In the Women’s Premier League (WPL) match in Mumbai on Saturday, Sophie Devine, the Royal Challengers Bangalore opener, made a stunning performance by hitting 24 runs in a single over to help RCB get off to a strong start in their chase of 189 runs. against Gujarat Giants. Devine smashed 9 fours and 8 sixes, amassing 99 runs in just 36 balls, before getting out. She became the highest scorer of the league so far, and her knock helped RCB to an easy victory over Giants.
___ long SIX by Sophie Devine ___#WPL2023 #CricketTwitter pic.twitter.com/F8nS7C5gAj— Female Cricket (@imfemalecricket) Mar 18, 2023
Queen Sophie Devine, take a bow! @RCBTweets pic.twitter.com/Ob6PURHgYB— leishaa _ (@katyxkohli17) Mar 18, 2023
What an anti-climax but SOPHIE DEVINE, you’ll ALWAYS be famous. WPL is lucky to have you__
RCB management bowing to Devine towards the end, that’s all of us rn_ pic.twitter.com/vnXvxgFcbM— Alaska (@Aaaaaaftab) Mar 18, 2023
What a fun chase by RCB – led by incredible Sophie Devine who smashed an unbelievable 99 in just 36 balls. pic.twitter.com/rGxL79x42t— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) Mar 18, 2023
Sophie Devine hits Longest Six of WPL – 94 meters#WPL2023 #SophieDevine pic.twitter.com/8sJgBXy2tx— Piyush Yadav (@impy13ro45) Mar 18, 2023
Sophie Devine hitting boundaries all around the park#CricketTwitter #WPL2023 #RCBvGG pic.twitter.com/7iRmYFe4pa
— Female Cricket (@imfemalecricket) Mar 18, 2023
She was not worrying about her century but how fast RCB coold win with a good Run Rate ___#SophieDevine @RCBTweets #RCBvsGG #WPL2023 pic.twitter.com/Sg8RpcEaRr– HOQUE..!! (@im_the_problem_) Mar 18, 2023
THE SOPHIE DEVINE SHOW FOR ALL OF US. No boundary is big enough for her. This is selfless inning by her. She finished her inning on 99 runs in just 36 balls with 9 fours and 8 big sixes. What a mighty knock by her ____#RCBvsGG #WPL2023pic.twitter.com/NL3v8Z1OfS— Asheesh (@Asheesh00007) Mar 18, 2023
SOPHIE DEVINE 99*(37)
Unreal hitting 83m six followed by 94m six! #WPL2023 @sophdevine77 #RCBW pic.twitter.com/k8XfvvcLcv— Cinema Network (@network_cinema) Mar 18, 2023
The game-changing moment happened early in the second over when Devine took on off-break bowler Ashleigh Gardner of the Giants. Gardner had just been introduced into the attack, and the first ball resulted in a no run. However, Devine was in no mood to let the opportunity go and went all-out against Gardner. In a span of just five balls, she hits 6, 4, 4, 6, and 4 to score 24 runs and take the game away from Giants. RCB skipper Smriti Mandhana could only watch as Devine dominated the attack.
Devine began the over with a slog sweep for a six, followed by two cracking cover drives for back-to-back boundaries. Gardner tried to change his line, but Devine was unstoppable and hit another slog sweep for a massive six over deep mid-wicket. She finished the over with a well-timed down-the-ground drive towards the right of mid-off for another boundary.
Despite missing out on a century, Devine’s blistering performance set the tone for RCB’s comfortable win, with 5 overs to spare. Her innings was a masterclass in power-hitting and showcased her ability to take on any bowling attack. It was an extraordinary display of cricket and one that will be remembered for a long time.