Shikha and the batsmen steer Delhi Capitals to victory over RCB

Delhi Capitals defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by six wickets in the Women’s Premier League (WPL) here on Monday due to the excellent performance of the batsmen after Shikha Pandey’s sharp bowling. This is RCB’s fifth defeat in five matches. With this win, the Delhi team has the same eight points as the Mumbai Indians but the Mumbai team is on top due to a better run rate.

Chasing Bangalore’s target of 151, Delhi’s team took the fifth wicket between Marizanne Cape (32 not out in 32 balls, three fours, one six) and Jess Jonassen (29 not out in 15 balls, four fours, one six) With an unbroken partnership of 45 runs, they won by scoring 154 runs for four wickets in 19.4 overs. Alice Capse (38) and Jemima Rodrigues (30) also played useful innings for Delhi.

RCB rode on a half-century from Ellyse Perry (67 not out in 52 balls, five sixes, four sixes) and her flamboyant 74-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Richa Ghosh (37 runs in 16 balls, three sixes, three fours) 150 runs were scored. With these two innings, the RCB team was able to add 82 runs in the last six overs. Chasing the target, Delhi lost the wicket of Shefali Verma (0) on the second ball, who was bowled by Megan Schutt (1/24). Ellis Capse (38) opened the account with a four off the shot and then hit four fours in two overs off Renuka Singh.

Capse welcomed Priti Bose (one wicket for 12 runs) with three fours but in the same over Parry was caught at the boundary. He hit eight fours while facing 24 balls. The Delhi team scored 52 runs for two wickets in the power play. Captain Meg Lanning (15) then led the innings with Jemima. Coming out to open the innings, Lanning hit Shreyanka on the 14th ball in the eighth over for her first boundary.

However, she gave a simple catch to Heather Knight at long-off in an attempt to play a big shot off leg-spinner Shobhana Asha (2 for 27). Jemima was lucky to score 17 when Preeti dropped a simple catch at backward point off Parry. Jemima teamed up with Marijan to take Delhi’s score past 100 runs in the 14th over. Jemima, however, waved Shobhana’s ball in the air and caught wicketkeeper Richa Ghosh.

He scored 32 runs in 28 balls with three fours. Delhi needed 37 runs to win in the last five overs. Marijan eased the pressure off Shreyanka Patil with a four but only five runs were scored in the 17th over of the shootout. Marijan once again increased his team’s chances with a six on Parry. Delhi needed 16 runs in the last two overs. Jonassen hit Shreyanka for a four, scoring seven runs in the over.

Delhi needed nine off Renuka’s final over and Jonassen took the team to victory with sixes and fours off successive deliveries. Earlier, 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 Jess Jonassen dropped her catch off his own ball. The Bangalore team could only manage 29 runs for one wicket in the power play.

Under pressure to increase the run rate, Sophie got bowled in an attempt to play a big shot off Shikha. Parry hit Jonassen for fours and then a single to take the team’s score to 50 for two in 10 overs. Shikha took a brilliant catch of Heather Knight (11) off Tara Norris to take Bangalore to 63 for three in the 13th over.

Parry then found the perfect match in Richa. 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 also showed her attitude and 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. Parry reached the team’s score of 150 runs with a six in the last over of Jonason. Shikha was the most successful bowler for Delhi, taking three wickets for 23 runs. Marijan bowled economically, giving only 18 runs in four overs but did not get any wicket. Capse scored 31 runs in three overs while Jonassen spent 39 runs in four overs.

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