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[Watch] Smriti Mandhana Departs As RCB Rocked Early Vs MI In WPL 2024

Smriti Mandhana is among the top run-getters of the WPL 2024 season (X.com)Smriti Mandhana is among the top run-getters of the WPL 2024 season (X.com)

RCB captain and in-form opener Smriti Mandhana squandered away her sublime start against defending champions Mumbai Indians in match number 19 of the ongoing WPL 2024 season.

Chasing a paltry 114-run total for a win, the elegant left-hander listed a couple of confident boundaries in the powerplay before falling victim to a length delivery from Nat Sciver-Brunt during the fifth over of the innings.

Smriti Mandhana managed to list 11 runs at a near run-a-ball when she tried to nibble Nat Sciver-Brunt’s length delivery, only to manage a faint tickle to hand a safe catch to Mumbai Indians wicketkeeper Priyanka Bala.

Mandhana’s dismissal marked RCB’s second wicket of the innings, occurring just a few deliveries after they lost her Australian-based opening partner Sophie Molineux to Hayley Matthews.

Watch: Smriti Mandhana departs, fails to take RCB to victory

Having slipped to 25-2 in 4.5 overs, RCB’s number four Sophie Devine was cleaned up by Mumbai Indians’ new-ball fast bowler Shabnim Ismail just a short while later at 39-3.

Fortunately for the RCB, number three Ellyse Perry led her side’s run-chase recovery alongside wicketkeeper-batter Richa Ghosh. Both cricketers employed tactical approach to take the RCB near the 100-run mark.

Earlier in the match, Perry shattered Mumbai Indians’ entire batting line-up with record-breaking WPL figures of 6-15 from four overs. The speedster accounted for six of Mumbai Indians’ first seven batters, and seized all six of her wickets in the space of just 15 deliveries.

The match marks a must-win one for Smriti Mandhana-led RCB, as they are currently placed at number three on the WPL 2024 points table towards the business end of the tournament.