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Punjab Kings dethroned by Moeen and Chahar



Chennai Super Kings beat Punjab Kings (PBKS) comprehensively by six wickets in Match 8 of IPL 2021, to register their first win of IPL 2021.

CSK won the toss and elected to field first. 

The Punjab Kings’ wobbly start to the batting had already hinted that KL Rahul’s men wouldn’t pile up a big score.

Opener Mayank Agarwal was done in by an out-swinger from Deepak Chahar who led the CSK attack from the front tonight.

The medium-pacer finished with 4/13 including a crucial maiden over.

His variations threw the Punjab batsmen off balance and his effortless execution of swing bowling was sublime. It was as if Chahar was telling India captain Virat Kohli and the BCCI that he’s up for grabs if they need his services in the coming T20 World Cup.

With help from Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, and Dwayne Bravo, a high-spirited Chahar cornered Punjab from the beginning. His spells dismantled Punjab to 106/8 which was never going to be tough for any opposition, even an out-of-form CSK.

While Faf du Plessis had a calm approach, Moeen Ali wanted to finish the game as soon as he could. His aggressive 46 off 31 helped CSK clinch their first win of the tournament with four overs in hand.

No stopping Moeen Ali

The coronavirus ordeal that Moeen Ali faced lately has only reignited his best form.

The Englishman has been at his best with the bat since donning the CSK jersey this year.

His 36-run cameo in the losing cause in the last outing against Delhi Capitals and tonight’s form has helped him stamp his authority as one of the best all-rounders in the league.

Shahrukh Khan shows his power

Batting prodigy Shahrukh Khan finally had a go at the bowlers after not having ample opportunity to show his power-hitting skills in the last game against Rajasthan Royals.

And the 25-year-old Tamil Nadu star lived up to his hype.

The Punjab Kings would not have gotten to a respectable total if it wasn’t for his late blitz of 47. Although the Punjab player is just getting started, his two big sixes were a glimpse of what kind of strike force he can become when the occasion demands.

Perhaps, the Punjab management will have to reconsider the batting order of their 6’4″ powerhouse.

The Jadeja effect

Ravindra Jadeja and his brilliance in the field are not a shocker for fans of Indian cricket.

The Chennai star is always in the game one way or other. After dismissing Rahul with a sharp throw, Jadeja also took a diving catch off Chahar’s bowling to dismiss Chris Gayle.

Where is Ruturaj going wrong?

Ruturaj Gaikwad hasn’t continued his batting from the last IPL.

The CSK opener has struggled on both occasions in this year’s tournament so far. With a star-studded squad, Gaikwad is not likely to be given more chances if he doesn’t pile up runs.

The 24-year-old struck a 15-ball five in the Punjab encounter.

He was unable to middle the ball, looked out of form, and in a hurry to get off strike.

With three consecutive match-winning performances last season, Gaikwad has shown that he possesses the capabilities of a top batsman, but he needs to channel his best form before it’s too late for him.

Thankfully, his bad form didn’t hurt CSK and they achieved the target for the loss of four wickets in 15.5 overs.

Mohammed Shami was the best bowler for Punjab, taking two wickets in four overs.

Chennai Super Kings 107 for 4 (Ali 46, du Plessis 36*, Shami 2-21, ) beat Punjab Kings 106 for 8 (Shahrukh 47, Chahar 4-13) by six wickets

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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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