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RCB’s Historic Comeback Seals Victory Over UP Warriorz by 2 Runs

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In a thrilling match at the iconic M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) fought hard to secure a victory against the UP Warriorz in the Women’s Premier League (WPL) 2024.

The game saw excellent performances from both teams, keeping the crowd engaged and eagerly watching every moment.

Leg-spinner Sobhana Asha was outstanding, taking 5 wickets for 22 runs. Her accurate bowling kept the UP Warriorz batsmen under control, limiting them to 155/7 in 20 overs.

Despite losing their skipper Alyssa Healy early for just 5 runs, UP Warriorz showed determination. Grace Harris and Shweta Sehrawat put up a good partnership of 77 runs, but UP Warriorz fell short, finishing their innings at 155/7, just shy of RCB’s total.

In the first innings, RCB posted a competitive score of 157/6. Sabbinenni Meghana and Richa Ghosh were instrumental in achieving this target.

Despite a shaky start, Meghana and Smriti Mandhana steadied the innings with a promising partnership. Meghana reached her fifty in 40 balls, while Richa’s aggressive batting saw her reach fifty in just 31 balls. Despite some late dismissals, RCB ended their innings strongly, setting a challenging target for UP Warriorz.

Leg-spinner Sobhana Asha celebrating after taking wicket
Leg-spinner Sobhana Asha celebrating after taking wicket

UP Warriorz’ bowlers, led by Rajeshwari Gayakwad’s commendable performance of 2 wickets for 24 runs, managed to restrict RCB’s scoring rate to some extent. However, RCB’s strong batting ensured a challenging target for UP Warriorz to chase.

The match went down to the wire, with UP Warriorz needing 156 runs for victory. Every run was fiercely contested, keeping the crowd on the edge of their seats.

In the end, RCB’s collective effort paid off as they clinched the win by a narrow margin of 2 runs. The M. Chinnaswamy Stadium erupted in celebration as RCB secured their spot at the top of the points table with 2 points and a Net Run Rate of +0.100.

The match showcased excellent cricketing skills and competitive spirit from both teams, highlighting the excitement and intensity of the ongoing WPL 2024 tournament.

With this victory, RCB has climbed up the table and currently sits at 1st position with 2 points. Their impressive performance has boosted their morale and put them in a strong position as the tournament progresses.

On the other hand, UP Warriorz’ defeat has affected their standings in the league. They now find themselves at 4th position with 0 points. Despite this setback, UP Warriorz will be eager to bounce back in the upcoming matches and improve their position in the table.


Utpal is a journalist covering online and offline sports in India. He has passion for everything sports and is a regular at various sports events. Follow him to stay abreast of all things sports.

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