In the fifth match of the Women’s Premier League, Delhi Capitals defeated UP Warriors by 42 runs. Batting first, Delhi had scored 211 runs losing four wickets. In response, the UP team was able to score only 169 runs after losing five wickets and lost the match. This is Delhi’s second consecutive win in two matches whereas, UP has its first defeat in two matches.
In this match, the UP team came on the field without the hero of the previous match, Grace Harris, and while chasing the target of 212 runs, the team missed her badly . McGrath tried to win the match for UP playing a brilliant innings of 90 runs, but she did not get any support and her innings went in vain.
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Chasing a mammoth target of 212, UP got off to a good start. UP had scored 22 runs in two overs without losing a wicket, but its Jess Johnson put UP on the backfoot by dismissing Alyssa Healy and Kiran Navgire in the same over. Captain Healy got out after scoring 14 runs in 17 balls. At the same time, Navagire was able to score only two runs in two balls before skying a catch . Shweta Sehrawat was also dismissed after scoring one run in six balls.
UP lost three wickets in a span of two runs and the team’s score was 31 for three. From here it became very difficult for UP to win the match. The team, which scored 22 runs in the first two overs, could only manage 33 runs losing three wickets in the powerplay. After this, Tahila McGrath and Deepti Sharma stopped the fall of wickets by sharing a partnership, but definitely could not control the run rate. UP scored 71 runs for three wickets till 10 overs were played. In the last 10 overs, UP needed 141 runs to win. In such a situation, Delhi’s victory was almost certain. After this, Deepti Sharma was also dismissed after scoring a very slow 12 runs in 20 balls.
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Tahila McGrath, who came in to bat at number four, continued the fight at one end and took UP’s score past 100 runs. She completed her half-century in 36 balls. However, by then Devika Vaidya was dismissed for 23 off 21 balls and after losing five wickets for 120 runs, it was almost impossible for UP to win the match.
Tahila McGrath scored an unbeaten 90 in 50 balls with the help of 11 fours and four sixes, but she did not get any support at the other end and the UP team lost the match by 42 runs. Jess Johnson took the maximum three wickets for Delhi. Marizzane Kapp and Shikha Pandey got one wicket each.
Opting to bat after losing the toss, the Delhi team initially batted slowly, but later Shefali Verma and captain Lanning changed their gears. Both took full advantage of the powerplay and played big shots. For this reason, Delhi had added 62 runs in the first six overs itself. After this Shefali Verma was dismissed after scoring 17 runs in 14 balls, but Lanning remained grounded at the other end and was playing dazzling shots all around the ground . She completed her breathtaking half-century in 32 balls.
Delhi had scored 87 runs in nine overs. After this the match stopped due to rain, but Lanning’s aggressive batting continued. Meanwhile, Marizzane Kapp was also dismissed after scoring 16 runs in 12 balls. Captain Lanning also returned to the pavilion after scoring a sparkling 70 runs in 42 balls in the very next over and it seemed that the UP team would make a comeback in the match. However, Alice Capsy did not let this happen. She brought Delhi back into the match by playing a rapid inning of 21 runs in 10 balls.
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Jemimah Rodrigues and Jess Jonnasen stitched a fine partnership after Capsy’s dismissal. Both added 67 runs in 34 balls and took Delhi’s score to 211 for four. Jemima remained unbeaten on 34 off 22 balls and Jonnasen scored a breathtaking 42 off 20 balls playing many superb lofted shots in blazing style
Sabinam Ismail, Rajeshwari Gaikwad, Tahila McGrath and Sophie Eccleston got one wicket each for UP Warriors. However, except for Sabnim, all the bowlers had an economy rate of more than 10.