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Eoin Morgan shines as Punjab collapse



Kolkata Knight Riders claimed five-wicket victory over Punjab Kings in Ahmedabad after losing four games in a row in the Indian Premier League 2021.

KKR captain Eoin Morgan announced his return to form with a patient 47 that helped Kolkata claim the 124-run target with 20 balls in hand. 

Rahul Tripathi’s 66-run partnership with Morgan was a crucial moment of the game as the KKR top-order crumbled once again.

Apart from taking a tumbling catch to dismiss Mayank Agarwal, the 30-year-old Tripathi did his best with the bat as well.

At 17/3, the KKR could have collapsed like they did in previous outings if not for Tripathi’s 41 that got the pressure off Kolkata. 

Eventually, he threw his wicket to Deepak Hooda later with the score at 83, but had done his job by then.

Big hitters let Punjab down

Punjab’s plan with the bat is clear as crystal.

KL Rahul and Agarwal score runs patiently to give a solid start to inning for the likes of Chris Gayle and Nicholas Pooran to capitalize with their power-hitting.

However, this factor has been missing this season.

With Gayle and Pooran failing to deliver the goods against KKR, the Kings lacked enough runs on the board to stop even a low-on-confidence team like KKR.

They ended up with a meagre total that allowed the Riders to lift themselves off the bottom of the table.

This might force the PBKS management to replace either Gayle or Pooran with Dawid Malan in the later stages of the tournament.

Tripathi steps up

Rahul Tripathi thrives under pressure.

He loves to score fours with lofted drives over the circle and that makes him an ideal opening candidate.

Tripathi can go ballistic in the power play if he replaces either Shubman Gill or Nitish Rana as an opener.

The Rana-Gill duo has been inconsistent and let the Riders down whenever they needed them to provide a solid opening stand.

Kolkata Knight Riders 126 for 5 (Morgan 47*, Tripathi 41, Henriques 1-5) beat Punjab Kings 123 for 9 (Agarwal 31, Jordan 30, Krishna 3-30, Narine 2-22) by five wickets.

Preview: Delhi Capitals vs. Royal Challengers Bangalore

Royal Challengers Bangalore will be eager to thump Delhi Capitals on Tuesday night to wipe off their loss in the last game against Chennai Super Kings.

Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant’s men will play at the Narendra Modi Stadium for the first time this season.

Probable Playing XI

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli (C), Washington Sundar, AB de Villiers (WK), Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Christian, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammad Siraj, Navdeep Saini.

Delhi Capitals

Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Steve Smith, Rishabh Pant (C & WK), Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra, Lalit Yadav, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan.

Match prediction

Both franchises have been clinical in all departments so far.

They’ve lost only one game this season and a minute difference of net run rate separates them from the first spot in the points table.

Bangalore have won 15 out of 26 games against DC.

Moreover, skipper Virat Kohli has an unbelievable record against the Delhi-based franchise.

He has scored 897 runs, including eight fifties and averages nearly 60 against Pant’s men.

However, DC has a more potent bowling attack. Axar Patel is back in the squad and is capable of taking quick wickets with his top spinners on a pitch, he knows inside out.

His return will compensate for the departure of Ravichandran Ashwin who has decided to take a break from the VIVO IPL 2021 due to Covid.

Considering all factors, our money is still on Bangalore.

With the kind of form Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal are in, RCB are likely to clinch the contest on Tuesday.

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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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