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4th Test: Rohit Sharma ton puts India ahead



India have regained control of the 4th Test against England after a shaky start, courtesy a brilliant comeback in the second innings.

The visitors have taken back control of the game with an incredible turnaround.

Kohli has turned the tables on his English counterpart, Joe Root, and the visitors seem poised to make it 2-1.

After the Oval Test, India and England will settle their feud at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground in the fifth and final game of the series.

Sharma writes history at Oval

Day 3 of the 4th Test belonged to India comprehensively.

After not making a huge impact in the first inning, Rohit Sharma ensured to register a 127-run knock in the second innings.

This was the Hitman’s first-ever century outside India.

Even India captain Virat Kohli was seen excited to have his opener set the tone for the rest of the batters to follow.

After KL Rahul departed for 46, Sharma steadied the ship for the visitors.

He and Cheteshwa Pujara built a sublime partnership to put the English pace cartel to shame.

Joe Root put Moeen Ali to work in the middle overs, but in-form Pujara and Sharma dealt him with ease.

Ali went for 63 runs in 15 overs. His 4.20 economy is below his standards.

At 94*, Sharma struck a huge six on the log-off region to reach his ton at the Oval.

Ollie Robinson soon dismissed him with a slower one that baffled the Hitman.

He chipped to the cow corner and threw his wicket away cheaply.

Nonetheless, the brilliant start by the Sharma-Rahul duo, coupled with Pujara’s fighting 61 has put India ahead of the hosts.

India now lead by 171 runs at 270/3 in the second half. Skipper Kohli is at the crease (22*) with Ravi Jadeja (9*).

India bounce back out of nowhere

The way England bounced out India in the first inning at 191, it seemed like the hosts will not make a strong return to the game.

Virat Kohli had backed his men to make it big after losing the Headingley Test and they’ve made him proud in the game so far.

Losing just three wickets for 270 is no joke at Oval against the likes of Jimmy Anderson, Chris Woakes, and Ollie Robinson.

Butter fingers let India dominate

England’s slip cordon that usually includes Joe Root, Rory Burns and Craig Overton, dropped six catches in the second innings.

Some of them were arguably hard grabs, but the dropped chances let the Indian openers settle for long.

The commentators pointed out the wide stances of most slip fielders and that might be something that England’s coaching staff will look at later.

What’s at stake for Kohli

Kohli has been lured into England’s trap almost every time he has come into bat this series.

The India captain has been vulnerable when it comes to dealing with deliveries on the off stump.

He looked to end his ton drought in the last game, but he returned to the hut right after scoring a fifty.

He has picked momentum in his second innings and got to 22 runs in a jiffy.

After a shaky start dealing with inswingers of Anderson, the Indian captain will have another chance to go for a big Test ton and shut his critics up.

India 191 and 270 for 3 (Rohit 127, Pujara 61) lead England 290 by 171 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.

Watch the viral video here –

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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