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Savage attack on KKR by Maxwell and de Villiers



RCB maintained their unbeaten run, registering their third win of the campaign in Match 10, at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.

Chasing a target of 205 runs, KKR ended their chase at 166 for eight in 20 overs, leaving RCB victors by 38 runs.

Even before the tournament began, the KKR batting line-up was thought to be highly suspect.

Over-reliance on ageing veterans like Karthik. and Russell and lack of back-up options for Shubman Gill were the main chinks in their armour.

The match with RCB underlined these deficiencies yet again as none of the batsmen really got going.

The law of averages caught up with Nitish Rana as he fell for just 18.

Shubman Gill looked like a man in a hurry.

He started aggressively by smashing Mohammed Siraj to the cover boundary and then blasted Jamieson for a four and two sixes in four balls to reach 21 off just eight balls.

However, he was a victim of poor shot selection as he tried to drive Jamieson without being fully in control and holed out to Christian at mid-on.

Eoin Morgan (29), Shakib Al Hasan (26) and Andre Russell (31) all started well but couldn’t make it count.

Dinesh Karthik’s batting flop show continued as he was leg before to Chahal for just 2.

Kyle Jamieson was in good form for RCB, taking three wickets.

However, the most influential spell for RCB was bowled by Harshal Patel.

More than his figures of 2/17, this performance confirmed that Bangalore have got themselves a death-over specialist. 

Amazingly, Patel also did not concede a single boundary in his four overs.

What’s more, he has been the most economical bowler in the tournament (5.75). 

Moreover, he also leads the dismissals tally with nine wickets.

Washington Sundar bagged the sole wicket of Rahul Tripathi.

RCB lose wickets in the beginning

Batting first, RCB had a shaky start, losing captain Virat Kohli in the early stages, followed by Rajat Patidar.

Varun Chakravarthy bagged both the wickets.

Glenn Maxwell, coming in at No. 4 stabilised the innings and had good partnerships with Devdutt Padikkal and AB de Villiers.

In the process, the Australian all-rounder slammed 78 runs off 49 balls with 9 fours and 3 sixes.

It was an explosive innings by a batsman in red-hot form but it paled in comparison with the performance of 37-year old AB de Villiers.

De Villiers put the KKR attack to the sword, with an unbeaten knock of 76 runs off 34 balls, studded with nine fours and three sixes.

In the last over, de Villiers mauled Andre Russell, hitting him for 21 runs.

With Kyle Jamieson chipping in with 11 off 4, RCB managed to score 56 in their last three overs, finishing with an imposing 204 for 4.

Andre Russell had an economy rate of 19, his 2 overs costing 38 runs.

Prasidh Krishna and Pat Cummins also managed one wicket each.

Royal Challengers Bangalore 204 for 4 (Maxwell 78, de Villiers 76*, Chakravarthy 2-39) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 166 for 8 (Russell 31, Jamieson 3-41, Harshal 2-17, Chahal 2-34) by 38 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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