Virat Kohli meets with RCB women’s team before WPL match against UP Warriorz

Virat Kohli met the Royal Challengers Bangalore women’s team and imparted his knowledge to the players before their match against UP Warriorz on Wednesday.

RCB finally won a match in the Women’s Premier League when they defeated UPW by 5 wickets and the Bangalore-based team’s Twitter handle shared a post on Kohli’s pep talk after the match.

“How to turn a Setback into a Comeback – who better to talk about this! Extremely grateful to
@imVkohli for spending time with the team and motivating them before today’s match!,” the tweet read.

After a collective show from their bowlers led by Ellyse Perry, whose 3/16 ensured UP Warriorz were bowled out for a moderate 135 in 19.3 overs, RCB sailed past the target with 20-year-old Kanika Ahuja playing the match-winning knock of 46 off 30 balls with eight fours and one six. She put on a 60-run stand with India keeper Richa Ghosh (31 not out from 32 balls, 3x4s, 1x6s) who played the second fiddle to perfection.

Ahuja and Ghosh had joined forces at a stage from where the game could have gone either way, with RCB having lost four wickets with 60 runs on the board and a tricky challenge in front of them.

But the two young batters played with a lot of conviction and command, not allowing UP Warriorz any opportunity to make further inroads until they had ensured a win for their side.

RCB had a poor start, losing the in-form Sophie Devine for 14 after early aggression, and captain Smriti Mandhana (0), who had to endure yet another flop show with the bat. The RCB captain was cleaned up by Deepti Sharma off the third ball she faced.

In their previous meeting at the Brabourne Stadium on March 10, UP Warriorz had crushed RCB by a massive 10-wickets in a one-sided game with Alyssa Healy scoring a stunning 96 not out in the winning cause.

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