Perry’s half-century, RCB set Delhi Capitals a target of 151 runs

Ellyse Perry’s half-century and Richa Ghosh’s flamboyant innings helped Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) score 150 for four against Delhi Capitals here on Monday in the Women’s Premier League (WPL). For RCB looking for their first win in WPL, Perry scored an unbeaten 67 off 52 balls with five sixes and four fours, along with Richa Ghosh (37 off 16 balls, three sixes, three fours) for the fourth wicket. He played an important role in helping the team reach a strong score by adding 74 runs.

RCB’s team managed to add 82 runs in the last six overs with the innings of Parry and Richa. Shikha Pandey was the most successful bowler for Delhi Capitals, taking three wickets for 23 runs. Marijan Cape bowled economically, giving only 18 runs in four overs but did not get any wicket. Alice Capse scored 31 runs in three overs while Jess Jonassen spent 39 runs in four overs. Delhi captain Meg Lanning won the toss and decided to bowl. Marijan Cape gave 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 Cape.

Both Sophie and Smriti hit fours in Marijan’s next over. Sophie also hit Alice Capse for a four but Smriti gave a catch to Jemimah Rodrigues near the boundary in an attempt to play a big shot off Shikha Pandey. Ellyse Parry opens the account with a four on the crest. Sophie, however, was lucky to score 16 when he was dropped by Jess Jonassen off his own ball. The Bangalore team could only manage 29 runs for one wicket in the power play.

Bangalore’s batsmen found it difficult to increase the run rate in the middle overs against Delhi’s pace and spin attack. Amidst this increasing pressure, Sophie became bold in an attempt to play a big shot on Shikha’s ball. Parry hit Jonassen for fours and then a single to take the team’s score to 50 for two in 10 overs. 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. Richa Ghosh also hit two fours and a six on Capse in the 16th over. Parry hit Tara for two sixes in the next over to complete his 45-ball half-century and take the team’s score past 100 runs. Richa also hit a six in this over. Both the batsmen also hit Jonassen for sixes in the next over. Shikha broke the 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 reached the team’s score of 150 runs with a six in the last over of Jonason.

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