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IPL: Chennai thrash SRH, secure playoff spot



Chennai Super Kings defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by six wickets on Thursday night to secure a playoff berth in the Indian Premier League 2021.

CSK chased down the 135-target with two balls to spare.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni finished off the proceedings with a six to seal the win, reminding everyone of his six to win the ICC World Cup in 2015 where he smacked Nuwan Kulasekara to win the game.

This is the 11th time CSK have reached the playoffs in IPL.

Hazlewood delivers clinical performance

Josh Hazlewood removed in-form Jason Roy early in the innings.

He later removed Abhishek Sharma and Abdul Samad in the same over to dismantle Hyderabad’s batting line-up.

His 3/24 earned him the Man of the Match award.

After the game, the Australia pacer admitted that sending Roy back to the hut was crucial since the Englishman had won SRH the last game single with his half-century.

“Very satisfying… Feel like I have been learning every game. [Roy] is obviously a guy who sets the game for them and comes hard… We have been working really hard as a group,” the right-arm quick said.

Gaikwad, du Plessis spank SRH bowlers

Ruturaj Gaikwad (45) and Faf du Plessis (41) brought up another 75-run opening partnership to set the tone for the chase.

The young Indian opener and former South African skipper are now the fifth and third-highest run-getter in this season.

They have been subliminal in powerplays so far, regardless of the venues.

If they continue to soar, Chennai will not have any trouble lifting the coveted IPL trophy for the fourth time.

Chennai Super Kings 139 for 4 (Gaikwad 45, du Plessis 41, Holder 3-27) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 134 for 7 (Saha 44, Hazlewood 3-24, Bravo 2-17) by six wickets.

Match preview – KKR vs PBKS

Kolkata Knight Riders will be looking to carry on their winning momentum on Friday when they take on KL Rahul-led Punjab Kings at the Dubai International Stadium.

Probable key performers

KL Rahul

The PBKS captain averages 52.75 in this edition.

His red-hot form speaks volumes of his batting skills in crunch moments.

He departed for only 21 against MI, but will be eyeing a big individual score in the Friday game.

Sunil Narine

Replacing injured Andre Russell in the KKR huddle, Narine was superb in the last contest against Delhi Capitals.

He carried on his good form from the CPL to make it big in the IPL, winning his team the last contest with an all-round display.

Match prediction

Kolkata Knight Riders are coming off a win against tournament favourites – Delhi Capitals.

They are brimming with confidence and eager to go up the table.

On the other hand, Punjab Kings lost their last game to reigning IPL champions Mumbai Indians.

They have heavily depended on skipper KL Rahul and now they’ve lost Chris Gayle as well.

The Caribbean star has decided to leave the bio-secure bubble to focus on the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup.

They lack in firepower in late overs, that neither Gayle nor Nicholas Pooran has provided in this season.

Hence, Eoin Morgan’s men should clinch this contest to maintain their fourth spot in the points table.

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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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