WPL Highlights 2023: Gujarat Giants v Royal Challengers Bangalore Women Match 16

Gujarat Giants and the RCB women went head-to-head on 18 March 2023. Both teams want to get a better standing on the points table. They have been quite unlucky in the first-ever season of the Women’s Premier League. RCB recently won their first match so far. This is quite troublesome for them. At the same time, the Gujarat Giants are also in the murky waters. They want to leave the tournament with some dignity. Will they be able to win this match?

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In the second match of the WPL this evening, two clubs at the bottom of the league square off. Smriti Mandhana’s Royal Challengers Bangalore face Sneh Rana’s Gujarat Giants.

Both teams come into this one on the heels of victories, but they know they can’t afford any more slip-ups if they want to make the playoffs. Let’s watch as this game unfolds. It’s an important match for both teams.

Gujarat Giants v Royal Challengers Bangalore Women – Match 16 details

Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai
Match Gujarat Giants v RCB Women
Date Saturday, March 18, 2023
Time 7:30 PM
Match number 16
Umpires Sanjay Kumar Singh
Vrinda Rathi
TV Umpire Pashchim Pathak
Reserve Umpire Chirra Ravikanthreddy
Match Referee Anupa Narvekar


Sophia Dunkley Smriti Mandhana
Laura Wolvaardt Sophie Devine
Sabbhineni Meghana Ellyse Perry
Ashleigh Gardner Heather Knight
Dayalan Hemalatha Kanika Ahuja
Harleen Deol Richa Ghosh
Ashwani Kumari Shreyanka Patil
Sushma Verma Disha Kasat
Kim Garth Sobhana Asha
 Sneh Rana Megan Schutt
Tanuja Kanwar Preeti Bose

Gujarat Giants

  • Sophie Dunkley appeared early, taking on Sophie Devine in the powerplay.
  • The Kiwi all-rounder, on the other hand, had the final word as he annihilated the English batter.
  • S Meghana was promoted, and even though she was sluggish to start, she made up for lost time once she got her eye in.
  • She added a 63-point collaboration with Laura Wolvaardt, who maintained her excellent form before being stopped when attempting to attack Preeti Bose.
  • Wolvaardt kept on assaulting, and Ash Gardner also began to make some vast shots.
  • Wolvaardt reached fifty and appeared to be on track for a big score, but RCB’s death overs specialist Shreyanka Patil stepped in and removed both set batters off consecutive overs.
  • It looked like it would bring the score down, but Harleen Deol and Hemalatha cameoed well in the last over to enable Gujarat to finish strong on 188.

Royal Challengers Bangalore Women

  • Today, we watched an inning of a lifetime as Devine blasted the bowlers all over the field, sparing no one. It began with a 24-run second over against Gardner,
  • They were followed by another massive over of Tanuja Kanwar. RCB scored 77 runs in the powerplay, and to top it all, their captain Mandhana regained his form.
  • Smriti achieved her best score in the event before losing a lead against bowler Sneh Rana.
  • On the other hand, Sophie Devine was unstoppable, slamming nine fours and eight sixes throughout her innings.
  • She was supposed to break the record for the quickest women’s T20 hundred but was disqualified for 99. Nonetheless, that was the best ranking in the WPL, and some criticism existed.
  • Ellyse Perry and Heather Knight finished the work that their openers had left for them. RCB eventually chased down 188


Gujarat Giants won the toss and chose to bat first. 
Laura Wolvaardt 68(42) Shreyanka Patil 2-17
Ashleigh Gardner 41(26) Preeti Bose 1-23
Sabbhineni Meghana 31(32) Sophie Devine 1-23
TARGET = 189 runs
Sophie Devine 99(36) Kim Garth 1-32
Smriti Mandhana 37(31) Sneh Rana 1-25
Heather Knight 22(15)
RESULT = RCB women won by eight wickets
PoM = Sophie Devine

Player of the match

Do we have to see who wins the player of the match award? It was a giveaway as Sophie played phenomenal innings. Chasing 189 runs was not an easy task. But her 99 runs off of 36 balls were the force that propelled RCB. Unfortunately, she couldn’t score her ton, but that’s okay as long as the team wins.

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