, Padikkal followed him to the hut in a matter of few deliveries. The 21-year-old has scored 217 runs in seven games so far.

Chennai Super Kings 157 for 4 (Gaikwad 38, Rayudu 32, Harshal 2-25) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 156 for 6 (Padikkal 70, Kohli 53, Bravo 3-24, Thakur 2-29) by six wickets.

Match preview – DC vs RR

Delhi Capitals have been clicking in every department so far.

A showdown against Rajasthan Royals should be an easy chance for Rishabh Pant’s men to grab two more points.

Probable performers of the day

Shikhar Dhawan

Although Dhawan has been excluded from India’s squad for the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 that will be held at the same venue where Delhi will take on Rajasthan on Saturday, the left-hander has been making the BCCI rethink their decision with his IPL performances.

He has been the tournament’s top scorer so far with 422 runs already in nine games only.

At an average that goes just over 52, he has become the backbone of the Capital’s batting line-up.

Shreyas Iyer

Iyer holds the Delhi batting together like glue.

The Capitals have been managing well in his absence, but his return will turn DC into a batting powerhouse.

His unbeaten 47* against the Sunriser Hyderabad showed that he’s in fine touch.

A player of Iyer’s caliber should deliver the goods in the Saturday game when the stakes will be high as every IPL franchise is now looking to seal a spot in the playoffs.

Match prediction

Rajasthan Royals are coming off a miraculous win against Punjab Kings, but they have been rather inconsistent throughout the campaign.

On the other hand, DC have been performing rather consistently.

They sit at the second spot in the points table with 14 points in the bag, having won the last three matches in a row.

It’s fair to say that Pant’s men are the firm favourites for tomorrow’s clash.

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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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