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IPL: Shreyas is back, SRH is almost out



Thanks to the timely contributions of Shreyas Iyer and captain Rishabh Pant, Delhi Capitals chased down the mediocre 135-run target with eight wickets to spare against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Anrich Nortje bagged the Man of the Match award on his first IPL game this year.

He marked his return with 2/12 in four overs.

Hyderabad are now on the verge of elimination after registering another loss at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

It seems like fortune hasn’t changed for them despite the venues and captain being changed.

Bizarre run continues for SRH

At first, SRH put David Warner in charge.

Kane Williamson took the reins from the Australian, but not much has changed for SRH in terms of match outcome.

They are still losing out on competitions without giving any fight.

Warner’s duck in three balls meant that the Hyderabad batters didn’t get the dream start that they were looking for.

Williamson too lamented on SRH’s ugly start of the powerplay. “Didn’t get off to the start we would have liked. Some good fighting with the bat at the end; some 25 or 30 short in the end,” he said in the post-match interview.

Pant-Iyer duo overcomes Hyderabad bowlers

Former captain and the incumbent skipper made sure they get their team over the line comfortably.

Shreyas Iyer (47*) made the batting on Sheikh Zayed track seem too easy while Rishabh Pant (35*) put on a masterclass as well.

Once Shikhar Dhawan departed after a well-made 42, the Iyer-Pant duo steadied Delhi’s ship.

Pant never let the Hyderabad bowlers settle. 

He kept the bowling line in check with his unorthodox hits.

Pant in full flow

Delhi Capitals 139 for 2 (Iyer 47*, Dhawan 42, Pant 35*) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 134 for 9 (Samad 28, Rashid 22, Rabada 3-37, Nortje 2-12) by eight wickets.

Match preview – MI vs KKR

Defending IPL champions Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders will clash in a much anticipated match on Thursday night at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

Probable big performers

Andre Russell

Russell Muscle is in dream form.

The Caribbean star was instrumental in Kolkata’s win over Royal Challengers Bangalore on Monday.

He has been consistently performing with the bat and ball.

Hence, ruling him out for big performances will be a blunder.

MI will have to weave a plan against the all-rounder to stop him from wreaking havoc tomorrow.

Kieron Pollard

Pollard has been a proven match-winner for the Indians.

He failed to make an impact in the last game, but the Caribbean all-rounder’s ability to hit sixes for fun makes him a threat for the KKR.

However, he seemed overwhelmed with the burden in the last clash against CSK where skipper Rohit Sharma was rested.

The skipper’s absence meant additional pressure on the senior star as the top-order did not turn up with a big performance.

Match prediction

Mumbai Indians have our vote for the winners tomorrow despite coming off a loss.

Sharma’s men have shown resilience over the last decade.

MI have bounced back whenever they have been cornered, something that helped them win the title last year.

While KKR seem to have gotten back to winning ways with exceptional bowling display, MI have the players who can turn the game around in a jiffy.

Hence, MI are likely to triumph on Thursday night.

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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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