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WBBL 2021 | Harmanpreet Kaur’s all-round show, Poonam Yadav’s match-winning spell in limelight

India Women’s T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur seems to be on a roll and peaking at the right time in the Women Big Bash League. In back to back games, she gave match-winning performances, one with the bat and one with the ball to get her team Melbourne Renegades to the top of the WBBL 2021 points table. 

The off-spinner picked three wickets, giving away just 22 runs in her four overs to restrict the Melbourne Stars Women unit to only 103 in 20 overs in the first derby game of the season at Adelaide Oval. Along with her Sophie Molineux also picked two wickets. 

While coming to chase the total, the Gades were up and running and chased down the total in only 14.1 overs with Jemimah Rodrigues playing yet another brilliant innings of 45 off just 38 balls. 

In another game, Poonam Yadav, the Indian slow leg spinner was also in the limelight with her bowling as she picked the wicket of her compatriot Smriti Mandhana as her team Brisbane Heat Women restricted Mandhana’s Sydney Thunder to 143-7 in their 20 overs. 

Yadav in total picked three wickets in the game and was a front runner for the Player of the Match award before Georgia Redmayne hit a match-winning fifty to propel the Heat to their fifth win in nine games, which lifted them to second place in the points table. 

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Chris Gayle clears air on retirement plans, wishes to play farewell game in Jamaica

Chris Gayle was in a candid mood in the West Indies’ final game against Australia as he batted with the sunglass on and waved off the field after being dismissed by Pat Cummins. Later, he was involved in a very pleasant exchange with Mitchell Marsh after getting him caught out and left the world guessing if he was wearing the Windies jersey for the one last time. He had not announced anything like his teammates Dwayne Bravo who had announced his retirement from international cricket after that game and hence his antics on the filed left all of his fans and people involved in the game wondering. After the conclusion of the game, he was also seen signing on the lens of one of a camera where players retiring sign off that also fuelled the speculation of him hanging his boots. However, he announced later in a Facebook live chat with the ICC that it wasn’t his last game for the men in maroon and rather said that he would love to finish his “phenomenal career” in front of the home crowd in Jamaica. He said that he would just say “hey guys, thank you so much,” if given the chance to play his farewell game at the Sabina Park, Jamaica or else he would join Bravo. "It's been a phenomenal career," Gayle said in a Facebook Live chat with ICC after the match. "I didn't announce any retirement but [if] they actually give me one game in Jamaica to go in front of my home crowd, then I can say 'hey guys, thank you so much. Let's see. If not, I'll announce it long time and then I'll be joining DJ Bravo in the backend and say thanks to each and everyone but I can't say that as yet,” Gayle said. "I was just having some fun today," he said. "Put everything that happened aside. I was just interacting with the fans in the stand and just having some fun seeing as it's going to be my last World Cup game." He did not give up his candid style just yet and joked about playing another world cup while also admitting that chance of doing that looks remote at the moment. "But I don't think they will allow me,” Gayle said while joking about playing another world cup. West Indies came into the tournament being the defending champions but got knocked out in by the end of the Super 12 stage only due to lacklustre batting performances, one after another. They started their campaign on a horrible note against England and could not quite recover from that setback. Chris Gayle too did not shine bright with the bat and in fact contributed to the misery of the Windies in this edition of the T20 World Cup.


T20 World Cup 2021 | Mark Wood expects England to benefit from 'bump' against South Africa

In the 14-year-long history of the T20 World Cup, no side has ever won a championship unbeaten and hence, it was argued that the Eoin Morgan-led England were in for a loss somewhere in the Super 12 stage. They have been the best team of the tournament so far but they suffered a loss at the hands of South Africa who showed more firepower with the bat and incisiveness with the ball. South Africa batsmen were cautious at the start and did not throw their wickets in the powerplay, something that has been touted as England's biggest strength with the ball so far in the tournament. England pacer Mark Wood has emphasised exactly that point after their loss against SA and has argued that this should keep England grounded in the tournament. He said that although England would have loved to win all their games, the loss against would not come as a big setback. Instead, the defeat that he referred to as “bump” will compel England to iron out whatever chinks they have in their armour. "South Africa played really well - they only lost two wickets and we're not used to that - we're used to getting wickets in the powerplay and controlling the game from there. We were maybe off the pace, so we've got to work on things in training and be better next game. It's nice to be back, but it's better when you win." "It's a shame we've lost the game, that brings us down to earth with a bit of a bump," said Wood. "It keeps us grounded and we know we've got some stuff to work on. You never want to lose. We're not used to losing and usually when we do, we bounce back well. I think it's just a lesson that we've got plenty to work on. England are through to the semi-finals and will wait for the game between New Zealand and Afghanistan to end to find out who will their opponent be in the semi-final.