A buffer of more than 200 runs to defend in a T20 game can be a double-edged sword. While it certainly puts pressure on the chasing team, it can also prompt bowlers to take it easy – or the opposing team taking the play head-on with little to lose.
Jonassen’s first ball was on the pads and Healy sent it to the deep square leg boundary. She then threw it out wider a few balls later, enticing Healy to come down the lane and go over the top and have her sliced to the back. Healy’s innings was broken for 24 of 17, and Capitals had won half the battle.
Two balls later, Jonassen also had hard hitting batter Kiran Navgire, who was the first uncovered player to score a half-century in the WPL, hollowed out to long-on. With two downs in four overs, Jonassen had managed to put Capitals on course for their second win in as many games.
But Jonassen had done much more than lead the Capitals defense. Her unbeaten 42 from just 20 balls had taken them to their second consecutive score of over 200 in the WPL. For Queensland Fire in the Women’s National Cricket League and Brisbane Heat in the Women’s Big Bash League, Jonassen is used to batting in the highest order, but in a powerful batting line-up like Australia her batting skills are rarely needed.
Capitals have similar firepower at the top. Lanning’s second consecutive half-century and her fifty-run opening goal with Shafali Verma had given them another fast start. Lanning continued to push the boundaries on a regular basis, first in the company of Kapp and then Jemimah Rodrigues. Alice Capsey blitzed a ten ball 21 after Rajeshwari beat Gayakwad Lanning again.
So when Jonassen found herself in the middle with less than six overs left, she had a platform to tee off, with a well set Rodrigues for company.
A long ball was thrown high over the long ball before Jonassen McGrath went wide half way through. Rodrigues then hit back-to-back fours to finish 19th for 19 runs. Jonassen’s slog also swept Deepti well over the deep midwicket to push Capitals’ 200 forward.
McGrath did her best to challenge the target, despite running out of partners and firepower on the other side. She added 49 from 40 with Vaidya before having another 40-run partnership with Simran Shaikh on just 19 balls to finish unbeaten on 90. Delhi finally triumphed by 42 runs and is locked in a race with Mumbai Indians for the place at the top of the table.