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Meg Lanning-led Delhi Capitals kept their winning momentum, at the Women’s Premier League 2023, going as they clinched a thrilling victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore on March 13, Monday. The two sides locked horns at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai, but the Smriti Mandhana-led side faced their fifth defeat in a row as Delhi won the game by six wickets.
Bangalore had chances to win the game, but Jess Jonassen’s six off Renuka Thakur’s penultimate delivery of the game led to the Capitals bagging their fourth victory of the tournament, and their second against RCB. Vice-captain Jemimah Rodrigues played a key role in Delhi’s chase but was unfortunately dismissed at a crucial point in the game.
After Delhi’s victory over Bangalore, Rodrigues revealed that she wanted to stay on the crease until the end to finish the chase. She also lauded the efforts put in by the team and the character shown by every player, which handed them a victory while chasing under pressure.
“I wanted to finish it off and come, I was disappointed with the way I got out but the way JJ came and hit those boundaries. These are the matches we live for. I think it is very important for us to be tested that’s when our character is tested. It’s good that we are getting matches like this in the league stages, helps us prepare for the finals,” Jemimah told the official broadcasters during her post-match interview.
We have one of the best fielding sides out there: Rodrigues
When the Capitals needed seven runs off just four deliveries to win the game, Jonassen hammered a six and a four to put an end to the game, thereby breaking RCB’s hopes of clinching their first win of the tournament. Shikha Pandey missed an easy catch while bowling and DC conceded eight extras in their first innings. That wasn’t their best performance, but 22-year-old Rodrigues asserted that her side is still among the best in the WPL in terms of fielding.
“One bad game doesn’t define us, our team has been fielding well, it can happen in cricket sometimes. It’s what we do next that will define us. We have two days rest and we are gonna work on our fielding. We have one of the best fielding sides out there,” Rodrigues further added.
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