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Bengaluru Crowd Goes Wild as RCB Skipper Smriti Mandhana Receives Star-like Reception

  • Posted on February 25, 2024
  • Sports

RCB's Smriti Mandhana captivates the Bengaluru crowd in WPL's thrilling encounter against UPWarriorz, amid thunderous cheers. Debutant Sabbineni Meghana and Richa Ghosh excel, while Asha Sobhana's historic five-wicket haul seals victory, in a match brimming with excitement and fervor.

Bengaluru Crowd Goes Wild as RCB Skipper Smriti Mandhana Receives Star-like Reception Image Source

Amidst a cacophony of cheers and chants, RCB's Smriti Mandhana, the epitome of grace and skill, took center stage at Bengaluru's M Chinnaswamy Stadium during the Women's Premier League (WPL) fixture against the UP Warriorz. Former Australian cricketer Mel Jones, now a commentator, was astounded by the fervor of the crowd, comparing it to the grandeur of Bollywood star receptions. The stadium pulsated with energy as Mandhana's name echoed through the stands, sending waves of excitement among the passionate fans.

As the toss commenced, Jones attempted to engage Mandhana in conversation, only to find themselves drowned out by the thunderous applause. Mandhana, visibly moved by the overwhelming response, paused to absorb the moment before addressing Jones. Gesturing to the crowd for a moment of quiet, she finally managed to communicate amidst the electrifying atmosphere.

The match itself was a spectacle, with RCB's women delivering a performance worthy of the adulation. Facing a formidable UP Warriorz side, RCB displayed resilience and determination, eventually clinching victory by a razor-thin margin of two runs. The packed stadium reverberated with chants of 'AaaaaarrrrrCccccccBbbbbbb,' a testament to the unwavering support of the home crowd.

Among the standout performers for RCB was debutant Sabbineni Meghana, who showcased maturity beyond her years with a composed half-century. Her partnership with Richa Ghosh, who unleashed a flurry of boundaries, provided the impetus for RCB's innings. Despite a shaky start, RCB managed to post a competitive total of 157 runs, thanks to the heroics of Meghana and Ghosh.

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However, it was RCB's bowling attack that truly shone on the night. Led by the spin trio of Asha Sobhana, Georgia Wareham, and Sophie Molineux, RCB's bowlers stifled the UP Warriorz' batting lineup. Sobhana's spellbinding performance, which included a historic five-wicket haul, left the opposition reeling. Her devastating over, which saw the dismissals of key batsmen in quick succession, proved to be the turning point of the match.

In the end, RCB emerged victorious, much to the delight of their adoring fans. The atmosphere at M Chinnaswamy Stadium was nothing short of euphoric, as the home team celebrated a hard-fought win. As the cheers echoed long into the night, it was clear that Mandhana and her teammates had etched their names into the annals of WPL history with their remarkable performance.

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