The inaugural WPL began earlier this month on the directive from the BCCI that the boundary limits should be brought in, five metres less than last month's T20 World Cup to a maximum of 60 metres.
Sabbhineni Meghana and Ashleigh Gardner partnered with Wolvaardt, scoring 31 and 41, respectively. Shreyanka Patil shone with the ball for RCB, claiming 2 wickets for 17 runs.
Mandhana, who was bought for Rs 3.4 crore in the WPL auction, has scored 35, 23, 18 and 4, with RCB losing all four matches in the tournament so far.
Mumbai Indians defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by four wickets in their last league match of the Women's Premier League on Tuesday.
After starring with the bat in two consecutive matches, RCB's Ellyse Perry shone with the ball this time, registering figures of 3-16. Grace Harris was the standout batter for UP with 46 runs off 32 deliveries.
Ellyse Perry forged a partnership with Sophie Devine after Mandhana departed early, but once Devine got out, RCB batters failed to cope with UP's spin trio of Ecclestone (4/13), Deepti (3/26) and Gayakwad (1/26).
Chasing 189 to win, Devine single-handedly won the match for RCB with her batting pyrotechnics. Smriti Mandhana made 37.
Half-centuries from Sophia Dunkley (65) and Harleen Deol (67) powered Gujarat Giants to 201 for seven after stand-in skipper Sneh Rana opted to bat.
New Zealand, led by Sophie Devine, meanwhile, received a massive net run rate (NRR) boost as they climbed to second spot in the group behind Australia.
The West Indies earned its first points of the World Cup in its third game, as did New Zealand, which beat Bangladesh comfortably by 71 runs earlier Friday.
Sania has announced that the ATP Dubai Open later this month would be her swansong tournament as she's expected to join the franchise after that.
The win also boosted South Africa's net run rate (1.550) as they jumped to third place behind leaders Sri Lanka and Australia in the Group 1 table.
However, India skipper Harmanpreet Kaur came much cheaper for Mumbai Indians at nearly half the price of Mandhana at Rs 1.80 crore.
Packed with proven performers, Australia have lifted the trophy five times in seven editions.
It’s taken a village to make women’s cricket a global, financially-viable sport.
The WPL auction is slated to be held on February 13 in Mumbai, a day after India's T20 World Cup opener against Pakistan.
After Birmingham Commonwealth Games, the organisers of the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics would be more open to considering cricket.
Ben Sawyer is also the head coach of Birmingham Pheonix in The Hundred and has previously coached Sydney Sixers in Women’s Big Bash League.
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