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Match Preview – UPW Ladies vs RCB Ladies, Ladies’s Premier League 2022/23, thirteenth Match

Royal Challengers Bangalore 136 for five (Ahuja 46, Ghosh 31*) beat UP Warriorz 135 all out (Harris 46, Perry 3-16, Devine 2-23, Asha 2-27) by 5 wickets

Lastly, Royal Challengers Bangalore have gained a match within the Ladies’s Premier League.

After 5 matches and numerous questions, Smriti Mandhana and Co bought their first win, beating UP Warriorz by 5 wickets with two overs to spare on the DY Patil Stadium.

And it was Kanika Ahuja, a 20-year-old uncapped Indian, who shone with the bat for them. Not the costliest participant within the WPL (Mandhana). Not probably the most skilled allrounder in T20I cricket (Ellyse Perry). Not one of many worldwide captains of their ranks (Sophie Devine and Heather Knight).

Her explosive innings of 46 off 30 balls, when Royal Challengers had been 60 for 4 after 9 overs within the chase of 136, has stored the group alive within the competitors. The left-hander, despatched forward of India worldwide Richa Ghosh, stayed calm and ultimately constructed a 60-run stand off 47 balls with Ghosh, who performed second fiddle with an unbeaten 32-ball 31.

The one blip was that she could not full a well-deserved fifty and see by means of the win, falling whereas making an attempt to brush Sophie Ecclestone.

However Wednesday was Royal Challengers’ day from the start and all of it labored out until the tip regardless of regularly-programmed hiccups, like shedding each the openers inside two overs, Mandhana falling cheaply to an offspinner once more and Perry and Knight enjoying avoidable photographs.

Even earlier than the sport, it was established that this was Royal Challengers’ final likelihood to remain in competition for the knockouts. They had been nonetheless alive mathematically. However first, they needed to put a quantity within the wins column.

Profitable the toss and opting to bowl first, Mandhana threw the brand new ball to Devine, who has 110 wickets in 119 T20Is. Earlier than this recreation, she had solely bowled two overs within the WPL and was hit for runs. Devine final bowled in worldwide cricket in December final yr and her rustiness was seen in these two overs. Nevertheless, the ploy really labored as she bought each openers Devika Vaidya and Alyssa Healy within the first over to set the tone. Megan Schutt then struck within the second over to dismiss Tahlia McGrath, giving Royal Challengers simply the sort of shot within the arm they wanted in a must-win recreation.

The nice begin appeared to present Royal Challengers renewed vitality on the sphere. Their physique language was higher and it confirmed within the fielding effort too. They did not let Warriorz construct stands and on the midway mark, leaving them reeling at 43 for five.

Then got here a second that would have undone all that Royal Challengers had labored for. Mandhana took Perry out of the assault after her first two overs went for simply seven runs and as an alternative bought offspinner Shreyanka Patil in to bowl.

That proved to be the primary large over for Warriorz, with 15 runs coming off together with the group’s fifty. Harris then blasted the subsequent over off Asha Sobhana for 16, who had taken two wickets in her first two overs. The 50-run stand between Harris and Deepti Sharma got here at virtually run-a-ball. In between, Ghosh missed a stumping off Harris, and there was a dropped catch from Knight as nicely.

However simply when it seemed to be getting into acquainted territory for Royal Challengers, Perry got here again in and dismissed each set batters in the identical over and added another in her subsequent over. Ultimately, Warriorz had been bowled out for a below-par rating of 135.

There are questions aplenty nonetheless: the impact of captaincy on Mandhana, the drastic fall in kind for Renuka Singh, and whether or not can they win one other two video games.

However for now, they’re nonetheless within the combine to make the knockouts, even when solely simply.



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