This Indian cricket star once wanted to have dinner with Ellyse Perry, she replied: “Flatrated. I hope he is…”


This Indian cricket star once wanted to have dinner with Ellyse Perry, she replied: "Flattered.  I hope he is..."

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Ellyse Perry, star cricketer of the Australian cricket team, has been in great form in the Women’s Premier League (WPL) 2024. She played a crucial role in Royal Challengers Bangalore reaching the WPL final. Ellyse Perry took 6/15 and scored 40* as RCB beat Mumbai Indians to reach the play-offs. Against the same opponents in the Eliminator, Perry took 1/29 and scored 66 to help his team win by five runs to set up a final clash with Delhi Capitals.

After her exploits, an old video of her dating from 2020 was re-shared by several social media users.

Murali Vijay, in an interview he was asked if, after confinement, there were two people he would want to have dinner with, would they? He said Shikhar Dhawan, one of his teammates, and you. What would you say to that?” the presenter asked Ellyse Perry in the video.

“I hope he pays if that’s the case. That’s very nice of him. I’m very flattered,” Ellyse Perry said upon hearing the statement.

Speaking of the Eliminator, young off-spinner Shreyanka Patil and uncapped veteran Asha Sobhana showed nerves of steel to take Royal Challengers Bangalore to the WPL final with a five-run win over defending champions Mumbai Indians in the Eliminator on Friday.

Chasing an easy target of 136 and needing 20 from the last three overs, MI’s innings ended at 130 for 6.

RCB, who made their first final in the second edition, will meet last year’s runners-up Delhi Capitals in the summit clash on Sunday.

It was 21-year-old Shreyanka (2/16 in 4 overs), whose vital 18th over sparked visions of victory as she dismissed the MI skipper. Harmanpreet Kaur (33).

RCB goalkeeper Richa Ghosh paid the price for her slow movements, which failed to deter Harmanpreet from Shreyanka, but the youngster did not lose heart as she tossed the ball once again and the Indian skipper was caught behind at a long fence.

At a time when spinners are afraid to give the ball air, even in ODIs, Shreyanka’s approach was a welcome departure and it has paid off.

Needing 16 from 12 balls, the experienced Australian Sophie Molineux (1/16 in 4 overs) played a brilliant penultimate over in which she gave away just four runs, keeping 12 runs in the final over for leg-spinner Sobhana to defend.

The 32-year-old, who did not play for India, gave away just six runs as the RCB team’s joy knew no bounds with Indian vice-captain Mandhana tactically outwitting her boss of the national team, Harmanpreet, in the death matches.

Shreyanka also showed her mettle in the Powerplay by defying seasoned Hayley Matthews (15 off 14 balls) to take the longest boundary to a deep fence at midwicket only to find herself stuck with one foot in the ropes.

Yastika Bhatia (19 off 27 balls) didn’t really get going and Perry, bowling a dream run, bowled an angular delivery which the batter played all over to be bowled cleanly.

Nat Sciver-Brunt looked in good touch with four boundaries, including two in a row off the leg-spinner Georgia Warehambefore delivering a pinball and rushing the batter, who walked out the door.

Captain Harmanpreet used the sweep shot well, sending Sobhana to consecutive boundaries.

Earlier, Ellyse Perry stood amidst the ruins with yet another elegant knock, but Royal Challengers Bangalore could only manage a below-par 135 for 6, which ultimately proved enough.

Perry’s 66 from 50 balls was the cornerstone of RCB’s total after their top order was destroyed by a disciplined MI attack, reducing them to 24 for 3 in the four Powerplay overs.

With PTI inputs

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