In the Women’s Premier League, the Gujarat Giants defeated the Delhi Capitals by 11 runs to earn their second victory.
To help the Giants score 147-4 in Mumbai, Laura Wolvaardt and Ashleigh Gardner both scored fifty while forming an 81-run partnership. With Kim Garth, Tanuja Kanwar and Gardner, each taking two wickets, the Capitals’ reply saw them bowled out for 136 in the 19th over.
As a result of their victory, the Giants rose to fourth place in the standings.
They currently have the same number of points as the UP Warriorz in the 3rd spot, but they are trailing in net run rate. The top three groups advance to the playoffs.
The Mumbai Indians, who are the only team currently unblemished, and the Washington Capitals would have both qualified for the playoffs with a win for the Capitals, yet both teams have two games to play.
The Giants were allowed to bat after they were put in. England’s Sophia Dunkley was out for four in the first over, and Harleen Deol made 31 before she was eliminated, leaving her team 53-2 in the 10th over.
As Gardner joined Wolvaardt, the Australia all-rounder scored a magnificent unbeaten 51 off 33 balls, while the South African hitter was eventually struck out for 57 off 45.
In their response, the Capitals got as far as 48-1 before dropping two significant wickets in the sixth over: captain Meg Lanning was caught LBW by Giants skipper Sneh Rana for 18, and Alice Capsey was run out by England partner Dunkley for 22.
Before being run out by Ashwani Kumari, South African star Marizanne Kapp scored 36 runs in 29 balls.
Shikha Pandey and Arundhati Reddy formed a 35-point partnership with their team down 100-8, but Reddy was nabbed for 25 and the Capitals were unable to overcome the gap.
Player of the match Gardner remarked, “It’s the first time we’ve bowled out a side, and it was a clinical performance.”
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