WPL 2024, Match 17: Delhi Capitals Women vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Women, Seventeenth Match - Who Said What?

Delhi Capitals Women beat Royal Challengers Women by one run in Match 17 of WPL 2024.

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Delhi Capitals Women (DC-W) qualified for the knockout stages of the Women’s Premier League (WPL) 2024 after their thrilling one-run victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore Women (RCB-W) in Match 17 on Sunday, March 10 at Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi. After opting to bat first, Delhi posted a massive score of 181/5 in their allotted 20 overs.

In reply, RCB came agonizingly close to a win but eventually fell one run short finishing on 180/7 in their 20 overs. Their chase got off to a miserable start as they lost their captain Smriti Mandhana (5 off 7) in the second over itself. However, Ellyse Perry (49 off 32) and Sophie Molineux stabilized the innings with their 80-run stand off 57 balls for the second wicket.

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Contributions from Sophie Devine (26 off 16) and Georgia Wareham (12 off 6) kept RCB alive while Richa Ghosh brought them on the verge of a win with her magnificent half-century (51 off 29). However, she failed to score two runs off the last ball and got involved in an unfortunate run out resulting in a heartbreaking loss for them.

Earlier in the day, after opting to bat first, Delhi got off to a good start with openers Shafali Verma (23 off 18) and Meg Lanning (29 off 26) adding 54 runs for the first wicket off 38 balls. After a solid start for DC, RCB made a brilliant comeback as Asha Shobhana dismissed Verma while Lanning fell prey to Shreyanka Patil.

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Following their dismissals, there was still no respite for RCB bowlers as Jemimah Rodrigues (58 off 36) and Alice Capsey (48 off 32) continued the onslaught getting involved in a massive 97-run stand off 62 balls. Their stand was broken by Shreyanka Patil who cleaned both of their stumps to register figures of 4/26 in four overs.

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

Losing Captain, Smriti Mandhana, Royal Challengers Bangalore, said:

Tough loss to take. The way we were batting, the way Richa was going, brilliant innings and Shreyanka's last over was brilliant to watch. [on Shreyanka] She had a niggle, not that she was not dropped, a player of her quality there was no way of dropping. Really happy for her, especially the last over, showed a lot of character. [on having so many opening partners this season] Does not change the way I want to bat for sure. Would have loved to play today and maybe better. Does not change my mindset. Last 10 years of international cricket, had a few partners. We have seen a  lot of Richa in WPL and international cricket, Perry was going well, unfortunately she got run out. The game could have gone anywhere in the last ball and good on Delhi to keep their nerve and win. One run does not make us a bad team. Good effort with the shorter boundary to restrict them to 180. We really believed that we could chase this down. Would tell the girls to keep their heads high and come back stronger the day after.

Winning Captain, Meg Lanning, Delhi Capitals, said:

That's way too stressful. Thankfully tonight we are on the right side. I'm a lot calmer on the outside than on the inside. Even the couple of ones we lost, did not nail the big moments but tonight we did and were happy with the win. We laid a really good platform, we felt the score at the halfway mark was good. If we bowled well and took our chances, we knew we could win. Our bowlers did a great job. conditions and matchups and that's what we felt was best for the game. When you get set batters here, it's tough to stop them.

Player of the Match, Jemimah Rodrigues, Delhi Capitals, said:

Good, we have two days to recover. We have played three last-ball games and it was such a blessing this went in our favor. Keep at it and stick at it during the timeouts. Taking it one ball and not thinking too much helped us. After losing against UP, I knew for some reason, this was going to help us. For next time when we were playing a semi it was going to help us - learning from our mistakes. The pitch tonight was slower and lower, yesterday also was the same pitch. I decided that even if I look ugly I had to get runs, getting player of the match is fine but today is a total team effort. Shikha bowled that 16th over against the two best hitters in the world, Capsey and me with that partnership. JJ with that last over, Meg as well, so a total team effort. [on Richa] I feel for her, although I'm happy we won. I told her, this will help you - maybe she could hit the winning runs in the World Cup final and help us lift the trophy.

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