RCB’s most awaited win comes along, bags their first victory

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While the inaugural season of the WPL, hasn’t been a very good news for RCB, they have finally broken their spell and bagged their first victory against UP Warriorz.

While the team fell victim to defeat in the last five games, they have finally played their victory card. The game at Mumbai’s DY Patil Stadium was a joyous one indeed for RCB, who defeated Warriorz by a huge margin. Winning the toss, RCB opted to bowl and were quite successful at restricting the opponents at a low score.

Some amazing opening bowling from Sophie Devine as she picked both the openers in the very first over. Devine first picked Devika Vaidya and then bagged Alyssa Healy’s wicket. With shocking wickets in the very first over, Kiran Navgire entered the field shouldering huge responsibility for her team.

Navgire played a steady game but was not able to stay back longer. Her game was carried forward by Grace Harris who scored the maximum for the team. Harris played a total of 46 runs which led the team to a convenient score. Later Deepti Sharma and Sophie Ecclestone both contributed few runs wrapping the team’s first inning at 135 runs.

The Warriorz failed to keep up with the bowling miracle of RCB. Ellyse Perry, Sophie Devine, Sobhana Asha, Megan Schutt and Shreyanka Patil all picked the ajor wickets of the opponents and sent them all back to the pavilion in just 19.3 overs. The strong bowling effort from these bowlers restricted Warriorz from completing their first inning in a true sense.

Ellyse Perry shined especially with her three wicket haul, which included Grace Harris and Deepthi Sharma.

RCB needed 136 runs in 20 overs. It seemed to be a chasable game and RCB did not leave any stones unturned in order to bag their first series win. Although the openers were lost too early in the game, Heather Knight and Ellyse Perry poised the team back into the game. The two played a steady game and led the team to decent momentum.

Kanika Ahuja played a phenomenal game as she singlehandedly scored 46 runs and was later backed by Richa Ghosh. The team was able to secure the game in merely 18 overs, with 12 more balls and 5 more wickets to spare.

Warriorz bowlers did put in some major efforts, but weren’t quite successful in winning the game. Deepti Sharma bagged two major wickets.

A laudable win for RCB. Better late than never. RCB will hope to carry forward their gained momentum and spirit in the remaining games in order to end the series on a better note.

Brief Scores:

UP Warriorz 135/10 (Grace Harris 46 (32), Ellyse Perry 3/16, Sobhana Asha 2/27) lost against RCB 136/5 (Kanika Ahuja 46 (30), Richa Ghosh 31 (32), Deepti Sharma 2/16) by 5 wickets.

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