Shreyanka finishes the game with a fine paddle sweep. Went across and played the shot delicately from the stumps. It was flat on middle. Shreyanka and Richa were celebrating as they took off for the run
Royal Challengers finally win to ensure there are no more winless teams in the Women's Premier League. The result today keeps the fight for the third spot open. Delhi Capitals will have a chance towards sealing their playoffs spot tomorrow. Hope to see you then. For now, I'm Ekanth, signing off on behalf of my co-commentator, Srinidhi, and our scorer, Binoy.
Vinod Rajpal: "RCB: Good Times !"
Kanika Ahuja is the POTM: I just wanted to win a game for RCB. Since childhood, I have hit big sixes. My cricketing journey was difficult in Patiala initially but things are getting better. I've been in similar situations playing for Punjab, so I enjoy the pressure. The atmosphere in the team was a bit low when we were losing but we remained positive. The win today was great.
Smriti Mandhana, Royal Challengers Bangalore captain: We were tensed but Kanika and Richa's stand got us through. Very proud of Kanika. I think the camera showed I was nervous initially and we had to get a win at least today. But Kanika and Richa played really well. Kanika's approach is brilliant. Indian players are more technical but her flair was brilliant to see. Big thanks to the loyal supporters, they were supporting even when they weren't in great positions. This one's for them.
V Sundar: "Atlast, RCB have moved from 5th place in points table!!!!"
Richa Ghosh: Felt good when there was just one run at the end, and to give Shreyanka the strike. The energy was different today with nothing to lose. Feels great to finally win. When the top four fell, I thought we needed to bide time and build a partnership. The plans were executed well with the ball. There was movement for the seamers and some turn for spinners. Last game, we got momentum but not the win. We improved on that today.
Alyssa Healy, Warriorz Captain: You look at RCB and they were due. We played hard after putting up an under-par score and weren't good enough. The wicket was tacky early on. Losing three wickets early on wasn't good. It was gripping when the ball was relatively new. Ultimately 130 wasn't good enough. Full credit to RCB, they are a good side. Bit scary for the two sides playing them in the future.
10:50pm: Celebrations in the dug out. End-to-end smiles in the faces, Schutt gives Shreyanka and Richa hugs as RCB seal their first win. RCB got the perfect start and finish with the ball but were not clinical. They allowed Harris and Deepti to take Warriorz to 135. Devine got 14 off the first over with the bat but her wicket led to Mandhana failing again. Knight kept going despite the wickets. The wobble continued with Perry and Knight falling not too far from each other. But Richa's calm and 20-year-old Ahuja's brilliance stitched a 60-run stand that took them to safe shores. Deepti,
Virat: "ufffffffffffffff... Ha Ha claps, jumps, fist bumps.. -RCB fan"
Top edge off the slog sweep goes through slip, short third runs to the deep. Richa says no to the second despite it being on to give Shreyanka the chance to hit the winning run.
Yorker outside off, misses this time
Yorker outside off, jammed off the bottom to the slip area
Low fully is whipped away through midwicket and that could be the closer. In the gap and RCB need just two
Slog sweep brings about a 78-metre six. Was tossed up and full, Ghosh lashed it across the line
Lucky four to fine leg takes the equation from 16 needed off 19 to 12 off 18. Shreyanka this time, went across too early. Ecclestone tried repeating the full-on-leg trick but it missed by a whisker. Healy couldn't get across to stop it
Full outside off, beaten on the drive
Kanika Ahuja goes too far across and loses her leg stump. Her 46 should be a match-winning knock but won't see it through. The batter went across very early and Ecclestone hurled in a yorker to beat the sweep and hit timber. The bowler celebrates with a heart-shaped hand gesture
Slog sweeps, limited timing. Anjali runs to the right and gets it on the bounce. Does well to stop it while running to the right. Was a full ball on middle, Richa stayed leg side while playing the shot
Gokul: "Think is increasingly frustrating to see Deepthi do her non-action, like there is no need to even do that every over"
Driven to the deep to cover
Full ball is hit in front.
Vishwa: "Wonder how Richa is so calm!!"
Full ball is driven to long-off
Tossed up a bit short and is down leg, Kanika goes down leg and the track to try and slog it over midwicket. Doesn't connect, gets it to the deep
Meetu: "@ekanth. Enough with the made-up adjectives! Reachy? What next? Covery drivy? Pully hooky? Reversy sweepy? Offy cutty?" Lol sorry. Just working with limited vocabulary. But I don't know if the shots are adjectives but they sound better than existing names.
Full ball outside off is driven with power to cover
False alarm from Deepti. Action completed, ball not delivered
Very full at the stumps, skews a flick to long-on
Down the ground, whips along the ground after getting to the pitch to long-on
Yorker is dug out defensively towards midwicket, Deepti runs across quickly but can't prevent the single
Deepti's back, can she cut Rav's cost? "So whom and how should I send the biryani? "
Ayush Falor : "Missed a big trick by not bowling McGrath today"
Shortish but spins big again. Pitched well outside off, came to off almost. Cut to the edge of the ring at cover
Length outside off, defended to point
|Dr DY Patil Sports Academy, Mumbai|
|Toss||Royal Challengers Bangalore Women, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Hours of play (local time)||19.30 start, First Session 19.30-21.00, Interval 21.00-21.20, Second Session 21.20-20.50|
|Match days||15 March 2023 - night (20-over match)|
|Points||Royal Challengers Bangalore Women 2, UP Warriorz Women 0|
Pressure is no problem for RCB's 20-year-old matchwinner Kanika Ahuja
Bowlers, Kanika Ahuja set up Royal Challengers' first win
RCB allrounder Shreyanka Patil wants to be 'X-factor player'
|RM Ghosh||not out||31||32|
|SR Patil||not out||5||3|
|Extras||(b 4, w 2)|
|Total||136(5 wkts; 18 ovs)|