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CPL 2021: Third consecutive win for Patriots



St Kitts & Nevis Patriots marched on to their third consecutive victory in the Caribbean Premiere League 2021 by beating Guyana Amazon Warriors by six wickets.

The Patriots are quickly becoming firm favourites to lift this year’s title.

The Warriors put up a decent target of 167, but it proved to be too little for the Patriots.

Dwayne Bravo’s men got to an ideal start, scoring 49 runs in the powerplay without a loss of wicket.

Rutherford grabs another MOTM trophy

Sherfane Rutherford is in the form of his life.

He clinched yet another Man of the Match trophy for his batting display.

With three wickets down in quick succession, the West Indian star smacked 59 runs and remained unbeaten till the end.

The left-handed power-hitter made sure he takes the team across the line.

Not to forget, two big sixes in the second last over off Naveen ul Haq helped Rutherford wrap up the game in a jiffy.

Meekeren, Tahir make the ball talk

Dutchman Paul van Meekeren delivered the goods with the ball.

In his quota of four overs, he picked two wickets to leave the Warriors’ batting line-up in tatters.

Giving away only 23 runs, the Dutchman registered an incredible economy of 5.8.

When it comes to bowlers leading the charge, Imran Tahir deserves praise too.

The South African ended with 2-26 in his four overs against one of the deadliest batting line-ups in the CPL.

The leg-spinner has continued to dominate franchise cricket with his unorthodox bowling that has a mysterious element to it.

How can the Warriors recover?

Guyana Amazon Warriors have brought together some best batsmen and bowlers of the franchise cricket, but they are being inconsistent.

Warriors skipper Nicholas Pooran is a game-changer when it comes to the shortest format of the sport, hence, he should try to tweak with the batting line-up to see how it works out.

Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez looked sublime for his 70 off 59, but it seemed a tad slow.

Pooran can wreak havoc if he can stay for a few overs on the pick.

Hence, he should elevate his order to allow himself to face as many balls as he can and try to make the ball disappear often.

Today, he played only nine balls.

If one of your best batters in the side is not getting to play enough balls, then the team is unlikely to amass big totals.

Asif Ali fails again

Pakistan middle-order batsman Asif Ali is failing to fill the void of a powerful striker in the Patriots.

He is well known for his huge sixes that can change the context of the game rapidly.

However, the right-handed star hasn’t been able to fire all cylinders this season.

Ali departed for only 2 against the Warriors.

Odean Smith got him caught to Anthony Rumble to show Ali the path to the dressing room.

Dwayne Bravo has a decision to make in the coming days.

Continue with Ali at 3, or pick another strong hitter who can add another 20-30 runs in the death overs.

St Kitts and Nevis Patriots 168 for 4 (Rutherford 59*) beat Guyana Amazon Warriors 166 for 3 (Hafeez 70, Hetmyer 52) by six 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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