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IPL: Royals vs Gujarat Titans (1st Qualifier)



Gujarat Titans and Rajasthan Royals will lock horns in the 1st Qualifier to confirm a spot in the final of IPL 2022.

This match will be played at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata on 24th May (Tuesday).

Past performances

Gujarat Titans were brilliant in the league stage as they won 10 out of their 14 matches and finished at the top of the points table at the end of the league stage.

Meanwhile, Rajasthan Royals finished the first phase of IPL 2022 at the second spot with 9 wins and 5 losses from 14 games.

The Titans ended their league stage with a defeat against Royal Challengers Bangalore in their previous game.

Batting first, Gujarat  posted 168-5 from their 20 overs. The skipper Hardik Pandya played a superb knock of 62* runs from just 47 balls including 4 fours and 3 sixes.

Later, RCB comfortably chased down the total in the 19th over with 8 wickets in hand.

Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis scored 73 and 44 runs respectively in the must-win game for their side.

On the other hand, Rajasthan Royals won their last game by 24 runs against Lucknow Super Giants.

Rajasthan Royals set a target of 179 runs on the scoreboard for LSG.

Yashasvi Jaiswal and Devdutt Padikkal scored 41 and 39 runs respectively for their side.

In reply, LSG managed to reach only 154-8 from their 20 overs due to an exceptional spell from Trent Boult who picked 2 wickets for just 18 runs from his 4 overs.

Match details

Teams: RR vs GT

Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata

Date: 22nd May, Tuesday

Time: 7:30 pm IST

Head to head record

Gujarat Titans will face the Rajasthan Royals for the second time in IPL history.

Total Matches Played: 0

 RR won: 0

GT won: 1

Tie/no results: 0

Pitch Report

 The pitch at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata pitch is known to support the spin bowlers.

The batters can score easy runs early on but as the match progresses, the spinners will get the maximum benefit from the pitch.

Both teams will like to chase the target in the all-important Qualifier.

GT Probable Playing 11

Wriddhiman Saha, Shubman Gill, Hardik Pandya, Matthew Wade, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Yash Dayal, R Sai Kishore, Alzarri Joseph, Mohammed Shami.

RR Probable Playing 11

Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Riyan Parag, Devdutt Padikkal, Shimron Hetmyer, R Ashwin, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal, Obed McCoy.

Star bowler of the match

Yuzvendra Chahal has been brilliant with the ball throughout this season.

He is the purple-cap holder with 26 wickets from 14 games.

Chahal will be the key bowler on the spin-friendly pitch of Eden Gardens.

Star batsman of the match

Jos Buttler was impressive in the first 7 games of this season with 491 runs but he lost his form in the next 7 as managed to score just 138 runs at an average of just 19.71.

But the right-hander is still the leading run-scorer of the season with 629 runs and he is expected to score big runs in the Qualifier game for Rajasthan.

Star Wicketkeeper of the match

Wriddhiman Saha has played some match-winning knocks for Gujrat Titans this season.

Saha is also quite sharp behind the stumps and he will be the star wicketkeeper in this match.

Star all-rounder of the match

Hardik Pandya has impressed everyone with his batting this season.

The star all-rounder has scored a crucial half-century in the previous game for his side and is expected to shine with both bat and ball in this important match.

Who will win?

Both these sides have a strong lineup and they are aiming to qualify for the final directly while the loser will still have a chance to make it to the final.

Rajasthan has both the orange and purple cap holder of the season in their lineup and they are keen to win their 2nd IPL trophy.

Gujarat Titans have been exceptional and they have all bases covered.

They have also defeated Rajasthan Royals earlier this season. The team combination of GT is also quite better than Rajasthan.

Hence, we predict that Gujarat Titans will beat Rajasthan Royals in the 1st Qualifier of IPL 2022.

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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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