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Rabada & Verreynne shine, South Africa level series



Kagiso Rabada claimed an impressive 5-wicket haul to destroy the Bangladeshi batting lineup in the Pink day match.

Quinton de Kock and Kyle Verreynne scored excellent half-centuries that helped South Africa to register a convincing 7 wicket win in the second ODI to level the series at 1-1.

Bangladesh    50 overs     194-9

Afif Hossain 72(107)             Rabada 5-39                                                                                                                      Mehidy Hasan 38(49)           der Dussen 1-3                                                                                                          Mahmudullah 25(44)            Parnell 1-6

South Africa   37.2 overs    195-3

De Kock 62(41)                   Afif 1-15                                                                                                                                                            Verreynne 58*(77)            Shakib 1-33                                                                                                                                      Bavuma 37(52)                   Mehidy 1-55

South Africa continued their dominance on the Pink day.

They took the revenge of the 1st ODI from Bangladesh by convincingly defeating them by 7 wickets.

Kagiso Rabada was the star with the bowl for South Africa as he picked up a brilliant 5-for to restrict Bangladesh on only 194 runs in their 50 overs.

The half of the Bangladeshi side was dismissed within the first 13 overs and the score was 34-5 but Afif Hossain played a brave knock of 72 runs to help Bangladesh in putting a respectable total on the board.

Afif was well-supported by Mehidy Hasan who scored 38 runs.

Bangladesh lost the experienced Tamim Iqbal in only the 3rd over followed by another big wicket of Shakib-al-Hasan in the next over.

Shakib got caught out for a duck at covers on an extra bouncing delivery from Rabada.

Bangladesh further lost Liton Das, Yasir Ali, and Mushfiqur Rahim in the next 9 overs and they were struggling badly on 34-5 in 13 overs.

Afif Hossain tried to rebuild the innings by putting a good partnership of 60 runs with Mahmudullah for the sixth wicket.

Mahmudullah was looking good but Tabriz Shamsi dismissed him on 25 runs to end their partnership.

Mehidy Hasan then joined Afif Hossain to build up another crucial partnership for their side.

Afif and Mehidy shared 86 runs between them for the 7th wicket and their contributions helped Bangladesh to reach a respectable total.

Afif Hossain smashed 9 fours in his excellent 72 runs knock before getting caught out by Bavuma at midwicket.

Rabada’s superb 5-wicket haul

Rabada was exceptional with the ball today against Bangladesh.

Rabada picked up 3 wickets upfront early-on to destroy the Bangladeshi batting lineup with the new ball.

In the final overs, Rabada dismissed both the set batters Afif Hossain and Mehidy Hasan within the gap of three deliveries to complete his magnificent 5-wicket haul.

This was the second five-wicket haul for Kagiso Rabada in one-day internationals.

While chasing, Janneman Malan and Quinton de Kock set the platform with their outstanding 86 runs opening partnership.

Quinton de Kock was more aggressive in this partnership as he batted with a strike rate of over 151.

Mehidy Hasan bowled out Malan for 26 runs to end their brilliant opening stand.

Quinton de Kock completed his half-century but he wasn’t able to convert his good start into a hundred due to an exceptional catch from Mehidy Hasan at deep mid-wicket.

De Kock scored 62 runs off just 41 balls including 2 sixes and 9 fours.

Kyle Verreynne continued the chase with skipper Bavuma.

Verreynne also scored a half-century and remained unbeaten right till the end.

Bavuma departed after scoring 37 runs but only 15 runs were left for victory at that time which were surely not going to trouble South Africa.

Verreynne scored 58 runs off 77 balls including 4 fours and 2 sixes.

South Africa chased down the target comfortably with still 12 and a half over remaining in their innings.



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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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