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WPL 2024: Weekly Review – Points Table, Top Run-Getters And Wicket-Takers

The Women’s Premier League 2024 (WPL 2024) got off to a stellar start with the defending champions Mumbai Indians romping to a win versus Delhi Capitals by 4 wickets.

The first week of the WPL 2024 that passed by also witnessed some nail-biting and tense encounters, scintillating performances with the bat and ball with some lopsided matches, to say the least.

WPL 2024: Here’s how the matches progressed

Match 1- Delhi Capitals v Mumbai Indians: Mumbai Indians Won by 4 Wickets 

In Match 1, Mumbai Indians handed Delhi Capitals a four-wicket loss. MI won the toss and opted to bowl first. Delhi got to 171/5 owing to a glittery 75 by Alice Capsey, Jemimah Rodrigues’ 42. In what turned out to be a last-ball thriller, MI had impactful knocks from Yastika Bhatia and Harmanpreet Kaur but it was the superstar S Sajana who finished off with a maximum driving Mumbai home to a famous win.

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Match 2- Royal Challengers Bangalore vs UP Warriorz: Royal Challengers Bangalore Won by 2 Runs

RCB got off to a winning start in their WPL campaign. In a match that went down to the last ball, Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated UP Warriorz by two runs in their opening match at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. Asha Sobhana was the star of the night for RCB, claiming five wickets, including three crucial wickets in the 17th over that took the wind out of UP’s sails.

The second game of WPL 2024, played in front of a sold-out stadium, also ended in a last-ball finish like the first match had ended in Mumbai Indians’ favour against the Delhi Capitals. Chasing a total of 158 runs, UP needed 11 runs off the last nine balls thanks to a resilient partnership from Grace Harris (38) and Shweta Sehrawat (31), which took the side from 49/3 to 125/4.

It was Poonam Khemnar’s cameo with three boundaries that got UP within touching distance before UP self-destructed. Earlier, Richa Ghosh (62 runs) and S Meghana (53) rescued Royal Challengers Bangalore and helped them post a target of 158 after the team was in deep trouble at 54/3 at one stage losing Smriti Mandhana, Sophie Devine and Ellyse Perry with just 54 runs on the board.

Match 3- Mumbai Indians v Gujarat Giants: Mumbai Indians Won by 5 Wickets

Mumbai Indians registered their 2nd consecutive win of the season as skipper Harmanpreet Kaur finished the 127-run chase with a six. Unlike the last 2 encounters, the 3rd game of the tournament didn’t turn out to be a nail-biter. The defending champions cruised to a comfortable win. Gujarat Giants tried to make a comeback into the game with 2 wickets at the end of the chase. Shabnim Ismail put in a superb display of new-ball bowling in Bengaluru, puncturing the top-order of Gujarat Giants as Mumbai Indians notched up their second win of WPL 2024. She was ably assisted by legspinner Amelia Kerr, who picked up four wickets.

However, Harmanpreet made sure to help her team cross the line. A below-par total by Gujarat Giants despite the cameos by Tanuja Kanwer and Kathyrn Bryce was always going to be difficult to defend. However, the Beth Mooney-led side would look to make a comeback in the next game.

Match 4- Delhi Capitals vs UP Warriorz: Delhi Capitals Won by Nine Wickets

Delhi Capitals defeated UP Warriorz by nine wickets in Match 4 of the ongoing WPL 2024 season, in Bengaluru on Monday. Chasing 120, Delhi reached 123/1 in 14.3 overs, courtesy of half-centuries from Meg Lanning (51) and Shafali Verma (64*). DC skipper Lanning won the toss and opted to bowl.

Marizanne Kapp rattled the UP Warriorz early as the DC pacer dismissed Alyssa Healy, Vrinda Dinesh and Tahlia McGrath inside the opening five overs. Meanwhile, Radha Yadav was also in sizzling form, bagging a four-wicket haul. Shweta Sehrawat was UPW’s top-scorer with 45 runs, as they posted 119/9 in 20 overs. This was Delhi’s first win in the WPL 2024.

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Match 5- Royal Challengers Bangalore v Gujarat Giants: Royal Challengers Bangalore Won by 8 Wickets

Royal Challengers Bangalore secured a convincing victory against the Gujarat Giants in Match 5 of the Women’s Premier League (WPL) 2024. With their dominant eight-wicket win at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, RCB have jumped to the top spot in the WPL points table.

After being put to bat first, the Giants put up a disappointing performance. Their innings never got going as Renuka Singh (2/14) and Sophie Molineux (3/25) halted GG to only 107/7 in 20 overs. In reply, Sophie Devine lost her wicket early on but skipper Smriti Mandhana played a delightful knock of 43 in just 27 balls. Two unbeaten knocks by Sabbhineni Meghana (36*) and Ellyse Perry (23*) sailed RCB past the finishing line as the hosts won the tie with eight wickets and 45 balls to spare.

Match 6- Mumbai Indians vs UP Warriorz- UP Warriorz won by 7 Wickets

UP Warriorz pulled off one of the most spectacular wins and got their first win this season versus Mumbai Indians in Match 6 of the WPL at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Wednesday. For MI, in what proved to be a big setback the star duo of Harmanpreet Kaur and Shabnim Ismail missed out with Issy Wong and Humairaa Kaazi making inroads. UPW won the toss and elected to bowl first.

In the first essay, MI got to a competitive 161/6 with a crucial 55 coming from Hayley Matthews and contributions from Yastika Bhatia, Nat Sciver Brunt and Amelia Kerr coming in handy. UPW had a new opening duo in skipper Alyssa Healy and Kiran Navgire as the youngster Vrinda Dinesh was injured while fielding.

Ensuring a blistering start for UPW, Kiran Navgire blasted off to a glittery 57 off 31 that set the tone for an easy win and with knocks of 38 and 27 from Grace Harris and Deepti Sharma coming to the fore, UPW breezed to an easy seven-wicket win with 21 balls to spare.

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Match 7- Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Capitals- Delhi Capitals Won by 25 Runs

In the highly anticipated match between the Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals in Match 7 of the WPL at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, we witnessed DC script a remarkable 25-run win. RCB won the toss and opted to bowl first, however, Delhi was clinical with the bat amassing 194 on the board in their 20 overs.

Driven by Shafali Verma’s 50, Alice Capsey’s 46, Marizanne Kapp’s 32 and a late blitz from the new entrant Jess Jonassen who scored 36, Delhi ended up with a massive total rendering RCB’s bowling ineffective with death bowling frailities exposed.

The subsequent runchase witnessed RCB get off to a solid start with Smriti Mandhana scoring 74 but with no other batter coming to the fore barring an indifferent 36 of S Meghana, RCB succumbed to a 25-run defeat in what was a forgettable batting effort for them. With this win, DC toppled RCB at the top of the table.

Match 8- UP Warriorz v Gujarat Giants: UP Warriorz Won by 6 Wickets

UP Warriorz came out on top with a remarkable win against the struggling Gujarat Giants in Match 8 of the WPL at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. UPW won the toss and opted to bowl first. Gujarat did not have the best of the outings with the bat as they could muster only 142 on the board courtesy of Phoebe Litchfield’s 35 and Ashleigh Gardner’s 30 but no other batter delivered. UPW once again had Sophie Ecclestone who stood out with three wickets.

In the subsequent run-chase, giving much-needed impetus was skipper Alyssa Healy who scored a crucial 33 but it was Grace Harris who stole the show yet again with a masterclass knock of 60 coming in just 33 deliveries that sealed the deal and ensured a famous UPW win!

WPL 2024- Points Table

Leading the pack is Delhi Capitals with 4 points, closely followed by Royal Challengers Bangalore with a slightly lesser NRR. UP Warriorz is in the 3rd position with two wins and two losses while Mumbai Indians is in the fourth position with 2 wins and 1 loss. Gujarat Giants are at the bottom of the table with three losses and zero points.

WPL Points Table. [Image: WPL Website]
WPL Points Table. [Image: WPL Website]

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WPL 2024 – Top Run-Getters

Grace Harris tops the runs charts with 153 runs under her belt, followed by the RCB duo of Smriti Mandhana and S Meghana with 130 and 125 runs, respectively. DC’s Alice Capsey (125 Runs) and Shafali Verma (115 Runs) occupy positions four and five.

Leading Run Getters of WPL 2024. [Image: Getty]
Leading Run Getters of WPL 2024. [Image: WPL Website]

WPL 2024: Top Wicket Takers

Amelia Kerr with seven wickets is at the top position followed by Marizanne Kapp and Sophie Ecclestone with six wickets apiece. Domestic giants, Tanuja Kanwer and Asha Shobana are in the next two positions with five wickets each.

WPL 2024 Top Wicket Takers. [Image: WPL Website]
WPL 2024 Top Wicket Takers. [Image: WPL Website]

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