In the inaugural Women’s Premier League (WPL) 2023, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Women were having a losing streak. Smriti Mandhana-led side were winless after their first five matches this season and it needed a visit from former India captain and RCB men’s team batsman Virat Kohli to push the side to a win. Kohli’s pep talk became the latest cricket news.
When chasing 136 to win, the RCB women’s team was having some trouble, but Kanika Ahuja’s 46 off 30 balls and Richa Ghosh’s composed unbroken 31 helped them to a victory that helped their morale.
Smriti Mandhana said after the match that she was very tense as the match got close.
“We were tensed but Kanika and Richa’s stand got us through. Very proud of Kanika. I think the camera showed I was nervous initially and we had to get a win at least today.”
“But Kanika and Richa played really well. Kanika’s approach is brilliant. Indian players are more technical but her flair was brilliant to see. Big thanks to the loyal supporters, they were supporting even when they weren’t in great positions. This one’s for them,” Mandhana added.
Kanika Ahuja’s blazing innings of 46 runs helped Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) upset UP Warriorz (UPW) by 5 wickets on Wednesday at DY Patil Sports Academy after bowlers went wild. Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated UP Warriorz by five wickets to earn their first points of the competition. RCB earned their first WPL victory and climbed to position four on the standings.
“I just wanted to win a game for RCB. Since childhood, I have hit big sixes. My cricketing journey was difficult in Patiala initially but things are getting better. I’ve been in similar situations playing for Punjab, so I enjoy the pressure. The atmosphere in the team was a bit low when we were losing but we remained positive. The win today was great,” Ahuja said after the win.The match prediction for RCB is still not in favor of them. They have to rely on other teams for qualification.