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LPL: Vandersay demolishes Kandy Warriors



Jeffrey Vandersay bowled a brilliant spell of bowling to thrash the Kandy Warriors batting lineup.

Kandy Warriors were dismissed on just 124 runs in 17 overs due to the magnificent bowling performance from the Colombo bowlers.

Colombo Stars      20 overs        182-6

K.Perera     58(38)     Vimukthi     3-24                                                                                                              Chandimal 44(29)     Colombage 1-17                                                                                                          Sliva  40(28)     Al-Amin       1-40

Kandy Warriors    17 overs     124 all-out

Bopara 47(31)            Vandersay  6-24                                                                                                                   Lewis 21(11)               Prasanna    2-27                                                                                                                        Gunaratne 17(17)      Naveen       1-9

Colombo Stars scored a big total of 182 runs on the board thanks to some brilliant batting performances from Kusal Perera, Chandimal, de Silva, and Mathews.

All of them played superbly and helped their side to reach a total of 180 plus. 

Perera and Dhananjaya lay the foundation

It was a bad start by Colombo as they lost Ashan Priyanjan in the first over of the match.

Priyanjan was dismissed on a duck by Vimukthi.

Kusal Perera and Dhananjaya de Silva rescued their side after a bad start and scored an important partnership of 79 runs for the second wicket.

Both of them played aggressive cricket and scored 60 runs in the Powerplay.

Their stand gave a solid base for the upcoming batters to go and hit a big total on the board.

Vimukthi again strikes to dismiss Dhananjaya de Silva in the 9th over of the innings.

D. de Silva scored a brilliant knock of 40 runs off just 28 balls.

The next batter, Tom Banton had a very short stay on the pitch as he was run out on just 2 runs.

Colombage dismissed the dangerous-looking Perera on 58 runs in the 13th over.

Kusal Perera smashed 6 fours and 2 sixes in his knock.

Vimukthi also got the wicket of Kemo Paul on just 1 run to end up his figures on 3-24. 

Chandimal and Mathews stand

The most senior and in-form members of the side, Chamdimal and Mathews batted outstandingly in the death overs and helped their side to reach a good total in the first innings.

They smashed a 53 runs stand for the 6th wicket.

Mathews was dismissed in the last over after scoring 29 runs off just 16 balls(4 fours).

On the other hand, Chandimal remained unbeaten on 44 runs off 29 balls including 3 fours and 2 sixes.

In reply, the Kennar Lewis started aggressively as he smashed 3 sixes in the first 3 overs but Jaffrey Vandersay dismissed both Lewis and Minod Bhanuka in the same over.

After losing both their openers in the span of just 3 deliveries, Bopara and Asalanka built up a small partnership but that didn’t last long as Vandersay dismissed Asalanka to pick up his 3rd wicket of the innings.

Ravi Bopara was clean bowled by Prasanna after scoring 47 runs off 31 balls including 5 fours and 1 six.

Bopara was the only batter who showed some fight as none of the other Kandy batters passed even a 25 run mark and the whole team was dismissed on just 124 runs.

Vandersay’s magic with the ball

Vandersay bowled a superb bowling spell and it was one of the best spells in the LPL history.

Vandersay single-handedly destroyed the opposition’s batting lineup.

He didn’t bowl any loose deliveries to the batters.

Vandersay picked up 6 wickets for just 25 runs in his 4 overs and he was also named as the Player of the Match due to this brilliant performance.

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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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