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CPL 2021: Royals crush Guyana Warriors



Barbados Royals have marched on to another victory in the Caribbean Premier League 2021, beating Guyana Amazon Warriors by 45 runs.

Mayers bags MOTM trophy

The Royals did a fabulous job in the first innings to set up a tricky total of 185/8.

Courtesy openers Kyle Mayers and Johnson Charles’ opening stand, the Royals were off to a fiery start that kept the Warriors’ bowlers in check throughout the opening spell.

Mayers bagged Man of the Match for his 20-ball 36.

He was sent back to the hut by Romario Shepherd whereas his partner Charles departed for 40 after veteran Pakistan spinner Mohammad Hafeez got him caught to his national teammate Shoaib Malik.

Philips, Holder deliver the sucker punch

Later, it was a Glenn Phillips masterclass that propelled Barbados to a humongous total.

His 44 runs at the end made the difference alongside a blistering cameo of captain Jason Holder.

Being an all-format specialist, Holder carried on his good form into this clash.

He struck two huge sixes and two fours to register a 7-ball 22 at the death overs.

Warriors start slow

The difference between the two sides was visible in their starts. While the Royals never stopped accelerating from the powerplay, the Amazon Warriors had a relatively different approach.

Brandon King departed for 5 and Chandrapaul Hemraj, who just rose to fame for his century, returned to the dressing room for 12.

Hafeez stayed for a bit (30) but he lacked support from the other end.

Odean Smith’s addition of 43 was too little too late. In the end, it was too much for the Warriors’ tail to manage with the bat.

Barbados Royals 185 for 8 (Phillips 44, Charles 40, Shepherd 3-31) beat Guyana Amazon Warriors 140 (Smith 43, Young 3-24) by 45 runs.

Russell gets MOTM as Tallawahs defeat  Patriots

Rovman Powell added another feather in his cap as the Tallawahs skipper on Wednesday.

The West Indian steamrolled through Chris Gayle and co to defeat the Patriots by 22 runs.

Gayle was the stand-in skipper, replacing Dwayne Bravo, in this match.

Powell’s men managed to defeat the table-toppers in the 21st game of the Caribbean Premier League.

Batting first, Kennar Lewis and Kirk McKenzie failed to capitalize on good starts.

Shamarh Brooks then took the game a notch.

His 43 and Powell’s 37 made the Patriot’s bowling unit second guess their tactics.

Andre Russell also chipped in 28 on 17 balls to take the side to set up the 170-run target.

Devon Thomas seemed to be the lone powerhouse during the chase.

He was forced to build his innings slowly because he kept on losing his partners from the other end.

After he departed at 35 (36), none of the Patriots’ batter extended their stay.

Despite having a mediocre total in sight, a batting line-up as strong as the Pats had a sluggish outing.

Ravi Bopara (6) and Fabian Allen (18) failed to turn up with their A-game. Despite the loss, the Pats are top of the table with 10 points in hand.

Jamaica Tallawahs 169 for 8 (Brooks 43, Ahmed 2-14) beat Saint Kitts and Nevis Patriots 147 for 8 (Thomas 35, Pretorius 3-26) by 22 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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