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USA pacer Tara Norris creates history, takes first five-wicket haul in WPL 2023. see




Tara Norris, a 24-year-old resident of Philadelphia, decided the fate of the match in just two overs. In her WPL debut, she took the wickets of some of the world’s most renowned batsmen and became the first player to register a fifty in the WPL, guiding Delhi Capitals to a 60-run win over Royal Challengers Bangalore in their campaign opener in Mumbai on Sunday Did. Royal Challengers Bangalore’s opening pair of Smriti Mandhana and Sophie Devine started the mammoth chase of 224 with a bang. The RCB skipper troubled the Delhi Capitals bowlers with his ability to hit boundaries on a consistent basis.

Sophie Devine starts her innings confidently after a nightmare with the ball. She was able to support her captain by keeping the scoreboard ticking. But it all started going downhill for the RCB team as Ellis Capsy took the ball in his hands.

Capsy took the wickets of both the openers in the space of two overs. Devine departed before the powerplay with scores of 14(11). Shafali Verma surprised everyone by taking a brilliant catch. Even Divine could not believe his eyes. Mandhana managed to survive the powerplay with Ellyse Perry as her backup. At the end of the Powerplay, RCB were at 54/1, with Mandhana (34*) joined by Ellyse Perry (6*).

Shortly after the end of the powerplay, Mandhana became Capsy’s second victim. The RCB captain returned to the pavilion with a score of 35(23). The rest of the RCB team kept losing their wickets. Tara Norris took five wickets. Norris took the wickets of Ellyse Perry (31) and Disha Kasat (9) in the same over. In her second over, she put the final nail in the coffin by picking up two back-to-back wickets of Richa Ghosh (2) and Kanika Ahuja (0). His last victim was Heather King (34).

RCB tried to redeem themselves with a brilliant innings from Megan Schutt (22) but her effort went in vain. RCB ended the match with a boundary and their final score was 163/8.

For Delhi Capitals, Shafali Verma and Meg Lanning produced one of the best T20 opening innings in women’s cricket history. Even though Royal Challengers Bangalore picked up their wickets in quick succession, Marijan Kapp and Jemimah Rodrigues ensured that the run rate did not drop.

At the end of the Powerplay, DC were at 57/0, with Shafali (29*) and Lanning (24*) unbeaten. In the ninth over, Sobhana Asha was getting severe punishment, both of them scoring 22 runs, of which Shafali herself scored 17 runs.

RCB completed 100 runs in 9.4 overs. Shefali completed her half-century in just 31 balls. At the end of 10 overs, DC were at 105/0, with Shafali (54*) and Lanning (47*) dominating the RCB bowlers. In the next over, Lanning also completed his half-century in just 30 balls.

DC reached the 150-run mark in 13.4 overs. Lanning-Shafali continued to trouble the RCB bowlers until England skipper Heather Knight stepped forward to dismiss both the openers. He broke the 162-run partnership for the first wicket between the pair, dismissing Lanning for 72 off 43 balls with 14 fours.

Just two balls later, Shafali was dismissed for 84 off 45 balls, which included 10 fours and four sixes. DC were 164/2 at the end of 15 overs. Jemimah Rodrigues and South African all-rounder Marijan Kapp were the fresh pair at the crease, tasked with ensuring that their side finish the match well.

Rodrigues and Kapp continued the carnage started by the openers. DC reached the 200-run mark in 18.2 overs with the help of a big six from Cap. Cap and Rodrigues completed the 50-run partnership in just 28 balls.

DC ended their innings on 223/2, with Rodrigues (22*) and Cap (39*) unbeaten at the crease. Heather Knight was the pick of the bowlers for RCB, taking 2/40 from her three overs. With fast bowlers Renuka Singh, Ellyse Perry, and Megan Schutt being expensive and wicketless, the rest of the lineup had a torrid day.

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