Kanika Ahuja and Ellyse Perry shine as RCB end their WPL losing streak with a win over UP Warriorz

Royal Challengers Bangalore kept fighting for another day, thanks to Virat Kohli’s pep talk, as they recorded their first five-wicket victory over UP Warriorz after five consecutive defeats in the Women’s Premier League. On Wednesday, I’ll be here.

Royal Challengers Bangalore kept fighting for another day, thanks to Virat Kohli’s pep talk, as they recorded their first five-wicket victory over UP Warriorz after five consecutive defeats in the Women’s Premier League. On Wednesday, I’ll be here.

RCB sailed past the target with 20-year-old Kanika Ahuja playing the match-winning knock of 46 off 30 balls with eight fours and one six after a collective show from their bowlers led by Ellyse Perry, whose 3/16 ensured UP Warriorz were bowled out for a moderate 135 in 19.3 overs. She shared a 60-run stand with India keeper Richa Ghosh (31 not out from 32 balls, 3x4s, 1×6), who played the second fiddle flawlessly.

When Ahuja and Ghosh came together, RCB were facing a critical juncture in the match, having lost four wickets with just 60 runs on the board. Despite the challenge, the two young batters displayed remarkable confidence and control, denying the UP Warriorz any chance to take further wickets until they secured the win for their team.

RCB’s innings had started poorly, with the in-form Sophie Devine getting out for 14 after a quick start. Additionally, their captain, Smriti Mandhana, endured another unsuccessful outing with the bat and was dismissed for a duck by Deepti Sharma on just the third ball she faced.

In the seventh over of the match, Devika Vaidya provided a crucial breakthrough for RCB by dismissing Perry for 10, caught by Sophie Ecclestone. Later in the ninth over, Deepti Sharma removed the dangerous Heather Knight for 24, caught by Kiran Navgire, with the score at 60 runs.

Perry had a magnificent performance with the ball for RCB during the first half of the game, despite being introduced late. She halted UP Warriorz’s charge when Grace Harris (46) and Deepti (22) threatened to take the game away from RCB. Perry also accounted for Shweta Sehrawat (6), finishing with impressive figures of 4-0-16-3. Harris missed a deserving half-century, falling for 46 off 32 balls with five fours and two sixes.

Harris and Deepti led the recovery for UP Warriorz after being in a precarious position at 31/5, with a brisk 69-run partnership that took them past the 100-run mark. During her innings, Harris survived a stumping opportunity given by Richa Ghosh when she was on nine.

RCB’s bowlers had an impressive outing with Devine, Sobhana Asha, and Megan Schutt contributing with two, two, and one wicket(s) respectively. Devine finished with figures of 4-0-23-2, Sobhana Asha produced plenty of turn in her impactful spell of 4-0-27-2, and Megan Schutt conceded only 21 runs in her four overs.

Prior to the match, former RCB captain Virat Kohli met the team and spoke to Mandhana, who had been struggling with the bat. In their previous encounter on March 10, UP Warriorz had dominated RCB, winning by a massive 10-wickets with Alyssa Healy scoring an impressive 96 not out.

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