WPL 2024: Twitter erupts as Ellyse Perry’s record performance against MI propels RCB to the playoffs

Ellyse Perry produced a match-winning all-round performance to propel Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to a convincing seven-wicket victory over Mumbai Indians (MI) at the Arun Jaitley Stadium on Tuesday. This win not only secured RCB’s place in the WPL 2024 playoffs but also significantly dented MI’s hopes of finishing atop the points table.

MI’s Batting Collapses Under Perry’s Spell:

MI’s batting innings began steadily with a 43-run opening partnership between Sajeevan Sajana and Hayley Matthews. However, the tide turned dramatically in the ninth over when Perry entered the attack. She claimed two crucial wickets in quick succession – Sajana (30) and Harmanpreet Kaur (0) – to dismantle MI’s batting momentum. Perry’s relentless bowling continued in the following over, dismissing Amelia Kerr (LBW) and Amanjot Kaur (bowled) to leave MI reeling at 65/5.

Perry Completes Demolition Job:

The experienced all-rounder wasn’t done yet. Her next over saw the dismissals of Pooja Vastrakar (caught) and Nat Sciver-Brunt (LBW), reducing MI to a precarious 82/7. While debutant Priyanka Bala offered some late resistance with a 19-run knock, the rest of the MI batting lineup crumbled under the pressure. RCB’s spinners also chipped in with wickets, with Sobhana Asha, Shreyanka Patil and Sophie Molineux taking a wicket each to dismiss MI for a meager 113.

Perry Stars with the Bat as Well:

Chasing a modest target, RCB lost early wickets with Molineux (9) and Smriti Mandhana (5) departing cheaply. However, the partnership between Perry and Richa Ghosh stabilized the innings. Perry, fresh off her bowling heroics, played a composed knock, finding the boundary five times and clearing it once to score an unbeaten 40. At the other end, Ghosh provided valuable support with a fluent 36 not out studded with 4 fours and 2 sixes.

Comfortable Win Secures Playoff Berth:

The duo ensured a smooth chase for RCB, reaching the target with five overs to spare. This emphatic victory not only secured RCB’s place in the playoffs but has also thrown the race for the top spot wide open. MI now require Gujarat Giants to defeat Delhi Capitals by a significant margin (approximately 120 runs or 90 balls remaining) to regain the top position in the points table.

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Perry’s phenomenal performance, a record-breaking six-wicket haul and a crucial unbeaten knock, has cemented her status as a match-winner for RCB. With the playoffs on the horizon, her all-round abilities will be a force to be reckoned with.

Here’s how Twitter reacted:

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This article was first published at WomenCricket.com, a Cricket Times company.

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