Jemimah’s stylish knock to trump Richa’s heroics in nail-biter

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After winning the toss and electing to bat, the Delhi Capitals initially struggled, mustering just 16 runs in the first three overs. However, an erratic over from Renuka Singh allowed Meg Lanning to hit four boundaries, followed by Shafali Verma joining in, leading to a strong powerplay score of 53/0.

The momentum swung back towards the visitors when Shreyanka Patil and Asha Shobhana dismissed the openers in successive overs as fielding restrictions lifted. Jemimah Rodrigues and Alice Capsey took charge but a missed opportunity by Georgia Wareham and a fumble by Richa Ghosh gave Delhi the advantage.

The duo built a solid partnership, with Jemimah showcasing her batting prowess with a variety of shots. She reached her half-century before departing in the 18th over, and despite two late blows from Patil, Delhi finished with 181/5.

In their chase, RCB suffered an early setback with Capsey dismissing the in-form skipper. Sophie Molineux and Ellyse Perry steadied the innings, capitalizing on missed opportunities and a mix-up that led to Perry’s dismissal. Arundhati Reddy furthered RCB’s troubles by removing Molineux, leaving them needing 88 runs off eight overs.

Sophie Devine injected life back into the match with two boundaries and a six, supported by Richa Ghosh’s aggressive batting. Despite the dramatic finale with RCB needing two runs off the last ball, they fell short by a whisker, giving Delhi a thrilling one-run victory.

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