Mumbai: The wait for the Royal Challengers Bangalore team’s first win in the Women’s Premier League (WPL) has become longer. Delhi Capitals defeated Bangalore by six wickets on Monday. This is Bangalore’s fifth consecutive defeat. The team captained by Smriti Mandhana could not win even after five matches. She definitely came close to victory against Delhi but remained bereft of victory. Batting first, Bangalore scored 150 runs losing four wickets in the stipulated 20 overs. Delhi achieved this target by losing four wickets in 19.4 overs.
Marijan Cap played an excellent inning for Delhi. Apart from him, Elyse Capsy faced 24 balls and scored 38 runs with the help of eight fours. Jemim Rodrigues scored 32 runs in 28 balls with the help of three fours.
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first ball hit
Chasing the target of 151 runs, the Delhi team got a blow on the very first ball. Megan Schutt bowled Shefali Verma on the very first ball. But the Bangalore team could not take advantage of this good start. Capsy and captain Meg Lanning added 45 runs for the second wicket. Capsy is out here. Lanning returned to the pavilion after scoring 15 runs. But after this, Rodrigues set foot and played a brilliant innings to keep the team in the match. She was dismissed for a total score of 109 runs. After this, Delhi did not lose any more wickets and Cap-Jonason won the team while remaining unbeaten.
Cap played an unbeaten innings in 32 balls with the help of three fours and a six. Apart from him, Jonassen scored an unbeaten 29 off 15 balls with the help of four fours and a six.
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Parry and Ghosh add color
Earlier, Bangalore posted a good score with Ellyse Perry’s half-century and Richa Ghosh’s flamboyant innings. Apart from Perry scoring an unbeaten 67 off 52 balls with five sixes and four fours, Ghosh scored 37 off 16 balls. His innings included three sixes, three fours. Both of them played an important role in helping the team reach a strong score by adding 74 runs for the fourth wicket. With these two innings, the RCB team was able to add 82 runs in the last six overs.
Shikha Pandey was the most successful bowler for Delhi Capitals, taking three wickets for 23 runs. Marijan Cap, while bowling economically, gave only 18 runs in four overs but did not get any wicket. Ellis Capsy spent 31 runs in three overs while Jess Jonassen spent 39 runs in four overs.
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Poor start from Bangalore
Delhi captain Meg Lanning won the toss and decided to bowl. Cap put the first over maiden to Smriti Mandhana (08) after which Sophie Devine (21) opened her and the team’s account with a four off Alice Capsey. Mandhana caught Jemima Rodrigues near the boundary in an attempt to play a big shot off Shikha Pandey. Sophie, however, was lucky to score 16 runs. Here Jess Jonassen dropped her catch on her own ball. The Bangalore team could only manage 29 runs for one wicket in the powerplay.
Shikha then took a brilliant catch of Heather Knight (11) off Tara Norris to reduce Bangalore’s score to 63 for three in the 13th over. Parry, however, held one end. He hit Shikha for a four, after which the fast bowler dropped his catch in his own over. Taking advantage of this, Parry hit this fast bowler for a six over long on. Shikha broke this partnership by getting Richa caught by wicketkeeper Tania Bhatia. The on-field umpire had not given the batsman out but had to change his decision after taking DRS. Parry took the team’s score to 150 runs with a six in the last over of Jonason.
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