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2nd Test: KL Rahul ton puts India on top



Joe Root won the toss and surprisingly elected to field on a Lord’s pitch that looked ideal for batting.

By the end of the day, it is likely that Root was regretting his decision.

The Indian cricket team managed to reach a comfortable position putting on 276 for the loss of just 3 wickets.

There was a delayed start owing to the rain.

However, the Indian openers didn’t let this affect them as they put on a crackling partnership.

Openers showed patience

Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul batted sensibly as if there was a plan in place.

Anderson and Robinson, the English bowling pair bowled the right line and created a lot of chances.

But the openers negotiated the new ball well and took their time.

The batters didn’t take any chances and were patient.

Once they settled down and Anderson was off the attack, the runs came easily.

England were clearly desperate for an early breakthrough but grew frustrated by the lack of success.

Eventually, the openers shared a 126-run stand which laid a solid foundation.

Rohit gets into the groove

Rohit watched the ball carefully and once his eyes were set, he gave a sound display of quality batting.

Rohit hit 83 from 145 balls, hitting 11 fours and a six.

He was ruthless against Sam Curran, smashing him for 16 runs in an over.

KL Rahul looked determined to book a permanent place in the team.

He bided his time and consumed 248 balls while scoring a brilliant century (127 not out).

Pujara fails again

It’s increasingly hard to justify Pujara’s place in the Test team as he failed yet again.

Since getting a 72-run knock against England in Chennai earlier this year, Pujara has struggled to make an impact.

Since then, his scores have been 15, 21, 7, 0, 17, 8, 15, 4, 12*, and 9.

Pujara poked at a ball that should have been left alone and ended up snicking it to Bairstow.

Anderson delivers

Veteran England pacer James Anderson was among the wickets once again.

He got the prized scalp of Rohit after bowling a beauty.

Anderson used his experience and his seam positioning to produce a ball with late inward movement that bowled Rohit Sharma.

And then, just 5 overs later, Anderson got Pujara to edge the ball.

He ended the day with 2 wickets for 52 runs and was the pick of the bowlers.

Anderson’s tally reads 623 wickets, and 124 of those have come against India.

Kohli loses out on half century

Indian skipper Virat Kohli looked good at the crease and rotated the strike well.

He shared a 117-run stand alongside Rahul for the third wicket.

However, Kohli was dismissed (42) by Robinson, chasing a wide delivery.

Besides Anderson and Ollie Robinson, the English attack looked toothless.

Mark Wood, Sam Curran, and Moeen Ali were ineffective and it seems that England will struggle to cope with the absence of mainline bowlers like Woakes, Broad and Jofra Archer.

India 276 for 3 (Rahul 127*, Rohit 83, Anderson 2-52) vs England

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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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