WPL 2023, UPW vs RCB Highlights: Kanika Ahuja, Ellyse Perry Help Royal Challengers Bangalore Register First Win
UPW Women vs RCB Women, WPL 2023 Highlights: Kanika Aahuja anchored Royal Challengers Bangalore's innings with a fine knock of 46 as the side registered its first win in WPL.
UP Warriorz vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, Women's Premier League, Highlights: Kanika Aahuja anchored Royal Challengers Bangalore's innings with a fine knock of 46 as the side registered its first win in the ongoing Women's Premier League on Wednesday. Earlier, Ellyse Perry picked three wickets while Sophie Devine took two as RCB bundled out UP Warriorz for 135 runs in Navi Mumbai. Grace Harris fought well with her 46-run knock but she lacked support from other UPW batters. RCB skipper Smriti Mandhana had won the toss and opted to bowl first in the game.(SCORECARD)
UP Warriorz (Playing XI): Alyssa Healy(w/c), Devika Vaidya, Kiran Navgire, Grace Harris, Tahlia McGrath, Simran Shaikh, Sophie Ecclestone, Deepti Sharma, Shweta Sehrawat, Anjali Sarvani, Rajeshwari Gayakwad
Royal Challengers Bangalore(Playing XI): Smriti Mandhana(c), Sophie Devine, Ellyse Perry, Heather Knight, Richa Ghosh(w), Shreyanka Patil, Disha Kasat, Megan Schutt, Asha Shobana, Renuka Thakur Singh, Kanika Ahuja
UPW vs RCB, WPL Match Highlights
That is it from this game. The next match sees Delhi face Gujarat on 16th March at 7.30 pm IST (2 pm GMT). That should be a cracker of a game. Do join us in advance for the build-up. Cheers!
Kanika Ahuja wins the Player of the Match. She says she always wanted to help the team win a match. Adds she likes to play under pressure situations. Ends by saying it will be a positive environment in the team today.
Smriti Mandhana says they lost a couple of wickets early on but Kanika Ahuja and Richa Ghosh played really well. Adds she was nervous but she was backing her team to get the win. Reckons Kanika Ahuja has a different kind of approach while batting which excites everyone. Thanks the supporters for their unconditional support.
Alyssa Healy says the standard wasn't good enough and the total was under par. Adds the ball was gripping and she thought spin will help win the match but they didn't have enough runs. Shares Bangalore are a good side but things haven't gone well for them lately.
UP bowlers were really good, they made a match out of a score which we felt was under par. The likes of Deepti Sharma, and Sophie Devine were really good, to begin with. However, as the game progressed. The bowling was also not upto the mark and the fielding was also a little poor and that is what cost them the game. They managed to fight back well but failed to capitalize on crunch moments.
Finally, finally, Bangalore have managed to win a game! They remain alive in the race for the playoffs. The chase though wasn't as straightforward as we thought it would be at the start of the second innings. Sophie Devine got them off to a flier but once she fell, they lost the top four in no time. At one time, UP were favourites to get over the line but Kanika Ahuja and Richa Ghosh played brilliantly to forge a match-winning stand. Kanika played a gem of a knock. She batted brilliantly and was the mainstay in the stand between the two. They took their team to the brink of a win before Kanika fell. Richa though stayed there till the end and took her side over the line.
Bangalore have their first win of the season! Full and on middle, Patil sweeps it behind square leg for a single. Bangalore win by 5 wickets.
Tossed up, outside off, Ghosh looks to sweep but gets a leading edge to third man. Scores level.
A yorker on middle, Ghosh defends it out.
Outside off, kept out.
FOUR! 2 needed now! IN THE GAP! Full toss on middle, Ghosh chips it to the gap to deep mid-wicket for four.
SIX! Just 6 needed now! The biggest six of the night! Tossed up on middle. Ghosh heaves it over cow corner for a biggie.
FOUR! 12 runs needed now! Sophie Ecclestone serves it on middle, quicker and full. Patil steps across to paddle, not in full control but she gets enough bat as it races to the fine leg fence.
Too full and outside off, Patil swings and misses.
OUT! BOWLED! The game is still not over! Sophie Ecclestone gets the breakthrough! Too full, quicker and fired on the leg pole. Ahuja shuffles a way across to paddle it away but misses and the ball hits the stumps. Bangalore need 16 runs in 20 balls.
Fuller and on off. Ghosh slogs it wide of long on, to the right of the fielder who does well to save three runs.
Too full and on middle. Ghosh drives but straight to covers.
Too full and on middle, Ghosh blocks.
Bangalore will be happy with the singles. Full and on off, Ghosh flicks it to deep mid-wicket for one.