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Shahbaz Ahmed makes SRH bite the dust



All-rounder Shahbaz Ahmed channeled his best bowling form on Thursday night to help RCB win their second consecutive contest of the Indian Premier League 2021 against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

The Sunrisers fell short by six runs with nine wickets lost as RCB claimed their second win in a row.

No cricket analyst could have predicted that Hyderabad will fail to chase a meagre 150-run target when they needed only 35 from 24 with eight wickets in hand.

But somehow, a brilliant bit of captaincy from Virat Kohli changed the momentum of the game.

Shahbaz, who Kohli had chosen for the 17th over, sent back three Hyderabad batsmen in just one over.

His 3/7 in only two overs revived Bangalore’s hopes of winning the game.

With three Hyderabad batsmen – Jonny Bairstow, Manish Pandey, and Abdul Samad –dismissed in a jiffy, Kohli turned his energies on the brittle SRH middle-order.

Apart from Kyle Jamieson, every RCB bowler hit the right length tonight which showed that the side can defend small totals as well.

This is a huge plus for Kohli since his side is well stocked on the batting front, with several proven superstars.

The skipper himself departed after a 29-ball 33, the same score that he had in the season opener against Mumbai Indians.

The Glenn Maxwell show continues

While Kohli and AB de Villiers failed to turn up, Glenn Maxwell continued his red-hot form.

The Australian had a slow start to his innings, thanks to great bowling by Hyderabad’s bowling unit but exploded in the death overs to propel RCB to a respectable total.

He was 9 (16 balls) at one stage but ended with 59 off 41.

The Australian power-hitter seems to be seeing and creaming the ball better than he has in the last five years in the IPL.

It looks like wearing the RCB jersey this year has reignited his best batting form. His last IPL fifty was back in 2016 against Kolkata Knight Riders.

Kohli confident of RCB bowling

This victory will make Kohli very confident of his bowling unit that had pin-point accuracy in this contest.

After restricting top batting units in Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad, the RCB bowlers will have their heads high moving into the tournament.

While Shahbaz Ahmed took the spotlight for his game-changing over, Mohammad Siraj and Harshal Patel were spot-on as well.

Both the pacers had identical figures of 2/25 that helped the RCB mount pressure on the opposition.

The trump card in Rashid Khan

Rashid Khan is one of the most impactful T20 players and tonight was just another example of it.

The cricket prodigy kept the RCB batsman on their toes and registered phenomenal figures of 2/18 in his quota of four overs.

He conceded only a single four despite facing all juggernauts of the RCB batting unit – Kohli, De Villiers, and Maxwell. Khan also chipped in a quick-fire 17 with the bat.

Royal Challengers Bangalore 149 for 8 (Maxwell 39, Kohli 33, Holder 3-30, Rashid 2-18) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 143 for 9 (Warner 54, Pandey 38, Siraj 2-25, Ahmed 3-7, Patel 2-25) 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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