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WPL 2024: Ellyse Perry Star As RCB Advance To The Playoffs Defeating Mumbai Indians Convincingly

WPL 2024: Ellyse Perry delivered an all-round performance, taking a record six wickets and smashing an unfazed 40 to set up Royal Challengers Bangalore’s commanding seven-wicket victory over Mumbai Indians and securing their Women’s Premier League play-off position here on Tuesday.

Smriti Mandhana won the toss and RCB was seen fielding first as Hayley Matthews and Sajeevan Sajana walked out into the middle to get the first boundary after struggling for the first five deliveries of the first over by Renuka Singh as Matthews was off the mark followed by Sajana’s first in the second over’s last ball.

And Mathews was opening the full-fledged face of her bat to hit a four and her first maximum of the match in the third over and her second in the following over which was contemplated well by Sajana’s two back-to-back fours in the fifth over but the good-going powerplay finally came to an end with Matthews’ dismissal as Sophie Devine got the early breakthrough.

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The seventh over was silent with just a couple of singles but Nat Sciver-Brunt tried to stir a little with a smash bringing her first four followed by Sajana hitting another of her boundaries in the eighth over summing it up with a banging six. And a well-in-touch Sajana too met her dismissal only after hitting another boundary in the ninth over that saw a consecutive departure in the name of the skipper, Harmanpreet Kaur at a shocking golden duck. Things turned for MI as they saw their drastic downfall one by one.

This time the names were Amelia Kerr (2 off 5 balls) and Amanjot Kaur (4 off 2 balls) as Amanjot could only manage to hit a boundary in the 11th over bowled by Ellyse Perry. Perry’s spell buried the fortunes harshly for Mumbai as she scalped two more wickets that too in the same 13th over picking Pooja Vastrakar (6 off 10 balls) and Nat Sciver-Brunt (10 off 15 balls).

Humaira Kazi and Priyanka Bala were fresh on the crease, but Kazi had to depart early in the 16th over after Bala hit her first four in the 15th over. Shabnim Ismail tried to collect a four just after Kazi’s wicket. The 17th and 18th over could only get a few singles and a double before Ismail got stumped by Richa Ghosh. Bala hit her second boundary in the 19th over, but Saika Ishaque’s final wicket turned down curtains for MI at 113 for all down.

And the low-scoring chase started with a double as Mandhana was off the mark on the very first ball followed by a single on the second thus summing the first over at just 3 before she got her smash in the second over to score a boundary off Matthews’ delivery. Sophie Molineux too opened her arms to hit the first of her boundaries in the third over followed by one from the bat of Mandhana in the same over.

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But it was all for Molineux till here as she saw her dismissal in the following over only after hitting another boundary in the fourth over. Smriti Mandhana was next in the queue to get dismissed in the fifth over, but Devine somehow accumulated some power in the fifth over itself to hit her first boundary. And Perry was hitting up with much valour and strength to scoop the first and fourth ball of the sixth over to hit a four and a six respectively.

But that was not celebrated for more than that as Devine met her dismissal in the seventh over. The eighth over saw a bye gifting a boundary followed by Perry overcoming the Indians’ attack with a boundary more from her bat.

Richa Ghosh got her support joining hands amid the chase with Perry to hit her first boundary in the tenth over which was carried forward by her in the very next over with a four and a six in the 11th over followed by another four in the 12th over which was contemplated well by Perry with a four in the 13th over and that saw a boundary each from both of them brilliantly in the 14th over.

And a superb end was given by both the batters to the chase as Ghosh contributed with a six and Perry bagged the match with a boundary to finish things off in the 15th over only.

WPL 2024: Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Brief Scores

Mumbai Indians 113 in 19 overs (S Sajana 30, Hayley Matthews 26; Ellyse Perry 6-15) lost to Royal Challengers Bangalore 115/3 in 15 overs (Ellyse Perry 40*, Richa Ghosh 36*) by 7 wickets.

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