Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore locked horns in the second match of the Women’s Premier League 2023 on Sunday afternoon at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. The Meg Lanning-led team thrashed Smriti Mandhana’s RCB by 60 runs to register their first win of the season. The Capitals put on a neat performance in all three departments.
While Meg Lanning and Shafali Varma were the stars for DC with the bat, USA pacer Tara Norris did the bulk of the damage with the ball in hand. The left-arm pacer bagged five wickets in her first game of the WPL and left RCB in tatters. She accounted for Ellyse Perry, Heather Knight, Richa Ghosh, Disha Kasat, and Kanika Ahuja.
The other contributors with the ball were Alice Capsey (2/10) and Shikha Pandey (1/35). While everything was perfect for Delhi Capitals, their playing XI looked a bit unusual with as many as five overseas players in the squad. Meg Lanning, Jess Jonassen, Alice Capsey, Marizanne Kapp, and Tara Norris were the five overseas players.
The fans were left confused as to how can DC play five overseas players when only four are allowed. Well, DC did nothing wrong or anything not in the rulebook. As the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has allowed four overseas players along with one player from any Associate Nation, DC made good use of it.
Tara Norris, who plays for the USA, an Associate Nation, made it into the DC playing XI without making any damage to the overseas combination.