Recent Match Report – DC Women vs UPW Women 5th Match 2022/23

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.

Alyssa Healy did just that, giving UP Warriorz a fast start in their chase of 212. Marizanne Kapp and Shikha Pandey took the brunt of Healy’s fire and so Delhi Capitals captain Meg Lanning pretty quickly turned to her left arm spinner Jess Jonassen .

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.

Jonassen’s first boundary came from an inside edge of Deepti Sharma’s offspin. She was then playing on the field when she cleared space and lifted left arm fellow Anjali Sarvani over extra cover to reach the shorter offside line. She pushed Sophie Ecclestone past halfway before giving her Australian teammate Tahlia McGrath some special treatment.

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.

After that batting performance and her two wickets in her first over, Jonassen went for 35 of her last three overs and Devika dismissed Vaidya. However, Warriorz never got enough momentum in their pursuit after Healy and Navgire fell in succession. In a surprise decision, they had opted to play an extra sailor in Shabnim Ismail at the expense of Grace Harris who had helped them chase 53 in the last three overs against Gujarat Giants.

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.

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