WPL 2023: Sophie Devine scored 99 off 36 balls, RCB beat Gujarat by 8 wickets, see photos
With the help of New Zealand’s Sophie Devine’s 36-ball 99, Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Gujarat Giants by eight wickets in the Women’s Premier League match on Saturday. Devine presented a sight of fiery batting that every spectator sitting at the Brabourne Stadium would remember for years.
RCB achieved the difficult target of 189 runs by losing just two wickets with 27 balls remaining and have kept their playoff hopes alive with their second consecutive win. Devine, who had also played hockey for New Zealand before becoming a cricketer, hit eight sixes and nine fours in her innings.
Earlier, with the help of South African star batsman Laura Wolvaardt’s 68 off 42 balls and 22 runs in the last over, Gujarat Giants scored 188 runs for four wickets. Ashley Gardner also played an inning of 41 runs in 26 balls.
Harleen Deol (12 not out) and D Hemlata (16 not out) hit Megan Shut for two sixes and two fours to score 22 runs in the last over. In response, RCB batted aggressively from the very first over. Captain Smriti Mandhana (37) and Devine scored runs at a fast pace.
Devine hit spinner Tanuja Kanwar Kase for a six over midwicket which went 94 metres. RCB’s score was 125 runs in the ninth over without any loss. Mandhana was dismissed after scoring 37 runs in 31 balls. Devine continued to score fast runs from the other end but unfortunately she missed the century by one run.
Kim Garth dismissed Devine on 99 but by then RCB’s victory was decided. Earlier, Gujarat captain Sneh Rana won the toss and decided to bat. Both Sofia Dunkley and Wolvaardt started on a positive note hitting two fours each in the first two overs.
Devine bowled Dunkley in the third over and gave the first blow to Gujarat. However, from the other end, Wolvaardt continued to score runs and took the team’s score to 40 in the fifth over by hitting two more fours. Alice Perry gave only one run in the first five balls of the first over but after that lost the four.