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WPL 2023: Royal Challengers Bangalore suffered their fifth straight defeat in the Women’s Premier League on Monday night as Delhi Capitals thrashed Delhi Capitals by six wickets in a tense affair. Chasing 151 on what proved to be a challenging surface to bat on, Delhi Capitals were led by the pair of Jess Jonassen (29 not out) and Marizanne Kapp (32 not out), who produced an all-round display.

After returning a brilliant 4-0-17-0 in the first half, Kapp steered Delhi past the target with an unbeaten 32 not out from as many balls, with three fours and one six.

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Jonassen hit Renuka Singh for a six and a four to finish the match with two balls to spare, making 29 not out from 15 balls with four fours and one hit over the fence. Delhi Capitals scored 154/4 in 19.4 overs.

Delhi Capitals remained second in the points table with four wins giving them eight points, while RCB were pushed closer to elimination as they have endured a horror campaign in the inaugural WPL, losing all five of their matches.

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“It wasn’t the best start, including my golfer. Those first 14 overtimes really hurt us. 10-15 more runs would have helped,” RCB captain Smriti Mandhana said after the match.

Delhi Capitals were dismissed early by Megan Schutt, who cleaned up the dangerous Shafali Verma on the second ball of the innings to give her team a promising start.

But Alice Capsey took charge as she unleashed a string of boundaries to put Delhi back on track. However, her onslaught was thwarted by Preeti Bose, who dismissed the right-handed batsman for a well-made 38 off 24 balls with eight hits to the fence.

Capsey’s knock was crucial as it gave her team the much-needed momentum on a tough surface where the RCB batsmen had struggled for life for the majority of their first innings.

Delhi’s leading pair of Meg Lanning and Jemimah Rodrigues could only add 25 runs before the tie was broken, in the ninth over.

Lanning danced down the track to hit Sobhana Asha over the ropes, but missed the distance and Heather Knight took a clean catch.

Lanning, who was dismissed for just 15 off 14 balls, posted his lowest score in the league.

“We got ahead and RCB drove well to come back, nice to get over the line. It would have been nice to finish it earlier, but the goal was slower. It helped to have two experienced batters at the end. We just did really well, if you hit a good length that’s the most effective way to bowl. A lot to learn from this game,” said Lanning.
A crucial moment of the game came on the first ball of the 12th over, when Preeti Bose dropped a routine catch to give Rodrigues a reprieve to bat on 17.

However, Rodrigues perished in the 15th over after making 32 off 28 balls with three fours, caught by Richa Ghosh off Asha.

Kapp and Jonassen knocked out the remaining runs, adding 45 runs for the fifth wicket.

Earlier in the game, RCB posted a competitive score in their 20 overs as Ellyse Perry (67 not out) and Richa Ghosh (37) gave them a late boost.
RCB had reached 50/2 at half-time, but their batsmen found a rhythm and did well to add another 100 to their total in the last 10 balls.

The last six overs yielded 82 runs for RCB, with Perry finishing unbeaten on 67 off 52 balls with four fours and five sixes, and Ghosh produced his best knock of the tournament so far.

The India and RCB right-handed wicketkeeper hit three fours and as many sixes to score 37 off just 16 balls before a mistake ended her innings by Shikha Pandey.

Pandey was in his element on Monday night, picking up some crucial wickets at the top in the form of the inimitable Smriti Mandhana (8) and the dangerous Sophie Devine (21).

Pandey also took a sharp and athletic catch at short fine leg to get rid of Heather Knight (11) off Tara Norris. However, Pandey dropped Perry on 29 off his own bowling, and the RCB batsman capitalized on the lifeline.

Kapp, who had a fantastic five-for in Delhi’s last outing, was unable to get a goal on Monday but posted another impressive 4-0-17-0 season.


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