Mammoth opening stand sets up DC’s comprehensive win over RCB

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Mammoth opening stand sets up DC’s comprehensive win over RCB

by Staff • Last updated on Sun, Mar 5, 2023

A mammoth 162-run stand involving openers Shafali Verma and Meg Lanning, and a five-wicket haul for USA’s Tara Norris, set up a winning start for Delhi Capitals as they thumped Royal Challengers Bangalore by 60 runs at the Braboune Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday (March 5). Shafali struck a 45-ball 84, which included 10 fours and 4 sixes while Lanning laced her 72 off 43 with 14 boundaries. Marizanne Kapp (39* off 17) also contributed with a brisk cameo in her undefeated 60-run stand off 31 deliveries with Jemimah Rodrigues (22* off 15) to power the Capitals to a massive 223/2. While RCB ensured the margin of defeat wasn’t as thumping as the one Gujarat Giants suffered at the hands of Mumbai Indians, they still only managed 163/8, with Smriti Mandhana (35 off 23) top-scoring in a losing cause.

A productive powerplay for DC

After a quiet opening over from Renuka Singh, Shafali and Lanning got into the act with three fours off Megan Schutt in the second over which yielded 14 runs. While Shafali played a wristy shot over mid wicket, Lanning rolled her wrists for a pull and then opened the face to guide the ball past the vacant slip cordon. Renuka bowled another tight over, giving away only five despite being whipped for a four over backward square leg by Lanning. Shafali, who was on 8 off 7, took on spin straightaway as she lofted the first ball from Preeti Bose over long-off for the first six of the game and she also made room to punch a Perry delivery through cover for a four. The introduction of Sophie Devine for the sixth over proved expensive for RCB as Shafali and Lanning struck two fours apiece in a 20-run over to power DC to 57/0.

The first century stand of WPL

Lanning continued to find the boundaries off the spinners after the powerplay, while Shafali skipped down the track to legspinner Sobhana Asha to hit down the ground for her second six, and followed it with a sweep for a four. Asha ended up conceding 22 off the ninth over as Lanning struck a four over mid-on and Shafali ended the over with a six over midwicket. Another four for Lanning, off Schutt, followed as DC took only 9.4 overs to reach the 100-run mark, with Shafali bringing up a 31-ball fifty, and she ended the over with a straight four. In the next over, Lanning brought up a 30-ball fifty with a four off Heather Knight, and Verma struck another six, smashing the ball over long-on. Shafali struck three more fours off Renuka in the 12th over which yielded 16 runs. Not to be left behind, Lanning also struck two fours off Preeti while Shafali top-edged a short ball from Perry for a four to move into the 80s and power DC past 150 in the 14th over. Lanning struck two more fours off Knight before being bowled as the stand finally came to an end. Shafali also fell in the same over, edging to the ‘keeper.

Kapp, Rodrigues power DC to massive total

DC had reached 164/2 in 15 overs and despite the openers departing in quick succession, the momentum did not halt as Marizanne Kapp and Jemimah Rodrigues continued the attack. Kapp struck a four and a six off Perry in the 16th over while Rodrigues hit two successive fours off Preeti and was put down by the bowler in the same over. Kapp then cut one past backward point off Schutt and followed it with two sixes to the leg-side fence off Knight. Two fours for Rodrigues off Schutt in the final over helped the Capitals finish with an imposing total, as they managed 59 in the last five overs.

Mandhana powers RCB’s start

Shikha Pandey started with a three-run opening over but Mandhana soon got into the act, striking two fours and a six in the ‘V’ off Kapp in the second over. Devine got going with three boundaries off Pandey, driving a full toss through cover before targetting the backward point region. Mandhana also took on Jess Jonassen, striking a couple of fours, although she wasn’t entirely in control of those shots. But the partnership ended in the fifth over as Shafali took a low catch at mid-off to give Alice Capsey a wicket, with the third umpire confirming that it was a clean catch. Perry struck a four to deep square leg in the same over while Mandhana lofted a Jonassen delivery off the backfoot for a boundary to help RCB end the powerplay at 54/1.

Norris rips apart the RCB middle order

The Capitals persisted with Capsey, who bagged the big wicket of Mandhana as the RCB skipper attempted a paddle only to hand a catch to Pandey at short fine leg. Perry tried to keep RCB in the hunt with regular boundaries, including a hat-trick of fours off Radha Yadav in the 10th over. Norris, the fifth overseas player in the Capitals’ lineup, bagged the big wicket of Perry as the batter played on after coming down the track and then had Disha Kasat caught in the deep off a pull. She added two more wickets to her tally in the next over, sending Richa Ghosh and Kanika Ahuja back off successive deliveries. Asha was the next to fall, giving Pandey her first WPL wicket. A half-century stand off only 28 deliveries between Knight and Schutt kept the Capitals waiting but the result was a foregone conclusion, with Norris adding a fifth wicket to her name by dismissing Knight.

Brief scores: Delhi Capitals223/2 in 20 overs (Shafali Verma 84, Meg Lanning 72; Heather Knight 2-40) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 163/8 in 20 overs (Smriti Mandhana 35, Heather Knight 34; Tara Norris 5-29) by60 runs.

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