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Pujara and Kohli frustrate English bowlers



After getting completely demolished in the first innings, India are battling hard to stay in contention in the third Test. 

India has been behind in the third Test ever since they got bowled out for 78 in the first innings.

However, they are making their way back into the match after closing out the English batting lineup for 432 runs.

Then, they batted quite well till the end of the day’s play with a score of 215/2. Currently, India trails by 139 runs.

England still in the driving seat 

If you ask the England cricket fans, they will be disappointed with the way their team folded in the second part of the innings.

They started the day’s play with a scoreline of 423 runs with two wickets remaining. Most importantly, they had a lead of 345 runs. 

England were only able to add nine more runs to their total as they got dismissed for 432 runs with a lead of 354 runs.

Mohammad Shami removed Craig Overton by having him leg before wicket.

Then, Bumrah knocked out Robinson to complete England’s first innings.

In the bowling department, Shami continued to impress as he bagged four wickets with one of them coming on Day 3 of the third test.

Bumrah, Siraj, and Ravindra Jadeja all grabbed a couple of wickets each to close out the English batting line-up.

Kohli, Pujara keep India’s hopes alive

Many expected England to continue the good bowling form that they have shown for most of this test series.

After their bowling master class in the first innings, they couldn’t maintain their levels as India counter-attacked. 

After grabbing three wickets in the first innings, English fans expected James Anderson to continue showing his excellence in the twilight of his career.

However, he wasn’t able to maintain those standards.

The Indian innings couldn’t have started any worse with KL Rahul struggling to get any kind of momentum going.

After being wrongly judged LBW which got overturned by VAR, he was caught by Bairstow off Overton’s bowling. He could only register 8 runs off 54 balls. 

After that, India started to show some positivity in their batting.

Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara started to find the middle of the bat as they displayed sweet strokes to leave England’s seamers frustrated.

Sharma and Pujara established an 82-run partnership before the opener got trapped in front of the wickets against Robinson. The right-handed batsman scored 59 runs.

Virat Kohli has been under massive scrutiny over the past few years.

Despite being massively off-color not just in this series but in 2021, he has started his innings well.

Pujara scored his 30th test half-century with a boundary.

In his innings so far, Pujara has secured 15 boundaries. On the other hand, the Indian captain has also shown his intent by scoring five boundaries so far in his innings. 

In a complete turn of events to the first day, it has been a day of hard work for the English bowlers.

They have been on the receiving end of brilliant shot-making from Sharma, Pujara, and Kohli.

They have just not been able to capitalize on their lead as India try to close out the trailing score.

Both Pujara and Kohli are not out at 91 and 45 respectively. They have built a partnership of 99 runs 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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