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Magnificent Babar and Rizwan save Pakistan



Babar Azam played a master-class knock to help Pakistan draw the Test match and keep the historic series level.

Mohammed Rizwan kept fighting against the  Australian bowlers in the final overs and remained unbeaten after completing his outstanding century.

Pakistan almost chased the total down as they fell only 63 runs short to create history in Test match cricket.

Australia   1st innings   556-9 Dec

Khawaja 160            Faheem 2-55                                                                                                                                        Carey 93                   Sajid 2-167

Pakistan   1st innings   148 all-out

Babar 36              Starc 3-29                                                                                                                                        Nauman 20*       Swepson 2-32

Australia    2nd innings   97-2   

Labuschagne 44          Shaheen 1-21                                                                                                               Khawaja 44                  Hasan 1-23

Pakistan 2nd innings   443-7

Babar 196               Lyon 4-112                                                                                                                                    Rizwan 104*           Cummins 2-75

Pakistan was very close to creating history today as if they had just played a little bit quicker in the second session, they could have broken the West Indies record for the highest chase in Test cricket which was 418 runs.

Still, it was an unbelievable effort from the Pakistani batters to play 2 complete days and save the Test match.

Babar led the batting lineup with his excellent knock and he was more than well-supported by Abdullah Shafique and Muhammad Rizwan.

Abdullah got out in the 90s

The young Abdullah Shafique played superbly yesterday and he also continued his excellent knock today but he got under pressure in the 90s.

Although Babar tried to calm him down between the balls but he failed to handle the pressure and played a wrong shot that cost him his wicket and also his second century of the series.

Abdullah edged the ball that was away from him and lost his wicket on 96 runs.

Fawad Alam never looked comfortable in his short stay of 27 deliveries.

Pat Cummins dismissed him for 9 runs to give a huge dent to the Pakistani batting lineup before Tea.

Rizwan and Babar played aggressive cricket at the start of the third session and everyone thought Pakistan is going for a win but the spinners stopped the scoring rate to make the equation tougher.

When less than 14 overs were remaining, Babar lost his wicket for 196 runs and he will have to wait more for his first double ton in the longest format.

Pakistan was going well with Rizwan and Babar looking comfortable at the crease but suddenly Nathan Lyon changed the momentum of the game by picking up 2 wickets in 2 balls.

He first picked up Babar Azam for 196 and on the very next ball, he dismissed Faheem Ashraf for a duck.

These two quick wickets revived Aussie hopes as they become more keen and confident to win the match.

Lyon then dismissed Sajid Khan to leave Pakistan 7 down for 443 runs.

Rizwan and Nauman played patiently to negotiate the final overs.

Babar’s record-breaking 196

Babar played an outstanding knock that will be remembered for many years.

He stood patient at the crease due 2 long days and had good partnerships with Abdullah and Rizwan.

Unfortunately, Babar couldn’t complete his double hundred but he created a record for the biggest 4th innings knock by a captain in Tests.

Mohammad Rizwan also played a fighting knock after quick dismissals of Babar and Faheem.

The wicketkeeper-batsman ensured that he will stay calm under pressure until Pakistan will draw this match.

Rizwan scored a fighting century and remained unbeaten on 104 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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