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T20: Pak beat Bangladesh in low-scoring thriller



After a very poor start to the innings, Fakhar and Khushdil’s stand and Nawaz and Shadab’s hard-hitting in the end, gave Pakistan a 1-0 lead in the 3 match series. 

Pakistan is a team that is capable of making easy chases very tough and once again they did the same.

Pakistan made mess of the 128-run chase and at one stage, Bangladesh was looking like the favorites to win the game. 

After deciding to bat first, Bangladesh struggled against the Pakistani bowlers.

Bangladesh lost 3 wickets in the Powerplay and they scored just 40 runs with the loss of wickets at the end of 10 overs.

Pakistani bowlers bowled a great line and length in the first 15 overs and didn’t allow any batter to free his arms in the first 15 overs.

Bangladesh’s lower-order shines

The lower order of Bangladesh batted nicely against the Pakistani bowlers.

Mahedi and Nurul smashed the bowlers in the death overs.

Mahedi scored 30 runs off just 20 balls smashing 2 sixes and 1 four, while Nurul scored 28 runs off 22 balls.

Bangladesh scored 87 runs off the final 10 overs and put up a respectable total on the board to give their bowlers something to bowl at.

Poor death bowling by Pakistan 

Pakistani bowlers were poor in the death overs leaking 61 runs off the final 6 overs.

Every Pakistani bowler bowled a bad last over of their spells.

The last overs of M. Nawaz, Shadab, M. Wasim, Hasan Ali and Haris Rauf went for 15, 13, 12, 11, and 15 respectively.

It means that these five bowlers who allowed only 61 in their first three overs collectively gave away 66 in their fourth overs.

Worst start by Pakistan 

Pakistan started very badly as their main batters, M. Rizwan and Babar Azam were dismissed very early in the innings.

It was a rare instance when both Babar and Rizwan were dismissed within the Powerplay.

But the situation went from bad to worst when Haider Ali and Shoaib Malik were dismissed without troubling the scores.

Pakistan was struggling at 24-4 at the end of Powerplay. 

Fakhar and khushdil’s match-winning stand

Fakhar and Khushdil rescued the innings.

Both of them started a bit slowly due the to situation but they recovered well and put Pakistan back into the game.

The 56 runs partnership between them helped the lower order to smash quick runs and get their side over the line.

Both Fakhar and Khushdil scored 34 runs each of 36 and 35 balls respectively. 

Shadab and Nawaz heroics

After the recovery made by Fakhar and Khushdil, Shadab Khan and M. Nawaz thrashed the bowlers in the final 3 overs when Pakistan needed 32 runs off 18 balls.

Shadab smashed a four and six on  the first 3 balls of Mustafizur’s over and ended the over scoring 15 runs from that over.

M Nawaz then  smashed two big sixes in the 19th over to put Pakistan in a commanding situation.

Shadab hit another six in the last over to get his side over the line.

Pakistan win this last over thriller match with 4 wickets in hand.

Pakistan now leads the series by 1-0 and they will be willing to win the next match to steal a series win in Bangladesh. 

Bangladesh    20 overs          127-7 

Afif          36 (34)                           Hasan       3-22                                                                                             Mahedi 30 (20)                           Wasim      2-24                                                                                                 Nurul      28 (22)                           Shadab     1-20

Pakistan      19.2 overs        132-6

Khushdil    34 (35)                        Taskin          2-31                                                                                            Fakhar       34 (36)                        Mahedi        1-17                                                                                              Shadab      21 (10)                        Mustafizur  1-26

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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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