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Mandhana Shines: WPL 2024 Bengaluru Highlights

Cricket  •  5 Mar, 2024  •  1,04,926 Views  •  ⭐ 4.3

Written by Anand Swami

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The Women's Premier League (WPL) 2024's inaugural phase concluded spectacularly in Bengaluru, witnessing Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) secure their third victory in five matches before a vociferous crowd of 26,483 at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. The atmosphere was electrifying, mirroring the intensity of a gathering almost twice its size, as chants of 'RCB-RCB' resonated, showcasing the team's growing nationwide popularity. RCB's high-octane performance against UP Warriorz, driven by strategic tactical adjustments, showcased a remarkable batting display that left the opponents demoralized.


Tactical Masterstroke

Smriti Mandhana and Meghana
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In response to a series of disappointing scores (1, 6, 23, and 9), RCB made a pivotal tactical adjustment by demoting Sophie Devine in the batting order, promoting S Meghana to open the innings with Smriti Mandhana. The strategy aimed to exploit the powerplay optimally, urging Meghana to play aggressively without the fear of losing her wicket.

Meghana embraced the role with enthusiasm, delivering a scintillating start that showcased her ability to execute powerful agricultural heaves and bottom-handed shots, setting a robust foundation for the innings. This move not only revitalized RCB's approach at the start but also demonstrated their depth in batting, allowing them to approach the game with renewed aggression and confidence.



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Mandhana's Majestic Innings

Smriti Mandhana
Image Credits: The Indian Express

Captain Smriti Mandhana stood out with magnificent innings, scoring an 80 off 50 balls, infused with elegance and aggression. Despite a challenging start to her tenure at RCB, where she struggled, especially against left-arm spin, Mandhana turned the tables with this innings. Facing a variety of spinners including Deepti Sharma, Sophie Ecclestone, and Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Mandhana's counterattack was both strategic and sublime.

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