Tara Norris became the first-ever bowler to pick up a five-wicket haul in the Women's Premier League (WPL). Her 5 for 29, against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) helped Delhi Capitals (DC) to a comfortable 60-run victory at Brabourne Stadium on Sunday (March 5).
Skipper Meg Lanning (72) and Shafali Verma (84) put on 162 for the first wicket to set the tone as DC put up 223 for 2 on the board. Norris' devastating spell reduced RCB to 96 for 7, before she returned to get the wicket of Heather Knight - her fifth scalp of the night.
Norris was the only player from the associate nation picked in the WPL auction. The USA pacer admits that she was nervous despite having over 200 runs to play with.
"Meg and Shafali batted really well. It definitely helped to have runs on the board. I tried to bowl on the stumps as much as I could. I was pretty nervous as we were playing on a high-scoring pitch. I just tried to keep it as simple as possible," Norris said ahead of DC's next game against UP Warriorz on Tuesday (March 7).
Skipper Lanning too showered praise on the pacer. "It was a great start for us. It was good fun to bat with Shafali. She set the tone for the team. Everyone was excellent on the field as well. I also thought Tara was excellent. She bowled on the stumps and was very effective," the Australia skipper said.
Speaking of tomorrow's game against the Warriorz, Lanning said, "It will be a great game. All the teams have amazing players. We do not have much time before our next game. But, it is great that the games are rolling in quickly because we want to be playing."
Like Capitals, UP too got off to a winning start, beating Gujarat Giants (GG) by three wickets in a nail-biting game.