Spectators were excited to watch Mandhana playing her best game in this Women's premier league. As Smriti Mandhana is the most expensive buy at the auction. By royal challengers Bangalore. Every eye was on her. But Mandhana failed in the last 5 games. Back-to-back losses and back-to-back losing her wicket. In the game on 13th March, viewers lose their cool and started criticizing Mandhana for falling into the trap set by the Delhi capitals.
The story as happened.
In the 11th match of the women's premier league between Royal Challengers Banglore and Delhi Capitals at D.Y Patil stadium in Mumbai. Delhi capitals beat Challengers by 6 wickets. The entire match was a boom. Delhi Capitals won the toss and opted for the bowl. Royal Challengers Banglore played the 5th match of the wpl against Delhi. There was the hope of a win and watching mandhana's magical shots. But Meg lanning and her team have something which leaves Banglore fans in distress.
Smriti Mandhana fell into the trap-
Mandhana started the inning for Royal Challengers Banglore on a very short base by playing 6 dot balls. She was struggling to make the score. it was the 5th over and Shikha Pandey was bowling. Mandhana was on strike. It was back of a length delivery and Mandhana went for the pull but unfortunately, it directly got into the hands of Jemimah Rodrigues. And that's where Smriti lost her wicket by falling into the trap of Pandey. Smiriti hardly managed 8 runs off 18 balls. It was another night to forget for her and her fans.
Delhi capital's wonderful win-
Delhi started with full power. Talking about their bowling unit. They did their best. Shikha Pandey was the star by picking 3 wickets. Speaking about the batting then their batting squad as we all know is dominant. Bangalore managed 150 runs. And now Delhi had to chase the score. After the early loss of Shafali and Lanning, Alice Capsey scored 38 off 24 balls, Jemimah scored 32 off 28 balls and Jess Jonnasen banged 29 runs in 15 balls. And helped Delhi Capitals to register another win.
Royal Challengers Banglore's some worthy efforts-
From the back-to-back losses, Banglore turned on in this game against Delhi but they didn't make it to the win. The top effort was by Ellyse Perry scoring 67 off 52 balls and Richa Ghosh scored 37 in just 16 balls. But it was destiny and the whole team's efforts. Somewhere they failed again as a team and lost yet another game.
Twitter reacts -
Viewers barraged Twitter by tweeting about Mandhana's poor play after being the most expensive buy.
Smriti Mandhana likes the pull shot but she did not get the elevation or distance right. Jemimah Rodrigues, her best friend in the national side, takes her out and Shikha Pandey has a wicket off her first ball. Field placement on point from Lanning. #WPL2023 | #TATAWPL— Lavanya 🎙️🎥👩🏻💻 (@lav_narayanan) March 13, 2023
Shikha Pandey has just one fielder on the leg side boundary & Smriti Mandhana found her to perfection— Mohit Shah (@mohit_shah17) March 13, 2023
One of those things that happen when nothing is going your way#WPL2023
Mandhana who was struggling a bit playing stokes trapped by Shikha Pandey. #WPL2023— Bhaskar Ganekar (@BhaskarGanekar) March 13, 2023
Smriti Mandhana is going through rough phase of her cricket. Everyone has to face this. You'll surely come back. We believe in you. Best wishes and God bless you 🙏— ℂ𝕣𝕚𝕔 𝔽𝕒𝕟 (@CricFan__) March 13, 2023
Whilst most of the Indian seam and swing bowlers have struggled, Shikha Pandey has been brilliant in this tournament .— shaping cricketers (@gnagesh32) March 13, 2023
What do you think has she done well in WPL? #TATAWPL