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Our Prediction: Kiwis will win 2nd Test



England and New Zealand clash in the second Test at Trent Bridge in Nottingham from today.

England got off to a good start under Ben Stokes winning the first Test at Lord’s and are leading the series 1-0. 

The victory was made possible thanks to some brilliant bowling and the class of Joe Root.

Root created history by becaming the second Englishman to reach 10,000 Test runs.

In the process, he led England to the third-highest successful run chase ever at Lord’s.

It was England’s first Test win against New Zealand ins six attempts.

Team News

Kane Williamson has also been ruled out after testing positive for COVID-19.

Hence Tom Latham will lead the team.

All-rounder Colin de Grandhomme is out of the series with a heel injury.

In his place, Hamish Rutherford, plays for Leicestershire, could come in to open.

The seasoned Henry Nicholls is set to return to the side.

England will probably go in with an unchanged XI for the second Test.

Jack Leech has been declared fit and will be available to play after completing the seven-day concussion recovery period.

Head-to-Head Test Record

Overall – 108

ENG Won – 49 

NZ Won – 12 

Draw – 47

Trent Bridge Pitch report

Bright weather is predicted through the week.

The captain winning the toss might bowl first as the pitch has a green tinge to it.

The pitch might ease in the latter half of the Test so batting will become much easier.

The average first innings score here in the past five Tests is 273.

Trent Bridge is the pitch where Australia got all out for 60 in 2015.

So, it’s a place where pace bowlers always fancy their chances.

Current form

England is riding high based on their outstanding performance in the 1st Test.
The addition of Brendon McCullum has added a new energy to the side.
Their bowlers are in top form.
Debutant Matthew Potts took 4-13 and James Anderson 4-66 in the first innings as NZ collapsed for 132 all out.
England replied with 141 runs.
However, New Zealand scored only 285 in the 2nd innings, leaving England a target of 277.
Joe Root was the man of the hour for the English side. He scored 115 not out while Ben Stoked supported with 54, leaving England victors by five wickets.

Expected key players for the match

Kyle Jamieson is a real danger man for England.

He has taken 16 wickets in three Tests in England at an average of 17.06.

He triggered  England’s remarkable collapse on day one at Lord’s.

Devon Conway will also play a vital role.

He was batting quite well in the second innings at Lord’s before getting out.

Devon has a spectacular record against England, having scored 306 runs in two Tests last year.

For England, Joe Root and Ben Stokes are expected to shine with the bat and Stuart Broad with the ball.

New Zealand: 1. Tom Latham (c), 2. Hamish Rutherford, 3. Will Young, 4. Devon Conway, 5. Henry Nicholls, 6. Daryl Mitchell, 7. Tom Blundell (wk), 8. Kyle Jamieson, 9. Tim Southee, 10. Matt Henry/Neil Wagner/Ajaz Patel, 11. Trent Boult

England: 1. Alex Lees, 2. Zak Crawley, 3. Ollie Pope, 4. Joe Root, 5. Jonny Bairstow, 6. Ben Stokes (c), 7. Ben Foakes (wk), 8. Matthew Potts 9. Jack Leach, 10. Stuart Broad, 11. James Anderson

Who will win?

New Zealand were 270 for 4 wickets when reports last came in.

This puts NZ in a strong situation.

New Zealand has a potent seam attack comprising Boult, Jamieson and Southee who can wreak havoc in English conditions.

NZ is also the World Champion in Test cricket and we expect them to come back strongly in this Test.

Our Prediction is a draw or a win for New Zealand in the second Test.

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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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