Delhi dashes to top of table thanks to strong batting

THE Delhi Capitals have moved to the top of the WPL standings after defeating the Royal Challengers Bangalore by 25 runs.

Delhi posted 5/194 before Bangalore could only make 9/169.

The Capitals made a pretty steady start to their innings, but really got going in the second wicket partnership where Shafali Verma and Alice Capsey combined for an 82 run partnership.

Unfortunately for the Capitals things came off the rails a little after that, losing two wickets for 14 runs, but a 48 run fifth wicket partnership gave the innings another boost towards its conclusion.

Unsurprisingly it was Verma and Capsey who ultimately did top the runs tally for the Capitals, making 50 and 46 respectively. The pair also wacked multiple sixes each, as did Marizanne Kapp and Jess Jonassen later in the innings.

On the other side of the equation Sophie Devine and Nadine de Klerk were the pick of the Bangalore bowlers with two wickets each, while Shreyanka Patil also chipped in with one wicket.

In reply Bangalore actually got off to a quicker start than the Capitals had, but once the Capitals got into a groove and the wickets started to fall, things started to fall apart for the Royal Challengers.

The partnerships gradually begun to decrease, until the Royal Challengers ultimately lost 4/4 in the space of an over. This meant they were way too far behind to have any hope of catching Delhi’s massive total.

Much of Bangalore’s runs came at the start of the innings, thanks the likes of Smriti Mandhana (74) and S Meghana (36). However, seven batters only made single figure scores.

Meanwhile Jonassen was the pick of the Delhi bowlers with three wickets to her name, while Kapp and Arundhati Reddy picked up two wickets each and Shikha Pandey took one.

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