So, the Delhi Capitals Women are directly through to the finals and will next be seen in action on the 26th of March. The Eliminator will be played on 24th of March between the Mumbai Indians Women up against the UP Warriorz Women at Navi Mumbai. Do join us for this game and for all other fixtures across the globe, stay tuned to our network.
For now, this is Ayan Chatterjee signing off on behalf of my co-commentator Akshay Bhide alongside scorer/analyst Paras Yadav. Stay safe, happy, and cool. Goodnight and CHEERS!
Alice Capsey (Player of the Match):"Yes, it was a different role I played today which was pleasing. More responsibility today. Yesterday was fun. Coming at 3 was having fun. We needed to build the partnership and we did that with Kapp. It's good fun battling with Sophie. It was good fun battling with her. She is the number 1 bowler in the world. I think we are looking forward to the final. It's exciting. First edition of WPL to play in the finals is amazing. We will get some rest and come back refreshed for the final on Sunday."
Player of the Match: Alice Capsey
Meg Lanning (Delhi Capitals Women Skipper): "It's not something I have thought about it. Just love to contribute and get across the line. I don't think we were at our best tonight. We were sloppy in the field. The bowlers did well to keep them below 140. We believed in ourselves to chase it down before the ball started to turn. It seemed like the new ball came onto the bat nicely. As the innings progressed, it stuck a bit on the surface. We have a good batting depth and don't rely on one or two players. That helps in these types of tournaments. Spending some time besides the pool and resting and coming up all prepared for the final."
Powerful Striker of the Match: Tahlia McGrath
Jess Jonassen (Delhi Capitals Women): "It is
really cool to get that one down to the final day. We get the advantage of
qualifying directly for the final. We get some days off. We will watch the
Eliminator closely and who will play. To get across the line like today was a
pleasing thing. We have got bundles of international experience. There is a
local Indian talent as well. We have got some incredible talent and we are as a
family. It has reaped rewards for us on the field. One big game to go. The
games have come thick and fast for us and there is no time for us to rest. So I
guess girls will spend a couple of days resting and then train for two days
before the final. Hopefully, we will lift the trophy."
Alyssa Healy (UP Warriorz Skipper): "We decided to give chance to the players and they had a very good outing. We were outplayed tonight. Shabnim gave a couple of wickets and gave some sniff. Those weren’t easy batting conditions. We saw in the end there, the ball was turning and gripping. Hopefully, we will reflect on what went wrong and we need to fix those things. We will train on Thursday and see how things go. We are extremely proud to get to the finals and that was our aim. DY Patil will be a packed stadium against Mumbai and we need to be at our best."
10:45 PM IST: So, the Delhi Capitals Women are directly through to the finals as they beat the UP Warriorz Women by 5 wickets with 13 balls to spare. They top the group ahead of Mumbai Indians Women on Net Run Rate. A complete all-round performance from Meg Lanning and her girls.
Chasing 139 on a tricky surface, Delhi Capitals came all guns blazing scoring 56 runs inside 5 overs with Ismail going for 20 in her opening over. Lanning was the aggressor today. Shafali Verma scored 21 off 16 balls. Meg Lanning was great in her 39 off 23 balls. UP pulled it back to reduce them to 70/3 at one stage. But then the duo of Alice Capsey and Marizanne Kapp scored 34 apiece to steer the side home in 17.5 overs. 11 extras were given by the fielding side.
Shabnaim Ismail came back well after the initial thrashing and picked up a couple of wickets. A wicket for Yashasri and Sophie Ecclestone who was miserly as well. The others tried their best, but they had a less total to defend.
Earlier in the game, UP Warriorz struggled in their innings against a disciplined bowling attack. Shweta Sehrawat was aggressive in her 19 off 12 balls. Alyssa Healy scored 36 off 34 balls. Simran Shaikh struggled in her 11 off 23 balls. But it was Tahlia McGrath's 58* off 32 balls that took the score to 138/6 in 20 overs. 6 extras were given by the fielding side.
Alice Capsey was the pick of the bowlers for the Capitals as she finished with 3/26 in 4 overs. Radha Yadav picked up a couple of wickets for 28 runs in 4 overs. Jess Jonassen had the other wicket as she finished with 1/24 in 4 overs. All wickets falling to the spinners in the first innings. All the bowlers were disciplined, while the fielding was a little off today.
So, the Delhi Capitals wins this game by 5 wickets and qualify directly into the finals. Stick around for the presentation ceremony.
17.5 D Sharma to M Kapp
4 Finds the gap and Kapp finishes things in style. Delhi Capitals win the game comprehensively to qualify directly for the final. This was a short delivery outside off, Kapp rocks back and cuts it hard in the gap between point and cover point for a boundary. They beat the UP Warriorz by five wickets with 13 balls to spare.
17.4 D Sharma to M Kapp
2 Fuller delivery on the pads and Kapp flicks it uppishly past mid wicket for a couple of runs.
This should be a run-out. They have gone upstairs. Yes, Jonassen is clearly out and she is already walking back to the hut. She departs for a duck.
17.3 D Sharma to J Jonassen
W A mixup in the middle and Jonassen is run out. Flighted delivery outside off, Jonassen reverse sweeps it towards point. Kapp wanted a quick run and sets off from the non-striker's end. Jonassen was late to react and was stranded in the middle of the pitch. The throw comes in at the bowler's end and Deepti collects it and dislodges the bails. Jonassen is well short of the crease but the decision has been sent upstairs just to be sure.
17.2 D Sharma to J Jonassen
0 Turning away again and Jonassen is beaten on the outside edge while defending it.
17.1 D Sharma to J Jonassen
0 Short and turning away way outside off, Jonassen toe ends the cut in the off side.
Just 3 now needed for the win and they have got plenty of time to do it.
Delhi Capitals Women
16.6 S Ecclestone to M Kapp
4 FOUR!!!! The extra ball results in a boundary. Tossed up by Ecclestone on leg, Kapp gets underneath this one and lifts it over mid on. Navgire from inside the circle chases after it but comes second. Just three required now for the Capitals Women.