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IPL: Kartik Tyagi’s last over derails Punjab



KL Rahul couldn’t believe what happened tonight and neither could we!

Punjab Kings faced a bad case of chase gone wrong at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium when Rajasthan Royals clinched a win from the jaws of defeat.

Mustafizur Rehman and Kartik Tyagi’s death-over bowling saved the day for the Royals.

With four needed in the last over and eight wickets in Punjab’s hand, Tyagi conceded only one run to stop the Kings batter from reaching the 186-run target.

The 20-year-old dismissed in-form Nicholas Pooran and hard-hitter Deepak Hooda in a matter of three deliveries to change the game.

The WASP had a 100% prediction in the Kings favour, but Tyagi had other plans that took the Kings by surprise.

Jasprit Bumrah, the Mumbai Indian pace spearhead and death-over specialist, was also in awe of Tyagi’s final over.

He took it to Twitter to hail the youngster who showed nerves of steel.

Jaiswal impresses again

Speaking of a youngster, there seems to be another Indian star in the making.

Yashasvi Jaiswal scored 49 off 36 to give the Royals a solid foundation in the powerplay.

His partnership with Evin Lewis allowed Rajasthan to go for a big total.

Jaiswal, 19, has had limited games handed to him since RR are brimming with batting juggernauts.

The absence of Jos Buttler at the top allowed him to showcase his case again.

So far, he has been making a solid case for a permanent spot in the team, putting up a chunk of runs whenever he’s handed the opportunity to open the innings.

His development from a naïve U19 star to a well-rounded T20 opener in the Royals camp showcases how well India grooms their young prodigies.

Lomror makes his mark

Mahipal Lomror, 21, provided with the boost that Royals had been looking for at the death.

His 17-ball 43 propelled the Royals to 185.

Had it not been for the 21-year-old’s knock, Sanju Samson’s men would not have crossed the 150-mark.

Agarwal makes a much-needed return

Although, the Kings suffered an unwelcoming loss, but Mayank Agerwal’s sensational return to form is something the Punjab fans will cherish.

For years, Agerwal and captain KL Rahul have sizzled at the top and let their bats talk.

While Rahul maintained his run flow, Agarwal fell behind this season. However, his 67 off 43 against Royals has revived his form.

With Chris Gayle losing his touch, he needs to pile up quick runs with Rahul to let the middle order make full use of the second quarter.

He’s a sweet timer of the white ball, but his inconsistent scores have often hurt the Kings with the bat.

If he carries his form into the next games, thumping Rahul’s men won’t be an easy task.

Arshdeep’s fifer goes in vain

Arshdeep Singh registered his first IPL five-wicket haul to show how a fast bowler can excel on flat tracks if he bowls in the right channels.

But seeing his fifer go in vain doesn’t sit well with cricket fans.

The left-arm 21-year-old pacer dismissed Lewis, Liam Livingstone, Lomror, Chris Morris and Chetan Sakariya.

Rajasthan Royals 185 (Jaiswal 49, Lomror 43, Arshdeep 5-32, Shami 3-21) beat Punjab Kings 183 for 4 (Agarwal 67, Rahul 49, Tyagi 2-29, Tewatia 1-23) by two runs.

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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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