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Sophie Devine: hit 9 fours and 8 impressive sixes in 36 balls.

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Sophie Devine: hit 9 fours and 8 impressive sixes in 36 balls.
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Mumbai: In the exciting match of the Vanitas Premier League held here on Saturday at the Brabourne Stadium, RCB opener Sophie Devine suffered a huge disappointment as she stumbled on the threshold of a century with a spectacular performance.

Sophie, who punished the Gujarat Giants bowlers with a thunderous batting performance, hit 9 fours and 8 impressive sixes in 36 balls.

As soon as Ashwani Kumari was about to celebrate his century by scoring 99 runs, Kam Garth left the ball thrown by him.

Gujarat Giants won the toss and elected to bat. They scored 188 for the loss of 4 wickets. Dunkley 16, Wolward 68, Sabbineni Meghna 31, Gardner 41, Hemalatha 16 not out and Harleen Deol 12 not out.

Chasing the target, RCB roared from the start. Captain Smriti Mandhana got out after scoring 37 runs while Sophie Devine was hitting hard shots. Ellis Perry 19, Heather Knight 22 runs

After reaching the target of 189 runs for the loss of 2 wickets in 15.3 overs, RCB celebrated the victory.

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ABD wrote a poignant letter to RCB fans, his eyes brimming with tears.

Former RCB players Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers were honored in the Hall of Fame at the same event. Also the 333 and 17 jersey numbers he wore have been permanently retired.

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RCB unveil jersey for IPL 2023, Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers inducted into Hall of Fame
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Bengaluru: The Royal Challengers Bangalore team, which is preparing for the new season of IPL, had an unboxing event a few days ago. RCB’s new jersey was also unveiled in front of thousands of fans gathered at Chinnaswamy Maidan in Bangalore.

Former RCB players Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers were honored in the Hall of Fame at the same event. Also the 333 and 17 jersey numbers he wore have been permanently retired.

ABD who was involved in this program has written emotionally. Here is the Kannada version of the letter written by ABD on Facebook account.

“I really don’t know where to start..

On March 26, 2023, Chris and I were inducted into the RCB Hall of Fame and our jersey numbers were retired forever. My heart swelled as my wife, two boys and a little girl walked up the stairs to enter our RCB den. I have walked in several times with the feeling of butterflies in my stomach. It felt strange to walk there in a different state of mind.

Tears filled my eyes as I walked to the balcony of our dressing room at Chinnaswamy opposite the packed stadium. I never thought I would ever be able to beat the cry of ‘ABD ABD’ the first time, but this time was different. The emotion was intense as well as an overwhelming hunger to win, but this time it was a sea of emotion that filled my body, grateful to have spent time in a place that represented a proud city, an amazing franchise and extraordinary teammates.

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India Wins Three-Match ODI Series Against Australia with KL Rahul’s Timely Play

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India Wins Three-Match ODI Series Against Australia with KL Rahul's Timely Play
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Mumbai: India won the three-match ODI series against visiting Australia in a thrilling match on Friday. K.L. A 5-wicket victory was achieved with the help of Rahul’s timely play.

Indian captain Hardik Pandya won the toss and elected to bowl, restricting the Aussies to 188 runs in 35.4 overs. Opener Head is out for 5 runs. Mitchell Marsh who fought alone scored 81 runs and got out. Captain Steven Smith departed after scoring 22 runs. Labuschagne scored 15 runs, wicket keeper Josh Inglis scored 26 runs, Green scored 12 runs. The rest of the players did not cross single digits.

Among the Indian bowlers who had a tight bowling attack, Shami and Siraj took 3 wickets each, Ravindra Jadeja took 2 wickets, Pandya and Kuldeep Yadav took one wicket each.

Chasing the target, India lost the wicket of Ishan Kishan who had scored 3 runs before reaching 5 runs. Virat Kohli was dismissed for 4 runs. Shubman Gill contributed 20 runs. Suryakumar Yadav departed for zero. For Kohli and Yadav though, the pacey Starc is deadly. Both were lbw and sent to the pavilion. Captain Hardik Pandya was dismissed after scoring 25 runs.

KL Rahul’s timely play played a big role in the team’s victory. Having lost 4 wickets for 39, when he was in trouble, Rahul played a patient game. He faced the Aussie bowling attack effectively and scored a half-century to ensure victory. Ravindra Jadeja who supported him for the 6th wicket made a significant contribution in the victory. He had a partnership of 108 runs. The team scored 191 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in 39.5 overs and won by 5 wickets.

Rahul remained unbeaten on 75 off 91 balls with 7 boundaries and 1 impressive six. Jadeja remained unbeaten on 45 off 69 balls and was part of the victory celebration.

Mitchell Starc took 3 wickets for Aussies. Marcus Stoinis took 2 wickets.

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Delhi Capitals defeat Gujarat Giants by 10 wickets in Vanita Premier League match

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Delhi Capitals defeat Gujarat Giants by 10 wickets in Vanita Premier League match
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Mumbai: Delhi Capitals put up a stunning performance in their match against Gujarat Giants in the Vanita Premier League on Saturday, beating them by 10 wickets. The match was held at Dr DY Patil Sports Academy in Navi Mumbai, and saw Gujarat Giants win the toss and choose to bat.

However, their innings got off to a shaky start as they lost 6 wickets by the time they reached 33 runs. While Harleen Deol scored 20 runs and Wareham contributed 22, it was Kim Garth who saved the day for the team, scoring an unbeaten 32 runs and helping the team cross the 100-run mark. Tanuja Kanwar also contributed 13 runs.

Delhi Capitals’ Marijanne Cup led the team’s bowling attack, taking 5 wickets, while Shikha Pandey took 3 wickets and Radha Yadav took 1 wicket. Gujarat Giants scored 105 runs for the loss of 9 wickets, setting an easy target for Delhi Capitals.

In response, Delhi Capitals showed a spectacular batting performance, scoring 107 runs in just 7.1 overs, without losing a single wicket. The explosive Shafali Verma was the star of the show, hitting 10 fours and 5 sixes in just 28 balls and scoring an unbeaten 76 runs. Captain Meg Lanning also contributed 21 runs to the team’s total.

The match was a clear demonstration of Delhi Capitals’ strength as a team, with both their bowling and batting units putting up a strong show. Their win will undoubtedly boost their confidence and morale as they progress in the tournament.

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