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CPL 2021: Patriots win fifth consecutive match



St Kitts and Nevis Patriots marched on to take another victory in the 14th match of the Caribbean Premier League 2021.

Dwayne Bravo’s men beat Barbados Royals in a last-ball thriller in Basseterre.

The 161-run target set by the Royals seemed just enough until Cottrell changed the game.

Cottrell delivers with the bat

Sheldon Cottrell is usually known for his stunning opening spells in white-ball cricket, but the West Indian won his team the game today with the bat.

His fiery 20 runs off merely 7 balls were enough to take the Pats home on the very last ball.

With four runs needed off the final delivery, Cottrell drilled the ball into the stands for a six.

In the post-game interview, the 32-year-old revealed how he was able to keep his nerves calm in the death overs.

“As a bowler, we don’t bat much. So whenever we go out in the middle we just enjoy our batting. There is no pressure like a batsman,” Cottrell said after being declared the Man of the Match.

“I have had experience in those types of situations and knew what I was getting into. This is the first game that my knees have given me a chance to be myself and I was able to put full effort in the field (referring to his one-handed catch).”

Not to forget that the Sergeant did an excellent job with the ball as well.

Picking one wicket in his three overs, Cottrell conceded 17 runs only at an economy of 5.7.

Bravo cripples Royals’ momentum

Dwayne Bravo was the star of the show with the ball.

The Patriots captain picked a whopping 4 wickets to pause the Royals’ attack in the first innings.

Just when the Royals seemed to be playing well under the tricky situation, Bravo stepped up with the ball and chipped a wicket to break small partnerships.

The veteran T20 campaigner dismissed Smit Patel, Glenn Phillips, Raymon Reifer and Nyeem Young.

His variations kept the Barbados batters in check and held them before they could smash another 15 to 20 runs at the end.

The Pats skipper seemed elated with the win. “Happy with five from five. Games like these make us believe. Another great team effort. This is a ground you can chase and credit to the team,” he said.

Speaking about promoting Fabian Allen up the batting order at No.4, Bravo said: “At that time we wanted to keep a left-right combination and the team planning is to have Sherfane and Fabian with 7-8 overs left, but it didn’t work out today.”

The unsung heroes

Chris Gayle’s patient knock of 42 runs was crucial to Patriot’s chase as well.

He withstood the pitch conditions and pace cartel of the Royals to set a solid foundation for the hosts.

Jake Lintott got the better of the universe boss, but the veteran power-hitter had done the damage by then.

Similarly, Smit Patel’s contribution could not be ignored.

He ended up with the losing side, but the right-handed batsman registered a gritty fifty. His 48-ball 54 gave Barbados a solid chance to go for a big total.

St Kitts and Nevis Patriots 163 for 8 (Gayle 42, Young 3-26) beat Barbados Royals 160 for 8 (Patel 54, Bravo 4-26) by two wickets.

The table as it stands now.

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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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