The eighth match of the first edition of the Women’s Premier League (WPL) was played between the Royal Challengers Women team and UP Warriors at the Brabron Stadium in Mumbai. In this match, the UP Warriors saw a breakneck performance with both ball and bat and recorded their second win of the season by defeating the RCB women’s side by 10 wickets. Captain Alyssa Healy played a brilliant unbeaten innings of 96 winning runs for UP Warriors and played a key role in achieving the target in just 13 overs.
Royal Challengers Bangalore women’s team captain Smriti Mandhana decided to bat first after winning the toss in this match. Captain Mandhana and Sophie Devine, who started the innings for the team, saw a 29-run partnership go to the first wicket, which saw Captain Mandhana return to the pavilion after scoring 4 runs on 6 balls.
At the same time, Sophie Devine and Ellyse Perry did not allow the team to suffer any further setbacks in the first 6 overs and took the score to 54 runs. At a time when it looked as if the RCB women’s team were on their way to scoring a great goal in the match, Sophie Devine returned to the arena after scoring 36 runs.
Following this, where the RCB women’s team continued to lose wickets from one end, Alice Perry was seen trying to push the score from the other end. The RCB side couldn’t even play the full 20 overs and were limited to scoring 138 runs in 19.2 overs. For the team, Alice Perry scored the highest innings of 52 runs off 39 balls.
Sophie Ecclestone was seen bowling for UP Warriors who took 4 wickets for 13 runs in 3.3 overs. While Deepti Sharma took 3 wickets while Rajeshwari Gaikwad took 1 wicket.
Chasing the target of 139 runs, the UP Warriors team worked to maintain their dominance over the RCB women’s team bowlers from the first ball. The starting pairing of Captain Alyssa Healy and Devika Vaidya brought the score to 55 runs in the first 6 overs.
After this, stopping these two batsmen seemed impossible for the bowlers of the RCB women’s team. Alyssa Healy continued to score runs at a steady rate from one winger. In which she scored an unbeaten innings of 96 runs from 47 balls aided by 18 fours and 1 sixes, while Devika Vaidya also played an unbeaten innings of 36 runs from 31 balls.
The UP Warriors team achieved this goal in just 13 overs and significantly improved their net run rate and is in 3rd place in the points table with 4 points.