full on the stumps, driven back down the pitch and skids to the rope.
6.47 pm RCB never stood a chance once Tara Norris listed on the team sheet for Delhi Capitals. Shafali Verma and Meg Lanning set up the victory with a century partnership in which both passed 50. But then they stepped aside for Tara Norris to take center stage in the chase, wiping out half the RCB lineup. A dominant win for Delhi. Generous of Norris to allow her teammates an opportunity to take three wickets.
RCB captain Smriti Mandhana: "Definitely not the start we wanted. We gave 20-30 runs extra. We'll think about our plans and come back stronger tomorrow. As a pace bowling unit, we didn't go pace off like Delhi did so that's one thing we need to think of and work on. We are used to playing in other franchises back to back but for us to take positives out of this and things that didn't go our way, we have a few hours to think about it and come back stronger tomorrow. I don't think the pitch or wicket changed. Our batters, we all got starts but couldn't continue. Batters got starts like me and Heather but we couldn't take it over."
Delhi Captals allrounder Marianne Kapp: "That's the nice thing about being an allrounder. If you mess up with the ball, you can make up with the bat. I scored 50 runs all World Cup so it was nice to come out and hit the ball cleanly. Credit to our openers. That makes it so much easier. You can come out and play your natural game and just hit the ball. I think the fact that we started so well, having lost our openers one after the other, I was proud of the way we came in and played. It was my first game playing under Meg. Hopefully I can learn a lot and see how she does things."
Delhi Capitals captain Meg Lanning: "It was a great atmosphere out there and happy to get the win. Shafali was playing amazing out there. It was a lot of fun. We were smiling a lot of the time. That's the great thing about these competitions. You get to play with people you wouldn't play with normally, you get to have a lot of fun and you learn something. We felt it was a good score, but the wicket was so good that we knew we needed to bowl well."
The pride of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Tara Norris is named Player of the Match for her five-wicket haul in the Delhi win: "Delighted. I think Meg and Shafali started fantastically with the bat to take a bit of the pressure off the bowlers. But yeah, really happy. I never thought I'd have an opportunity like this in my career so just to be here has been absolutely amazing. So I'm absolutely delighted. [Asked which was her favorite wicket] Probably the first was pretty special. Like I said, just to be here has been amazing. So the fact that I got a chance to play and have a bowl has been awesome."
That'll do it from live coverage of match one in today's doubleheader. Flip over to the feed for UP Warriorz v Gujarat Giants to follow along with the coverage from that contest beginning shortly. I'm Peter Della Penna, take care!
Sandeep : "I know IPL is Indian league to boost Indian players but for the sake of world cricket one associate player should be made compulsory." Hear hear!
length ball on off, smashed down the ground to the long-on rope.
full on off, driven to long-on for one.
length ball outside off, swings and misses.
length ball outside off, slices at this and misses.
full on the legs, flicked to deep backward square leg for two.
good length ball on middle, defended to the leg side.
full and wide, driven to long-off for one.
full on middle and leg, driven to long-on for one.
good length ball on the stumps, inside edge into the pads dribbles away for one.
flighted full outside leg stump, goes to flick and misses off the pads.
full on the stumps, sweeps this to deep backward square leg for one.
Norris shows mercy on Bose and a dot ball is negotiated to deny a six-for.
GIVE TARA NORRIS ALL THE FINEST WINES, MEATS AND CHEESES IN ALL THE LAND! THE FIRST EVER FIVE-WICKET HAUL IN THE WPL GOES TO AN AMERICAN! Length ball outside off, slapped tamely to extra cover and a simple catch taken at waist height on the ring. Team America is policing the day in Brabourne.
full on fifth stump, heaves this to deep midwicket for one.
Norris back around the stumps now.
full outside leg, flicked to deep fine leg for one.
Norris switches back over the wicket.
full and wide on seventh stump, Knight goes inside out and drives this high over extra cover. Decent shot... 50-partnership comes up off 28 balls.
length ball on middle, swatted through wide long-on to the rope.
Norris switches ends to come back for her last over, left-arm around the wicket to Knight.
Eddy: "The only one who can keep Tara Norris out of the game is Tara Norris."
Peter S: "Is it too early to say that batting first seems to be the way to go in the WPL?" More like the team that picks the most Americans has a 100% win percentage. That's clearly the way to go. Major blunder by the other four franchises at the auction...
full on the stumps, driven down the ground for one.
good length on the legs, flicked to the leg side for one.
|Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai|
|Toss||Royal Challengers Bangalore Women, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Hours of play (local time)||15.30 start, First Session 15.30-17.00, Interval 17.00-17.20, Second Session 17.20-18.50|
|Match days||5 March 2023 - daynight (20-over match)|
|Points||Delhi Capitals Women 2, Royal Challengers Bangalore Women 0|