Bangalore cruise to 8-wicket win

File image of Royal Challengers Bangalore Smriti Mandhana with her Gujarat Giants counterpart Sneh Rana. sports pics

Preview RCB vs GG: Royal Challengers Bangalore hope to stay afloat in the playoff race when they take on the Gujarat Giants in Game 16 of the first Women’s Premier League at Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday.

The Royal Challengers, led by Smriti Mandhana, got off to a disastrous start despite being a star-studded side, losing five straight games and appearing on course to be the first team eliminated.

RCB, however, managed to break their five-game winless run with a five-wicket win over the UP Warriorz on Wednesday, the victory hanging their playoff hopes by a thread. Star all-rounder Ellyse Perry’s 3/16 helped RCB throw UPW for 135 after they decided to field.

Kanika Ahuja then went ahead with the bat, smashing a 30-ball 46 and forging valuable partnerships with Heather Knight (24) and Richa Ghosh (31 not out) as Bangalore chased down the 136-run goal by two overs.

Gujarat would also keep its playoff hopes alive by beating Delhi Capitals by 11 runs the following day, with Laura Wolvaardt (57) and Ashleigh Gardner (51 not eliminated and 2/19) playing central roles in the win.


Royal Challengers Bangalore Women: Sophie Devine, Smriti Mandhana(c), Ellyse Perry, Heather Knight, Kanika Ahuja, Richa Ghosh(w), Shreyanka Patil, Disha Kasat, Megan Schutt, Asha Shobana, Renuka Thakur Singh, Dane van Niekerk, Preeti Bose, Erin Burns, Komal Zanzad, Indrani Roy, Sahana Pawar, Poonam Khemnar

Gujarat Giants: Sophia Dunkley, Laura Wolvaardt, Harleen Deol, Ashleigh Gardner, Dayalan Hemalatha, Sneh Rana(c), Sushma Verma(w), Kim Garth, Tanuja Kanwar, Mansi Joshi, Ashwani Kumari, Annabel Sutherland, Georgia Wareham, Sabbhineni Meghana , Monica Patel, Hurley Gala, Shabnam Md Shakil, Parunika Sisodia.

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Date updated: March 18, 2023 10:47:44 PM IST

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