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CPL 2021: Patriots down Warriors



St Kitts and Nevis Patriots defeated the Guyana Amazon Warriors in the fifth game of the Caribbean Premier League 2021.

The showdown was held on Saturday in Basseterre.

Warriors were restricted to only 146 runs.

The chase was a walk in the park for the Patriots as the target was achieved with only two wickets down and seven balls in hand.

Lewis powers Patriots to win

Evin Lewis once again delivered the goods when his team needed the most.

The hard-hitting batsman has proved his worth time and again in franchise cricket. This time, in another CPL clash, where his fiery fifty paved the way for Patriot’s victory.

Lewis amassed 62 runs off only 39 balls in a low-scoring contest. He reached his fifty in only 35 balls.

The Caribbean player struck four fours and five massive sixes to take the game away from the Amazon Warriors and set the tone for the next betters to come after him.

Veteran spinner Imran Tahir dismissed him at the end, but the damage had already been done by then.

Drakes picks three scalps

Dominic Drakes dismissed Odean Smith, Shoaib Malik and Imran Tahir in the game.

His three wickets gave the Patriots an edge over the opponents. The 23-year-old cricketing prodigy bowled in the right channels throughout the game which resulted in a low economy as well.

He leaked only 26 runs in his quota of four overs, including 11 dot balls.

Australia leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed also chipped in to further dismantle the Warriors’ batting line-up.

He picked two wickets for 33 runs in his quota.

The Fawad-Drakes duo was monumental for the Patriots in this game as their five wickets combined never let the Amazon batters settle for long on the wicket.

Thomas – the underrated star

Devin Thomas played a slow, yet crucial knock to ensure that his side crosses the line.

His 55* off 54 may have come at a lower strike rate, but the player handled the situation smartly in the second innings.

He struck seven fours and a six, and remained unbeaten till the end.

While his opening partner Evin Lewis was striking the ball all around the park, Thomas was happy rotating the strikes and only punishing bad balls.

Bravo credits bowlers for win

Patriots captain Dwayne Bravo was quick to acknowledge how well his bowling unit performed against the Warriors.

“Very happy, a great team effort. Guyana is one of the better teams in the tournament, so I give credit to my bowling group to restrict a very experienced batting line-up. That’s all we ask as a team, just have that hunger,” Bravo said in the post-match interview.

The veteran franchise cricketer explained how the tricky pitch could be handled the best.

“It is a wicket that offers something for both spin and pace. And if you bat properly and apply yourself you can make runs too, it’s a small ground.”

“As long as you play the game smart, you’ll get the results. The way they batted in the first six, they literally batted Guyana out of the game.”

St Kitts & Nevis Patriots 147 for 2 (Lewis 62, Thomas 55*) beat Guyana Amazon Warriors 146 for 8 (Hemraj 39, Hafeez 38*, Drakes 3-26, Fawad 2-33) by 8 wickets.

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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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