Bangalore on the board as Warriorz left reeling

THE ROYAL Challengers Bangalore are finally on the board this Women’s Premier League season, after they defeated the UP Warriorz by five wickets overnight.

After the Warriorz were bowled out for 135, the Royal Challengers comfortably reached the target with two overs to spare.

The Warriorz’s innings got off to quite the disaster, with both openers dismissed inside the first over.

Left reeling at 3-5 after just 12 deliveries, things hardly improved from there for the side sent in to bat.

Grace Harris was the one shining light with the bat for the Warriorz with a 32-ball, 46-run innings that included five fours and two sixes. Only three other batters made a double figure score for the Warriorz.

Meanwhile for Bangalore it was Ellyse Perry who was the star with the ball, picking up 3-16 from her four overs. Sophie Devine and Sobhana Asha also picked up two wickets each.

In reply the Royal Challengers blasted 14 runs off the first over of their chase before they lost their first wicket, which turned into two just three balls later.

It was not until the 60-run fifth wicket partnership between Kanika Ahuja and Richa Ghosh that things started to settle, and ultimately their hard work steadied the ship towards a Royal Challengers victory.

Ahuja ultimately top scored for Bangalore with 46, while on the flipside Sharma was the pick of the bowlers for the Warriorz with two wickets.

Both teams have at least a couple of days break before their next game.

UP have to tackle league leaders Mumbai on Saturday night Australian time, before the Royal Challengers take on Gujarat a few hours later.

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