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PSL: Easy win for Islamabad over Quetta



Shadab stole the show with a 5-for before Munro, Azam and Stirling dispatched the ball all around the ground to put 229 runs on the board.

Islamabad won by 43 runs as Queeta was bowled out on 186 runs.

Shahid Afridi had a horrible return to the side as he failed badly both with the bat and bowl. 

Islamabad United      20 overs      229-4

Munro 72*(39)              Nawaz 2-32                                                                                                                                 Azam 65 (35)                  Faulkner 1-45                                                                                                                          Stirling 58 (28)               Afridi 1-67

Quetta Gladiators     19.3 overs    186 all-out 

Ahsan 50 (27)                  Shadab 5-28                                                                                                                            Nawaz 47 (22)                 Wasim 2-27                                                                                                                                  Faulkner 30*(14)             Hasan 2-50

Islamabad United put a huge total of 229-4 on the board after batting first on the invitation of Quetta Gladiators.

It was a destructive batting performance from the Islamabad batters.

Stirling, Munro, and Azam scored superb and quick half-centuries.

M. Nawaz picked up 2 wickets and he was also the most economical bowler for Queeta Gladiators. 

Quetta never looked consistent in their chase as they keep losing wickets at regular intervals.

The in-form opener, Ahsan Ali gave Quetta a little hope by scoring his 3rd half-century of the tournament but 230 was like a mountain to climb.

After losing 7 wickets on 110 runs, Nawaz and Faulkner played some brilliant cameos to lessen the losing margin for Quetta.

Nawaz scored 47 off 22 while Faulkner remained not out on 30 runs as Quetta was bowled out on 186 runs.

The Fiery start from Islamabad United

Islamabad United played aggressive cricket which they are known for right from the start of their innings.

Due to the destructive batting from the openers, Islamabad reached their half-century within their first 4 overs.

Alex Hales was caught at mid-on on the last ball of the 4th over after scoring 22 off just 9 balls.

 Paul Stirling played another brilliant knock to give his side a quick start.

He thrashed 58 runs off just 28 balls that helped Islamabad to score 81 runs from the powerplay.

Stirling smashed 3 sixes and 7 fours in his second half-century of the season. 

Munro and Azam Khan’s destructive partnership 

Colin Munro and Azam Khan shared a magnificent 93 runs stand after losing Stirling and Shadab in quick succession.

Munro was playing his first game of the season but he looked a million dollars as he smashed an unbeaten 72 runs off just 39 deliveries including 3 fours and 5 sixes. 

The big man Azam Khan was more aggressive in the last part of the innings.

The right-handed batter scored 65 runs off just 35 balls.

He smashed 2 fours and 6 sixes including a huge six of 107 meters.

Later, he was bowled out by Shahid Afridi after smashing 3 sixes against him in the last over.  

Shadab’s excellent 5-wicket haul 

Shadab failed with the bat today but he was excellent with the bowl as he picked up a superb five-wicket haul.

Shadab bowled superbly against the opposition batters who were looking to score at a quick rate.

The leggie claimed a match-winning spell of 5-28 in his 4 overs to vanquish Quetta’s hopes of winning the match. 

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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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