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Royals down pathetic Knight Riders



In the 18th match of IPL 2021, Rajasthan Royals were up against the Kolkata Knight Riders.

Royals won the match easily with 6 wickets in hand.

Kolkata has now lost 4 matches in their last 5 games and with only 2 points, they are now at bottom of the league table.

Royals won the toss and opted to bowl first at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.

Skipper Sanju Samson’s team were on fire as they managed to get the dangerous Shubman Gill early.

Kolkata Knight Riders were in trouble as they also lost their in-form batsman Nitish Rana.

He scored 22 runs off 25 balls with 1 six.

However, Rahul Tripathi played some classy shots as he was the top scorer for Knight Riders with 36 of 26 balls.

Eventually, they ended up at 133-9 in their 20 overs. This was another disappointing performance from the middle and lower order. 

While, Rajasthan bowlers got the wickets at regular intervals. Chris Morris took top honours.

The South African pacer got 4 wickets with giving only 23 runs in their overs. Mustafizur Rehman and Jaydev Unadkat got 1 wicket each. 

Royals were set to chase 134 runs in twenty overs.

English star Jos Buttler failed to score big runs again, making just 5 before getting out.

Thankfully, skipper Sanju Samson took responsibility and scored an unbeaten 42 runs in 41 balls with 1 six.

David Miller and Yashasvi Jaiswal also made decent contributions as Royals comfortably reached the target losing 4 wickets. 

It was not the perfect day for the KKR bowlers.

Varun Chakravarthy got 2 wickets, but he was expensive.

Royals moved up to 6th place with a win. 

Rajasthan Royals 134 for 4 (Samson 42*, Chakravarthy 2-32) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 133 for 9 (Tripathi 36, Morris 4-23) by six wickets

Preview: Royal Challengers versus Chennai Kings

It is the 19th match of the season with two top teams of the league facing each other in a blockbuster.

Two Indian legends Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni will lead their respective teams. RCB are on top of the league and yet to lose a match. 

CSK have won their last 3 games in a row after losing the opening game.

The pitch at the Wankhede Stadium has been a batsman’s paradise and another high-scoring game seems to be on the cards.

Teams might opt to field first after winning the toss.

For the Challengers, Virat Kohli has more than impressive numbers against the Super Kings.

In 26 matches, Kohli has scored 887 runs at an average and strike rate of 42.24 and 127.26 respectively, with a top score of 90 not out.

He has showed good form in IPL 2021 too, scoring 143 runs at an average of 47.66.

However, the law of averages might go against Virat Kohli.

For the Chennai side, the big impact player has been Deepak Chahar.

Chahar is currently the leading wicket-taker for CSK in the tournament with eight wickets from four games at an economy rate of 7.33.

Against the Challengers, Chahar has picked up five wickets from 19 overs at an economy rate of 6.37.

In our opinion, Chennai Super Kings has an edge and could emerge as winners.

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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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