Royal Challengers Bangalore Women had another forgettable night as the side lost to Mumbai Indians Women by a massive margin of 9 wickets in match number 4 of the WPL 2023. This is the second consecutive loss for Smriti Mandhana-led side after they were defeated by Delhi Capitals Women in their opening game.
Skipper Smriti Mandhana once again disappointed with the bat as the player was able to only get 23 runs off 17 deliveries before she was dismissed by Hayley Matthews in the powerplay itself.
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The Royal Challengers seemed in a hurry as they lost consecutive wickets in regular intervals that did not allow their players enough time to settle in before they crumbled apart and could manage just 155 runs on the board before they were bowled out in 18.4 overs.
The bowlers did not fare any better as they were thrashed all around the park by Hayley Matthews and Nat Sciver. The two stitched together an unbeaten 100 runs plus stand for the 2nd wicket to guide their team to finish in just 14.2 overs.
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RCB-W skipper Smriti Mandhana talked about her team’s performance during the post-match presentation where she talked about the batters failing the runs on the board and how their team fell short by a big margin. She however praised the positives displayed by her side and said they will bounce back stronger.
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“Yeah definitely. I think we would have loved to put more runs on the board on this batting wicket. We were below par tonight. We will come back stronger. Yeah definitely, I think a few batters got into the 20s including me but couldn’t bat on for longer periods. We need to bat long once we were set which we will do in the upcoming games.”
“If any one of those batters was there till the 18th over, we would have ended on a decent score. No, we had enough bowlers. 6-7 options are enough for us. We didn’t have enough on the board and we were poor on the field as well. It is a very short tournament. Once you start winning, you can be on a roll. That is what we hope. Kanika and Shreyanka were brilliant with the bat. Those were the positives for us. We are happy with their batting as they stopped the collapse. We will be back stronger as a team.”
Smriti Mandhana and her side are now in the same boat with Gujarat Titans as both sides have lost both their opening games in the tournament and are yet to grab a win.