Shafali Verma took pitch out of equation against Gujarat Giants: Meg Lanning | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: Captain Meg Lanning saturday rented Shafali Verma after the swordsman propelled the Delhi Capitals to a resounding 10-wicket victory over the Gujarat Giants in Women’s Premier League (WPL) match at Dr DY Patil Sports Academy in Navi Mumbai. Shafali broke an unbeaten 76 on just 28 balls in a short chase.
After Marizanne Kapp’s 4-0-15-5 blasted the Gujarat Giants, who could only manage a 105/9 in their 20 overs, Shafali hammered five sixes and 10 fours in the company of Lanning (21 not eliminated) to propel Delhi Capitals to a 10 wicket win.
“I didn’t see it coming from Shafali, I don’t think anyone did,” Lanning told the media after the game here at DY Patil Stadium.
“She played to her strengths and went for it and when that happens in T20 cricket you just have to go for it.”
The Delhi Capitals captain said the pitch helped the playmakers early on.
“The field was a new ball wicket. There was some (help) there if you got it in the right areas, which we felt like you did,” Lanning said.

“But Shafali took the wicket out of the equation, she backed herself up, played to her strengths, stood still and hit straight. On these wickets, if you do this, you will succeed. I loved standing on the other end watching her do her thing,” she added.
Lanning praised Marizanne Kapp for her superb five-for which set the platform for Delhi Capitals.
“She just threw her stock ball with the natural length. She was able to get out of the box a bit. She had been a bit depressed, I don’t think she played that badly throughout the tournament, that’s the nature of the game. But seeing her get awards was a good thing,” Lanning said.
Gujarat Giants head coach Rachael Haynes has admitted his side made a mistake in leaving out Sophia Dunkley, whose 65 against Royal Challengers Bangalore was the difference maker.
“Marizanne is a great player and I don’t want to take anything away from her. To retire a batter who had played in the game before (last game), I’m not sure (if) that was the right call,” Haynes said.
“We had two players in this tournament who made half centuries and Dunk’s (Sophia Dunkley) was probably one of the best T20 runs I’ve seen in some time. We have to (have) the fit players at bat in this competition, the best players facing the most balls and unfortunately a good bowler just came through us tonight,” she added.
(With PTI entries)


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