WPL: Shafali blitz, Marizanne fifer highlight Delhi’s big win over Gujarat
NEW DELHI: Swashbuckling opener Shafali Verma sizzled with an unbeaten 28-ball 76 after Marizanne Kapp fifer as Delhi Capitals blew away Gujarat Giants by 10 wickets in Match 9 of Women’s Premier League on Saturday.
The victory was Delhi’s third of the season as they consolidated their second position in the points table.
The @DelhiCapitals are back to winning ways and how 🙌🙌A comprehensive 🔟-wicket win for #DC over the Gujarat Giant… https://t.co/Die6HuanLZ
— Women’s Premier League (WPL) (@wplt20) 1678551864000
Shafali was in beast mode as she took Gujarat bowlers to the cleaners, smacking them for 10 fours and a five sixes in a knock that came at a jaw-dropping strike rate of 271.43. Skipper Meg Lanning, who remained unbeaten on 21, had the best seat in the house to witness the Shafali carnage.
𝘼𝙡𝙚𝙭𝙖 𝙥𝙡𝙖𝙮 “𝙐𝙣𝙨𝙩𝙤𝙥𝙥𝙖𝙗𝙡𝙚” 𝙗𝙮 𝙎𝙞𝙖 🎵What a knock, Shafali 😍#YehHaiNayiDilli #CapitalsUniverse #TATAWPL #GGvDC https://t.co/6fk8lJVGd8
— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) 1678551292000
Chasing a lowly 106, such was the impact of Shafali blitz that Delhi cruised to a finish line in just 7.1 overs.
As It Happened
Earlier, South African pacer Marizanne Kapp wreaked havoc with the new ball, grabbing her first fifer (4-0-15-5) of the tournament.
Unbelievable numbers from Kappie 🤯#YehHaiNayiDilli #CapitalsUniverse #GGvDC #TATAWPL https://t.co/cxwIu14z3m
— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) 1678547470000
The decision to bat first backfired heavily for skipper Sneh Rana as Kapp ripped apart Gujarat’s top order.
Pacer Shikha Pandey played the supporting role to perfection, finishing with figures of 3 for 26.
In the chase, Delhi Capitals made their intentions clear right from the word go, with Shafali taking a special liking for the Gujarat bowler Ashleigh Gardner, smacking her for four fours and a six in the fourth over to collect 23 runs.
Shafali continued to attack, this time hitting Tanuja Kanwar for a couple of sixes to help Delhi knock off the majority of their target, with 87 runs coming in the powerplay.
Shafali brought up her second half-century in the WPL, from just 19 balls as the senior pro in Lanning happily chose to take the backseat and enjoy the right-handed batter’s power hitting, which tore apart the Gujarat’s bowling attack.
Earlier, Kapp produced a stunning spell at the top to reduce the Giants to a precarious 33 for 6 after seven overs, a position from which they could never recover.
After Kapp set the tone, the others continued to apply constant pressure on the Gujarat batters.
India’s left-arm spinner Radha Yadav returned with figures of 4-0-19-1, Minnu Mani gave away just 18 runs in her three overs and Australia’s Jess Jonassen conceded 19 runs from her four overs.
Kim Garth (32 not out) and Georgia Wareham tried to weather the storm and get some much-needed runs for their side, but their efforts could only provide Gujarat Giants’ innings some respectability.
While Gujarat’s lower order, which did bulk of the scoring, did not attempt risky strokes for quick runs, they also could not find gaps for boundaries. There were no boundaries hit between overs 13-16. Additionally, not a single six was hit in Gujarat Giants’ innings.
Kapp provided Delhi with a perfect start, cleaning up Sabbhineni Meghana (0) and Wolvaardt (1) before trapping the big gun Ashleigh Gardner (0) leg-before to leave the Giants tottering at 9 for 3 inside the first three overs.
Pandey made matters worse for Gujarat, getting Dayalan Hemlatha (5) caught behind by wicketkeeper Taniya Bhatia, and Kapp then snaffled the big wicket of the in-form Harleen Deol (20), who was pinned in front of the stumps with the ball nipping back in.
Deol, the third highest run-scorer in the league and her team’s best batter, looked promising during her stay in the middle as she cracked four boundaries to make 20 off 14 balls.
(With inputs from PTI)