Last Update on: March 21st, 2023 at 04:42 pm
MI Women had won the toss & elected to bowl against RCB Women. RCB Women had a shaky start to their innings as in the first over itself, Sophie Devine was run out after a huge misunderstanding with Smriti Mandhana. Smriti Mandhana has had a forgettable WPL 2023 where she has looked in two minds whether to attack or defend.
RCB Women had a decent powerplay where they scored 32 runs for the loss of 1 wicket. Smriti Mandhana was slowly getting into the groove. Amelia Kerr was bowling the 7th over and on the 4th delivery, Amelia Kerr bowled a short ball where Smriti Mandhana tried to play a pull shot but got a top edge where wicket-keeper Yastika Bhatia took an easy catch. Smriti Mandhana was dismissed on 24 runs in 25 balls where she struck 3 fours & 1 six. At that time, RCB Women’s score was 33-2 in 6.4 overs.
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Smriti Mandhana didn’t score a single half-century in WPL 2023 which is quite astonishing. Perhaps, the burden of captaincy affected her natural game. Smriti Mandhana scored 149 runs in 8 innings with a strike rate of 111.9 in WPL 2023. RCB Women now would be hoping that Ellyse Perry plays a significant knock for the team as smashing the bowlers from the word go won’t be easy for the new batters.
MI Women would sense that they can restrict RCB Women below 150 which would allow their batters to hunt down the target quickly. There is a chance that NRR (Net run rate) would come into the act in the last league match of DC Women vs UP Warriorz as both MI Women & DC Women are tied at 10 points with a slight difference in NRR.
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Twitter Reacts as Smriti Mandhana’s batting woes continue
@mandhana_smriti is such a terrible player, plays so many dots, completely chokes the team innings, she shouldn't be there even in Indian T20 team. #WPLT20 #RCBvsMI #RCB #SmritiMandhana #WPL2023 #WPL #SuryakumarYadav #INDvsAUS
— saneRetail (@foolingretail) March 21, 2023
Not a good season for the most expensive player of the WPL.#SmritiMandhana #WPL2023 #TATAWPL #RCBvsMI
— Namrata (@namratrm) March 21, 2023
That shot summed up Smriti Mandhana's campaign. Difficult season for a terrific player, she'll bounce back.#WPL2023
— CricBlog ✍ (@cric_blog) March 21, 2023
Smriti mandhana has been playing so many dot balls in powerplay 🥲
Irony She is one of the India's best batter too 🥲#RCBvsMI #WPL2023
— Kunal rawat 🇮🇳 (@kunalrawat6741) March 21, 2023
Rcb season over but not a single 50 came from smriti mandhana bat #wpl2023
— Somnath Chakraborty (@Somnath44333169) March 21, 2023
In your team you have Sophie devine,Elysse Perry, Heather knight But Still RCB chooses Smrithi Mandhana as our Captain this is where we already lost man😑
RCB management never hesitate to make any mistakes and Blunders#WPL2023 #RCBvsMI #SmritiMandhana @RCBTweets #RCBW pic.twitter.com/epO2Gn3PAx
— kohlibhakt (@Pavancool06J) March 21, 2023
I don't know why Smriti gets hyped as Queen… Just because she shares the same jersey number with Virat?
— N (@Vk_is_goat) March 21, 2023
Smriti Mandhana has now gotten past 30 only 5 times in her last 20 innings
Her numbers in the inaugural #WPL: Average 18.62, Strike Rate 111.19
In hindsight, the pressure of captaincy has definitely told on her
RCB should probably look at a new captain for the next season
— Mohit Shah (@mohit_shah17) March 21, 2023
I wholeheartedly thank @mandhana_smriti for taking forward the @imVkohli's legacy #HaarCB 😂😂😂
— Tomuddin (@MohdTomuddin) March 21, 2023
TBH smriti doesn't deserve queen tag🥲 #SmritiMandhana #WPL2023
— BatSpeaks. (@Kapil_I_am) March 21, 2023
Smriti Mandhana will finish the first WPL season with a high score 37. Hasn't been her tournament with the bat, but at least clear what she needs to work on.
— Vinayakk (@vinayakkm) March 21, 2023
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