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Delhi Capitals Dominate UP Warriorz in Clinical Performance

UP Warriorz vs Delhi Capitals in WPL
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The Delhi Capitals registered their first win of the TATA WPL 2024 with a convincing nine-wicket victory over the UP Warriorz in Match 4. Played at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, the win displayed both the bowling prowess and batting brilliance of the Delhi Capitals.

Stellar Bowling Sets the Stage for Dominant Chase

Opting to field first, Delhi Capitals captain Meg Lanning made a crucial decision that paid off handsomely. Marizanne Kapp, the South African all-rounder, ran riot in the powerplay, taking three wickets for just 5 runs. Her incisive swing bowling stifled the UP Warriorz batting lineup, restricting them to a meager 21/3 after the initial six overs.

Radha Yadav, the left-arm spinner, joined the party, bamboozling the batters with her flight and spin. She picked up four crucial wickets for 20 runs, further tightening the grip on the UP Warriorz innings.

Shafali Verma and Meg Lanning Star in Dominant Partnership

Chasing a modest target of 120 runs, Delhi Capitals openers Shafali Verma and Meg Lanning got off to a flying start. Verma, known for her aggressive batting, blazed away, scoring a quickfire 64 runs off just 43 balls. She hit five boundaries and two sixes, setting the tone for the chase.

Lanning, playing the anchor role, chipped in with a steady 51 runs off 43 balls, providing valuable support at the other end. The duo stitched together a match-winning opening partnership of 119 runs, effectively ending any hopes of a UP Warriorz comeback.

Clinical Finishing Seals the Deal

Despite a few dropped catches and a missed stumping opportunity, the Delhi Capitals batsmen remained focused. Shafali Verma reached her fifty off just 36 balls, showcasing her exceptional talent. Lanning soon followed suit, reaching her half-century in 42 balls.

With just one run needed for victory, Jemimah Rodrigues sealed the deal with a boundary, completing a comprehensive nine-wicket win for the Delhi Capitals.

UP Warriorz Struggle Despite Shweta Sehrawat’s Knock

Earlier, the UP Warriorz batsmen struggled against the disciplined bowling attack of the Delhi Capitals. Barring a valiant knock of 45 runs from the young Shweta Sehrawat, none of the batters could muster significant contributions.

Ultimately, the UP Warriorz were bundled out for 119 runs in their allotted 20 overs.

Delhi Capitals Bounce Back in Style

This victory marks a significant turnaround for the Delhi Capitals, who had lost their opening match of the tournament. The team showcased strong bowling performances from Marizanne Kapp and Radha Yadav, coupled with a dominant batting display from Shafali Verma and Meg Lanning.

The win will undoubtedly boost their confidence as they look to continue their winning momentum in the TATA WPL 2024.

Scores in Brief UP Warriorz vs Delhi Capitals in WPL: 

UP Warriorz 119/9 in 20 overs (Shweta Sehrawat 45, Alyssa Healy 13; Radha Yadav 4-20, Marizanne Kapp 3-5)

Delhi Capitals 123/1 in 14.3 overs (Shafali Verma 64*, Meg Lanning 51)

Result: Delhi Capitals won by 9 wickets