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IPL: Delhi overcome CSK in tight finish, lead table



Delhi Capitals have outplayed then table-toppers Chennai Super Kings to secure the leaderboard of the Indian Premier League 2021.

Last season’s runner-ups overcame Chennai Super Kings in a last-over thriller.

The game went down to the wire despite a low target set for the Capitals.

DC are now at 20 points. Both teams have already qualified for the playoffs.

Rayudu returns to form

CSK veteran Ambati Rayudu struck an unbeaten 55* to announce his return to form.

This is his first fifty since coming to the UAE for the second leg of the tournament.

The batting innings started on a good note for Dhoni’s men with both Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis hitting the ball crisply until the former Proteas skipper let Axar Patel take his scalp.

In-form Gaikwad also lost his wicket in the fifth over.

With Robin Utthapa and Moeen Ali failing tonight, Rayudu played sensibly and anchored the CSK innings to finish at 136/5. 

Dhawan, Hetmeyer boost Delhi’s hopes early

The Delhi batters went for a defensive approach early on in the inning, but that resulted in dismissal of Prtihvi Shaw.

Shikhar Dhawan played his typical knock for his 39 runs, but Shardul Thakur got the better of him later.

When Shreyas Iyer stepped in, he couldn’t take advantage of the momentum as he fell to Josh Hazlewood.

Delhi captain Rishabh Pant looked in a fine nick, but he fell to Ravindra Jadeja in the ninth over.

At the halfway mark, the Capitals found themselves at 75/3.

At the end, it was Shimron Hetmyer, who’se 28* not out on only 18 balls won Delhi the game. His cameo included a six and four.

Delhi Capitals 139 for 7 (Dhawan 39, Hetmyer 28*, Thakur 2-13) beat Chennai Super Kings 136 for 5 (Rayudu 55, Axar 2-18) by three wickets.

Match preview – RR vs MI

Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians will lock horns at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium tomorrow (Tuesday).

The game will commence at 7:30 pm (India Time).

Probable best performers

Sanju Samson

Rajasthan Royals captain has been consistently registering match-saving knocks for Rajasthan.

The skipper has, however, lacked support from the other end in most occasions.

He has been the backbone of Royals’ batting line-up that has been holding them together like glue in Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes’ absence.

Samson averages 48 this season, with a total score of 480 in 12 games.

Quinton de Kock

The South African keeper has shown glimpses of long innings this IPL, but he has failed to make it big so far.

The former Proteas Test captain is likely to go ballistic in the coming game.

He has been middling the ball quite well in the opening overs.

However, the reigning champions now demand him to bat beyond the powerplay more often.

Match prediction

Mumbai Indians have failed to live up to their hype despite being the current league winners.

Rohit Sharma is out of form and their top gun all-rounders have not shown any eagerness to make an impact this season.

They are coming off a loss as well.

On the flip side, Rajasthan are coming into the Tuesday contest with a win over in-form Chennai Super Kings.

Their bunch will be brimming with confidence and eager to defeat MI to step closer to a playoff berth.

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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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