WPL 2023: GG reaches 201 vs RCB after Dunkley, Harleen half-century

New Delhi: Harleen Deol 67 runs and Sophia Dunkley 65 runs have helped Gujarat Giants to post the target of 201 by 7 wickets on scoreboard against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday.

Harleen Deol has brought up her half-century off 35 balls. But on the 4th ball of the last over, Deol fell prey to Shreyanka Patil.

.@imharleenDeol top-scored for @GujaratGiants & was the team’s top performer from the first innings of the #TATAWPL #GGvRCB match

A summary of her batting performance pic.twitter.com/5JcbSoyFhR

— Women’s Premier League (WPL) (@wplt20) March 8, 2023

RCB’s bowling performance

For Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Heather Knight and Shreyanka Patil scalped two wickets each. Renuka Singh and Megan Schutt picked one wicket apiece.

Fastest fifty in WPL

Earlier in the game, Sophia Dunkley became fastest player to smashed half-century in Women’s Premier League (WPL) 2023 so far. With this, Gujarat Giants registered highest power-play score in WPL (64/1) so far.

Dunkley bombardment ended when Shreyanka Patil removed her wicket. Dunkley hit a six and four, but she fell in the same over, caught at long-off.

“It is a really nice batting wicket. 200 is a pretty good score but RCB have some good players, so we need to keep them quiet. (On fastest fifty) It feels good, I was looking to be positive and get the team a good start. It might be hard to defend given the way the tournament has been going for us, but we’ve got a good bowling attack, so we back ourselves to win,” Sophia Dunkley on her inning in mid-match conference.

Previously, GG stand-up-skipper, Sneha Rana opted to bat first after winning the toss.

Playing XI

 Royal Challengers Bangalore: Smriti Mandhana(c), Sophie Devine, Ellyse Perry, Heather Knight, Richa Ghosh(w), Poonam Khemnar, Kanika Ahuja, Shreyanka Patil, Megan Schutt, Renuka Thakur Singh, Preeti Bose.

Gujarat Giants: Sabbhineni Meghana, Sophia Dunkley, Harleen Deol, Annabel Sutherland, Sushma Verma(w), Ashleigh Gardner, Dayalan Hemalatha, Sneh Rana(c), Kim Garth, Mansi Joshi, Tanuja Kanwar.


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