Ghosh’s half-century goes in vain, DC secures playoff spot in thriller

Ghosh’s half-century

Shreyanka Patil took four wickets after Richa Ghosh’s innings of 51 off 29 balls, but both efforts went in vain as Delhi Capitals sealed their place in the playoffs with a close win against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday (March 10). Did it. With the help of Jemimah Rodrigues’ 58 runs in 36 balls and Alice Capsey’s 48 runs in 32 balls, Capitals scored 181/5 despite a good finish from Patil. RCB’s overseas trio of Ellyse Perry, Sophie Molineux and Sophie Devine made useful contributions in the chase but the balance still tilted towards the Capitals. Ghosh’s tremendous innings took the score to 2 runs on the last ball, but she could not take her team over the line, leaving RCB in a precarious position in the points table.

Pursuance…

Mandhana was out early, Perry took charge

After Sabbineni Meghna was out and Sophie Devine was handed the middle-order role, it was a new opening pair in the form of Smriti Mandhana and Molineux. Things were looking promising when Molineux hit a brilliant drive off Marizanne Kapp and Mandhana hit a backfoot punch off Capsy for a four. But the partnership was short-lived as the RCB skipper missed a flick and Capsy trapped him for 5. This was followed by an economical over from Kapp, in which RCB got only 13 runs in the first three. Ellyse Perry provided the much-needed thrust to the chase as she started finding boundaries and even pulled Jess Jonassen for a six, helping RCB reach 42/1 at the end of the powerplay.

DC hits back after Perry-Molyneux stand

Molineux was struggling a bit compared to Perry, scoring only 8 runs from her first 13 balls before hitting a boundary off Arundhati Reddy. Meanwhile, Perry ensured that the required rate was not too high, hitting two consecutive fours off Jonassen to take the partnership past fifty in the ninth over. Molineux eventually upped the tempo and hit two fours off Titas Sadhu’s opening over to take RCB to 81/1 at the half stage.

DC missed their chances, with Shafali missing a direct hit to give Molineux a reprieve, while Capsey dropped a simple catch in Radha Yadav’s over to give Perry a lucky break. The score for the second wicket reached 80 runs when Perry was run out one run before the half-century.

RCB suffered another blow when Molineux was caught by Arundhati at sweeper cover on 33 runs. Tanya Bhatia could not bowl the bails when Devine was away from the crease after being sent back by Ghosh. He took advantage of the miss and hit two sixes and a four off Radha to take RCB to 125/3 after 15.

Ghosh’s bravery in vain

With 57 runs needed in the last five overs, Ghosh hit a four and a six off Arundhati in the 16th over. But only five came after a tight over from Shikha Pandey and the pressure increased on RCB when Devine pulled Cap’s ball straight to deep backward square leg. Wareham and Ghosh did well to ensure that the over proved fruitful for RCB, with both batsmen hitting a four each. With 28 runs needed off 12 balls, Ghosh and Wareham hit a four each off Pandey, but the

fell to a low full toss in the same over, leaving RCB needing 17 runs from the last over. Ghosh started the over with a straight six off Jonassen, but the next shot was a dot, followed by Disha Cassatt, who was run out without facing the ball. When Ghosh hit a six over the midwicket boundary, it came down to 8 runs in 2 balls, completing his half-century in 28 balls and the equation reached 2 runs on the last ball. But she could only hit the last ball on point and was caught short of the crease in an attempt to take a single, as the Capitals won a thrilling match to move back to the top of the table.

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First innings…

DC openers lost

It was a powerful start from the Capitals thanks to their openers, who hit seven fours and a six in the powerplay. RCB bowlers were really tight in the first three overs, scoring only 16 runs, which included two fours from Shafali Verma.

The momentum-changing over came in the fourth over when Meg Lanning came into action and hit four fours off Renuka Singh, who conceded 20 runs. Despite Sophie Molineux bowling another quiet over, debutant Shraddha Pokharkar was one of three players included in the eleven. RCB were hit by Shafali for a six over long-off and then a six over mid-off, taking the Capitals to 53, with RCB losing a review during the carnage.

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Rodriguez got fifty rights in the middle overs.

The opening partnership ended in the seventh over when Asha Sobhana dismissed Shafali in her first over, with the batsman caught at point attempting to swing the ball wildly. Patil, who returned to the playing eleven, also took a wicket in her first over by trapping Lanning in front and a review failed to help the Capitals skipper. However, the wickets did not slow down the Capitals as Alice Capsey and Jemimah Rodrigues replaced the openers to keep the pressure on RCB.

Asha also hit two fours off Patil in her second over, taking Capitals to 84 at the halfway stage of the innings. The score of 100 was reached in the 13th over, with Rodrigues hitting three fours off Molineux, followed by two more fours off Georgia Wareham as well as a six over cover, bringing up his half-century in 26 balls. At the end of 15 overs, DC were in a good position and reached 130/2.

Patil’s four helped in damage control to some extent

Asha kept it strong by conceding only 4 runs in the 15th over, but Capitals regained the lead in the next few overs, with Capsey hitting three fours to help the team cross 150 by the 17th over. Patil took the wicket of Rodrigues in the 18th, ending the 97-run partnership for the third wicket and conceding only four runs, but Molineux proved costly in the 19th, being hit for two fours by Capsey and a six by Marizanne Kapp.

Patil also ended Capsi’s innings by bowling him out at the score of 48 runs in the last over. He also stumped Jess Jonassen and conceded only five runs. But despite Patil’s excellent bowling performance, Capitals ended at over 180 after scoring 47 runs in the last five overs.

Brief scores: Delhi Capitals 181/5 in 20 overs (Jemimah Rodrigues 58, Ellyse Capsey 48; Shreyanka Patil 4-26) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 180/7 in 20 overs (Richa Ghosh 51, Ellyse Perry; Ellyse Capsey) 1-5) by 1 run.

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