Delhi Capitals Secure Direct Qualification Into Women’s Premier League Final With Win Over Gujarat Giants


Big-hitting Shafali Verma played a explosive inning of 71 runs in 37 balls as Delhi Capitals secured direct qualification for the final of the Women's Premier League by defeating Gujarat Giants by seven wickets in New Delhi on Wednesday. Table-toppers Delhi Capitals entered the game clinching a direct berth in the final and once their bowlers restricted the Giants to 126 for nine with a disciplined performance at the Arun Jaitley Stadium, the hosts were on course to achieve their target. Came close to coming true.

The Capitals will face the winner of the eliminator between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the final on Sunday.

As she is wont to do, Shafali hit a number of fours, including five sixes and seven fours, which helped her team complete the chase of 127 without much ado.

DC ended the game with 41 balls remaining.

Shafali completed her half-century in just 28 balls. She reached this feat by hitting a four at extra cover off Mannat Kashyap.

The pair of Shafali and Jemimah Rodrigues (38 not out) dismissed Meghna Singh for 20 runs and also dismissed Ashley Gardner for 28 runs in two overs.

Earlier, Delhi Capitals bowlers made a good effort to restrict Gujarat Giants to a modest score.

Had it not been for Bharti Phulmali's 36-ball 42 and Katherine Bryce's unbeaten 28, the Giants would have finished with a much lower score.

South African veteran Marizanne Kapp bowled brilliantly in the powerplay, taking impressive figures of 2/17 in four overs, while Shikha Pandey and Minnu Mani also took two wickets each.

Gugrat Giants' decision to bat first after winning the toss backfired as they were in trouble at 12/2 in the fourth over, which included losing the big wicket of captain Beth Mooney to South African all-rounder Cap for duck. First over of the match.

Mooney shaped up to flick a length delivery onto leg stump, but the ball hit his thigh pad before troubling leg and middle stump.

Daylan Hemlata (4) was the next batsman to go, bowled by Jess Jonassen, as Delhi Capitals celebrated early success.

The Giants suffered another blow when they lost Laura Wolvaardt (7), the successful bowler was Kapp again as the visitors were reduced to 16 for three at the start of the fifth over.

Unable to increase the pace, Wolvaardt was under pressure and succumbed to some disciplined bowling from Kapp.

Experienced Australian players Ashley Gardner (12) and Phoebe Litchfield (21) were trying to steady the innings, but after adding 23 runs for the fourth wicket, the former was out to a beautiful flight delivery from off-spinner Mani. .

The Giants were 39 for four in the ninth over and things got worse for them when Radha Yadav took a good catch off the bowling of Mani to send Litchfield back.

At 48 for five in the 11th over, the Giants were in a desperate situation, but Phulmali and Katherine Bryce added 68 runs to help the team cross 120 and give their bowlers a chance to defend.

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