Twitter Reactions: Royal Challengers Bangalore suffer third consecutive loss as Gujarat Giants claim first win

Gujarat Giants earned their first of the tournament after defeating RCB by 11 runs.

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Mansi Joshi. (Photo Source: Twitter/WPL)

Gujarat Giants clinched their first victory in the Women’s Premier League (WPL) as they beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 11 runs. The two sides crossed swords in Match 6 of the WPL at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday, March 8.

Sneh Rana-led Giants won the toss and decided to put up a target in the first innings. Though Gujarat were handed a blow in the form of Sabbhineni Meghana’s dismissal, Sophia Dunkley and Harleen Deol took the onus of scoring the big runs. 

The duo hit the ground running swiftly and found the boundaries consistently. Dunkley breathed fire and stole the show as she amassed her first half-century which interestingly was the fastest thus far in the WPL. Dunkley score her fifty in just 18 balls with nine boundaries and two maximums to her name. 

Meanwhile, Harleen too notched up a half-century (67 off 45 balls) before she was sent packing by Shreyanka Patil. Dunkley too was dismissed for 65 runs in 28 balls after she batted at a stunning strike rate of 232.14. The side eventually posted a total of 201/7 runs as Heather Knight and Patil racked up two wickets each.

RCB fire in mammoth run chase, but fall short of the target

With the equation in place, RCB simply required a collective performance which could make their job easier in the run chase. The side pinned their hopes on skipper Smriti Mandhana and veteran star Sophie Devine to fire in the mammoth run chase.

However, Mandhana yet again faltered as she could only get 18 runs to her name in 14 balls as Ashleigh Gardner got her scalp. On the other hand, Devine began shifting gears and smashed the ball over the boundary ropes on numerous occasions. With this, the batter got her fifty in 36 balls with little help coming from Ellyse Perry who got 32 runs off 25 balls. 

However, Perry’s dismissal meant that the onus was on Devine to steer the side to a potential win. Though she tried hard to score the maximums, a mis-timed shot led to her heading back to the dugout after scoring 66 runs off 45 balls. Heather Knight (30* off 11) too tried to put up a fight down the order but the side fell short. Thus, the Giants handed RCB their loss on the trot, thereby winning their first game of the tournament.

Here is how Twitter buzzed during the clash-

Another day another failure for RCB. 3 back to back defeats. #GGvRCB
10:56 PM · Mar 08, 2023
Respect for Rana jii , she is injured still playing...she is not captain.... she is it ma'am.. #WPL2023 #RCBvGG
10:07 PM · Mar 08, 2023
Amit Singh@toamisin
Why is Heather Knight batting so low in the order? Should come 1 down for me. Use Perry as an accelerator instead of Richa Ghosh #RCBvGG #WPL2023
10:34 PM · Mar 08, 2023
yatin suryawanshi@yatinsuryawans3
Bhai yeah #Rcb ko konsa curse hai ? Na mens team jeet rhe hai na womens team 🥲!! #RCBvGG
10:34 PM · Mar 08, 2023
Shubham Shrivastava@Walkingmiless
Ab dheere dheere samajh mein aa raha hai Virat bhaiya pe kya beetti hogi 🥲 #WPL2023 #RCBvGG #GGvRCB
10:34 PM · Mar 08, 2023
Gaurav Nandan Tripathi 🜃@Cric_Beyond_Ent
RCB just might lose this game because of their erroneous selections. Komal Zanzad in place of Preeti Bose would have made their team so well balanced ! Their team construction errors will ensure they’ll find it very hard to make the next stage of the competition. #RCBvGG #WPL2023
10:33 PM · Mar 08, 2023
The only divine left of RCB in this match is, "Sophie Devine "....! #RCBvGG #RCBWvsGGW
10:33 PM · Mar 08, 2023
Atul Tiwari@iTiwariAtul
RCB is struggling to find the right momentum.. Be it while chasing or defending, inconsistency & lack of intent is making the team suffer. Again a defeat. Feel for the fans. #RCBvGG #GGvRCB #WPL2023 #WPL #TATAWPL
10:33 PM · Mar 08, 2023
From being the best team on Paper after Auction to being worst while playing. RCB never fails to win hearts only thing they fail is to win cup🥳 #WPL2023 #RCBvGG #RoyalChallengersBangalore
10:33 PM · Mar 08, 2023
Shibashis Chatterjee@Iamshibashis
1st player to score a 50 for each #WPL team Mumbai Indians Harmanpreet Kaur Delhi Capitals Shafali Verma UP Warriorz Kiran Navgire Gujarat Giants Sohpia Dunkley Royal Challengers Bangalore Sophie Devine
10:26 PM · Mar 08, 2023
Alex Clarke@ACharlesClarke
@kunal_jt Yep, good with me for sure
Kunal 🏏@kunal_jt
@ACharlesClarke Though I reckon it'll be Capsey-Dunkley duo for quite a while
10:21 PM · Mar 08, 2023
Faiz Fazel@theFaizFazel
Sophia Dunkley is now the batter with fastest fifty in the Women's Premier League (18 balls)
10:18 PM · Mar 08, 2023
Lucky I am Not a HaaRCB Fan
01:23 PM · Feb 27, 2023
आशीष सिंह@AshishS_45
When you are ready to be picked by MI but got picked by Haarcb #RCB #Mumbaindians #TATAWPL #SmritiMandhana
09:55 PM · Mar 08, 2023

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