WPL: Gujarat’s spectacular win over UP, playoff gates almost closed for RCB

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In the 14th match of the Women’s Premier League, the Delhi Capitals team faced Gujarat Giants today. In this match, Gujarat defeated the Delhi team by 11 runs. Batting first, Gujarat Giants scored 147 runs to four wickets. In response, the Delhi team were dismissed for 136 runs in 18.4 overs. Credit for the win in this match goes to Ashley Gardner.

Glorious victory for Gujarat

With half-century help from Laura Wolfart and Ashley Gardner, Gujarat Giants recorded their second Women’s Premier League (WPL) win, defeating Delhi Capitals by 11 runs here on Thursday. This is Delhi’s second loss in five matches. For Gujarat, Wulfart scored 57 runs off 45 balls which included 6 fours and one six. Gardner hit an unbeaten 51 off 33 balls aided by 9 fours. Both made a major partnership of 81 runs for the third wicket. Apart from these, Harleen Deol scored 31 runs off 33 balls. For Delhi, Jess Johnson took two wickets for 38 runs.

Delhi batting didn’t work

Only four Delhi batsmen reached double digits, in which Marijan Kapp scored the highest 36 runs. Arundhati Reddy scored 25 runs off 19 balls in the last over, at one point the Gujarat face was forced. Gardner also did wonders in the bowling and took two wickets for 19 runs. Apart from him, Kim Garth and Tanuja Kanwar also took two wickets each. Delhi did not have a difficult target, but despite keeping up the running pace, they messed things up by losing wickets at regular intervals. Delhi scored 78 runs in the first 10 overs but lost four wickets in the meantime. Shefali Verma was able to score just 8 runs and was brought down by Tanuja Kanwar (2/29). Captain Meg Lanning scored 18 runs before being ruled out by Sneh Rana.

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RCB output is also fixed

With Gujarat’s loss, RCB’s hopes of reaching the playoffs are all but over. It was very important for Delhi to win this match against Gujarat for RCB to reach the playoffs.

The best result that RCB can achieve in the league phase is third place. They can make it to the Eliminator only if:

1. RCB won their remaining two matches.

2. Mumbai and Delhi win their matches against UP Warriors and Gujarat Giants.

3. Gujarat Giants beat UP Warriors on March 20.

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