Uncertain about my insurance: Ellyse Perry smashes car window with massive six in WPL

Ellyse Perry showcased her remarkable batting prowess by scoring a rapid half-century as Royal Challengers Bangalore emerged victorious against UP Warriorz by 23 runs in the Women’s Premier League. The Australian all-rounder captivated the spectators in Bengaluru with a sublime innings of 58 runs off just 37 balls, which included four powerful sixes. One of her sixes was struck with such force that it shattered the rear window of a sponsor’s car placed on a stage behind the boundary ropes.

In a spirited reply, Warriorz captain Alyssa Healy also notched up a fifty of her own. However, her dismissal via a stumping off Sophie Molineux halted UP’s pursuit of victory. As a result of this thrilling encounter, Royal Challengers Bangalore climbed to the top of the points table with six points, level with last year’s finalists Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals, and holding a two-point lead over UP.

Perry expressed her delight with the electric atmosphere, stating, “It is the best environment I have experienced throughout my entire career. Playing alongside Smriti [Mandhana] gave me a fantastic opportunity to settle in, and it was satisfying to unleash my shots towards the end of the innings.” Reflecting on the incident of breaking the car window, she humorously remarked, “I was a tad concerned about the consequences. I am not certain if I have the necessary insurance coverage here. So, I might be in trouble on that front.”

Warriorz opted to field first after winning the toss, a decision that initially seemed in their favor as Mandhana and Sabbhineni Meghana provided a rapid start by amassing 57 runs off the first 32 balls. However, Perry’s entry into the fray shifted the momentum in RCB’s favor. Initially playing second fiddle to Mandhana, she accelerated her innings after the latter’s dismissal and scored freely. Her onslaught included consecutive sixes off the bowling of Rajeshwari Gayakwad and a colossal hit that found the car parked at deep mid-wicket off Deepti Sharma’s delivery.

Perry’s innings came to an end in the final over, as she was caught in the deep off Sophie Ecclestone after propelling RCB to a challenging total of 198-3. Healy’s decision to open the bowling backfired initially, but she fought back valiantly after a slow start. Despite her spirited knock of 55 runs, including three sixes, she was eventually deceived by Molineux’s guile and fell to a sharp stumping.

Warriorz had their moments in the chase, with contributions from Sharma and Khemnar, but ultimately fell short, finishing at 175-8 as Molineux dismissed Khemnar on the final delivery of the innings. The match witnessed a display of remarkable individual performances, but Perry’s aggressive batting display and Healy’s valiant effort were the standout moments of the encounter.

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