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PSL: Islamabad lose despite Shadab’s electrifying knock



Shadab Khan played his career-best knock to chase down the total but he didn’t get enough support from the other end.

The Sultans scored 217 runs after batting first thanks to some unbelievable hitting from Tim David and Rilee Rossouw.

Due to their destructive batting, Multan Sultans smashed 93 runs in the last 5 overs. 

Multan Sultans     20 overs     217-5

T. David 71 (29)               Wasim 1-39                                                                                                                      Rossouw 67*(35)             de Lange 1-48

Islamabad United   19.4 overs   197 all-out

Shadab 91 (42)              Khushdil 4-35                                                                                                                         Hales 23 (14)                   Willey 3-38

Multan Sultans maintained their winning streak by completing their fourth successive victory of the season.

Multan has registered 2 wins in two nights and most surprisingly, they have won both of these matches after batting first.

Rizwan was unlucky today as he got run-out on 12 runs only but Shan Masood continued his form and scored another good knock of 43 runs.

Multan started slowly and scored only 43 runs from the powerplay and they were even 73-2 at the end of 10 overs. 

David and Rossouw’s outstanding hitting

Tim David and Rilee Rossouw smashed a superb partnership for the 4th wicket to give Multan Sultans a dream end to their innings.

Both of them dragged the score from 110-3 in 14 overs to 217-5 in 20 overs due to their big hitting.

Tim David was more aggressive than Rossouw in the partnership but Rossouw also opened his arms in the last part of the innings. 

David showed an unbelievable hard-hitting display in the death overs.

He thrashed 71 runs off just 29 balls that included 6 fours and 6 superb sixes.

David and Rossouw shared a brilliant 110 runs stand between them that helped them to put 217 runs on the board.

Rilee Rossouw smashed three sixes in the last over of Hasan Ali. 

Islamabad start strongly

The Islamabad United’s batters came out swinging the bat right from the start, and every one of them kept the momentum going.

The openers, Hales and Stirling started it off with some nice boundaries, Rahmanullah Gurbaz continued it with a four and a six, and Asif Ali also smashed 2 sixes before getting out.

But the real problem was created by Shadab Khan, who was in serious form.

His knock of 91 off 42 kept the chase alive despite continuously losing wickets at the other end.

In the end, Islamabad finished 20 runs short of the target

Shadab Khan’s fighting knock in stats

Shadab scored his career-best score of 91 runs today.

He smashed 5 fours and 9 sixes in his knock which is also the most number of sixes hit by an Islamabad United batter.

He got caught out on the 3rd ball after smashing a four and a six on the first 2 balls of the 19th over.

Khushdil’s 4 wicket haul

Khushdil Shah was once again the star with the ball for Multan Sultans as he picked up 4 wickets today.

Khushdil took his career-best 3 wickets in last night’s match and today he achieved his new career-best figures by picking up 4 wickets.

He has also become the highest wicket of this season so far. 

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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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