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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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No mercy from India! Jasprit Bumrah set to return for final Test against England in Dharamsala




Jasprit Bumrah

Team India have pocked the five-match Test series against England with a five-wicket win in the fourth match. With a 3-1 lead in the series, they will head into the final Test in Dharamsala as a confident unit. While it is crucial for Ben Stokes and Co. to leave the touring nation on a positive note, the home side is likely to experiment with their playing XI for the low-key fixture.

According to reports, the Indian cricket management is considering resting a few players for the final Test due to the workload. India were without some key players due to withdrawal and injuries throughout the series. However, the youngsters stepped up and gave the desired result, gaining the confidence of the management.

Meanwhile, the Men in Blue are not going to make it easy for the visitors when the two teams clash at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium from March 7. As per Cricbuzz, elite pacer and the team’s vice-captain Jasprit Bumrah is set to be recalled. This shows that India will go hard in the upcoming match and aim to settle the series 4-1.

Bumrah was rested for the fourth Test in Ranchi as he played three matches on a trot. The 30-year-old has been carefully managed by management since his return from a back injury last year after a nearly year-long absence. He made his comeback in the T20I series against Ireland and after that, he played only in crucial fixtures like the Asia Cup, ODI World Cup, and Test matches. With the 2024 T20 World Cup also around the corner, it will be important for the team to manage Bumrah’s workload.

KL Rahul doubtful for Dharamsala Test 

KL Rahul, who was deemed 90% fit before the third Test in Rajkot, has not fully recovered and is unlikely to play in the final match. Rahul suffered a quadriceps strain in the series opener and missed the next two matches. The report states that the Karnataka cricketer has been sent overseas for treatment.

It remains to be seen whether the under-fire Rajat Patidar will get another chance to prove his mettle in Rahul’s absence. Patidar looked promising in the first innings of the Hyderabad Test, but then lost his rhythm and suffered a series of low scores, including two ducks.

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‘Ye toh Mohammad Kaif 2.0 nikla’ – Fans react as Brendon McCullum accepts series defeat against India and claim themselves to be better than they were in 2022




Brendon McCullum has reacted to England’s performance in the ongoing series against India. The visiting side are currently trailing 1-3 in the series after the conclusion of the 4th Test in Ranchi. With the fifth Test set to happen in Dharamshala, England have lost the series by all means. They do have a chance to end the series on a high note by winning the last Test.

After the loss against India in the 4th Test, McCullum was in the press conference. He claimed that they are a better side than they were 18 months ago. Brendon acknowledged the fact that they lost the series against India and could not win in the Ashes. He felt that given the way England is playing, there is a good chance of them doing special things in the next 18 months in Test cricket.

“We’ve lost this series and we didn’t win the Ashes, but we’re a better cricket team than we were 18 months ago and we’ve got an opportunity in the next 18 months to do some pretty special shitz. I’m fizzing for it, to be honest,” said McCullum as he was hopeful of a bright future for England in Tests. It is true that England were not as competitive under Joe Root as they are under Ben Stokes.

Improved competitiveness of England

While Root’s tenure was good before the pandemic, the team struggled under his captaincy. 2021 and early 2020 were the years when England was demoralised. They lost in India 1-3 and trailed 1-2 at home against the same opponent. For the first time in over 20 years, NZ beat England in Tests in their own backyard. In 2022, England lost the Ashes 0-4 away from home.

They also lost to the West Indies 0-1 which acted as a final nail in the coffin of Root’s leadership. However, things have changed drastically under Stokes and McCullum. They won the series against New Zealand at home and clean-swept Pakistan in their own backyard. They drew the Ashes 2-2 and drew the series against NZ 1-1 before losing the series against India.

Here’s how the fans reacted to the statement of Brendon McCullum –


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WATCH: IShowSpeed reacts to Virat Kohli becoming father for 2nd time





IShowSpeed took to his YouTube channel and reacted to Virat Kohli becoming the father for the 2nd time in his life. The popular YouTuber is known to be a fan of Virat in cricket. He claimed that the Indian batter got twins. In the video which has gone viral on the internet, Speed was seen reacting to the announcement of the star couple. He was visibly excited about seeing the good news.

Speed claimed that Akaay and Vamika are twins. The fan of the Indian batter claimed that the son of Virat should have been named as ‘Virat Kohli Jr’. He went on to add that Akaay could become a young GOAT. Seeing the announcement video, the popular YouTuber claimed that he would still call Akaay as ‘Virat Kohli Jr’.

Watch the viral video of Speed here –


He got twins!! Virat Kohli got twins!! Vamika and Akaay! Akaay about to be a young GOAT. He should have been named to Virat Kohli Jr, I’m still going to call him Kohli Jr bro,” said I Show Speed in his video. The fans are in bits after seeing the video of the YouTuber and said that he is too funny. The way Speed calls Virat was mocked by the fans on social media.

The family of Virat Kohli

Virat has a big family. While his father died when he was playing a Ranji Trophy game in the 2000s, he has a brother and mother. In 2017, Virat married Anushka which became a sensation. The star couple has been the talk of the town since then. In 2021, Virat and Anushka were blessed with their first child. The duo named her as ‘Vamika‘.

Earlier this year, Virat took a leave during the series against England. The fans were not sure of the reason behind the move of the batter that he even could not attend the Ram Mandir inaugural ceremony. Earlier this month, the fans got to know that the couple became the parents for the 2nd time. Anushka and Virat posted a joint statement where they declared to be parents and announced ‘Akaay’ to the world.

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