'Women's team will win before men's team'- Fans react as Royal Challengers Bangalore thrash Gujarat Giants in WPL clash

Royal Challengers Bangalore have made a great start to their WPL campaign and their fans will hope for more such performances from Smriti Mandhana and Co.

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RCB will hope to maintain the momentum going forward.

RCB will hope to maintain the momentum going forward (Source: Twitter)

The Women's Premier League witnessed a one-sided encounter for the second consecutive day as the Royal Challengers Bangalore thrashed the Gujarat Giants by 8 wickets in today's clash.

The coin landed in favor of Smriti Mandhana, the RCB captain who chose to bowl first. Her bowlers validated her decision completely as the Giants were restricted to a score of 107 in their designated 20 overs. Renuka Singh Thakur provided RCB with two early breakthroughs, dismissing skipper Beth Mooney and the extremely talented Phoebe Litchfield cheaply. Sophie Molineux joined the party soon, dismissing Veda Krishnamurthy for just 9. Ashleigh Gardner also failed to get going and that hurt the Giants big time. Harleen Deol and Dayalan Hemalatha chipped in with contributions but they weren't enough to lift the Giants' total to a respectable one. 

Eventually, Thakur finished with figures of 2-14 while Molineux returned 3 wickets for just 25 runs. It was an almost complete team effort that put RCB in the ascendancy.

It was always going to be an easy chase and Mandhana made sure that her team got off to a flyer. She played an entertaining innings, scoring 43 off just 27 deliveries with the help of 8 boundaries and 1 six. Sabbhineni Meghana and Ellyse Perry chipped in with good contributions to take RCB across the line with 45 deliveries to spare.

Change of fortunes for RCB, Gujarat continue to struggle

This win has taken RCB to the top position in the points table as they have won both of their games thus far. Contrary to last season, RCB have started extremely well this time around and the team's fans will hope that they maintain the momentum and winning streak. The Gujarat Giants, on the other hand, have lost two consecutive games now and both their losses have been huge ones. Their season so far has mirrored the poor campaign that they endured in 2023.

Beth Mooney and the team management will need to ponder upon a lot of things if they want to turn things around in this tournament.

Here's a look at how fans reacted to RCB's convincing win in-front of their loyal supporters at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium:

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