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IPL: Maxwell, Chahal help RCB seal playoff berth



Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) confirmed their IPL 2021 playoffs’ spot with a six-run win over Punjab Kings.

With 16 points, Virat Kohli-led side now sits comfortably at third on the points table behind Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals.

KL Rahul’s men are now out of the contention as they have only one match left and the required points to qualify are 14. They are left with 10 points.

Maxwell rises to the occasion

Hard-hitter Glenn Maxwell continued his sublime form with the third consecutive fifty of the competition after they opted to bat first.

His innings help RCB to post 164/7 on a tough Sharjah pitch where it was not easy to smack from the ball.

Maxwell battled the way out of Punjab’s bowlers after Moises Henriques sneaked three wickets, including set openers Devdutt Padikkal (40) and Kohli (25).

In his 33-ball 57, Maxwell hit four maximums and three fours.

He batted with an impressive strike rate of 172.73. He was supported brilliantly by AB de Villiers, who scored 23 off 18 balls.

Maxwell praised openers for batting in a difficult time and providing a 68-run stand.

“Came in at a nice time to bat. To have it set up by the openers today gave us some time to get an idea of the wicket,” the Australian star said while receiving the Player of the Match award.

Chahal bring his experience into play

Yuzvendra Chahal produced a match-winning spell of 3/29 after Punjab Kings’ openers looked set to chase down the 165-run target.

KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal posted a 91-run opening stand.

Shahbaz Ahmed removed Rahul to provided a crucial breakthrough but Chahal hold the other end and eventually bagged three wickets.

He removed Nicholas Pooran, Agarwal and Sarfaraz Ahmed in his four-over spell.

Two wickets in the 16th over pushed Punjab Kings back and they finished on 158/6.

Controversy surrounds the third-umpire decision

Another controversial decision by the third umpire during the UAE leg left everyone shocked.

A caught-behind appeal was turned down in the eighth over of the RCB’s innings.

RCB opener Devdutt Padikkal tried to sweep Ravi Bishnoi’s delivery running down the leg stump but failed to make any connection as Rahul collected it.

Bishnoi and Rahul were certain about the ball taking an edge on its way, the on-field umpire didn’t look interested as the appeal was forwarded to the TV umpire.

Snickometer showed a clear spike when the ball passed close to the gloves and the bat, however, the official still stayed with the on-field umpire’s decision, leading Rahul and Punjab Kings to frustration.

Kohli eyes top-two finish

Kohli is thrilled after RCB won eight matches out of 12 games and is hoping to finish in the top two by winning the remaining games.

He knew the importance of Rahul and Agarwal’s wickets that can bring them back into the game.

“We have two more opportunities to finish in the top two. We knew the wicket would get slower and slower. KL and Mayank batted really well, but we knew we were just two wickets from coming back into the game.”

Rahul once again claimed Orange Cup but he is not happy as the team is now out of the event.

He also lamented that his batters have disappointed over the last two seasons.

“I wouldn’t say I haven’t enjoyed wearing it (the Orange Cap) but I would have been happier if we had qualified. The last couple of years have been disappointing. If I have to be honest, our batting has let us down.”

Royal Challengers Bangalore 164 for 7 (Maxwell 57, Padikkal 40, Henriques 3-12) beat Punjab Kings 158 for 6 (Agarwal 57, Rahul 39, Chahal 3-29) by six runs.

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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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