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WPL 2023: RCB in the storm of Shefali Verma and Meg Lanning, started the tournament with a win. News & Features Network

WPL 2023 Delhi Capitals started the tournament with a win by defeating Royal Challengers Bangalore by 60 runs in the first match of the Women’s Premier League on the basis of half-centuries by captain Meg Lanning (72) and Shefali Verma (84). Delhi Capitals maintained their hold on the match from the very beginning. Batting first, the Delhi team gave a target of 224 runs to RCB on the basis of the explosive batting of captain Meg Lanning and Shefali Verma.

Chasing the target, the RCB team was reduced to 163 runs and lost their first match. Lanning and Shefali got the Delhi team off to a great start in the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Both made a historic partnership of 162 runs for the first wicket in just 14.3 overs.

None of the RCB bowlers looked effective in front of Lanning and Shefali. At the same time, both the batsmen took a lot of information about every bowler of RCB and thrashed all the bowlers completely. RCB bowlers got the first wicket in the 15th over.

In this match, left arm fast bowler Tora Norris bowled amazingly for Delhi Capitals. She created history in this match by becoming the first women’s Premier League winner. RCB batsmen looked helpless in front of Tora. Tora also got a chance to take a hat-trick once, but did not get success.

Tora showed the way to the pavilion to stars like RCB’s star batsman Ellyse Perry, Richa Ghosh, Disha Cassatt, Heather Knight. Talking about RCB’s batting, captain Smriti Mandhana contributed 35 runs, all-rounder Heather Knight contributed 34 runs and Alice Parry contributed 31 runs. Megan Shut remained unbeaten after scoring 30 runs.

In the end, a partnership of 54 runs in 28 balls for the eighth wicket between Knight (34 runs) and Megan Shut reached here, otherwise the margin of defeat could have been bigger. RCB made a good start by adding 41 for the first wicket thanks to Mandhana and Sophie Devine (14 runs) but lost the wicket of New Zealand player in the fifth over, who was dismissed by Ellyse Capse.


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