With two wins in as many matches, Delhi trail only table-topping Mumbai Indians in the table on net run rate. Both have four points each from two games, but Mumbai has a superior NRR of 5,185 to Delhi’s 2,550.
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Asked to beat first, Lanning and handyman Jess Jonassen (42 not out and 3 for 43) took the Delhi side to a whopping 211 for 4 in the 20 overs allotted. Jemimah Rodrigues also played a useful 34 not out, off 22, adding an unbeaten 67 in just 5.4 overs for the fifth wicket off Jonassen.
Chasing the big goal of 212, Talia McGrath (90* of 50) played an overtime stroke but it came in vain as they could not recover from the triple-hit inside the Powerplay early in their chase. The Delhi bowlers capped UP at 169/5 at close to record another comfortable win.
After skipper Alyssa Healey (24 for 17) gave UP a good start, but his wicket in the fourth over, bowled by Jonassen, prompted a mini-collapse on their part. Two balls later, Jonassen dismissed Kiran Navgire to make it a double wicket over. Marizanne Kapp then reduced UP to 31/3 in 4.2 overs, removing the other opener Shweta Sehrawat.
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McGrath, who had the highest individual score of WPL extensionthen he sewed a 40-run stand with Deepti Sharma (12) to steady the chase, but it took 5.1 overs. Another slow partnership of 49 runs in 6.4 overs between McGrath and Devika Vaidya (23) did not allow UP to remain in the hunt. And they finally fell short by 42 runs despite some big hits from McGrath in the last overs, scoring 49 runs in 3.1 overs.
It was Delhi’s second win in as many matches as Warriorz suffered their first loss of the inaugural season.
Left arm spinner Jonassen beat Healy on a volley and caught her on the dot before Navgire went down in a wild slog. India U-19 star Shweta Sehrawat (1) struggled in her stay at six balls and was caught by Kapp, leaving Warriorz on 31 for three.
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Warriorz made a questionable call to shut out Grace Harris, who had won the game against the Gujarat Giants, on Shabnim Ismail’s extra pace. Although Ismail was the best bowler in the show, Harris’ great skill was lost in the run chase.
Earlier, Lanning stole the show in the first half of Delhi’s innings, while fellow Australian Jonassen ran amok in death overs to ensure Delhi passed the 200-run mark for the second time in as many matches.
Delhi batted 65 runs in 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 pacers early on, but Delhi were able to deny that threat to post a challenging total.
Lanning and fellow opener Shafali Verma (17 for 14) shared a 67 run off 39 balls with the skipper doing most of the damage.
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Ismail had the ball to move in her opening spell but was unlucky to get a wicket. You knew it was Lanning’s day because even her mistakes went through with it. Her innings included 10 fours and three sixes.
With Ismail swinging the ball, Lanning tried to bowl a solid ball, but hit a lead that flew over the bowler’s head for the first six of the game.
Lanning’s second six came out again from Ismail when he missed a shot that went over the thin-legged widefield.
The inspiring Australian skipper was brilliant with her backfoot game either side of the wicket with the cut and drive being integral to her game.
She reached her second successive half-century with a sweep over Sophie Ecclestone. It was an upper edge that comfortably passed the square fence to the rear.
Shafali was dismissed in seventh with Kiran Navgire taking a diving catch to Tahlia McGrath’s deep square leg.
A passing rain briefly halted play as Delhi cruised on 87 for one from nine overs.
Excluding Ismail, all other UP bowlers have conceded more than 10 runs per over.
(With inputs from PTI)