The last league match day in the Women’s Premier League (WPL) 2023 saw an exciting double-header where Mumbai Indians (MI) defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the afternoon fixture while Delhi Capitals (DC) got the better of UP Warriorz in the evening game.
!@DelhiCapitals win their final league stage game by 5️⃣ wickets & 13 balls to spare to mark their entry to the #TATAWPL FINAL 🙌🏻🙌🏻
Scorecard ▶️ https://t.co/r4rFmhENd7#TATAWPL | #UPWvDC pic.twitter.com/4BwnCeSnbO
— Women’s Premier League (WPL) (@wplt20) March 21, 2023
Mumbai chose to bowl first after winning the toss, which proved to be a good decision as they managed to restrict RCB to a total of 125/9 in their allotted 20 overs. Richa Ghosh and Ellyse Perry were the top scorers for the team, each contributing 29 runs. Amelia Kerr being the pick of the bowlers for MI with figures of 3/22. Nat Sciver-Brunt also chipped in with 2 wickets for 24 runs in her quota of 4 overs.
Was tough-going on a tricky surface but Perry and Richa fought hard and got us to what looks like a par score.
“It’s not over until the last ball is bowled” 🙅♀️#PlayBold #SheIsBold #ನಮ್ಮRCB #WPL2023 #RCBvMI pic.twitter.com/i7xFfZ0zAa
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) March 21, 2023
In response, MI got off to a solid start with their openers Yastika Bhatia and Hailye Matthews putting on a 53-run partnership. After their dismissal, Amelia, who shined with the ball, played a crucial knock of 31 not out off 27 balls, including 4 fours, to steer her team to victory. For Bangalore, Kanika Ahuja finished with figures of 2/5 in a single over.
Bounced back in our own ghty way! 💪💙#OneFamily #MumbaiIndians #AaliRe #WPL2023 #RCBvMI pic.twitter.com/LiYaye27vH
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) March 21, 2023
In the evening fixture, the Capitals comprehensively defeated the Warriorz to go directly into the finals of WPL 2023. Bowling first, DC restricted UP at 138/6, with Alice Capsey bagging three wickets for 26 in her quota of 4 overs. Radha Yadav also bagged a couple of scalps for 28 runs in 4 overs.
A late charge gives us a fighting total to defend 👏
Let’s go, Warriorz! 👊#UPWvDC #UPWarriorzUttarDega #WPL pic.twitter.com/RFqWfJpcbA
— UP Warriorz (@UPWarriorz) March 21, 2023
Tahlia McGrath was the star performer for the Warriorz with an unbeaten 58 off just 32 balls, including 8 fours and 2 sixes. Captain Alyssa Healy also made a valuable contribution of 36 runs off 34 balls with 4 fours and 1 six.
Can Delhi Capitals chase the target set by UP Warriorz?#UPWvDC Scorecard: https://t.co/RuFaCAb3qp#WPL #WPL2023 #cricket #CricketTwitter #WomenCricket pic.twitter.com/YZ7D5drqkB
— WomenCricket.com (@WomenCricketHQ) March 21, 2023
In reply, the Capitals were once again off to a flyer thanks to their star opening pair of skipper Meg Lanning and explosive batter Shafali Verma. The duo added 56 runs and kept the run-rate on top. Capsey, who sizzled with the ball, then took over and took the team over the finish line with her 31-ball 34, featuring 4 fours and a six.
𝗗𝗲𝗹𝗵𝗶 𝗖𝗮𝗽𝗶𝘁𝗮𝗹𝘀 👉🏼 THE FIRST-EVER #TATAWPL FINALISTS ❤️💙
A surreal journey awaits a thrilling end. Bring on March 26 🐯🥺#YehHaiNayiDilli #UPWvDC pic.twitter.com/5kdq6VrpT1
— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) March 21, 2023
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