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WPL PIX: Lanning, Jonassen power Delhi to victory

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Last updated on: March 08, 2023 09:00 IST
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IMAGE: Jess Jonassen put up a stellar show with both bat and ball. Photograph: Photograph: Deepa Malik/SPORTZPICS

Skipper Meg Lanning's second consecutive half-century and Jess Jonassen's splendid all-round show powered Delhi Capitals to an emphatic 42-run win over UP Warriorz in the WPL 2023 match at the D Y Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai on Tuesday.   

Lanning led from the front with an entertaining 70 off 42 balls as Delhi Capitals once again flaunted their firepower to reach 211 for four against UP Warriorz after being put in to bat.


Jess Jonassen, who hammered an unbeaten 42 off 20 balls, returned to take three wickets that shut the door on UP Warriorz, who ended at 169 for five in 20 overs.

Tahlia McGrath delayed the inevitable with a stroke-filled 90 not out off 50 balls, the highest individual score in WPL thus far.

It was Delhi's second win in as many games while Warriorz suffered their first loss of the inaugural season.

IMAGE: Tahlia McGrath rebuild UP’s innings. Photograph: Photograph: Deepa Malik/SPORTZPICS

Warriorz could not recover from Jonassen's twin strike in the fourth over when she removed opposition captain Alyssa Healy (24 off 17 balls) and Kiran Navgire (2). The left-arm spinner beat Healy in the flight and had her caught at point before Navgire fell to a wild slog.

India U-19 star Shweta Sehrawat (1) struggled in her six ball stay and was caught behind off Marizanne Kapp, leaving Warriorz at 31 for three.

Warriorz made a questionable call to leave out Grace Harris, who had won them the game against Gujarat Giants, for the extra pace of Shabnim Ismail. Though Ismail was the best bowler on show, Harris' big hitting prowess was missed in the run chase.

IMAGE: DC skipper Meg Lanning celebrates her half-century. Photograph: Photograph: Deepa Malik/SPORTZPICS

Earlier, Lanning stole the show in the first half of Delhi's innings while fellow Australian Jonassen went ballistic in the death overs to ensure Delhi crossed the 200-run mark for the second time in as many games. 

Delhi smashed 65 runs off the last five overs with Jonassen getting good support from Jemimah Rodrigues (34 not off 22 balls).

UP Warriorz opted to field, thinking the surface would suit the pacers early on but Delhi were able to negate that threat to post a challenging total.

Lanning and her opening partner Shafali Verma (17 off 14) shared a 67-run off 39 balls with the skipper doing the bulk of the damage. 

Ismail got the ball to move around in her opening spell but was unlucky to get a wicket. One knew it was Lanning's day as even her mishits were going all the way. Her innings comprised 10 fours and three sixes.

IMAGE: The covers came on at the DY Patil Stadium. Photograph: Photograph: Deepa Malik/SPORTZPICS

With Ismail getting the ball to swing away, Lanning went for the flick off a full ball but got a leading edge that sailed over the bowler's head for the first six of the game.

Lanning's second six came off Ismail again as she mishit a pull that went over the fine-leg fielder.

The inspirational Australian skipper was brilliant with her backfoot play on either side of the wicket with the cut and pull being an integral part of  her game.

She reached her second consecutive half-century with a sweep off Sophie Ecclestone. It was a top-edge that comfortably cleared the backward square fence. 

IMAGE: Rajeshwari Gayakwad pocketed the prized scalp of Meg Lanning. Photograph: Photograph: Ron Gaunt / SPORTZPICS for WPL

Shafali was dismissed in seventh over with Kiran Navgire taking a diving catch at deep square leg off Tahlia McGrath.

A passing shower stopped play for a brief period when Delhi were cruising at 87 for one in nine overs. 

Barring Ismail, all other UP bowlers conceded more than 10 runs per over.

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