The win was Gujarat’s second of the season as they took sweet revenge for their 10-wicket loss previously. The defeat for Delhi delayed their confirmation to the top 3 placement.
Gujarat defended 147 and bowled all around to bundle Delhi’s batting power for 136 in the final.
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Ashleigh Gardner justified her top billing among overseas recruits with an excellent all-around performance, hitting an undefeated 33-ball 51 and going two for 19 in 3.4 overs.
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The Giants have now overtaken the RCB again to remain fourth in the five-team standings. While DC’s points tally remains at 8 games from 6, GG now has 4 points from six games. The win also left the Giants in contention for a playoff spot.
Chasing a tricky total, Delhi’s drums imploded when 7 batters were dismissed for single-digit scores.
When it happened
Kim GartTanuja Kanwar and Gardner picked up a few wickets each, while skipper Sneh Rana and Harleen Deol were also among the wickets for Gujarat.
Arundhati Reddy (25) and Shikha Pandey (8 not out) kept Delhi’s hopes alive late in the game with their 35-run-9th-wicket tally, but Gujarat managed to win with Kim Garth (4-0-18 -2 ) and Gardner with impressive spells.
Reddy and Pandey came together when Delhi was exactly 48 runs from victory with more than five overs left and batted reasonably without risk, but Garth eventually ended their connection.
Reddy, hitting four fours in her 17-ball 25, played a shot too many when she was caught in cover as Delhi needed another 13 to win and Gardner took Yadav’s final wicket to seal the game .
Delhi got off to a shaky start, losing on the power play to dashing batters Shafali Verma (8) and Meg Lanning (18) as well as Alice Capsey, who was eliminated after a promising 11-ball 22 with two fours and as many sixes.
While Shafali was cleaned up by left-arm spinner Tanuja Kanwar, Lanning was guilty of playing over the line and had his leg pinned in front of Gujarat Giants captain Sneh Rana’s wickets.
Capsey was the victim of a bad call for a single with Jemimah Rodrigues when there weren’t any, as she ran out before she could even put her racquet on the floor to pull him in.
Early in the first half of the competition, half centuries from Beth Mooney’s backup Laura Wolvaardt (57) and Gardner (51 not out) took the Gujarat Giants to 147/4 overall in their 20 overs after crawling to a decent 53/2 to Half.
Harleen Deol caught another start but failed to convert it into a big hit and went down for a 33-ball 31 with four fours, but the pair of Wolvaardt and Gardner did well to save the blush for the Gujarat side.
The overseas pair, South Africa’s Wolvaardt and Australia’s Gardner, added 81 runs for the third wicket from just 53 balls to help Gujarat bounce back from a slow start.
Right-hander Wolvaardt struggled for timing and placement in a two-half inning – with the other highlighting her reckless best. Wolvaardt managed six fours and a six to turn 45 balls into 57 and was also involved in a slow but steady streak of 49 runs with Deol for the second wicket.
The contest here Thursday night marked the second meeting between the Capitals and the Giants in the inaugural edition of the WPL.
In their earlier competition, Delhi had recorded a massive 10-wicket win a couple of nights ago when they batted off a goal of just over 100 in eight overs at DY Patil Stadium.
(With inputs from PTI)
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