Delhi Capitals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Highlights: DC hand RCB fifth consecutive loss in WPL | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: A new venue but no change of fortune for Royal Challengers Bangalore as their agonizing wait to taste a victory in the Women’s Premier League continued with a fifth straight defeat on Monday.
Playing at the DY Patil stadium for the first time, RCB put in a much improved performance but Marizanne Kapp (32*) and Jess Jonassen (29*) held their nerves to take Capitals of Delhi in 19.4 overs in their pursuit of 151.
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After going for the bowl, the Delhi Capitals got early breakthroughs thanks to Shikha Pandey’s double strike that saw RCB fly-half Smriti Mandhana (8) and Sophie Devine (21) fall cheaply.
But Ellyse Perry and Richa Ghosh came to the team’s rescue with their 74-point stand and lifted the RCB to a 150/4 bout after being down to 63/3 in 12.4 overs. Perry went hammer and pinch against the DC bowlers as she broke 5 sixes and 4 fours in her undefeated 67-point shot.
Richa Ghosh came on with a stunning 37-from-16 cameo that changed RCB’s momentum.
Jonassen hit Renuka Singh for a six and a four to end the game with two balls to spare, reaching 29 on 15 with four fours and a hit over the fence.

Delhi Capitals remained second in the points table with four wins giving them eight points, while RCB have been pushed closer to elimination since enduring a horror campaign in the first WPLlosing all of their five matches.
The Delhi Capitals were rocked early by Megan Schutt, who cleared the dangerous Shafali Verma on the second pitch of the innings to give her team a promising start.
But Alice Capsey took matters into her own hands as she launched a wave of limits to put Delhi on the right track. However, his charge was stopped by Preeti Bose, who returned the right-handed hitter for a well-done 38-for-24 with eight hits to the fence.

Capsey’s hit was crucial as it gave his team much-needed momentum on a tough surface where the RCB hitters had found life difficult for the majority of their first innings.
Delhi’s leading pair of Meg Lanning and Jemimah Rodrigues could only add 25 points before their position was shattered in ninth place.
Lanning danced down the floor to hit Sobhana Asha over the ropes but couldn’t go the distance and Heather Knight grabbed a clean catch.
Sent off for just 15 of 14 balls, orange cap holder Lanning recorded her league-lowest score.
A crucial moment came in the game on the first ball from the 12th, when Preeti Bose to the point dropped a regulation hold to give Rodrigues a reprieve, at bat on 17.
However, Rodrigues perished in the 15th after going 32 from 28 with three fours, caught by Richa Ghosh wide of Asha.
The remaining runs were eliminated by Kapp and Jonassen, who added 45 runs for the fifth wicket.
Earlier the final six overs yielded 82 runs for RCB, with Perry finishing unbeaten on 67 from 52 balls with four fours and five sixes, and Ghosh producing his best shot of the tournament so far.
The right-handed India and RCB wicket-keeper batsman crushed three fours and as many sixes to make it 37 from just 16 balls before a miss ended her innings against Shikha Pandey.
Pandey was in his element on Monday night, catching a significant couple of wickets at the top in the form of Smriti Mandhana (8) and the dangerous Sophie Devine (21).
Pandey also grabbed a clean, athletic short-legged catch to get rid of Tara Norris’ Heather Knight (11). However, Pandey dropped Perry on 29 of his own bowling, and the RCB batter made the most of the lifeline.
Kapp, who is coming off a brilliant five-for in Delhi’s last outing, couldn’t get a wicket on Monday but pulled off another impressive 4-0-17-0 spell.
(With PTI inputs)


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