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Royal Challengers Bangalore recorded their second consecutive Women’s Premier League win on Saturday 18 March when they defeated Gujarat Giants in Game 16 by eight wickets.
They chased the massive goal of 189 in just 15.3 overs thanks to a stunning innings from Sophie Devine, who unfortunately missed just one run from becoming the first player to score 100 points in the WPL.
Devine broke multiple records during her innings of 99 balls from 36, smacking nine fours and eight sixes in her innings. She hit the third fast fifty of the tournament, reaching the milestone with just 20 balls. She also surpassed Alyssa Healy’s undefeated 96-run knock to record the highest single point total in the WPL. Their eight sixes are also the most sixes hit in a single inning in the current WPL.
She accumulated 84 runs through fours and sixes and became the batter with the most runs scored through boundaries in an individual batting surpassing Healy’s tally of 78 the latter accumulated against RCB himself.
Her whirlwind helped her surpass Delhi Capitals skipper Meg Lanning’s most runs (239 runs in six games) this season as she now leads the rankings with 266 runs in seven games and currently wears the orange cap.
She also has the second best batting average (175.00) for a racquet with at least 100 runs scored in the tournament to date. Her fierce punch also helped her record the best single-inning batting average in the WPL as she scored with a 275 batting average against Gujarat.
The New Zealand star was caught in the middle trying to reach her hundred with a boundary, leaving her team in a dominant position with 157/2 in 11.5 overs.
After being fired, Ellyse Perry and Heather Knight took their team home and added 32 runs in 22 balls.
Earlier in the first innings, Gujarat scored 188/4 in their allotted 20 overs on the back of half a century from Laura Wolvaardt. The opener scored 68 of 42 balls with the help of nine fours and two sixes. She received good support from Ashleigh Gardner, who scored 41 balls from 26 balls.
Because of their victory, RCB is second to bottom (4th) in the points table with two wins from seven games. They badly need a win with another big margin in their last game against Mumbai Indians.
Apart from that, they also have to hope that UP Warriorz lose their last two games against Gujarat Giants and Delhi Capitals respectively. In such a scenario, all three UP, RCB and Gujarat receive six points each, and the one with the best net run rate qualifies for the knockout stages.
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