Ashleigh Gardner justified her high billing among the many abroad recruits with an outstanding all-round efficiency that ensured a hard-fought 11-run victory over Delhi Capitals in a Ladies’s Premier League match in Mumbai on Thursday. After setting a below-par goal of 148 for Delhi Capitals to win, Gujarat fought again effectively with an impressed present with the ball and within the subject to bowl the second-placed staff out for 136 in 18.4 overs right here on a breezy night time on the Brabourne Stadium. Gardner first scored 51 off 33 balls with the bat after which took 2/19 in 3.4 overs underneath strain to ease the highway to victory for Giants, who’ve now leapfrogged RCB as soon as once more to remain fourth in five-team desk. Whereas DC’s factors tally stays 8 from 6 video games, GG now have 4 factors from six video games.
The victory additionally ensured that Giants remained in competition for a spot within the play-offs.
Arundhati Reddy (25) and Shikha Pandey (8 not out) saved Delhi’s hopes alive until late within the sport with their 35-run ninth-wicket stand, however Gujarat managed to tug off a beneficial consequence with Kim Garth (4-0-18-2) and Gardner producing spectacular spells.
Reddy and Pandey obtained collectively when Delhi had been precisely 48 runs away from win with greater than 5 overs left and batted sensibly with none ingredient of danger however Garth finally ended their affiliation.
Reddy, who struck 4 fours in her 17-ball 25, performed one shot too many as she was caught at cowl when Delhi wanted one other 13 to win and Gardner took the ultimate wicket of Yadav to seal the sport.
Delhi made a shaky begin shedding dashing batter Shafali Verma (8) and Meg Lanning (18) contained in the Powerplay, and likewise Alice Capsey, who was run out after a promising 11-ball 22 with two fours and as many sixes.
Whereas Shafali was cleaned up by left-arm spinner Tanuja Kanwar, Lanning was responsible of taking part in throughout the road and was pinned leg-before the wickets off Gujarat Giants captain Sneh Rana.
Capsey was the sufferer of a poor name for a single with Jemimah Rodrigues when there was none, as she was run out even earlier than she might put her bat down on the bottom to pull it in.
Earlier within the first half of the competition, half-centuries from Beth Mooney’s substitute Laura Wolvaardt (57) and Gardner (51 not out) took Gujarat Giants to a complete of 147/4 of their 20 overs, after that they had crawled to an unusual 53/2 midway by means of.
Harleen Deol as soon as once more obtained a begin however couldn’t convert it into an enormous rating, perishing for a 33-ball 31 with 4 fours however the pair of Wolvaardt and Gardner did effectively to save lots of the blushes for the Gujarat aspect.
The abroad pair of South African Wolvaardt and Australian Gardner added 81 runs for the third wicket from simply 53 balls to assist Gujarat get well from what had been a sluggish begin.
The precise-handed Wolvaardt struggled for timing and placement in an innings of two halves – with the opposite highlighting her ruthless finest. Wolvaardt managed six fours and a six to make 57 from 45 balls, and was additionally concerned in a sluggish however regular stand of 49 runs with Deol for the second wicket.
The competition right here on Thursday night time was the second assembly between the Capitals and the Giants within the inaugural version of the WPL.
Of their earlier contest, Delhi had recorded a large 10-wicket win a couple of nights in the past after they knocked off a goal of little over 100 inside eight overs on the DY Patil Stadium.
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