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PSL: Islamabad United ease past Peshawar



A brilliant opening stand between Alex Hales and Paul Stirling helped Islamabad United to register a convincing 9 wicket victory against Peshawar Zalmi in their opening match.

Rutherford smashed 70 runs to lift his side from 35-4 to a fighting 168-6 but that went in vain due to the destructive batting from the United openers.

Peshawar Zalmi      20 overs      168-6

Rutherford 70*(46)             Faheem 2-23                                                                                                                 Cutting 26 (17)                    Hasan 2-34

Islamabad United      15.5 overs     172-1

Hales 82*(54)                                                                                                                                                         Stirling 57 (25)

Peshawar Zalmi lost 4 wickets in the first 37 balls of the match but Sherfane Rutherford played an outstanding knock to rescue his side.

He shared some crucial partnerships with Shoaib Malik and Ben Cutting to set a fighting total of 168 runs on the board.

But the Islamabad openers had some other ideas as they smashed a superb opening partnership of 112 runs in less than 10 overs.

Both Hales and Stirling scored outstanding half-centuries.

An epic start from United bowlers

Peshawar had a very bad start to their innings as they lost their first 3 wickets within the powerplay and the fourth one fell on the first ball of the 7th over.

Faheem Ashraf picked up 2  while Hasan and Shadab picked up 1 wicket each out of those 4 wickets.

Hasan Ali bowled out Tom Kohler-Cadmore for a duck on only the 3rd ball of the match.

Faheem Ashraf then dismissed Yasir Khan and Hussain Talat in his back-to-back overs.

Peshawar was 3 down on 35 runs at the end of the powerplay but on the very first ball of the 7th over the United skipper, Shadab Khan clean bowled Haider Ali who scored only 15 runs. 

Rutherford’s brilliant 70 runs

The hard-hitting West Indian all-rounder, Sherfane Rutherford played an incredible knock to rescue his side from 35-4 to 168-6.

Rutherford played brilliantly and scored 70 runs off just 46 balls.

He smashed 7 fours and 3 sixes in his knock.

He shared 2 fifty-plus partnerships in this innings, first with Shoaib Malik and then with Ben Cutting.

Hales and Stirling’s outstanding partnership 

In the chase, Hales and Stirling looked lethal in the start, especially Paul Stirling who also made a few records today.

Stirling thrashed the 3rd fastest half-century of PSL history to help his side from contributing in the total.

Stirling scored 57 runs off just 25 balls including 7 fours and 3 sixes before getting run-out. 

His partner Alex Hales continued his incredible knock and scored runs against the Zalmi bowlers.

Hales smashed a boundary on every 4th ball that he faced today.

Hales reminded unbeaten on 82 runs off just 54 balls including 13 fours and a six. 

After the dismissal of the first wicket, the young Rahmanullah Gurbaz joined Hales and added some quick runs before getting passed over the victory line.

Gurbaz scored an unbeaten knock 27 runs off 16 balls to register a 9 wicket victory against Peshawar Zalmi. 

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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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