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Sunrisers punish Punjab to bag first win



Sunrisers Hyderabad opened their account in the Indian Premier League 2021 with a massive nine-wicket win over Punjab Kings at M. A. Chidambaram Stadium on Wednesday.

The meagre 121-run target with poor bowling would have never saved KL Rahul-led Punjab.

The Kings got dominated in a one-sided contest to let Warner draw first blood in this year’s campaign.

The key to Punjab’s success has been their top order on most occasions.

But a shaky start that saw both Rahul and Mayank Agarwal returning to the dressing room in a trice, faltered their hopes of getting a fighting total.

They might not have crossed even the 100-run mark had Shahrukh Khan not slogged in the final overs.

One after another, all Punjab batters returned to the hut, saving the Hyderabad bowlers the last two deliveries of the final over.

While Hyderabad have lost two of three games from a comfortable position, the opening duo did not replicate the mistakes of their last outings.

The Warner-Bairstow duo kept the scoreboard ticking with easy singles and doubles to ensure that their middle-order doesn’t have much to do.

While Warner fell cheaply at 37, the Englishman remained unbeaten on 67 to claim the Player Of The Match award for his gritty knock.

Bairstow has now become the third-highest scorer in this season with 173 runs in four innings.

When will we see the Gayle Storm?

For a player of Chris Gayle’s caliber, it is odd to see him struggle in the recent seasons.

He has failed to strike big as he used to in the past and that has been hurting the Kings at the top-order.

Rahul and Agarwal are not the most ferocious strikers of the ball. Hence, Gayle’s job is to accelerate the innings at number 3.

However, the Caribbean star failed to deliver the goods.

His 17-ball 15 spoke volumes of his form slump.

Rashid Khan continues to rule

In all games Rashid Khan has played this year, a common pattern has emerged.

He might not grab the most scalps in every game, but the pressure he generates helps other Hyderabad bowlers get wickets.

Yet again, Rashid kept the Punjab batsmen on the backfoot with a superb spin bowling display.

While he completed his quota for 1/17, Khaleel Ahmed (3/21) and Abhishek Sharma (2/24) picked up the wickets.

The leggie conceded only a single four, which explains why he is the most economical bowler (5.06) so far with five wickets in his pocket already.

Disciplined Sharma pulls out his tricks

Abhishek Sharma seemed very mature for his age.

The 20-year-old bowled with discipline and almost had Agarwal on a duck.

Conceding only three runs in his first over, Sharma kept the line and length as tight as he could.

He earned his first scalp with a backspin that dismissed Deepak Hooda. The Punjab batsman misjudged the ball while trying to flick it away and it got onto his pads.

Sharma’s second wicket was of Moises Henriques who got stumped after beating him with extra flight.

Sunrisers Hyderabad 121 for 1 (Bairstow 63*, Warner 37, Allen 1-22) beat Punjab Kings 120 (Shahrukh 22, Agarwal 22, Ahmed 3-21, Sharma 2-24) by nine wickets.

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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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