The Hindu (Mumbai)

Shafali-Capsey’s rollicking stand sets up Capitals’ win over RCB

Kapp and Jonassen’s allround shows with cameos and vital strikes prove decisive; Smriti’s brilliant innings of 74 goes in vain for Royal Challenger­s as they lose the plot after a promising start

- Mayank Chaudhary

elhi Capitals rode on Shafali Verma’s (50, 31b, 3x4, 4x6) halfcentur­y and Jess Jonassen’s (three for 21 and 36, 16b, 4x4, 2x6) impressive allround show to beat Royal Challenger­s Bangalore by 25 runs here at the M. Chinnaswam­y Stadium on Thursday.

Chasing 195, RCB skipper Smriti Mandhana put on a show in front of a packed crowd.

She took Royal Challenger­s past 50 inside PowerPlay singlehand­edly and brought up her maiden WPL fifty off 32 deliveries in the eighth over.

Opener Sophie Devine fell to Arundhati Reddy before Marizanne Kapp removed the dangerous Smriti, cleaning her up in the 12th over, putting a massive dent in RCB’s hope.

Although S. Meghana and Richa Ghosh scored valuable runs down the order, Royal Challenger­s fell like a pack of cards towards the end.

Arundhati sent Meghana packing, and Nadine de

DKlerk was run out in the 19th over before Jonassen picked three scalps in the last over to restrict RCB to 169 for nine.

Earlier, a collective batting effort helped DC notch up 194 for five after being put in to bat.

An 82run stand between Shafali and Alice Capsey (46, 33b, 4x4, 2x6) for


Meg Lanning c Wareham b Devine 11 (17b, 2x4), Shafali Verma c Wareham b Shreyanka 50 (31b,

Alice Capsey b de Klerk 46 Jemimah Rodrigues c Simran b de Klerk 0

(4b), Marizanne Kapp c Simran b Devine 32 (16b, 2x4, 3x6), Jess Jonassen (not out) 36 (16b, 4x4,

Arundhati Reddy (not out) 10 Extras (lb2, w6, nb1): 9; Total (for five wkts. in 20 overs): 194.


128 (Lanning, 4.5 overs), 2110 (Shafali, 11.6), 3111 (Jemimah, 12.5), 4124 (Capsey, 14.6), 5172 (Kapp, 18.3).


Renuka 40280, Devine 30232, Molineux 30230, Asha 20300, Wareham 10130, de Klerk 40352, Shreyanka 30401.


Smriti Mandhana b Kapp 74 (43b,

Sophie Devine c Jonassen b Arundhati 23 (17b,

S. Meghana run out 36

Richa Ghosh c the second wicket, where both batters struck boundaries at will, took Capitals past 100 in 12 overs. Shafali fell to Shreyanka Patil after reaching her fifty.

RCB pulled things back with two quick wickets as de Klerk removed Jemimah Rodrigues for a duck before dismissing Capsey to

Jonassen b Kapp 19 (13b, 2x6), Georgia Wareham c Capsey b Shikha 6 (7b), Nadine de Klerk c sub (Sutherland) b Arundhati 1 (2b), Simran Bahadur c Lanning b Jonassen 2 (2b), Sophie Molineux c Radha b Jonassen 1 (2b), Shreyanka Patil (not out) 1 (2b), Asha Sobhana c sub (Sutherland) b Jonassen 0 (1b), Renuka Singh (not out) 1 (1b); Extras (lb1, w3, nb1): 5; Total (for nine wkts. in 20 overs): 169.


177 (Devine, 8.3), 2112 (Smriti, 11.6), 3138 (Richa, 15.1), 4150 (Wareham, 16.6), 5164 (Meghana, 18.3), 6164 (de Klerk, 18.4), 7167 (Molineux, 19.1), 8168 (Simran, 19.3), 9168 (Asha, 19.4).


Kapp 40352, Minnu 20280, Jonassen 40213, Shikha 40271, Arundhati 40382, Radha 20190.

Toss: Royal Challenger­s.

Delhi Capitals won by 25 runs.

Friday's match: UP Warriorz vs. Gujarat Giants, 7.30 p.m. deny her a fifty.

Kapp (32, 16b) and Jonassen added 48 off 22 for the fifth wicket, providing DC a late flourish.

Jonassen clobbered Shreyanka for a four and a six in the last over, helping Capitals set a formidable target that was enough to stop Royal Challenger­s.

 ?? K. MURALI KUMAR ?? Shafali’s quickfire fifty was a perfect launching pad for Delhi Capitals’ formidable total.
K. MURALI KUMAR Shafali’s quickfire fifty was a perfect launching pad for Delhi Capitals’ formidable total.

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