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Jadeja’s all-round show puts India on top



It was a marathon knock from the Ravindra Jadeja that helped India to put a mountain to climb for the Sri Lankan batters in the first innings.

India declared their innings on a huge total of 574-8 and they are looking for an innings victory in the 1st Test.

Ashwin scored a half-century and also picked up two crucial wickets as Sri Lanka lost 4 wickets before stumps on day 2.

India     1st innings     574-8

Jadeja 175*( 228)         Lakmal 2-90                                                                                                                                 R. Pant 96 (97)              Fernando 2-135                                                                                                                                                     Vihari 58 (128)              Embuldeniya 2-107     

 Sri Lanka   1st innings    108-4

Karunaratne 28 (71)            Ashwin 2-21                                                                                                                      Nissanka 26*(75)                 Jadeja 1-20                                                                                                             Mathews 22 (39)                 Bumrah 1-30

Sri Lanka played patiently in the start as their openers looked quite solid in the first 18 overs.

Ravichandran Ashwin broke the 48 run opening stand by dismissing the veteran Lahiru Thiramane in the 19th over.

Thiramane was given LBW out after scoring only 17 runs.

Ravindra Jadeja gave the biggest blow to the Sri Lankan side by getting Karunaratne LBW out on 28 runs.

The experienced Angelo Mathews was looking good as he smash a six and a four on his 22 run knock but unfortunately, he also had a short stay at the crease as he was dismissed by Jasprit Bumrah.

Sri Lanka suffered the dismissal of Dhananjaya de Silva just a few overs before stumps. He was also dismissed by Dhananjaya de Silva. 

Earlier, Jadeja and Ashwin started the Innings from 357-6 and both of them continued their partnership to add crucial runs for their side.

Both Jadeja and Ashwin played aggressively right from the start of play on day 2. Ashwin and Jadeja completed their smashed half-centuries in this partnership.

They shared an excellent 130 runs partnership for the 6th wicket. Ashwin got caught out after scoring 61 runs from 82 deliveries including 8 fours. 

After losing the 7th wicket, Jayant Yadav came to the crease but he got out after playing 18 deliveries for his 2 runs. He was dismissed by Vishwa Fernando on the last ball of the 114th over. 

Ravindra Jadeja’s unbelievable performance

Ravindra Jadeja was unstoppable today against the Sri Lankan bowling unit.

He scored his career-best innings of 175 runs not-out and it was very shocking that Rohit Sharma didn’t wait for his maiden double ton and declared the innings.

Jadeja shared some superb partnerships with Pant, Ashwin, and Shami. He smacked 17 fours and 3 sixes in his knock and proved why he is one of the best all-rounders in the world.

He shared an unbeaten 103 runs partnership with Muhammad Shami (who also scored unbeaten 20 runs) for the 9th wicket.

The star all-rounder also dismissed the in-form Sri Lankan opener and skipper Dimuth Karunaratne for only 28 runs. 

Suranga Lakmal picked up 2 wickets for 90 runs in the Indian innings.

Vishwa Fernando and Lasith Embuldeniya also grabbed two wickets each but they were too expensive in their spells. 

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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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