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Nitish Rana powers KKR to victory



In the 3rd match of IPL 2021, Kolkata Knight Riders were up against the Sunrises Hyderabad.

In a keenly contested match, KKR won the match by 10 runs after posting a score of 187. 

SRH won the toss and decided to bowl first.

Things looked favourable for David Warner’s side due to the home conditions.

Kolkata had a decent start but they soon lost young star Shubman Gill who was bowled by Rashid Khan for 15 off 13 balls.

That’s when the KKR innings picked up steam.

Nitish Rana and Rahul Tripathi got the better of bowlers. They both made half centuries with a superb partnership of 93 runs. This took KKR to 145-1 in 15 overs. 

Nitish Rana made a brilliant 80 runs with 4 sixes and 9 fours in just 56 balls.

Rahul Tripathi too scored a fantastic half century.

However, big names like Morgan and Russell failed to come good on a slow and difficult batting pitch.

Thankfully, Dinesh Karthik smashed 22 runs off 9 balls that took the former champions to 187-6 in their 20 overs.

The SRH bowlers made a nice comeback in the last few overs and managed to restrict KKR to under 200.

Afghanistan duo Nabi and Rashid Khan got 2 wickets each in their four overs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Natarajan took 1 wicket each. 

SRH top order fails

The home sided needed to chase the target of 188 against the world class KKR bowling attack.

Captain Warner got a lifeline after he was dropped on Harbhajan Singh’s bowling.

However, he failed to make the most of it. Things went terribly wrong when Sunrisers Hyderabad lost their openers cheaply.

Warner left the crease after scoring only 3 runs and Saha scored 7 runs with 1 six.

Suddenly, Hyderabad was down 10 for 2 in the first 2 overs. 

Then, the English sensation Jonny Bairstow and Young Manish Pandey played brilliantly.

Both scored half centuries and the required run rate started to come down. Pandey made an unbeaten 61 off 44 balls with 3 sixes and 2 fours.

Jonny Bairstow made 55 off 40 balls with 5 fours and 3 sixes.

At this point, SRH was on top and they were the favorites to win.

However, KKR bowlers stood up when it mattered. The slide started when Pat Cummins got rid of Bairstow in the 12th over. 

Mohammad Nabi managed to score only 14 runs with 2 fours.

Prasidh Krishna took 2 wickets in his 4 overs.

Pat Cummins, Shakib Al Hasan and Andre Russell all took 1 wicket each in their 4 overs.

In the end, KKR won the match with 10 runs and made a winning start to their 2021 IPL edition. 


Kolkata Knight Riders 187 for 6 (Rana 80, Tripathi 53, Rashid 2-24) defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad 177 for 5 (Pandey 61*, Bairstow 55, Krishna 2-35) by 10 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.

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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