Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) lost in the first match played in the Women’s Premier League (WPL), but in the second match against Mumbai Indians today, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) did not look good. RCB were bowled out for 155 runs in 20 overs in the Brabourne Stadium match. Richa Ghosh (28) was the top scorer in that team. Although they played well at first, the middle order and lower order batsmen of the team shone, but RCB managed to score that much. Mumbai bowlers performed well and tied RCB.
After winning the toss and coming to bat, the RCB openers gave up just like the match against Delhi. Both added 39 runs for the first wicket in four overs. Captain Smriti Mandhana scored 23 runs in 17 balls with the help of 5 boundaries while Sophie Devine scored 16 runs in 11 balls with 2 fours and 1 six.
Saika Ishaq shocked the pair who looked like they were getting into the crease. Devin Amanjot Kaur was caught in the second ball of the fourth over by Ishaq. In the same over, one-down batter Disha Kasath (0) was dismissed without opening the run account. On the second ball of the fifth over, Mandhana played a huge shot.. The ball went and caught the hand of Issy Wong at the boundary line. Heather Knight (0) who wanted to help was also ducked out. RCB, who were 39-0 in 4.2 overs, lost four crucial wickets in 5.3 overs (seven balls) to reach 43-4.
Ellis Perry, who came into the crease at the stage of losing four wickets for 43, scored 13 runs with a six and a boundary in just 7 balls. But she also ran out trying to run unnecessarily. In that sequence, Kanika Ahuja (22 off 13 balls, 3 fours, 1 six) along with wicket keeper Richa Ghosh (28 off 26 balls, 3 fours, 1 six) tried to support. Together these two added 34 runs for the sixth wicket.
Pooja Vastrakar breaks up this dangerous pair. On the third ball of the 12th over bowled by Pooja, Kanika played a huge shot and was caught by wicket keeper Yastika Bhatia. Richa also played a huge shot in the next over and caught Seaver at the boundary line and reached the pavilion. The team lost 7 wickets for 112 runs in 13.3 overs.
If you think that RCB scored 130 runs in this sequence, the team’s score crossed 150 because of the brilliance of Shreyanka Patil (22 off 15 balls, 4 fours) and Megan (20 off 14 balls, 3 fours). These two added 34 runs for the 8th wicket. Shreyanka hit two boundaries in the 16th over bowled by Saika. She also hit another boundary in the next over bowled by Seaver. But she got out on the last ball of the same over. Megan turned back as the last wicket. Among the Mumbai bowlers, Healy Mathews took three wickets and Ishaq and Amilia took two wickets each. Sewer and Vastrakar got a wicket each.