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St Lucia Kings reach second straight CPL final



Saint Lucia Kings have got back-to-back finals on their plate after they bid farewell to the defending CPL champions, Trinbago Knight Riders, on Tuesday.

The Kings became the first finalists of the Caribbean Premier League 2021 after beating Kieron Pollar’s team by 21 runs.

The Davids double Riders’ trouble

Kings skipper Andre Fletcher and Rahkeem Cornwall failed to give a good start when it mattered the most.

Mark Deyal put up an incredible 78-run knock in a jiffy, but his dismissal meant that Roston Chase had to do the power-hitting in death overs.

But Khary Pierre soon sent Chase to the hut in space of six balls.

David Wiese and Tim David blew Pollard’s men out of the water in the death overs.

Wiese’s 21-ball 34 and Tim’s 17-ball 38 took the side to a mammoth total of 204/4.

Riders pushed on the back foot

A score beyond the 200-mark meant that the Riders had a lot of work to do in a high-pressure semi-final.

Sunil Narine lit up the part for the Riders, but the batting line-up failed to convert their good starts into solid knocks.

Four batters next to come after the openers departed in the 20s and this allowed the Kings to mount pressure.

They were bundled out for 184 with three balls to go.

St Lucia Kings 205 for 4 (Deyal 78, David 38*, Wiese 34*) beat Trinbago Knight Riders 184 (Narine 30, Ramdin 29, Pollard 26, Wiese 5-39) by 21 runs.

Patriots ease past Warriors

St Kitts & Nevis Patriots have had a shaky last few games after their winning streak was jinxed, but they have somehow managed to get to another CPL final.

Dwayne Bravo’s men will meet Fletcher’s St Lucia Kings in the final at the Water Park today.

Middle-order woes hurt Warriors

Batting first, the Warriors aced the powerplay and they were seemingly on their way to a score past the 200-mark.

But a series of low scores and lack of support to Shimron Hetmyer became an obstacle.

Captain Pooran looked in fine touch, just like he has been throughout the campaign but DC Drakes got him to return to the dressing room for 26.

Hetmeyer was the power hitter left behind with a lot of work to do with the tail.

He smashed four sixes to reach 45 off 20.

His blitz propelled the team to a respectable total of 178/9.

Pats build on a dream start

You’re not often going to see Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis both firing as an opener, but when you do, know that the time is up for the opposition.

Gayle’s quick-fire 42 coupled with Lewis’ subliminal 77 not out was too much to handle for Pooran and co.

The openers took the game away from the Warriors early in the second innings.

Sherfane Rutherford and Lewis then chased the target with seven wickets and 13 deliveries in hand.

Captain Bravo was quick to appreciate his batters in the post-match interview.

“We wanted to put them under pressure, and we wanted to chase,” the Pats skipper said.

“At half-time we were happy and comfortable in the dressing room. Lewis showed his class and so did Chris.”

“Apart from one or two overs, it went well. I just tried to keep my composure and support my team.”

St Kitts and Nevis Patriots 181 for 3 (Lewis 77*, Gayle 42) beat Guyana Amazon Warriors 178 for 9 (Hetmyer 45*, Jaggesar 2-19, Fawad 2-22) by seven 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.

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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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