WPL: RCB won for the first time after 5 consecutive defeats, beating UP Warriors by five wickets
UP Warriors vs Royal challengers Banglore: RCB got this win in the sixth match after losing five consecutive matches. Electing to bat, the UP Warriors team was bundled out for 135 runs in 19.3 overs. In response, RCB got it by losing five wickets in 18 overs.
The 13th match of the Women's Premier League (WPL) was played between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and UP Warriors (UPW). Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated UP Warriors by 5 wickets in this match played at DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai. This is RCB's first win in this tournament. RCB got this win in the sixth match after losing five consecutive matches. Earlier, RCB had lost twice each to Mumbai Indians, and Delhi Capitals, while Gujarat Giants and UP Warriors had to face defeat once each.
In this match, RCB captain Smriti Mandhana won the toss and decided to bowl first. Electing to bat first, the UP Warriors team was bundled out for 135 runs in 19.3 overs. Grace Harris scored the highest 46 runs for UP.
Deepti Sharma and Kiran Navgire scored 22-22 runs. Sophie Ecclestone contributed 12 runs. Australia's star player Alice Parry took the maximum of three wickets in this match for RCB. Sophie Devine and Asha Shobana got two successes each. Megan Schutt and Shreyanka Patil took one wicket each.
RCB achieved this easy target by losing five wickets in 18 overs. RCB did not have a good start and the team lost four wickets for 60 runs. Team opener Sophie Devine was dismissed on the last ball of the first over. He scored 14 runs off six balls. During this, Devine hit two fours and a six. After that, Smriti Mandhana was clean bowled by Deepti Sharma on the third ball of the second over. Mandhana could not open the account.
Devika Vaidya gave the third blow to RCB. He dismissed Ellis Parry. Parry was dismissed after scoring 10 runs off 13 balls. He hit a boundary. Deepti Sharma gave the fourth blow to RCB. He dismissed Heather Knight on the last ball of the ninth over. This is a big blow for RCB. Knight scored 24 runs off 21 balls. During this, he hit five fours. Heather Knight is caught by Kiran Navagire.
After this, Kanika Ahuja and Richa Ghosh together added 60 runs for the fifth wicket and brought the team close to victory. Sophie Ecclestone clean-bowled Kanika Ahuja in the 17th over. Kanika did the best batting for RCB in this match. He scored 46 off 30 balls.
During this, Kanika hit eight fours. He also hit six. At the same time, Richa remained unbeaten after scoring 31 runs off 32 balls. Deepti Sharma took two wickets for UP Warriors. Sophie Ecclestone, Devika Vaidya and Grace Harris got one success each.