Some Of The Best Hitting I've Seen, Says Lanning On Shafali's Knock
Mumbai: Following her side’s thumping 10-wicket win over Gujarat Giants in their Women’s Premier League (WPL) match, Delhi Capitals Meg Lanning lauded Shafali Verma’s explosive fifty, calling it ‘some of the best hitting’ she has ever seen.
An explosive knock by Shafali Verma and a five-wicket haul by Marizanne Kapp helped an all-round Delhi Capitals crush Gujarat Giants by 10 wickets in their Women’s Premier League (WPL) match at DY Patil Stadium on Saturday. ‘That was a pretty cool show to watch from the other end. I was just cheerleading from the other end. Some of the best hitting I have seen (On Shafali’s knock). I said just keep it simple. Stay still and hit the ball straight. I am still to get over it. It seemed like a new ball wicket. We just had to make sure what we had to do. Shafali did not make it look very difficult. Those sorts of chases can be tricky if you go into a shell.
She also praised all-rounder Marizanne Kapp’s bowling, who picked up a five-wicket haul.
‘Kapp’s natural length is one that works on a wicket like this. She was excellent today, I love watching her bowl. She was frustrated with her performances so far – she should not have been,’ added Lanning.
DC is in the second position in the points table with three wins in four matches and a total of six points. GG is in the fourth position in the points table with one win and three losses in four matches. They have only two points to their name.
In the chase of 106, Delhi openers Shafali Verma and skipper Meg Lanning started strongly.
Shafali was smashing helpless Gujarat Giants bowlers all over the park. She smashed Kim Garth for three straight fours in third over.
Lanning and Shafali together went on to smash Ashleigh Gardner for 23 runs in the very next over. DC crossed the 50-run mark in just 3.5 overs.
With Lanning as an anchor, Shafali played with freedom, bringing up her half-century in just 19 balls. Her knock consisted of eight fours and two sixes.
At the end of the powerplay, DC was at 87/0, with Shafali (62*) and Lanning (16*) standing unbeaten.
DC crossed the 100-run mark in just seven overs.