RCB Clinches Maiden T20 Title, Defeated DC by 8 Wickets in Final - by Chandra Shekhar Tripathi - CollectLo

RCB Clinches Maiden T20 Title, Defeated DC by 8 Wickets in Final

Chandra Shekhar Tripathi - CollectLo

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2 min read . Mar 18


In a remarkable display of all-round excellence, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) clinched their maiden Women's Premier League (WPL) title by overpowering Delhi Capitals in a gripping final at the Arun Jaitley Stadium. Led by the dynamic performances of Ellyse Perry and bolstered by outstanding bowling spells from spinners Shreyanka Patil and Sophie Molineux, RCB emerged victorious by eight wickets in a historic encounter on Sunday.

The Road to Victory

RCB's triumph marks a significant milestone as they secure their first-ever T20 title across both the Women's Premier League and the Indian Premier League (IPL). Tasked with chasing a modest target of 114 runs, RCB commenced their innings cautiously, accumulating just 18 runs in the initial four overs. Openers Smriti Mandhana and Sophie Devine opted for a steady approach, with Devine adding impetus in the seventh over by hammering Radha Yadav for three fours and a six, propelling RCB to 43/0.

Steady Progress and Key Partnerships

As the innings unfolded, RCB maintained a steady tempo, reaching 50 runs in the eighth over with a couple by Devine. However, the departure of Devine, trapped leg-before-wicket by Shikha Pandey, halted the threatening partnership between her and Mandhana. Superstar all-rounder Ellyse Perry joined Mandhana, guiding RCB past the 50-run mark in the 8.2 overs.

At the halfway mark, RCB stood at 56/1, with Perry and Mandhana at the crease. Despite a brief period of pressure from Delhi Capitals, RCB's resilience persevered. Mandhana's dismissal brought Richa Ghosh to the crease, injecting vitality into RCB's chase. With 31 runs required from the final five overs, RCB showcased composure and determination, gradually closing in on the target.

A Thrilling Finish

RCB's calculated approach in the closing overs, coupled with well-timed boundaries, propelled them closer to victory. Ghosh's decisive innings in the penultimate over left RCB needing just five runs off the final over. In a fitting conclusion, Richa sealed the win with a flourish, guiding RCB to victory at 115/2 in 19.3 overs, with Perry remaining unbeaten on 35.

Bowlers Shine Bright

Earlier in the match, RCB's spin duo of Sophie Molineux and Shreyanka Patil delivered outstanding performances, stifling Delhi Capitals' formidable start. Despite a blazing start from Delhi's openers, Meg Lanning and Shefali Verma, RCB's spinners turned the tide in their favor. Patil's four crucial wickets, supported by Molineux's three and Asha Sobhana's two, restricted Delhi Capitals to a modest total of 113 runs.