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India vs Australia 3rd ODI : India need 287 in series decider, Shami takes 4-63, Smith hits a century

Indian bowlers restricted Australia to a total of 286-9 in the third ODI, despite Steve Smith’s brilliant century. Mohammed Shami took four wickets for 63 runs and was deadly at the end with his accurate yorkers.

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Steve Smith scored a century

Indian bowlers restricted Australia to a total of 286-9 in the third ODI, despite Steve Smith’s brilliant century.

After winning the toss, Australian captain Aaron Finch elected to bat first at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. The visitors had brought in pacer Josh Hazlewood in place of Kane Richardson.

Mohammed Shami drew the first blood in the third over of the match itself, sending the dangerous David warner back to the pavillion for just three runs.

A terrible mixup between Finch and Smith led to the runout of the Australian captain, and the visitors were reduced to 46-2 in the ninth over of the series decider.

However, Smith and the young Marnus Labuschagne steadied the Australian innings with a 127 run stand. The former Australian captain made 131 runs of 132 deliveries, before he holed out to deep mid-wicket, where Shreyas Iyer completed an outstanding diving catch.

Labuschagne scored a half century before getting caught out by Virat Kohli. Mitchell Starc was given promotion up the order, but the ploy didn’t work out as he was out for a duck.

Mohammed Shami took four wickets for 63 runs and was deadly at the end with his accurate yorkers. Jasprit Bumrah was economical as usual, giving just 38 runs in his 10 overs. Ravindra Jadeja supported the two well with 44-2 in 10 overs.

Both Australia and India have won one game each and the winner of the third ODI will take the series trophy.

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Gujarat Titans share glimpse of Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations, video goes viral

Gujarat Titans head coach Ashish Nehra can be seen having a fun interaction with Rashid Khan. Other star players including Sai Sudharshan, Umesh Yadav and Kane Willamson were already sitting and enjoying the tasty Eid delicacies and sweets

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The Gujarat Titans team’s Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations took place with a grand Dawat on Thursday.  The former IPL champions will face Delhi Capitals on April 17. During the ongoing break, Gujarat Titans took their official Instagram handle has shared a video of the team’s Eid celebrations. The video shows GT skipper Shubman Gill going towards the food buffet. Gujarat Titans head coach Ashish Nehra can be seen having a fun interaction with Rashid Khan.

Other star players including Sai Sudharshan, Umesh Yadav and Kane Willamson were already sitting and enjoying the tasty Eid delicacies and sweets. The video was captioned and that’s how our titans celebrated Eid. The Gujarat Titans Eid celebrations doubled after the team won the match against Rajasthan Royals.

The Gujarat Titans were playing at the Sawai Mansingh Indoor Stadium on April 10 and were up against an undefeated Rajasthan Royals team. The previous season’s finalists bowled first and found the early wickets of Jos Buttler and Yashasvi Jaiswal. But Sanju Samson forged an important partnership with Riyan Parag and the two of them took their team to a respectable total of 196.

Rashid Khan bowled a disciplined line and length and was very economical as he only gave 18 runs and also took 1 wicket during his spell of 4 overs. Shubman Gill led the chase for Gujarat Titans scoring 72 runs in 44 deliveries. Gill took up the role as skipper after Hardik Pandya returned to his old franchise Mumbai Indians.

Gill’s journey as Gujarat Titans captain started well as GT beat MI in their tournament opener at the Narendra Modi Stadium. At the present moment GT has played a total of six games with three wins and as many defeats. They will be eyeing their fourth victory against a Rishabh Pant-led Delhi Capitals team in their next match. As for Pandya’s switch to the Mumbai Indians, the former Gujarat Titans captain is slowly taking control of his team.

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Ishan Kishan responds to BCCI contract and Ranji Trophy controversy, says many things are not in the hands of players

Mumbai Indians wicket-keeper batter Ishan Kishan has opened up on the BCCI contracts, Ranji Trophy controversy .

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Ishan Kishan was in the news prior to IPL 2024 because the wicketkeeper-batter for the BCCI lost his central contract after failing to be available for the Ranji Trophy. The incident came when the board warned centrally contracted players not to put the Indian Premier League (IPL) ahead of domestic cricket. Kishan and Shreyas Iyer disregarded the letter, and as a result, they were punished severely by the BCCI.

Since then, Kishan has made a comeback to the IPL in 2024 and has been vital in the Mumbai Indians’ success this year. After losing their first three games, the Hardik Pandya-led team has won their last two games.

Following MI’s win over Royal Challengers Bangalore on Thursday, Kishan was questioned concerning his break from the cricket. Kishan responded to the controversy by saying, he was just practicing. People were talking a lot when he stepped away from the game. A lot happened on social media. However, one should also be aware that many of things are not in the hands of the players.

During the break, Ishan made a significant mental change. He provided a thorough understanding of his thought process, particularly with regard to how he dealt with his career’s low points.

He continued saying, the only thing you can do is effectively use the time. Additionaly, he said, the mindset to think about the previous Ishan Kishan, he would never leave a delivery in the first two overs even if they are bowling well. With time he has learnt that even 20 overs is a big game, the player can take their time and can go ahead.

Kishan talked about 1st three losses of MI and said, even though they have lost matches, they wanted to work together as a team. Changes have come like even if he is not performing and if he knows someone else is not performing, he talked to them. He wanted to know what they are thinking, he said. So these are things which helped him in the break, he further added.

With seven fours and five sixes in his 69 runs off 34 balls against RCB, Kishan helped MI easily chase down a goal of 197 runs, reaching 199/3 in 15.3 overs.

As of now, Kishan leads MI in run scoring with 161 runs in five matches, including a half-century.

With seven fours and five sixes in his 69 runs off 34 balls against RCB, Kishan helped MI easily chase down a goal of 197 runs, reaching 199/3 in 15.3 overs.

As of now, Kishan leads MI in run scoring with 161 runs in five matches, including a half-century.

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IPL 2024: Mumbai Indians defeat Royal Challengers Bengaluru by 7 wickets

The Mumbai Indians batsmen chased down the total of 197 as they slammed the hapless RCB bowling attack all round the park and finished the game in the 16th over itself.

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Jasprit Bumrah’s 5 wicket haul was followed by some power hitting from Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan as Mumbai Indians beat Royal Challengers Bengaluru by 7 wickets to register their 2nd win in a row on Thursday. The Mumbai Indians batsmen chased down the total of 197 as they slammed the hapless RCB bowling attack all round the park and finished the game in the 16th over itself.

It was the 4th straight defeat for RCB and their 5th in 6 matches as the team’s downward slide in the points table continued. Ishan Kishan fired 69 runs off 34 balls which included 7 fours and 5 sixes. Suryakumar Yadav sizzled with 52 off 19 deliveries which included 4 sixes and 5 fours. The Royal Challenger Bangalore posted a challenging total of 196 on the score board which included important knocks by Faf du Plessis (61), Rajat Patidar (50) and Dinesh Karthik’s 23 ball 53 not out.

Mumbai Indians batsmen replied with a tone of aggression which was led by Ishan Kishan who demolished Mohammed Siraj as he hit the medium pacer for 23 runs in his 2nd over. The hammering continued as RCB brought Glenn Maxwell into the attack in the 6th over. Kishan hit 2 fours and a 6 to race to his first 50 of the season which came off only 23 deliveries.

Ishan Kishan along with Rohit Sharma made an opening stand of 101 runs which came in 53 deliveries. Rohit Sharma at the other end played the supporting role to both Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav and scored 38 off 24 deliveries. The former Mumbai Indians captain played some spectacular shots before he caught by Reece Topley at short fine leg off debutant Will Jacks. Suryakumar who was dropped by Glen Maxwell at backward point on 15 attacked Akash Deep in the 11th over hitting him for 3 sixes and 1 four.  

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