In the 14th match of Women’s Premier League (WPL) 2023, Gujarat Giants (GG) defeated Delhi Capitals (DC) at Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday.
Chasing 148, the contest went down to the wire, where the Capitals got bundled out for 136, losing the match by 11 runs. Marizanne Kapp top-scored for Delhi with 36 off 29 with the help of 4 fours and a six before getting run out.
Arundhati Reddy kept Delhi in the hunt and took the game deep, but Kim Garth dismissed her at 25, which deteriorated the Capitals. Garth picked up two wickets for 18 runs in her quota of 4 overs, while Gardner bagged a couple for 19 runs.
Earlier, Laura Wolvaardt and Ashleigh Gardner powered Gujarat to a competitive total. The Sneh Rana-led side lost Sophia Dunkley in the first over before Harleen Deol and Wolvaardt partnered for a 49-run first-wicket partnership at the halfway stage.
Jess Jonassen dismissed Deol (31) in the 10th over, but Wolvaardt kept scoring runs and was well-supported by Gardner. The duo ended up forming an 81-run stand to propel Gujarat to a respectable total. The Proteas opener smashed 57 off 45 balls, including 6 fours and a six while Gardner slammed an unbeaten 51 from 33 deliveries, with the help of nine boundaries.
“This was the game I was searching for. Felt I have been inconsistent, but today the performance was right with bat and ball. Found the right balance. We spoke about losing too many wickets in clumps, so the idea was giving ourselves time because, in India, we can catch up with the grounds being fast. As the tournament has gone on, spin has played a big part. It is a bit slower off the wicket, so we can bowl our natural lengths,” said Gardner after the match.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
A timely win to keep us in the hunt! 💪🤩#DCvGG #WPL2023 #BringItOn #GujaratGiants pic.twitter.com/9sVEPVemDe
— Gujarat Giants (@GujaratGiants) March 16, 2023
A cracking half-century 👌
A vital bowling contribution 👍
For her super all-round performance, @akgardner97 bags the Player of the Match award as @GujaratGiants beat #DC by 11 runs. 👏 👏
Scorecard 👉 https://t.co/fWIECCaAGh #TATAWPL | #DCvGG pic.twitter.com/77ga9Laqdx
— Women’s Premier League (WPL) (@wplt20) March 16, 2023
Gujarat Giants have defeated Delhi Capitals by 11 runs.
What a victory for Gujarat, what a match!
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) March 16, 2023
A valiant effort but not our night at Brabourne 💔#YehHaiNayiDilli #TATAWPL #DCvGG pic.twitter.com/u9VNAIsDgW
— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) March 16, 2023
Ashleigh Gardner in this match against Delhi Capitals:
•With the bat: 51*(33).
•With the ball: 3.4-0-19-2
What a performance by Ashleigh Gardner, The MVP for Gujarat. Phenomenal. pic.twitter.com/4UHO6wKVHO
— CricketMAN2 (@ImTanujSingh) March 16, 2023
Ashleigh Gardner is the Player of the Match 👏 #WPL2023 pic.twitter.com/CHxViKuMCl
— Bleed Blue (@Bleedbluetwt) March 16, 2023
Mom Gardner 😍❤️🥳@akgardner97 #ashleighgardner #AshleighGardner pic.twitter.com/rzVAxnoxEe
— ash gardner47 stan❤️ (@agstan47) March 16, 2023
Ashleigh Gardner 51* (33)
Laura Wolvaardt 57 (45) #AshleighGardner #LauraWolvaardt
#GujaratGiants #DCvGG #TATAWPL #WPL2023 #WPLT20 #CricketTwitter pic.twitter.com/eomfQl0bZG
— Aneesh (@Aneesh_98) March 16, 2023
Ashleigh Gardner In This Match Against Delhi Capitals :
• With The Bat : 51*(33)
• With the ball : 3.4.0-19-2
What A Performance By Ashleigh Gardner!
— Krish Sheth (@krishsheth2006) March 16, 2023
#WPLT20 #WPL2023 Ashleigh Gardner is stand out performer again for Gujarat Giants today with both Bat & bowl
— papabooknews247 (@papabook247news) March 16, 2023
Ashleigh Gardner scored his first half century in wpl.💪🤩@akgardner97 #WPL2023 #GGvsDC pic.twitter.com/4bPSCs9hSf
— Vijay Chhatraliya (@VijayD_18) March 16, 2023
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