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‘What striking’ – Netizens react as Delhi Capitals’ top-order batters go bonkers to post 223-2 in campaign opener

'What striking' - Netizens react as Delhi Capitals' top-order batters go bonkers to post 223-2 in campaign opener

Meg Lanning and Shafali Verma. (Photo Source: WPL/Twitter)

The second match of the highly anticipated Women’s Premier League saw the Delhi Capitals post a mammoth total of 223 runs, the second-highest in a women’s T20 match, against the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Much like the first innings of the tournament opener, Meg Lanning’s Delhi Capitals took full toll on the batting-friendly conditions on offer and some lacklustre bowling at the Brabourne Stadium.

Smriti Mandhana won the toss and surprised a fair few after electing to bowl first on a batting paradise in Mumbai. Meg Lanning and her young opening partner Shafali Verma needed no second invitation as both batters cut loose after the five-over mark in the match. The floodgates opened for the Delhi side when RCB’s final over of the powerplay went for 20 runs.

It was absolute carnage from both the openers as they raced towards their respective half-centuries. The explosive batting duo went on to add 162 runs in just 87 deliveries for the first wicket, smashing the RCB bowlers to all parts to the ground. Both batters were looking well set to breach the three-figure mark before Heather Knight dismissed both openers in the space of three deliveries.

Marizanne Kapp and Jemimah Rodrigues’ explosive partnership added the finishing gloss

The Bangalore-based outfit were looking to claw their way back into the game after the twin strikes off Knight’s 15th over, but there was no stopping the Delhi Capitals as veteran South African batter Marizanne Kapp continued the assault from her end. Kapp added 60 runs with Jemimah Rodrigues in just 31 deliveries as Delhi finished with a daunting total of 223 runs after their allocated 20 overs, the highest score in the tournament so far.

Here is how Twitter reacted to the carnage from the Delhi Capitals’ batters against RCB:

Mohandas Menon@mohanstatsman
In 2008 – 1st #IPL match: KKR 222/3 & RCB 82 In 2023 – 1st #WPL match: MI-W 207/5 & GG-W 64 In 2008 – 2nd IPL match: CSK 240/4 & KXIP 207/4 In 2023 – 2nd WPL match: DC-W 223/2 & RCB-W ? #WPL2023 #DCvRCB #RCBvDC #TATAWPL
05:08 PM · Mar 05, 2023
Women’s Premier League (WPL)@wplt20
.@TheShafaliVerma smacked a cracking 84(45) for @DelhiCapitals and was our Top Performer from the first innings in the #RCBvDC game! Take a look at her batting summary 🔽 #TATAWPL
05:07 PM · Mar 05, 2023
Abhishek Kumar@abhishek_itmi
DC – 223/2 20 Overs Nothing has changed #RCB #RCBvDC
05:10 PM · Mar 05, 2023
Mufaddal Vohra@mufaddal_vohra
RCB in the first match of: IPL: – Conceded 222/3 Vs KKR. WPL: – Conceded 223/2 Vs Delhi Capitals.
05:04 PM · Mar 05, 2023
GMR SPORTS@sports_gmr
.@TheShafaliVerma took the 𝑹𝒐𝒂𝒓 𝑴𝒂𝒄𝒉𝒂 tag a bit too seriously 😋 A splendid knock in her 1⃣st game for Delhi Capitals at the #TATAWPL 👊 #RCBvDC #CapitalsUniverse #GMRSports #GMRGroup
05:10 PM · Mar 05, 2023
The Bharat Army@thebharatarmy
🔥🤩 CAN RCB CHASE THIS DOWN? The Delhi batters went on a rampage with the bat today, setting a huge target for their opponents! 👏 Excellent finish from Jemimah & Kapp! 📷 BCCI • #WPL #TATAWPL #WPL2023 #TeamIndia #BharatArmy
05:06 PM · Mar 05, 2023
Aakash Chopra@cricketaakash
Lanning and Shafali for #DC. What striking. Yeah…ordinary bowling effort by #RCB too… There was scepticism about power hitting in #WPL and the first two games have put that doubt to bed. 👏👏 #TATAWPLonJioCinema @JioCinema #AakashVani
04:48 PM · Mar 05, 2023
Another Indian absolutely standing out. This is some serious hitting by @TheShafaliVerma Wowww. Huge sixes and her leg side play is so strong #WPL2023
04:27 PM · Mar 05, 2023
Lavanya 🎙️🎥👩🏻‍💻@lav_narayanan
It’s not a fun tournament if RCB has it easy. Come on. #WPL2023 #TATAWPL
05:15 PM · Mar 05, 2023

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