In a Women’s Premier League (WPL) Season 2 match at the Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Monday, Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated UP WArriorz by a margin of 23 runs thanks to half-centuries from Ellyse Perry and skipper Smriti Mandhana, as well as a clinical performance from their bowlers.

Batting first, Royal Challengers Bangalore amassed 198/3 in 20 overs thanks to blows of 80 off 50 balls from Mandhaha and 37 off 58 balls from Perry, who hit four boundaries and three sixes in as many balls.

In reply, UP Warriorz got off to a strong start, but despite Alyssa Healy’s half-century (55 off 38, 7×4, 3×6), Deepti Sharma’s 22-ball 33, and Poonam Khemnar’s 31 off 24 balls, they could only muster a 175/8 in 20 overs, falling short by 23 runs.

After this victory, RCB’s standings on the table stood at six points, the same as the Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians, but third on the basis of net run rate. UP Warriorz suffered their third loss in a row.

Warriorz won the toss and RCB was asked to bat first. Mandhana and Sabbhineni gave them a great start. In the sixth over, Meghana scored 51 runs to take the first wicket. However, she was caught for 28 by Chamari Athapaththu off Anjali Sarvani. Mandhana, who reached her half-century off 34 balls after being dropped by Athapaththu at age 29, also survived a stumping opportunity and hit Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Athapaththu for six each.

In the fifteenth over, Mandhana hit the Sri Lankan all-rounder for three boundaries, two of which came back-to-back, as she carried on her assault. She threatened K Anjali Savani again in the next over, hitting him for three fours in an over and two fours off consecutive deliveries, the second of which found its way into the boundary off Sophie Ecclestone’s reach as the RCB captain led a lucky life. Together with Ellyse Perry, who began her innings with a four off Sarvani and hit back-to-back sixes off Gayakwad in the 18th over, she amassed 96 runs for the second wicket. In addition, she hit Deepti Sharma for a huge six before getting caught by Ecclestone with the opening ball of the last over.

As they chased 199, UP Warriorz found early success thanks to 47 runs made by Alyssa Healy and Kiran Navgire for the first wicket. Nevertheless, UP collapsed to 89/4 at the halfway point as Chamari Athapaththu (8), Grace Harris (5), and Shweta Sehrawat (1) fell cheaply. And the Warriorz were 113/5 in the 13th over and in serious trouble after Healy was out for 55. Poonam Khemnar and Deepti Sharma continued the battle, but ultimately their efforts were in vain because the task was too difficult.

Regarding RCB. Each of Asha Sobhana, Georgia Wareham, Sophie Molineux, and Sophie Devine claimed two wickets.

Brief scores:

Royal Challengers Bangalore 198/3 in 20 overs (Smriti Mandhana 80, Ellyse Perry 58, S Meghana 28; Sophie Ecclestone 1-22) beat UP Warriorz 175/8 in 20 overs (Alyssa Healy 55, Deepti Sharma 33, Poonam Khemnar 31; Sophie Devine 2-37, Sophie Molineux 2-29, Georgia Wareham 2-38, Asha Sobhana 2-29) by 23 runs.

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