Twitter Reactions: Beth Mooney’s Giants Edge Past Warriorz, RCB Fans Celebrate

In a thrilling encounter between Gujarat Giants and UP Warriorz, the Giants, led by skipper Beth Mooney, chose to bat first after winning the toss against UP Warriorz. Mooney and Laura Wolvaardt provided a solid start with a 60-run opening partnership, but UP Warriorz fought back with Sophie Ecclestone’s breakthrough at the eight over. Despite a middle-overs collapse, Beth Mooney’s aggressive innings of unbeaten 74 runs guided the Giants to a competitive total of 152 against 8 wickets.

Twitter Reactions: Beth Mooney's Giants Edge Past Warriorz, RCB Fans Celebrate
Twitter Reactions: Beth Mooney’s Giants Edge Past Warriorz, RCB Fans Celebrate

UP Warriorz stumbled early, losing key wickets within the powerplay, courtesy of Shabnam Shakil’s remarkable bowling where she dismissed skipper Alyssa Healy and Chamari Athapaththu. Despite a valiant 109-run partnership between Deepti Sharma and Poonam Khemnar, the Warriorz fell short by 8 runs, finishing at 144/5. Shakil’s impressive figures of 3/11 earned her the Player of the Match award as the Giants secured a crucial victory, keeping their qualification hopes alive.

The match witnessed an intense battle between bat and ball, leaving fans at the edge of their seats and sparking discussions on social media platforms, here are some highlights from the match-

Beth Mooney’s third consecutive half-century

Mooney built a 60-run opening partnership with Laura. She concluded with an unbeaten 74 runs off 52 deliveries, including ten boundaries and a maximum, at a strike rate of 142.30. Her significant contribution helped the Giants reach a total of 152 runs. Fans praised her for such commendable consecutive knocks and wished for the Giants to secure a spot in the playoffs.

Ecclestone’s breakthrough in the opening set

Sophie Ecclestone broke the opening partnership of the Giants, striking twice in the eighteenth over to dismiss Kathryn Bryce and Tanuja Kanwar. She currently holds the purple cap. Fans were delighted to witness her spell.

Deepti’s sensational efforts

In a stunning display of skill and determination, Deepti Sharma reignited her team’s hopes with an unbeaten 88 runs off just 60 deliveries. Her innings were adorned with nine boundaries and four maximums, with a strike rate of 146.66. Teaming up with Poonam Khemnar, their partnership ignited a flicker of hope for UP’s chase. However, despite their valiant efforts, UP fell short by a mere 8 runs.

Deepti’s stellar performance marked her third consecutive half-century, earning her the orange cap. Nevertheless, despite her brilliance, UP’s journey to the playoffs remained elusive. Fans applauded her for her tremendous efforts, showering praise for her exceptional performance on the field.

Shabnam Shakil’s 3 wickets

The 16-year-old prodigy claimed 3 important key wickets, including those of Alyssa Healy, Chamari Athapaththu, and Shweta Sehrawat. She provided a significant hindrance at the start of the innings for UP, claiming two wickets during the powerplay. Fans were mesmerized by such a commendable bowling effort, with some expressing anticipation for her international debut soon.

Playoff’s scenario

Following UP Warriorz’ defeat, attention turned towards the Giants and the Royals, both competing for a spot in the playoffs. Bangalore need to win their upcoming clash against Mumbai to easily qualify while a loss would compel them to rely on net run rate calculations. Fans, anxious yet hopeful, flooded social media with messages of encouragement, rallying behind their teams in the quest for qualification despite UP’s setback.

Few more reactions from the fans –

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