Powerful Perry performance helps Bangalore book finals berth

ROYAL Challengers Bangalore are the third and final team in this year’s Women’s Premier League finals after toppling the Mumbai Indians overnight, thanks largely to a record setting spell from Ellyse Perry.

Perry claimed 6-15 – the competition’s new best bowling figures – to see the reigning champions crash from 2-65 to 7-82. All of Perry’s wickets either bowled of LBWs, as Mumbai was eventually bowled out for 113.

The Royal Challengers cruised to the target in just 15 overs to secure their finals berth.

Perry was not the only Royal Challenger to pick up a wicket, as Sophie Molineux, Sophie Devine, Sobhana Asha and Shreyanka Patil all joined the party.

Meanwhile, most of Mumbai’s runs came at the top of the order. Sajeevan Sajana made a quickfire 30, while her opening partner Hayley Matthews managed 26.

In response, Bangalore’s innings got off to a far from perfect start, with the Royal Challengers reeling at 3-39 at the start of the seventh over.

However, Perry and Richa Ghosh then got to work and with the help of some wayward Mumbai bowling went on to reach the target with plenty of time to spare. Perry went on to make an unbeaten 40, steering her side to the win alongside Ghosh (36*).

Meanwhile for the Indians, Matthews, Natalie Sciver-Brunt and Shabnim Ismail took a wicket each.

The result means that these two sides will likely face each other again in a knockout final on the weekend, unless Delhi suffers a massive loss in its final match of the season.

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