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Day 3: Root and Malan keep England alive



England finished day 3 on 220-2 and they are trailing by just 58 runs now with still 8 wickets in hand.

Australia was dismissed on 425 runs in their 1st innings as Travis Head smashed a brilliant 152 runs knock.

England   1st innings   147 all-out 

Buttler    39 (58)           Cummins     5-38                                                                                                                    Pope       35 (79)            Starc            2-35                                                                                                           Hameed 25 (75)            Hazlewood 2-42

Australia  1st innings   425 all-out 

T. Head 152 (148)              Robinson  3-58.                                                                                                                                                                     Warner 94 (176)                 Wood       1-29                                                                                                                Labuschagne 74 (117)       Woakes    2-76

England     2nd innings   220-2

Root    86*(158)                   Cummins 1-43                                                                                                           Malan 80*(177)                   Starc         1-60                                                                                                      Hameed 27(58)     

Root and Malan smashed a brilliant 159 run stand after the failure of their openers once again.

Australia is still ahead of England but this partnership between Root and Malan has put England back in this match. 

Australia continued their innings from their overnight score of 347-7.

Travis Head and Mitchell Starc added 85 runs for the 8 wicket.

Travis Head added 40 more runs in his overnight score of 112.

The 85 run stand ended on 391 runs when Starc was dismissed by Woakes after playing an important knock of 35 runs.

Nathan Lyon resisted for some time but he was soon dismissed by Wood on 15 runs. 

Travis continues his good form

Travis Head also played brilliantly on day 3.

Head completed his 150 and helped his side to extend their lead further to 278 runs.

He was clean bowled by Mark Wood after playing a superb knock of 152 runs off just 148 balls.

Australia was all-out on 425 and they managed to get a huge lead of 278 runs.

Rory Burns failed to score again as he was dismissed on just 13 runs by Pat Cummins.

Haseeb Hammed showed some resistance but Starc didn’t allow him to score big runs as he was caught behind on 27 runs.

Australia was again struggling on 61-2 and there were a lot of chances that Australia might win this match by an innings.

But Root and Malan stood tall to get their side back into the match.

Root and Malan partnership 

Joe Root and David Malan registered a match-changing partnership to rescue their side from a losing situation.

Both of these two batters played some sensible cricket in the last two sessions of the day.

Malan is the number 2 ranked T20 batsman but today he proved that he is also a very reliable Test batsman.

Malan brilliantly resisted against the dangerous Australian bowling lineup. He scored an unbeaten knock of 80 runs off 177 balls including 10 fours. 

On the other hand, the English skipper Joe Root once again proved himself that why he is the number 1 ranked Test batsman.

Root is still not out on 86 run off 158 balls.

Joe Root hasn’t scored a Test Ton in Australia so far in his career but now he is just 14 runs away from first Test hundred in Australia.

Joe Root became the first English while overall the 8th player to pass 1500 Test runs in a single calendar year. 

Joe Root and David Malan will continue their brilliant 159 run stand on day 4 and they will try to score as many runs as possible after passing that 278 run lead.

The Australian bowlers will come in much harder tomorrow on England batters and Nathan Lyon will be hoping to get his 400th Test wicket on Day 4.

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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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