In a crucial match of the Women's T20 League, Delhi defeated UP by 5 wickets to secure their spot in the final of the tournament. Delhi's impressive performance with the ball restricted UP to a modest total of 138/6 in their allotted 20 overs.
Tahlia McGrath was the standout performer for UP, scoring a blistering 58 off just 32 balls with the help of 8 fours and 2 sixes. Alyssa Healy also made a valuable contribution with a knock of 36 off 34 balls, including 4 fours and 1 six. However, the Delhi bowlers, led by Alice Capsey who took 3 wickets, managed to keep the UP batting lineup in check and prevented them from posting a more challenging target.
In response, Delhi got off to a good start with captain Meg Lanning leading from the front, making 39 off 23 balls with 5 fours and 2 sixes. Despite losing a few quick wickets in the middle overs, Marizanne Kapp's unbeaten 34 off 31 balls guided Delhi to a comfortable victory.
With this win, Delhi finished at the top of the WTL table and have automatically qualified for the final of the tournament. Their clinical performance in this match, both with the ball and the bat, will give them confidence heading into the final.
It was a disappointing result for UP, who will now have to wait and see if they can secure a place in the final by winning their next match. However, they can take some positives from McGrath and Healy's impressive performances with the bat.
Overall, it was an exciting match with some excellent cricket on display from both sides. Delhi will be looking to carry this momentum into the final and claim the WTL title, while UP will be determined to bounce back and keep their hopes of reaching the final alive.
Here's how Twitter reacted to Delhi's win against UP:
Delhi Capitals top the table & are directly into final after winning the last league game— Zenia D'cunha (@ZENIADCUNHA) March 21, 2023
Mumbai Indians, so comfortably placed for 80% of the tournament, will have to play Eliminator vs UP Warriorz, the team that ended their unbeaten run
The #WPL race stays alive till the end!
DC through to finals of 1st WPL. Great okay once again. Come on DC rest and prepare for Finals.— sharad mahendra (@mahendra_sharad) March 21, 2023
A side led by Meg Lanning being the first to book their place in a tournament’s final is hardly new. Well done, Delhi Capitals. #WPL— Aaditya Narayan (@AadityaN_28) March 21, 2023
Delhi Capitals ...🔥🔥🔥— Lelouch VI Britannia (@itsDrLelouch) March 21, 2023
1st finalists of the inaugural WPL , they've already etched their name in history...👏👏👏
Meg Lanning supremacy just continues here as well... pic.twitter.com/JDgXmsaKyc