Gujarat owed it to the opener Sophie Dunkley65 from just 28 balls, including the tournament’s fastest half-century in 18 balls, and Harleen Deol 67 from 45 to put a mammoth 201/7 on the board.
Dunkley’s blazing shot included 11 fours and 3 sixes, while Deol hit 9 fours and a six.
Sophine Devine (66 out of 45) and heather knight (30 of 11) then nearly brought RCB home before falling 11 points short at 190/6.
“Amazing, amazing, great effort from the girls, very proud of them. It (finger kick) will be fine. Defending here at CCI is never easy, I know it was a tough game, a game with scores We lived on the game,” Rana said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
With the ball, Ashleigh Gardner picked 3/32 while Annabel Sutherland, despite being expensive, managed to defend 24 points from the final to end up with 2/56 and give Gujarat their first two points.
“We thought about him (Annabel) giving a few overs because she plays good wide yorkers. I think we’re a balanced team, we’ve got good hitters and we’ve got a good combination of players. That’s something that we were looking for from the first victory and now we have it (the victory),” added Sneh.
RCB captain Smriti Mandhana admitted the bowlers gave up more runs than the expected margins.
“I think I would say even in our bowling we gave 10-15 more runs than we expected. There were two or three overs where we conceded a lot of runs, not 6-7 points. We would have improved (with the target) otherwise. It’s a good outfield, one inning is really short, it played with a couple of our bowlers in mind, we’re trying to work on it,” said Mandhana said.
It was RCB’s third consecutive defeat, while Gujarat ended their two-game losing streak.
(With contributions from the agency)