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WPL 2024 PIX: Mandhana, Perry power RCB to comfortable win over UPW

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Last updated on: March 04, 2024 23:18 IST
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Images from the WPL 2024 match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and UP Warriorz in Bengaluru on Monday.

IMAGE: RCB captain Smriti Mandhana and Ellyse Perry smashed half-centuries. Photograph: BCCI

Engaging fifties by skipper Smriti Mandhana and star all-rounder Ellyse Perry formed the foundation of Royal Challengers Bangalore's convincing 23-run win over UP Warriorz in their Women's Premier League match in Bengaluru on Monday.


Mandhana (80, 50b, 10x4, 3x6) and Perry (58, 37b, 4x4, 4x6) added 95 runs off just 64 balls for the second wicket as Royal Challengers made a formidable 198 for three.

IMAGE: UP Warriorz captain Alyssa Healy in action. Photograph: BCCI

The Warriorz's chase did not have much to write home about except a fifty (55, 38b, 7x4, 3x6) by captain Alyssa Healy as it ended at 175/8.

This was also the last game of WPL's Bengaluru leg as the caravan now rolls to New Delhi from Tuesday.

But the visitors made a cracking beginning to their innings scoring 47 in just 4.2 overs as Healy and Kiran Navgire tore into RCB bowlers after a first-over maiden by pacer Renuka Singh.

IMAGE: Sophie Devine of Royal Challengers Bangalore celebrates the wicket of Grace Harris of UP Warriorz. Photograph: BCCI

Healy moussed two sixes off pacer Sophie Devine in the second over to start the run glut, and then hammered Renuka for 24 runs in the next over as Navgire also took part in the fun with a four and six.

But Devine ended that partnership when she ousted Navgire and her dismissal cooled down the run-collection rate.

The ever-mounting asking rate forced the UP batters to go after big shots as they lost Chamari Athapathuthu (8), in-form Grace Harris (5) and Shweta Sehrawat (1) while adding 26 runs between the seventh and 10th over.

IMAGE: Deepti Sharma of UP Warriorz hits a six. Photograph: BCCI

At 90 for four after 10 overs, the burden of taking the UP outfit past the target was entirely on Healy and she tried gamely with a 34-ball fifty.

But left-arm spinner Sophie Molineux curtailed her stint as Healy failed to connect a tossed-up ball on middle and leg and Richa Ghosh did the rest behind the stumps.

IMAGE: Georgia Wareham of Royal Challengers Bangalore appeals for the wicket of Chamari Athapaththu. Photograph: BCCI

Deepti Sharma (33, 22b) Poonam Khemnar (31, 24b) added 41 runs for the sixth wicket but they had one too many runs to scale down.

Earlier, looking to get out of a two-match losing streak, RCB promoted S Meghana into opening slot in place of Sophie Devine and the move paid off.

IMAGE:  Smriti Mandhana pulls a delivery through the leg side. Photograph: BCCI

Meghana and Mandhana (80, 50b, 10x4, 3x6) added 51 runs in 5.3 overs to give the Royal Challengers a strong platform and the hosts ended the Power Play at 57 for 1, their best in WPL 2.

Mandhana in the company of Perry (58, 37b, 4x4, 4x6) added 95 runs off just 64 balls for the second wicket to optimise that start as the UP bowlers wilted under constant heat.

IMAGE: Smriti Mandhana celebrates reaching her fifty. Photograph: BCCI

The left-hander's timing was stunning as she played shots all around the park and treated spinners with disdain. It will give her a lot of confidence as she often tends to get stuck against the tweakers.

Mandhana, who was dropped on 28, was particularly severe on off-spinner Chamari Athapathuthu and left-arm pacer Anjali Sarvani, who she carted for a slew of fours and sixes.

But slog-sweep of offie Deepti Sharma ended in the hands of Poonam Khemnar at deep mid-wicket to silence the roaring RCB fans.

IMAGE: Ellyse Perry in action. Photograph: BCCI

However, Perry, who smashed left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad for two successive sixes, and Richa Ghosh added 42 runs off 18 balls for the third wicket as RCB motored on to a strong total.

Vrinda ruled out

Warriorz's Vrinda Dinesh is ruled out of the remainder of the WPL after suffering a shoulder injury during the match against Mumbai Indians here on February 28.

The UP side has signed wicket-keeper batter Uma Chetry as a replacement at her base price of Rs 10 lakhs.

IMAGE: Sabbhineni Meghana of Royal Challengers Bangalore in action. Photograph: BCCI

Uma recently played for India A against England A and was also a part of the India A Emerging squad that won the ACC Emerging Women's Asia Cup 2023.

RCB also made a change to the side, benching injured Shreyanka Patil for veteran Ekta Bisht.

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