Twitter reacts to Ellyse Perry heroics as she leads RCB to maiden WPL Final

In the nail-biting eliminator match, Royal Challengers Bangalore, led by skipper Smriti Mandhana, chose to bat after winning the toss. Sophie Devine opened with Mandhana but faced early setbacks, leading to a score of 135/6. Ellyse Perry’s remarkable 66 including 8 boundaries and a maximum and partnerships with Richa Ghosh and Georgia Wareham carried Bangalore’s innings.

Twitter reacts to Ellyse Perry heroics as she leads RCB to maiden WPL Final
Twitter reacts to Ellyse Perry heroics as she leads RCB to maiden WPL Final

Mumbai Indians’ chase began steadily until Bangalore’s Shreyanka Patil claimed the wicket of Hayley Matthews. Despite efforts from Harmanpreet Kaur (33) and Amelia Kerr (27*), Mumbai Indians fell short by five runs, finishing at 130/6.

Ellyse Perry’s all-round brilliance of 66 runs and 1 wicket earned her the Player of the Match award. With this win, Royal Challengers Bangalore advances to the Women’s Premier League 2024 final against Delhi Capitals, led by Meg Lanning, scheduled for March 17th at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi.

The match witnessed a sensational performance by Ellyse Perry with bat and the combined effort of Bangalore’s bowling unit left fans at the edge of their seats and sparked discussions on social media platforms, here are some highlights from the match.

Ellyse Perry’s all-round heroics

The star who achieved the historic 6-fer in the the last encounter with the Mumbai Indians, played a crucial innings yet again, scoring 66 runs off 50 balls with 8 boundaries and a maximum. She held the innings together, propelling Bangalore to a total of 135 runs in the eliminator. Additionally, she picked up the crucial wicket of Yastika Bhatia in the second innings. Fans flooded social media with praise for her, acknowledging that she anchored Bangalore’s innings, and secured the eliminator, paving the way for Bangalore to reach the final.

Shreyanka’s spell and Asha‘s last over

Shreyanka Patil provided the initial breakthrough for her side by dismissing opener Hayley Matthews, later striking in the death overs to claim skipper Harmanpreet Kaur’s crucial wicket. Again, in the death overs, Asha Sobhana dismissed Pooja Vastrakar, successfully defending 12 runs in the last over. Fans erupted with joy at such a brilliant bowling performance from the Bangalore side, showing admiration and praise for the bowlers. Fans also applauded skipper Smriti for her brilliant captaincy in deciding to entrust the last over to her.

Georgia Wareham’s last ball maximum

In the last over of the first innings, Georgia Wareham smashed a last-ball maximum off Saika Ishaque. Her six took the target to 136 runs for the Mumbai Indians. Later, she also took the wicket of Mumbai’s fiery all-rounder, Nat Sciver-Brunt, halting Mumbai’s momentum. Fans reacted, believing that the last-ball maximum made the ultimate difference in Mumbai’s chase, and praised Wareham for her all-around performance throughout the WPL.

Richa Ghosh’s stumping

Richa stumped the two big hitters, Sajeevan Sajana and Pooja Vastrakar, causing hindrance for Mumbai Indians in the run chase. Fans praised her wicketkeeping skills.

Defending champion so close to victory

The winners of the WPL 2023 season were knocked out by the Royal Challengers in the eliminator. Mumbai Indians had a pretty good season with only three losses and were second on the table, in the league games. Fans expressed their sorrow on social media, believing Mumbai will come back stronger next season.

Royal Challengers Bangalore in the final

Bangalore defended the lowest score in WPL history and paved the way to the WPL 2024 final after a disappointing last season. From not qualifying for the eliminators to winning the eliminator this season, fans praised the entire team’s effort in their journey to the final.

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