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IPL: Shami and Tewatia help Gujarat win on debut



Mohammed Shami was the star for Gujarat as he destroyed the top order of Lucknow Super Giants with the new ball.

Rahul Tewatia’s brilliant knock with the bat sealed the victory for the Gujarat Titans in their 1st ever IPL game.

LSG       20 overs      158-6

Hooda 55 (41)             Shami 3-20                                                                                                                              Badoni 54 (41)            Aaron 2-45

GT      19.4 overs      161-5

Tewatia 40*(24)            Chameera 2-22                                                                                                                                Hardik 33 (28)                Krunal 1-17

Shami was relentless at the start

Mohammed Shami was outstanding with the new ball against Lucknow Super Giants.

Shami rattled the batting lineup of Lucknow dismissing their skipper and key batter KL Rahul on the very first ball of the match as he got caught behind for a golden duck.

In his second over, Shami get rid of the second opener de Kock, he bowled him out on 7 runs.

Shami didn’t stop here and in his third straight over he bowled out Manish Pandey for only 6 runs.

Varun Aaron supported the relentless Shami with the new ball.

Aaron also picked up an important wicket of the dangerous Evin Lewis in the 4th over of the innings.

Lucknow lost 4 wickets within the powerplay and they were struggling on 32-4 at the end of the powerplay.

Lucknow Super Giants had a horrible first 10 overs in their debut IPL game as they managed to score only 47 runs with the loss of 4 wickets.

An excellent stand between Hooda and Badoni 

After losing some early wickets, Deepak Hooda and the youngster Ayush Badoni rebuilt the innings.

They started slowly but shifted their gears after getting set on the crease.

Both of them scored excellent half-centuries that helped Lucknow to put a decent score on the board.

Deepak Hooda scored 55 runs off 41 deliveries including 2 sixes and 6 fours while Ayush Badoni smashed 54 off 41 balls including 4 fours and 3 sixes.

These two shared 87 runs for the 5th wicket as LSG managed to post 158 runs on the board in their 20 overs.

A bright start from Chameera

There was also not an ideal start to the Gujarat Titans chase as they lost a couple of early wickets.

The Sri Lankan pacer Chameera get rid of Shubman Gill for a duck in his very first over while in his second over Chameera bowled out Vijay Shankar for only 4 runs and Gujarat was struggling on 15-2.

Crucial knocks from Hardik and Wade

The skipper Hardik Pandya joined the opener Mathew Wade to save his side.

Pandya smashed 5 fours and a six in his knock.

Both Pandya and  Wade scored 30 plus runs but they failed to convert their good starts into match-winning knocks as both of them got out in successive overs to leave their side under pressure on 78-4.

The finishing touch

The two finishers of Gujarat Titans David Miller and Rahul Tewatia showed their power-hitting in the final overs to win the game for their side.

Miller smacked 2 sixes and a four before getting out for an impactful  30 runs.

On the other hand, Raul Tewatia remained unbeaten on 40 runs off just 24 deliveries.

He thrashed 5 fours and 2 sixes in his match-winning inning.

Gujarat chased down the target with 2 balls to spare and registered their 1st ever victory in IPL history.





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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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