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RCB shines with 2nd win in WPL 2024, displaying clinical prowess and teamwork.

Smriti Mandhana of Royal Challengers Bangalore executes a shot in the Women's Premier League (WPL) clash against Gujarat Giants at M Chinnaswamy Stadium.  (Photo: WPL T20)

RCB Dominates: Mandhana and Meghana Propel Second Consecutive Win

In a stellar display of skill and coordination, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) clinched their second consecutive victory in the Women's Premier League (WPL), breezing past Gujarat Giants with an eight-wicket triumph in Bengaluru.

Mandhana's Aggressive Onslaught

Captain Smriti Mandhana led from the front with an aggressive start, smashing six boundaries in her initial 11 balls. Mandhana's adept off-side play, particularly between mid-off and backward point, showcased her class. The skipper's onslaught laid the foundation for RCB's pursuit of Gujarat Giants' total.

GG Stifled to 107/7

RCB's bowlers, backed by tight lines, restricted Gujarat Giants to a modest 107/7. Eager to boost their net run rate, RCB's batters displayed intent from the outset. Even after the early loss of Sophie Devine, Mandhana and Sabbhineni Meghana kept the scoreboard ticking.

Meghana's Heroics Seal the Deal

By the end of the third over, RCB had raced to 32/0, setting a stark contrast to Gujarat Giants' struggles in the powerplay, managing only 29/1 in six overs. Mandhana's departure in the ninth over for a quick 43 did little to deter RCB, as Meghana stepped up. Launching a six and a four in the 11th over, Meghana propelled RCB closer to victory, eventually sealed in the 13th over by Ellyse Perry.

GG's Batting Woes and RCB's Strategic Bowling

RCB's decision to bowl after winning the toss proved strategic, as GG's batters lacked intent. Despite skipper Beth Mooney reshuffling the order, only three batters reached double figures. Renuka Singh's early strikes and Sophie Molineux's spin added to GG's woes.

RCB Leads Points Table

With this commanding win, RCB now leads the points table, ahead of Mumbai Indians on net run rate. The team's clinical approach and dominant performances from Mandhana and Meghana make them a formidable force in the WPL 2024.

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