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IPL: Convincing victory for Rajasthan Royals



Rajasthan became the first team in the tournament to win a match batting first so far.

A half-century from Samson and some great contributions from Buttler, Padikkal, and Hetmyer helped Rajasthan Royals to post a big total on the board.

Prasidh Krishna and Trent Boult set the tone in the powerplay which was fully utilized by Yuzvendra Chahal to restrict SRH 61 runs behind the target.

Rajasthan Royals     20 overs     210-6

Samson 55 (27)              Umran 2-39                  Padikkal 41 (29)             Natarajan 2-43

Sunrisers Hyderabad    20 overs     149-7

Markram 57*(41)             Chahal 2-22                                              Sundar 40 (15)                  Krishna 2-16

RR’s bright start in the powerplay

Jos Buttler and Yashasvi Jaiswal were brilliant at the top, they give a fiery start to their side.

Buttler smashed some outstanding boundaries early on that set the tone for a big score.

Buttler and Jaiswal scored 58 runs from the powerplay.

The young Jaiswal hit 2 fours and a six in his knock of 20 runs.

On the other hand, Jos Buttler failed to score big and got out on 35 runs off 28 balls including 3 fours and 3 sixes.

The skipper Sanju Samson carried this good start provided by the openers to put a big total on the board.

He was more than well supported by Devdutt Padikkal.

Samson and Padikkal added 73 runs for the third wicket.

Samson scored a brilliant half-century but after scoring 55 runs he got dismissed by Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Samson smacked 3 fours and 5 sixes in his knock.

Padikkal is an opener but he played a crucial and impressive knock for his side at number 4 that proved his versatility.

Padikkal missed his half-century by only 9 runs as he was bowled out by Umran Malik for 41 runs.

Shimron Hetmyer provided the firepower in the end by playing a crucial quick little cameo of 32 runs from just 13 balls including 2 fours and 3 sixes.

Hetmyer’s power-hitting helped Rajasthan Royals to finish on 210-6 from their 20 overs.

Relentless opening spell from Krishna and Boult

Prasidh Krishna and Trent Boult were almost unplayable with the new ball.

They destroyed the SRH’s top-order within the powerplay.

Prasidh Krishna dismissed the star kiwi batter, Kane Williamson, in the second over to set the tone.

In his second over, Krishna got rid of Rahul Tewatia for a duck.

Trent Boult was keeping things tight from the other end in his first two overs but he also picked up an important wicket of Nicholas Pooran to leave the opposition stunned at 9-3.

Both Krishna and Boult bowled 3 straight overs which is very rare for a new ball pacer in T20 cricket. They only gave away 10 runs from their 6 overs collectively.

After a horrible start, Sunrisers Hyderabad never managed to make a comeback in the match and kept losing wickets.

Aiden Markram stayed patient from one end while the wickets were crumbling from the other end.

Yuzvendra Chahal proved the destructor in the middle phase as picked up three wickets for only 22 runs from his 4 overs.

Washington Sundar played a quick cameo of 40 runs from just 14 deliveries including 5 fours and 2 sixes but the target got out of their reach at that time.

Aiden Markram remained unbeaten till the end, scoring 57 runs from 42 balls.

Sunrisers Hyderabad lost the game by 61 runs.


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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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