WPL 2024, Match 11: UP Warriorz vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Women, Eleventh Match - Who Said What?

Royal Challengers Bangalore women beat UP Warriorz by 23 runs in Match 11 of WPL 2024.

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Royal Challengers Bangalore Women (RCB-W) bounced back to winning ways in the Women’s Premier League (WPL) 2024 as they beat UP Warriorz (UP-W) by 23 runs in Match 11 on Monday, March 4 at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. After being put in to bat first, RCB posted a massive score of 198/3 in their allotted 20 overs riding on a scintillating knock from their captain Smriti Mandhana (80 off 50). In reply, UP could only score 175/8 in their 20 overs and ended up losing the game.

They got off to a terrific start in their chase with openers Alyssa Healy and Kiran Navgire adding 47 runs for the first wicket off 26 balls. Sophie Devine got the first strike for RCB as she dismissed Navgire (18 off 11) to bring the opening the stand to an end. Following her dismissal, Chamari Athapaththu (8 off 8), Grace Harris (5 off 5) and Shweta Sehrawat (1 off 5) departed cheaply leaving UP on 89/4 after 9.4 overs.

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However, captain Healy continued her marvellous knock and brought up her first half-century of the season scoring 55 off 38 with the help of seven fours and three sixes. Following her dismissal, Deepti Sharma (33 off 22) and Poonam Khemnar (31 off 24) tried their best to keep their team in the game with 41-run partnership off 31 balls but the duo failed to keep up with the required run rate and succumbed under pressure.

Earlier in the day, RCB got off to a good start with openers Sabbhineni Meghana (28 off 21) and Smriti Mandha (80 off 50) adding 51 runs for the first wicket. Ellyse Perry also scored a brilliant half-century playing an innings of 58 (37) smashing four fours and as many sixes. Richa Ghosh also played a quick-fire cameo of 21 (10) to propel RCB’s total to 198/3 in their 20 overs.

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Here’s what the two captains and the Player of the Match said after the game:

Winning Captain and Player of the Match, Smriti Mandhana, Royal Challengers Bangalore said:

We were under the pump after the last two games and we knew we had to get going today. Losing the toss didn’t help but there was a clear message to show intent straightaway. Everyone batted really well including Meghna at the top and then the bowlers came out and did their job. Definitely got a little lucky on 26 but I’ll take that because we really wanted this win. The practice was really good and playing domestic helped. It was good preparation, once you get the feel you just need to pick which area to target. Me and Perry were saying to each other that we’ve played together for 10 matches but this was the first 50-run stand. We are both experienced enough to recognize which bowler to target. There wasn’t much chat, it was just about executing. We never thought that we were out of the game, that’s how T20 cricket is. We were talking about how we would take wickets and come back. Different bowlers took pressure at different times and got the job done.

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