Bengaluru’s first win in WPL: beat UP by 5 wickets, Kanika’s amazing innings; Perry took three wickets
Royal Challengers Bangalore, captained by Smriti Mandhana, have won their first win in the Women’s Premier League (WPL). The team defeated UP Warriors by 5 wickets. With this win, Bengaluru has kept hopes of entering the play-offs of the league.
On Wednesday night at the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai, Bengaluru won the toss and decided to field. Batting first, UP scored 135 runs on the basis of Harris-Deepti’s half-century partnership. Bengaluru achieved the target of 136 runs for 5 wickets in 18 overs.
Kanika Ahuja played the highest innings of 46 runs. Heather Knight contributed 24 runs.
Deepti Sharma got two successes. Grace Harris, Sophie Eccleston and Devika Vaidya got one wicket each.
Bangalore’s top-3 batsmen returned early
Bangalore’s top order flopped. Captain Smriti Manghana was dismissed for zero after opener Sophie Devine (14 runs). Then Alyssa Perry returned to the pavilion after scoring 10 runs.
This is how the wickets of Bengaluru fell
First: Sophie Devine was caught by Grace Harris at the hands of McGrath on the sixth ball of the first over. Devine wanted to play the big shot, but was caught at the boundary.
Second: Smriti Mandhana was bowled by Deepti Sharma on the third ball of the second over. Mandhana wanted to hit the cross big with the bat, but missed it.
Third: On the first ball of the 7th over, Perry was caught by Sophie Ecclestone. He was dismissed by Devika Vaidya.
Fourth: Deepti Sharma caught Heather Knight at the hands of Kiran Navgire.
Fifth: Eccleston bowled Kanika Ahuja on the fourth ball of the 17th over.
Watch UP’s innings from here…
Grace-Deepti’s half-century partnership UP scored 135 runs
Batting first after losing the toss, the UP team got all out for 135 runs in 19.3 overs. The team had lost 5 wickets for 31 runs. In such a situation, Grace Harris (42 runs on 32 balls) and Indian all-rounder Deepti Sharma (22 runs on 19 balls), who came to play on the middle order, together brought the score to 100. There was a partnership of 69 runs on 42 balls between the two. Kiran Navagire also contributed 22 runs.
Ellyse Perry of Bengaluru got three successes, while Sophie Devine and Asha Shobana got two wickets each.
UP’s top order flop
Batting first after losing the toss, the top order of the UP team flopped. Three of the team’s top-4 batsmen could not cross the 5-run mark, while Kiran Navagire could score only 22 runs. The team had lost 5 wickets for 31 runs.
This is how UP’s wickets fell…
First: Devika Vaidya was lbw by Sophie Devine on the second ball of the match.
Second: On the last ball of the first over, Devine had Healy caught by Asha at mid-on.
Third: Shut on the sixth ball of the second over got McGrath caught by Richa Ghosh.
Fourth: On the second ball of the 7th over, Asha got Kiran caught by Navgire at the hands of wicketkeeper Richa Ghosh.
Fifth: Simran Sheikh was caught by Asha at the hands of Kanika Ahuja on the first ball of the ninth over.
Sixth: On the first ball of the 16th over, Perry got Deepti Sharma caught by Shreyanka Patil.
Seventh: On the third ball of the 16th over, Perry got Harris caught by Richa Ghosh.
Eighth: Ellyse Perry bowled Shweta Sehrawat.
Ninth: Anjali was caught by Shreyanka at the hands of Kanika Ahuja.
Tenth: Sophie Ecclestone was run out on the third ball of the 20th over.