Kapp, Mani, Shafali secure final spot for Capitals with emphatic win

Giants’ performance once again deteriorated and they scored a paltry score of 126 runs for 9 wickets.

Delhi Capitals 129 for 3 (Shafali 71, Rodrigues 38, Kanwar 2-20) beat Gujarat Giants 126 for 9 (Phulmali 42, Brice 28, Mani 2-9, Kapp 2-17, Pandey 2). -23) by seven wickets.

Kapp

Six balls, half of them world-class, and the last ball fell off Beth Mooney’s thigh pad and crashed into the base of middle and leg stump with a terrible thud. If Delhi Capitals wanted to hammer home their WPL title credentials, it was Marizanne Kapp’s first over in the final group game in this year’s competition, which the Capitals won comfortably to book their place in the final.

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But they weren’t done there, and neither were Kapp. He and Jess Jonassen combined, not for the first time, to take two more wickets in quick succession as Gujarat Giants reached 16 for 3 inside five overs.

Shafali Verma’s brilliant half-century ensured the win came fast and furious, chasing down the 127-run target with 41 balls to spare as the Capitals confirmed top spot on the table and go straight into Sunday’s decider, where They will face either defending champions Mumbai Indians. Royal Challengers Bangalore. For the Giants, their quest to make the playoffs will continue through 2025.

run a top campaign

Kapp’s second delivery fell just short of a length in the channel and was then cut late, attracting the interest of Mooney, who was badly beaten. Kapp’s fifth, on the same length but this time on leg stump, cut Mooney in half and launched to his right to collect Capitals wicketkeeper Tania Bhatia. But the next ball was on a length and leg stump, Mooney tried to edge it through fine leg and saw it bounce off his thigh and into the woodwork.

Jonassen began the attack in the fourth over and bowled his third ball, a length delivery and back to D Hemalatha, who swung and missed as the ball hit the top of the off stump. Caps got her second wicket when Laura Wolvaardt deceived Shafali at mid-off and headed back into the dugout, completing the benched Ghent top three with single-figure scores. Between them, the Capitals pair have taken a total of 12 wickets in the powerplay so far in this WPL. Cupp and Jonassen have taken 11 wickets each in the tournament, making them joint top with Sophie Ecclestone, whose campaign ended when UP Warriors crashed out of the tournament in the group stage.

Jess Jonassen has 11 wickets in the tournament, which is the joint highest.
Jess Jonassen has 11 wickets in the tournament, which is jointly the most with BCCI
For Titas Sadhu, offspinner Minnu Mani took two wickets in five balls, taking the Giants’ score to 48 for five at the half of the innings. She bowled a ball to Ashley Gardner which took a turn and hit the stumps and then Phoebe Litchfield was caught by Radha Yadav at mid-on in a decisive and immediate reply after falling down the ground for six runs.

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Bharti Fulmali and Katherine Bryce put up a somewhat spirited fight, putting on a 68-run partnership off 50 balls, with Fulmali hitting seven fours in her innings of 42 runs from 36 balls, top-scoring for her team. But Shikha Pandey came to bowl the last over and took two wickets in as many balls. He bowled Phulmali with a full ball which hit the off stump and Tanjua Kanwar was out playing a short, slow ball outside the off stump.

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Shabnam Shakeel survived the hat-trick ball but was the first of two quick run-outs, with Meghna Singh following behind her, before Bryce hit Jonassen’s last ball through the off side for four runs and remained unbeaten, but it was heavily overshadowed. There were doubts whether the Giants were anywhere close to being run out.

no time to waste

The Capitals gave a clear impression that they were somewhere – the final, to be precise – when Meg Lanning and Shafali scored 31 runs without loss after three overs. Lanning started it off with four fours in five balls in Bryce’s first over, the second over of the chase. Shafali scored three runs off Shabnam’s next ball before Lanning was run out, after Kanwar pushed the first ball towards point her partner sent it back, where Wolvaardt gathered and bowled it to wicketkeeper Mooney as Lanning Dives in vain, scoring 18 runs from 10.

The Giants would have been delighted to remove Alice Capsey, who was out for a four-ball duck at mid-off off Kanwar, leaving the score at 31 for 2. But Shafali continued in the same manner as she had started, hitting a six over long-on off Meghna. A brilliant 91 meter effort from Gardner to start the first over and the second over on the ground to end it. Gardner came in to inflict more punishment on Shafali in her second over, hitting a four over the right side of long-on and a six over the fence in the same area, leaving the Capitals at 82 for 2 after 10 overs. Went.

Jemimah Rodrigues hit Mannat Kashyap for a six over long-off, before Shafali completed her half-century with four runs through extra cover and the runs continued to flow.

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