Heartbreak for Ghosh as Capitals qualify for playoffs in thriller

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181 for 5 (Rodrigues 58, Capsey 48, Patil 4-26) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 180 for 7 (Perry 49, Molineux 33) by one run

The WPL dished out a scintillating thriller for the second night in a row to cap off a bumper weekend that saw a second team – Delhi Capitals – seal a knockout berth after Mumbai Indians did the same on Saturday night. Richa Ghosh, however, couldn’t replicate what Harmanpreet Kaur did for Mumbai because her belligerent 51 off 29 meant Royal Challengers Bangalore fell short by just one run after she and Sophie Devine had reduced the equation from 74 off 36 to 40 off 18 and then two off one with Ghosh on strike.

Capitals’ win means Gujarat Giants, at the bottom of the table, stay alive and Capitals’ head to head against RCB stands at a dominating 4-0 from two seasons.

Capitals were ahead in the game after dismissing Smriti Mandhana early, Ellyse Perry in the middle overs and Devine for 26 that left RCB to get 40 from 17. With Georgia Wareham’s six-ball 12 for support, Ghosh continued to find boundaries to bring it down to 17 off the last over. Ghosh started that with a disdainful six over the bowler and farmed the strike to keep going for the big hits. She belted another six on the fifth ball when RCB required eight from the last two but couldn’t clear backward point on the last ball and failed to make her ground at the non-striker’s end despite a full-length dive.

A dejected Ghosh lay flat on the ground with her head buried after the run-out as the Capitals fielders celebrated around her. The result means Mumbai and Capitals are in the top two, RCB and UP Warriorz on third and fourth respectively with six points each and Giants still in technically with just one win from five games. The team that finishes third will claim the third knockout berth.

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