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Punjab spinners wreck the Challengers



In the 26th match of 2021 IPL, Royal Challengers Bangalore were up against the Punjab Kings.

KL Rahul’s won the match with 34 runs as RCB got outplayed.

Punjab has now climbed up to the table with 3 wins and 4 losses.

RCB won the toss and opted to bowl first.

The innings didn’t start well for the Punjab as they lost their opener Prabhsimran Singh who made just 7.

However, the day belonged to captain Rahul who lifted the team up and played one of the best innings of his IPL career.

Rahul made an unbeaten 91 runs off just 57 balls with 5 sixes and 7 fours, taking the game away from RCB. 

He was well supported by the mighty Chris Gayle who made 46 runs off just 24 balls with 6 fours and 2 sixes.

Gayle’s quick and entertaining innings laid the foundation of victory after a poor start.

Apart from these two, no other player managed to reach double figures.

However, Punjab Kings made 179 with the loss of 5 wickets in their 20 overs.

RCB’s bowlers had no answers to Rahul’s brilliance and Gayle’s quick cameo.

Kyle Jamieson bowled well taking 2 wickets. Daniel Sams, Shahbaz Ahmed and Chahal took 1 wicket each. 

Chasing 180 to win, RCB lost their opener early as Devdutt Padikkal made only 7 runs before returning back to pavilion.

However, skipper Virat Kohli took responsibility and played a decent innings of 35 runs off 34 balls.

With the support of Rajat Patidar who made 31, RCB was cruising along.

That’s when Harpreet Brar stepped in with 3 wickets as the RCB batting order collapsed. 

Harpreet Brar accounted for Virat Kohli, Maxwell and AB de Villiers, giving away only 19 runs in his 4 overs.

Punjab have struggled with their bowling department throughout the season, but not this time.

RCB finished with 145 for 8 in their 20 overs, losing by 34 runs. 

Punjab Kings 179 for 5 (Rahul 91*, Gayle 46, Jamieson 2-32) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 145 for 8 (Kohli 35, Brar 3-19, Bishnoi 2-17) by 34 runs

Preview: Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings 

It is time for the biggest match of the weekend.

The defending champions are taking on their arch rivals Chennai Super Kings.

The Kings are on a winning streak as they have won 5 matches in a row.

Dhoni’s men only lost one game so far.

Chennai are on top of the table with 10 points. Their batting and bowling both are looking ominously good.

 Their all-rounders (Curran, Jadeja and Bravo) are delivering in every match but the biggest plus point is the crackling form of openers, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis.

As past records show, when the openers, CSK invariably win.

On the other side, Mumbai will look to continue their winning momentum.

They have won their previous match against the Royals.

Both De Kock and Krunal Pandya are now in great form.

Captain Rohit Sharma is yet to score big and this will be the perfect stage for him. Both sides are well-balanced so it will be interesting to see who will come on top? But, it will be a thriller, for sure.

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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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