That's it from another great encounter in the Women's Premier League. Ninaad Dixit here taking your leave on behalf of my co-commentator Deepak Prakash and scorer Ashok Dayma. Stay tuned for more cricketing action from around the world.
Sophie Devine (Player of the match): "It's always nice to beat Meg in something. I was just in a bit of a zone tonight and I think milestones don't really affect me too much. I was going to go about it exactly the 98 runs before it so for me it wasn't the case of drop and run. I just wanted to get the team across the line. So just really happy that I can help contribute this team winning and still give us a really small chance of making to the playoffs.
I have played a number of games here now, getting used to the conditions. I saw other people play here and it was very important for me to continue to learn and grow. Its been great to see how the batters have gone about it and even Ash and Laura today were outstanding so for me I just take the best bits and applied to my strengths.
Its just a great opportunity. I think I got to give the credit to the bowlers who did the hard work earlier on in the tournament. I think conditions are really tricky for the bowlers. There's minimal swing, there wasn't much coming off the wicket either so they did a lot of hard work early, probably snuck in a little bit and taking a little bit glory but its really nice to be able to contribute with both bat and ball. Helps it in my game being able to do both so really happy to be able to put RCB in a winning position."
Sophie Devine is the player of the match and also gets the orange cap.
Smriti Mandhana (Royal Challengers Bangalore Captain): "From the last game we took a lot of confidence getting the points on the board. Today also, even the way we bowled in the middle period, we kind of restircted them. We thought its gonna spin a lot but the wicket was still playing good. Just to watch Sophie from the other end was fun.
In recent past, the way pitches have been playing we thought maybe they are 15-20 above the par score but then when we started the first 2-3 overs, the wicket still looked good and that's when I felt like we have actually done a pretty good job with the bowling unit restricting them 10-15 runs short so after batting on that wicket I can say we restricted them well.
My thought was I just need some popcorns for the show. It was just amazing to watch her hit those sixes and I think my job was very easy. I had to get a single, get her on the strike and just watch it from the other end. Few of the sixes were really massive.
We are more clear about how to go about things in the bowling, fielding and batting unit. Definitely things didn't click in the first 4-5 matches. All had still a positive mindset and as I had mentioned before that, the girls were positive not just in terms of what is going to happen. We might or might not play the eliminator. But in general the atmosphere has been so positive around the group and all the players have just kept it positive. That is the major reason for us to comeback and have these 2 wins.
Very pleased. We knew that we are a good team. Definitely the way we started, we had a lot of doubts on what has actually happened but the way we have played I'm more assured that we are an amazing team."
Ellyse Perry: "It would be amazing if we could just speak about Soph. First and foremost, it's nice to be on the same team. She is a pretty unique player, and not many players can do it. She has remained quite consistent over the years, so I assume her admirers are aware of her talent. That last shot which got her out highlighted how she is a team player. No matter if Soph receives a score of 100 or 0, she is the same. She just tries to have fun, like most Kiwis do.
We have had some difficulty establishing ourselves in the competition. It's great that Smriti could take a break in the midst. As the first ball in the game was played, she was practising back-foot cover drives. Soph hits the ball as I have never seen anyone before, I believe. I certainly hope so, the Taj is incredible."
Sneh Rana (Gujarat Giants Women Captain):"I mean I am also short of words right now, but that is what it is and it's a game of cricket. It was a good total on this pitch to defend but we didn't bow up to the mark that cost us. We thought of continuing with the momentum and that's why sent Meghana since she is an explosive batter. Let's get out of it and we will come back stronger in the next match."
10:32 PM IST: The Royal Challengers Bangalore have won 2 out of 2 games and have finally moved up from the bottom of the points table! Opener Sophie Devine's 99 off just 36 deliveries and her partnership with skipper Smriti Mandhana worth 125 runs was the key in RCB's win.
Quick recap to the game as Gujarat Giants won the toss and elected to bat first and put up a strong total of 188/4 in 20 overs on the back of Laura Wolvaardt's 68. Ashleigh Gardner played a good hand hitting 41 off just 26 balls and got support with S Meghana (31) who made a good comeback in the XI.
D Hemalatha (16* off 6) and Harleen Deol (12* off 5) provided the finishing touches to the innings. Shreyanka Patil was the pick of the bowlers for RCB who struggled for wickets throughout the innings. Preeti Bose playing ahead of Renuka Singh picked up a wicket as well alongside Sophie Devine.
In the 2nd innings it was the Sophie Devine show since ball one as she was on the attack alongside Smriti Mandhana and hit 24 runs in the second over of the innings delivered by Ashleigh Gardner. Another over in the innings fetched 25 runs as the Gujarat Giants bowlers seemed helpless throughout the game.
Devine was just a run short of her hundred and the first one of the history of WPL which would have made 2 New Zealanders the first ever century scorers in Indian T20 leagues (Brendon McCullum was the first cricketer to hit a ton in IPL).
Ellyse Perry (19* off 12) and Heather Knight (22* off 15) then provided the finishing touches and finished the game in the 16th over. Skipper Sneh Rana was the pick of the bowlers for GG getting Mandhana's wicket and finished the most economical. All the other bowlers barring Kim Garth (1/32) had a terrible outing in the field.
RCB are still alive in the race for the playoffs.
15.3 S Rana to E Perry
1 That's it, RCB Women wins by 8 wickets with 27 balls to spare. Tosses it up on the middle and leg. Perry flicks to mid-wicket for a single. Their hopes are still alive in the tournament.
15.2 S Rana to H Knight
1 Length delivery on the off. Knight punches it to deep covers for a single.
15.1 S Rana to H Knight
4 FOUR!! Just 2 needed now!! Fuller delivery outside the off. Knight sits down on one knee and squeezes it to deep third man for a boundary.
Royal Challengers Bangalore Women
14.6 K Garth to H Knight
1 Single to end the over. Fuller delivery on the stumps. Knight drills it down to long-on for a single.
14.5 K Garth to H Knight
0 Length delivery outside the off. Knight cuts it but didn't connect it well as the ball goes to the keeper on a couple of bounces.
14.4 K Garth to H Knight
0 Length delivery around the off. Knight pulls it along the ground down to mid-on. The ball falls short of the mid-on.
14.3 K Garth to H Knight
4 FOUR! SHOT!! Fuller delivery on the stumps. Knight bends low and swings across the line of the ball and connects it well as the ball flies to the deep square leg for a boundary.
14.2 K Garth to E Perry
1 A touch fuller delivery on the off stump. Perry drills it down to wide of long-on for a single.
14.1 K Garth to H Knight
1 Fuller delivery on the middle and leg stump line. Knight clips it to short mid-wicket and rotates the strike.
Royal Challengers Bangalore Women
13.6 T Kanwar to H Knight
1 Good length outside the off stump, Knight plays off the backfoot guiding this to deep point.