Delhi Capitals (DC) eased past UP Warriorz by 42 runs at the DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai, to make it two wins in two in the Women's Premier League (WPL) 2023. Delhi put over 200 in both their matches and their bowlers too did a fine job to help their side to a comfortable victory.
Shafali Verma (17) and Meg Lanning (70) put on 67 for the first wicket and they were vital contrbutions down the order from Jemimah Rodrigues (34*), Alice Capsey (21) and Jess Jonassen (42*) to propel DC to 211 for 4.
All the teams have scored over 150 in this edition of the WPL, with three innings exceeding the 200-run mark. DC captain Meg Lanning says she isn't one bit surprised by this.
"It is not surprising. When Australia have toured India, they are pretty high scoring. Will be interesting to see the scores as we play more games at the same stadium," Lanning said at the post-match presentation.
On the hindsight losing captain Alyssa Healy felt the presence of Grace Harris could have made the difference to UP Warriorz in their run-chase, but she was dropped fast bowler Shabnim Ismail. Harris was the player of the match in Warriorz's previous game against Gujarat Giants for her agressive 59 not out off 26 balls, that saw her side chase down 170.
Warriorz conceded 65 runs in the last five overs and then lost three wickets in the powerplay, from which they never recovered. Tahlia McGrath played a blinder finishing with an unbeaten 90 off just 50 deliveries, but that was not enough in the end.
"We would've killed for Grace at that situation in the end but I thought Ismail was great at the top and did everything asked of her," Healy said.
"It is tough when you have five great international players. We gave too many in the run, 180-ish we would've liked to chase."
DC, who now have four points from two games in the WPL are only behind Mumbai Indians (MI) in the points table on net run-rate. Incidentally, the two teams face each other next on Thursday (March 9 at the Dy Patil Stadium.