In Match 11 of the Women’s Premier League (WPL) in Mumbai, Smriti Mandhana’s disappointing form persisted as she was dismissed for eight runs off 15 balls against Delhi Capitals on Monday. Mandhana had a slow start, facing six consecutive dot balls and never looked settled in the middle until she was bowled by Shikha Pandey in the fifth over.
Upon replay of Mandhana’s dismissal, it appeared that Pandey had cleverly set a trap by placing a fielder at deep square leg before launching her attack. Pandey’s strategy paid off, and she managed to get Mandhana out with her first ball, a back-of-a-length delivery that Mandhana tried to loft over deep mid-wicket.
Unfortunately for Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues was stationed well ahead of the boundary line and caught the ball easily. Following the wicket, Pandey had a smile on her face and pointed towards Meg Lanning, indicating that her task was accomplished, and her teammates congratulated her on the vital dismissal.
Meanwhile, on Twitter, Mandhana faced criticism from users who highlighted her lack of impact with the bat, particularly as RCB had already suffered four consecutive defeats before this match. Despite the pressure to perform, Mandhana failed to make a significant contribution to help her team bounce back in the tournament.
Meanwhile, RCB received a significant boost, thanks to Perry’s unbeaten 67 runs, which were instrumental in their total. Perry got lucky as Shikha Pandey dropped her on 29, and she capitalized on it, punishing the Delhi side. In addition, Richa Ghosh played a superb cameo, scoring 37 runs off 16 balls, and together they added 74 runs quickly.
This partnership proved to be a rescue for RCB as they had lost Smriti and Devine early, and the pitch’s slowness forced Perry to play the anchor role. However, Ghosh’s contribution changed the momentum, but despite their efforts, RCB’s total still appeared to be 10-15 runs short against a formidable Delhi lineup.