Delhi Capitals recorded a comprehensive five-wicket win against the UP Warriorz in the last league match of the Women's Premier League at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.
With 12 points in eight league matches, the Capitals are on top of the points table courtesy of a better Net Run Rate than the Mumbai Indians and will directly play the summit clash on this very venue on Sunday, March 26.
Meg Lanning led from the front and smashed a 23-ball 39 to lay a solid foundation for the Delhi outfit in the 139-run chase. While the skipper was dismissed in the seventh over, Alice Capsey continued to take the attack to the opposition bowlers en route to her 31-ball 34 runs that powered Delhi over the line.
In the post-match presentation, Lanning stated she was happy with the performance of the side but admitted they were not at their best on the field in the first innings.
"I don't think we were at our best. We were sloppy on the field. It was a reasonable wicket, and we got off to a flyer. It helped us when it started to turn because it came nicely with the new ball," she said.
The skipper also credited the depth in the squad for bailing the team out of challenging situations down the order. "We got some depth in batting. We have one big game to go, and hopefully, we will nail that," she said.
On the other hand, the Warriorz experimented with their playing XI, providing an opportunity for plenty of young players in the squad to get some much-needed exposure whilst allowing the other players to rest.
"We also were giving an opportunity to players to rest. Credit to Ismail, as she got a couple of wickets to give us a sniff. We were looking for a total to bowl at, but the wicket was turning and gripping," Alyssa Healy said.
"We would have loved to bat at a faster clip. Hopefully, we will reflect on what went wrong. I am excited to be a part of the finals. DY Patil will be chock-a-block," she concluded.
UP Warriorz will lock horns against the Mumbai Indians in the Eliminator on Friday, March 24, at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai.