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IPL: Sunrisers near early exit after PBKS loss



Jason Holder put on a fiery show with his all-round performance, but lack of support saw Sunrisers Hyderabad slump to another defeat.

Punjab Kings survived a low-scoring thriller to win the contest by five runs.

After setting up a meagre target of 126, the game looked like it’s up for grabs for SRH.

But an early collapse meant another failed run chase for Kane Williamson’s men.

As a result, SRH ended up for 121/7.

Form slump continues for Williamson, Warner

Williamson and David Warner are some of the best white-ball players in the world.

However, both have failed to register a single match-winning knock in this campaign.

They have been returning to hut in single figures, exposing the rest of the batting line-up.

Jonny Bairstow’s departure has hurt Hyderabad as well.

The Englishmen was performing well as an opener, but he decided not to participate in the UAE-leg of the season.

Holder bags MOTM

Jason Holder carried on his CPL form into IPL.

The Caribbean star was awarded Man of the Match despite playing a hand in the losing cause.

First, he picked three wickets to stop the Kings from reaching a big total.

He then spanked PBKS bowlers all over the park, remaining unbeaten at 47*.

The former West Indies skipper gave one of his best IPL performances, but middle-order’s failure meant that his lone theatrics weren’t enough to seal the deal for Hyderabad.

Even PBKS skipper KL Rahul lauded Holder for his performance. “Holder played a phenomenal inning,” he said in the post-match interview.

“He picked up two wickets in an over to get me and Mayank. He came and batted really well… There was no pace on the pitch.”

Punjab Kings 125 for 7 (Markram 27, Holder 3-19) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 120 for 7 (Holder 46*, Bishnoi 3-24, Shami 2-14) by five runs.

Match preview – CSK vs KKR

Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings will meet in the 38th match of the Indian Premier League on Saturday.

The Sheikh Zayed Stadium will host the game that kicks off 3:30 pm (India Time).

Probable MOTM winner

Ravi Jadeja

Jadeja is arguable at the peak of his career, bowling brilliantly and providing Chennai with late fiery knocks with the bat.

The CSK veteran can be seen all over the field when he plays. Apart from his fielding displays, Jadeja can’t help but remain in the limelight for his all-round contributions.

Getting rid of him as early as KKR can be on Eoin Morgan’s agenda.

Match prediction

Chennai Super Kings are placed second at the IPL 2021 points table.

They have won seven games and lost just twice.

The way they have turned the tables on every team this season goes to show how brilliantly Mahendra Singh Dhoni has handled their downfall in 2020.

They have got 14 points in the bag already and flaunt the best net run rate in the table.

CSK have almost booked a spot in the playoffs, but beating Kolkata would be the cherry on the top.

Kolkata have been rising to the ranks steadily, winning both of their last two games.

But they don’t seem to have the flow that CSK have.

Hence, Dhoni and co should win the Saturday showdown with ease.

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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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