WPL 2023: “Verma Ji Ki Beti Ne Kiya Kamaal”


The Delhi Capitals (DC) women beat the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) women by 60 runs in the second match of the inaugural edition of the Women’s Premier League (WPL) at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday, March 5. Former Indian batter Aakash Chopra praised Shafali Verma for her brilliant knock of 84 runs off 45 balls in the high-scoring encounter.

After being asked to bat first, Delhi openers Shafali and Meg Lanning made a brilliant start to the innings, adding 162 runs for the first wicket. Shafali, and Lanning, who scored 72 runs off 43 balls, helped the Capitals post a huge total of 223 runs for the loss of two wickets. The DC bowlers started their campaign with a win, restricting the opposition batsmen to 163 runs.

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Smriti Mandhana’s Captaincy Was Slightly 50-50 – Aakash Chopra

While reviewing the game on the “AakashVani” show on JioCinema, Aakash Chopra praised Marizanne Kapp and Jemimah Rodrigues for providing the finishing touches to the Delhi Capitals innings. The former Indian opener said that he wasn’t impressed with Smriti Mandhana’s captaincy.

“I said I am finding the Delhi Capitals team very good. They got invited to bat first and after that, Meg Lanning and Shafali Verma – they hit so much that you said it was amazing. Verma ji ki beti ne kiya kamaal,” Aakash Chopra said.

“They (RCB) pulled it back a little, but Marizanne Kapp came and Jemimah Rodrigues was there with her, and overall the score went above 200. The bowling was absolutely destroyed. I also felt Smriti Mandhana’s captaincy was slightly 50-50,” he added.

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Tara Norris Is The Only Associate Nation Player In The WPL – Aakash Chopra

Chopra praised Tara Norris after picking the first five-wicket haul in the WPL. The 45-year-old pointed out that the Delhi Capitals pulled off a masterstroke by acquiring her from an associate nation, allowing them to play five overseas players in the XI.

“After that Tara Norris. USA’s Chuck Norris was earlier popular the world over, now it is Tara Norris. She is the most popular girl in India, no other American has been so popular because she picked up five wickets.”

“She comes from an associate nation. So the Delhi Capitals played a masterstroke, that if you have an associate nation player, you can play five overseas players in the XI and she is the only associate nation player in the WPL.”

Kapp and Jemimah added an unbeaten 60-run partnership for the third wicket. Kapp scored a 17-ball 39, and Jemimah scored 22 runs off 15 deliveries. Norris took 5 wickets for 29 runs in her four overs, while Alice Capsey and Shikha Pandey registered figures of 2/10 and 1/35, respectively.

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