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Ruthless DC Beat Mumbai 'Invincibles' to Top the Table

image-lfh4aoa6WPL 2023: DC's Alice Capsey smashed 5 sixes vs MI on Monday (Twitter)

Riding on a dominant bowling performance, followed by some ruthless batting, Delhi Capitals Women (DC-W) thrashed Mumbai Indians Women (MI-W) by nine wickets in Match 18 of the ongoing Women’s Premier League (WPL 2023). Meg Lanning & co. are now placed at the top of the points table, dethroning Mumbai Indians for the first time from the top spot.

DC restrict MI with the ball

After electing to bowl first, Delhi Capitals restricted Mumbai Indians to 109 for eight in twenty overs. MI’s in-form top order could not turn up today as each of Yastika Bhatia, Hayley Matthews and Nat Sciver got out in the powerplay with only 19 runs on the board.

Things got more difficult for MI as Amelia Kerr got out after the powerplay as well. Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur alongside Pooja Vastrakar joined hands and tried to stitch a partnership. Vastrakar did try to up the scoring rate but was halted by Jess Jonassen, limiting MI to five down. 

Kaur soon followed Vastrakar to the pavilion and Mumbai were six down with five overs remaining. However, the lower order, comprising the likes of Amanjot Kaur and Issy Wong contributed well at the end and managed to take the team’s total across the 100-run mark.

Marizanne Kapp was the pick of the bowlers, who took two wickets in her four overs, including the wicket of Yastika and Nat Sciver.

DC brutally demoralized MI

Chasing a paltry 110, Delhi Capitals got off to a flying start with the bat. As we have been witnessing throughout the tournament, it was Shafali Verma and Meg Lanning shown all around in the powerplay. The duo added 56 for the first wicket before Shafali got out playing an absolute blinder 33 off 15, while Lanning continued the onslaught at the other end as Delhi were 67 for one at the end of the powerplay.

The contest was long gone but Alice Capsey, at three, also joined the party, putting on a six hitting show, starting with three consecutive sixes off Hayley Matthews after the powerplay, followed by two more against Saika Ishaque for two sixes before Lanning finished things off with a double and Delhi Capitals chased down the target in just nine overs.

After losing the earlier meeting, Delhi Capitals responded very well to the returning fixture, handing Mumbai Indians their second consecutive defeat. In addition, Lanning and team move ahead of MI in net run rate, dethroning them from the top of the points table.

Brief Scores:

Mumbai Indians Women: 109/8 (20 Overs)
Pooja Vastrakar 26 (19), Issy Wong 23 (24);
Marizanne Kapp 2/13 (4), Shikha Pandey 2/21 (4)

Delhi Capitals Women: 110/1 (9 Overs)
Alice Capsey 38* (17), Shafali Verma 33 (15);
Hayley Matthews 1/27 (2)

Delhi Capitals Women won by runs 9 wickets.