Brilliant batting from 20-year-old Kanika Ahuja and wicket-keeper batter Richa Ghosh ensured maiden win for RCB in Women’s Premier League 2023. The franchise defeated UP Warriorz by 5-wickets on Wednesday at Dr DY Patil Sports Academy, in Navi Mumbai.
While chasing 135, RCB suffered early blow as skipper Smriti Mandhana (0) got dismissed in the 1st over but Heather Knight (10), Kanika Ahuja (46 off 30) and Richa Ghosh (31) guided their side home.
Ahuja was adjudged Player of The Match for her incredible batting in the match. With first win in the inaugural season, RCB has kept their slim chance for qualification in the WPL playoffs alive.
Let’s look at who said what after RCB vs UP Warriorz win in WPL 2023.
Smriti Mandhana – Winning Captain
Kanika and Richa played brilliant. Kanika in particular, really proud of her. Really excited to see her bat, the approach she has. She is 360-degree player, who is not the most common in Indian cricket. Really happy for the loyal support base, not a lot of teams will have supporters turn up in such a high number after losing five games.
Alyssa Healy – UP Warriorz Captain
We weren’t up to standard tonight and the total was under par, not good enough. The wicket holding a bit, it was like wet clay and we got ahead of ourselves. Full credit to RCB on getting their first win, they are a good side and things haven’t gone their way. They turned up tonight after losing five games and were the better team.
Kanika Ahuja – Player of the Match
I wanted to win one game for RCB. One dream accomplished today. Since childhood, I have been a big hitter, I always pay this war. The cricket journey was a bit tough because there aren’t the best academies in Pathiala, but now things are getting better.