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T20: Pakistan complete 3-0 sweep



Pakistan beat Bangladesh in a last ball thriller to complete a clean sweep.

Pakistan was ahead of Bangladesh most of the time in this match but Bangladesh put up a great fight in the last three overs.

Bangladesh 124-7 in 20 overs

M. Naim    47 (50)                 M. Wasim 2-15                                                                                              

Shamim     22 (23)                 U. Qadir    2-35                                                                                                         

Afif             20 (21)                 Dahani      1-24

Pakistan 127-5 in 20 overs

Haider       45 (38)              Mahmudullah 3-10                    

Rizwan      40 (43)              Aminul Islam 1-26     

Babar        19 (25)              Shahidul   1-33

It was the same story once again that we have seen in the previous two games.

Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat first, lost the first wicket early and didn’t score quick runs in the power play.

They built up some small partnerships but failed to capitalise on them and scored very few runs in the death overs.

Thus, ended their innings with a very low score.

M.Naim and Shamim Hossain had a measly 30 run stand after losing their first wicket in only 2nd over.

Shamim who was looking good was dismissed on 22 runs in the 8th over of the innings.

Afif Hossain then joined M.Naim and both of them were looking in good touch.

Naim scored 47 runs off 50 balls while Afif made 20 runs off 21 balls including two brilliant sixes in Usman Qadir’s over.

Their 43 runs stand was broken by Usman Qadir who was playing this match in place of Shadab Khan today. 

Pakistan’s Chase

Pakistan looked comfortable when they started the chase.

The openers made a 32 runs stand before Babar was dismissed on just 19 runs and it was his 3rd consecutive failure in this series.

The leading run-scorer of this year, M. Rizwan again played an important innings and he built up a good partnership with Haider Ali to put Pakistan in a commanding position.

After Rizwan’s dismissal, Haider Ali smashed two big sixes in the 16th over to remove all the pressure.

Pakistan needed just 19 runs off the final 18 balls but the Bangladeshi bowlers were still fighting.

Taskin and Shahidul bowled superbly in the 18th and 19th over giving just 4 and 7 runs respectively.

Pakistan needed 8 runs of the final over with 8 wickets in hand.

The final over drama

Pakistan made yet another easy chase very interesting in the end.

8 runs were required off the final over and the Bangladeshi skipper, Mahmudullah stepped up and decided to bowl the final over.

Sarfraz Ahmad faced the first delivery and failed to sweep the ball.

He succeeded in the second delivery but played a slog-sweep straight into the hands of deep midwicket fielder.

He was dismissed after scoring just 6 runs off 12 balls.

Haider Ali played the 3rd delivery and smashed the ball very hard but was caught at long-on.

The pressure was shifted to Pakistan and now they required 8 runs off 3 balls.

Iftikahar Ahmad played the hat-trick delivery and he launched his first ball over long-off for a huge six.

The pressure was back on Bangladesh due to this mighty hit but the drama doesn’t end here as Iftikhar swung the bat again but this time he got a thick edge and was caught at backward point.

2 runs were required on 1 delivery and there was complete madness in the stadium. 

Mahmudullah released the final ball but Nawaz then pulled out.

The ball went to hit the stumps but it was given a dead ball.

Finally, Nawaz smashed a four over extra cover to get his side over the line to complete their clean sweep.

Pakistan brilliant in the death again

Pakistan was again brilliant in the death overs.

This enabled them to restrict Bangladesh under 125 runs.

The top two wicket-takers of 2021, Shaheen and Hasan Ali were not playing this match but the young fast bowlers of Pakistan did a great job.

 M. Wasim was brilliant in the whole series and he again picked up two important wickets today.

On the other hand, the debutant Shahnawaz Dahani also bowled well and picked up his first wicket on the 3rd ball of his very first over in T20 internationals.

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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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