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Klassen destroys India in 2nd T20



South Africa thrashed India by four wickets in a one-sided match on Sunday to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.

This loss underlined the continued dominance of SA over India.

From the Test at the beginning of the year to the last T20 against South Africa, the Indian team has lost to the Proteas seven times.

Bhuvi shines for India

Chasing 149, South Africa lost three early wickets thanks to Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s brilliant opening spell.

Kumar claimed three wickets in the Powerplay, pushing South Africa back in the very first over when he clean bowled Reeza Hendricks.

His next victim was Dwaine Pretorius who was sent as a pinch-hitter.

Knowing that Pretorius was looking to hit him off his lengths, Kumar pulled it back and utilised a change of pace to have the allrounder caught on the deep mid-wicket boundary.

Next, Kumar clean bowled South Africa’s Delhi hero Rassie van der Dussen with the penultimate ball of the Powerplay, to hav them reeling at 29 for 3.

Thus Bhuvi became India’s third-highest T20I wicket-taker, four behind Jasprit Bumrah and six behind Yuzvendra Chahal.

However, Klaasen and Temba Bavuma (35) steadied South Africa.

Klassen shows his class

South Africa’s fourth-wicket pair of Temba Bavuma and Klaasen took the chase by the scruff of the neck and scored 64 runs in 41 balls between them.

When Bavuma fell to Yuzvendra Chahal, Klaasen went on the offensive and registered his highest score in T20Is.

Klaasen smashed 7 boundaries and five sixes as he took a special liking to the Indian spinners.

He showed his class with a glorious innings of 81 runs that came off just 46 balls.

Interestingly, Klaasen was brought into the XI as the wicket-keeping replacement for de Kock but proved himself as a worthy batter too.

He was eventually dismissed by Harshal Patel.

Next Wayne Parnell fell to Bhuvi who returned excellent figures of 4/13 but by then, South Africa had the match in the bag.

David Miller, who was so crucial in their win in the 1st T20I, hit the winning runs with more than an over left.

Indian batters disappoint

Earlier, some brilliant bowling helped the Proteas restrict India to 148/6.

Shreyas Iyer top-scored for India with 40, while Ishan Kishan scored a 21-ball 34.

India were set for an even lower score, but Dinesh Karthik’s flourish at the death saw them add some respectability to the scorecard.

The veteran batter finished unbeaten on 30 off 21.

India has a problem

India looks like a collection of 11 talented individuals but are not gelling as a team.

Rishabh Pant’s captaincy has been unimpressive and lacking in imagination.

One of the problems could be – there are too many captains in the team.

Pandya captained Gujarat Titans and Shreyas Iyer skippered KKR.

Wonder, if there are too many cooks spoiling the broth and Pant is struggling to impose his authority.

If India has to bounce back, they need to play as a collective unit.

India: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (capt & wk), Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal

South Africa: Reeza Hendricks, Temba Bavuma (capt), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen (wk), Dwaine Pretorius, Wayne Parnell, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi

South Africa 149 for 6 (Klaasen 81, Bavuma 35, Bhuvneshwar 4-13) beat India 148 for 6 (Shreyas 40, Karthik 30*, Nortje 2-36) by six wickets

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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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