Gujarat Giants beat Delhi Capitals by 11 runs in WPL 2023

Ashleigh Gardner and Laura Wolvaardt struck half-centuries after a brilliant bowling performance from Gujarat Giants (GG) bowlers helped them beat Delhi Capitals (DC) by 11 runs in a Women’s Premier League (WPL) match at the Brabourne Stadium here on Thursday.

Gardner starred with both bat and ball for Gujarat as he scored an unbeaten 51 and took two wickets for just 19 runs. For DC, Marijane Kapp top-scored with 36 while Arundhati Reddy and Alice Capsey scored 25 and 22 respectively.

With this all-round performance, GG climbed back to No.4 on the points table.

Defending a total of 147, Gujarat Giants got off to a good start as Tanuja Kanwar provided her team with a big wicket of Shafali Verma in the second over of the game.

Ellyse Capsy and skipper Meg Lanning provided a solid platform for their team as the duo thrashed the Gujarat bowlers all around the ground. Sneh Rana then dealt a major blow to Delhi as he dismissed Lanning for 18 and Capsey was run out due to a poor call for the run.

Kim Garth then joined the wicket-taking party as she dismissed Jemimah Rodrigues for just one run. Marijane Kapp piled on Mansi Joshi for 16 runs with the help of two fours. Delhi lost wickets at regular intervals.

Kapp, continuing his good form, dismissed Harleen Deol for 14 in the 13th over of the game. Delhi lost the wicket of Tanya Bhatia for one and then the crucial wicket of Kapp came in the middle in the confusion and the well-set batsman was run out.

Cap returned after scoring 36 runs in 29 balls. Arundhati Reddy brought her team’s chase back as she hit boundaries at regular intervals to score crucial runs.

The Gujarat bowlers put the final twist to the match as Kim Garth dismissed Reddy and Gardner removed Poonam Yadav to bundle out DC for 136 in 18.4 overs.

Earlier, half-centuries from Ashley Gardner and Laura Wolvaardt guided Gujarat Giants (GG) to 147/4 against Delhi Capitals (DC).

Gardner scored an unbeaten 51 off 33 balls, while Wolvaardt played a brilliant knock of 57 for Gujarat Giants. For Delhi Capitals, Jess Jonassen took two wickets while Marijane Kapp and Arundhati Reddy took one wicket each.

After opting to bowl first, Delhi Capitals got off to a good start as Marijan Kapp got her team the wicket of Sophia Dunkley in the first over of the innings.

After early jitters, Harleen Deol and Laura Wolvaardt took charge as they collected singles while hitting boundaries at regular intervals. In the 10th over of the game, Jess Jonassen dealt another blow to Gujarat as he dismissed well-set batsman Harleen Deol for 31.

After this right-handed batsman Ashley Gardner came to bat. The Gujarat batsmen rotated the strike, attacked the loose balls and did not allow the Delhi bowlers to settle down.

Gardner hit two consecutive fours in Shikha Pandey’s over. Both ended the cap at 11 runs in the 15th over of the game with the help of two fours.

Gardner and Wolvaardt removed Jonassen for 15 in the 16th over with the help of two fours and a maximum, completing their 50-run partnership.

In the 17th over, Wolvaardt completed his half-century in 43 balls. Wolvaardt continued his form and played some brilliant boundary shots while scoring runs for his team. However, his stint at the crease was short-lived as Arundhati Reddy dismissed him after scoring 57 off 45 balls.

Dayalan Hemlata then came out to bat at the crease. In the last over of the innings, Gardner also brought up his half-century in 32 balls, taking his team’s total to 147/4.

Brief Scores: Gujarat Giants 147/4 (Laura Wolvaardt 57, Ashleigh Gardner 51*; Jess Jonassen 2-38) vs Delhi Capitals 136 (Marijan Kapp 36, Arundhati Reddy 25; Kim Garth 2-18).

The text of this story is published from a wire agency feed without any modification. Only the headline has been changed.

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