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LPL: Bopara helps Kandy bag first win



The bowlers helped the Kandy Warriors to register their 1st victory in the tournament after 3 straight losses.

Kandy Warriors bowled superbly to restrict the Gladiators strong batting lineup on just 127-7 in the 20 overs. 

Galle Gladiators   20 overs       127-7

K. Mendis 44(34)                    Mendis   3-25                                                                                                                 S. Patel     36(32)                    Vimukthi 2-17

Kandy Warriors    18.4 overs   131-5

Bopara  34*(39)                      S. Patel   2-20                                                                                                      Moores 28(21)                        M. Amir 1-19

Galle Gladiators elected to bat first after winning the toss but they lost their main player Gunathilaka in the second over.

Shiraz Ahmad cleaned him up for just 5 runs.

In the very next over, Nimesh Vimukthi clean bowled Sadeera Samarawickrama for a duck.

Kusal Mendis excels

Kusal Mendis was batting brilliantly but he was not getting enough support from the other end.

Gladiators scored 43 runs with the loss of 2 wickets in the Powerplay. 

Ben Dunk was struggling to hit big shots and in a try to hit a six over mid-wicket on a slow ball, he was caught by Vimukthi who took a brilliant catch while running.

The Gladiators continued to lose wickets in the middle overs and that hurt them badly.

Kusal Mendis scored a superb 44 off 34 balls in a fighting situation. 

After the dismissal of Mendis, the scoring rate became very less and the Gladiators were on 98-6 in 16 overs at one stage of the game.

But Samit Patel rescued his side a little bit and played a crucial and unbeaten knock of 36 runs off just 32 balls.

Samit Patel’s little cameo helped his side to put at least a respectable total on the board.

Gladiators finished their innings on a score of 127-7 giving the Warriors a target of 128 runs to win the game. 

M. Amir gave a wonderful start to the Gladiators by dismissing Tillakaratne Sampath for a golden duck in the first over of the innings.

Charith Asalanka was looking good but he threw away his wicket by getting caught out in a try to hit a shot over midwicket on a delivery that was on a length outside off.

Asalanka scored 21 runs off 19 balls including 3 fours and a six before getting dismissed by Lakshan. 

Kandy Warriors scored 43 runs in the Powerplay but they had also lost 3 wickets in that period.

Kamindu Mendis also failed to score runs with the bat and was dismissed in the 10th over.

The Warriors were  struggling in their chase and were 59-4 at the end of 10 overs. 

But Bopara and Moores played sensibly and scored a much-needed 50 runs partnership for the 5th wicket.

Moores was stumped out on 28 runs in Patel’s over.

Bopara stayed calm till the end and he get his side over the line in the 19th over of the innings.

Bopara remained not out on 34 runs in the end.

With this victory, the Kandy Warriors have opened their account on the points table with 2 crucial points.

On the other hand, Gladiators have won two matches, lost two matches and one of their matches was washed out due to rain.

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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.

Watch the viral video here –

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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