Gujarat Giants vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Women, 6th Match
Gujarat Giants won by 11 runs
And with that we conclude our presentations. Gujarat Giants get off the mark while RCB are still searching for that first win. That's all for today, but join us tomorrow for the big one - Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals. Bye for now!
Sophia Dunkley | Player of the Match: Bit tough and go and one point, but very proud of the girls today. Really glad to go out there and get a win. I just try to hit the ball hard, hit in the right areas and hope for the best. It was a close finish today, but happy to come out on top.
Sneh Rana, GGT Captain: Amazing, incredible, superb effort from the girls, very proud of them. Injury is fine, it will get fine. Defending here in CCI is never easy, it is always high scoring but we lived up to the game. (On Sutherland death bowling) We thought of giving her the overs because she bowls good wide yorkers. I think we have good balance, we have a good combination. This is something we were looking for since the first game, but now that we have got our first points, we are very happy.
Smriti Mandhana, RCB captain: In our bowling, we gave 10-15 above par. Really proud of the way the girls batted. It's a good outfield - one end is really short. That did play on some of our bowlers' minds. It's about being hard on ourselves. The way Shreyanka bowled and batted. Also the way Kanika showed her approach. Those two are the positives from our domestic setup.
Harleen Deol: Feels good to win for the first time. The wicket was really good, so backed myself to play to my strengths. (On Sneh Rana) She's a fighter, she was bleeding a bit on her finger but I knew she'll play on no matter what.
22:57 Local Time, 17:27 GMT, 22:57 IST: Gujarat Giants claim their first win of the WPL, but they were given a really scare today. RCB lost Mandhana early, but Sophie Devine and Ellyse Perry stitched together a good partnership. The former in particular showed her brute power, tonking a few sixes to her maiden WPL fifty. Perry was looking good for a big score herself, but cut one towards backward point in the 12th over. From then on, Gujarat kept getting timely wickets to stay ahead of the game. Ashleigh Gardner picked two wickets off her last two overs to kill the game. RCB found some big blows from Heather Knight and Shreyanka Patil in the end, but it was too little, too late. RCB slump to another loss. Stick on for the presentations now...
RCBW: 190-6 after 20 overs
19.6 Sutherland to Shreyanka Patil, no run, full and wide, Shreyanka shuffled away this time and was too far away to connect. Gujarat cling on to claim their first win.
19.5 Sutherland to Shreyanka Patil, FOUR, length ball on off, Shreyanka shuffles in and pulls it behind square for another boundary.
19.4 Sutherland to Shreyanka Patil, SIX, full outside off, Shreyanka shuffles in and gets down on one knee to ramp it over deep backward square leg for a maximum. What an inventive shot but sadly it comes too late...
19.3 Sutherland to Knight, 1 run, low full toss, flicked behind square but there's a fielder there. Game is beyond RCB now
19.2 Sutherland to Shreyanka Patil, 1 run, superb fielding!! This was full on off, drilled down the ground but Rana launches herself to her right from mid-off. Blocks it off and that's just a single
Shreyanka Patil, right handed bat, comes to the crease
19.1 Sutherland to Poonam Khemnar, out Caught by (sub)Ashwani Kumari!! A clear lack of experience shown by Khemnar. All she had to do was get herself off strike, but tries an audacious ramp by shuffling closer to an outside off fuller delivery. Easy catch for short fine, and more importantly keeps Knight off strike Poonam Khemnar c (sub)Ashwani Kumari b Sutherland 2(4)
Sutherland to Poonam Khemnar, THATS OUT!! Caught!!
Annabel Sutherland [3.0-0-44-1] is back into the attack
RCBW: 178-5 after 19 overs
18.6 Gardner to Knight, SIX, that shot was needed to keep RCB in the game!! This was fired full on off, Knight expected it and slogged it across the line over wide long-on for a maximum. 24 needed off the last over, can Knight do the improbable?
18.5 Gardner to Poonam Khemnar, 1 run, full and quick on middle, swept to deep backward square leg.
18.4 Gardner to Knight, 1 run, quick on off, driven down the ground but just a single!
18.3 Gardner to Poonam Khemnar, 1 run, drilled fuller, driven towards long-on
18.2 Gardner to Poonam Khemnar, no run, yorker, goes between the batter's legs as she shuffles inwards