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WPL: RCB’s goal is achievable

<p>Today’s Eliminator saw Royal Challengers Bangalore defeat the reigning Mumbai Indians by five runs, thanks to the steely nerves of veteran leg-spinner Asha Sobhana and young off-spinner Shreyanka Patil.</p>
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<p>MI’s innings concluded at 130/6 as they chased an easy target of 136 and needed 20 off the final three overs.</p>
<p>In the summit match on Sunday, RCB—who advanced to their first final in the second edition—will take against Delhi Capitals, the runners-up from the previous year.</p>
<p>The 21-year-old Shreyanka (2/16), who removed MI’s captain Harmanpreet Kaur (33), in the crucial 18th over, increased hopes of victory.</p>
<p>The young player didn’t give up as she delivered a flighted ball that had Harmanpreet caught at long-on boundary, but RCB wicketkeeper Richa Ghosh paid a heavy price for her sluggish actions as she failed to stump Harmanpreet off Shreyanka.</p>
<p>Mumbai needed 16 from 12 balls, but veteran Australian Sophie Molineux (1/16) produced a magnificent penultimate over, giving only 4 runs, leaving 12 runs for leg-spinner Sobhana to defend in the last over.</p>
<p>The 32-year-old spinner, who has never represented India, conceded only six runs as the RCB’s jubilation reached unimaginable heights when Indian vice-captain Mandhana outwitted her national team coach Harmanpreet strategically in the last overs.</p>
<p>Shreyanka also shown bravery during the powerplay when she defied seasoned Hayley Matthews (15 off 14 balls) to reach the deep midwicket fence by clearing the longest boundary, only to be caught a few feet inside the ropes.</p>
<p>Perry, who is enjoying a fantastic run, produced an angled delivery that the batsman hit all over to be clean bowled after Yastika Bhatia (19 off 27 balls) failed to really get going.</p>
<p>With four boundaries, two of which came off leg-spinner Georgia Wareham’s ball in quick succession, Nat Sciver-Brunt looked composed. She then attacked the hitter and produced a flipper, bowling him over the gate.</p>
<p>Perry had earlier stood strong in the midst of devastation with another graceful knock, but RCB could only muster a below-average 135/6, which ultimately proved to be sufficient.</p>
<p>Perry’s 66 off 50 balls was the cornerstone of the RCB total after a well-organized MI assault destroyed their top-order, bringing them down to 24/3 in the four powerplay overs.</p>
<p>Brief scores: Mumbai Indians: 130/6 in 20 overs (Harmanpreet 33, Sciver-Brunt 23, Kerr 27*); Royal Challengers Bangalore: 135/6 in 20 overs (Perry 66; Matthews 2/18, Sciver-Brunt 2/18, Saika 2/27).</p>

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