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Meg Lanning in fiery incident with teammate amid takedown of Alyssa Healy in WPL

The Aussie superstar wasn't happy with Shefali Verma despite leading the Delhi Capitals to their first win.

Meg Lanning and Shafali Verma in the Women's Premier League.
Meg Lanning wasn't happy with Shafali Verma. Image: Women's Premier League

Meg Lanning has led the Delhi Capitals to their first win of the Women's Premier League season, but the Aussie star was left fuming at a teammate when she was dismissed with one run required for victory. Lanning made 51 off 43 balls as the Capitals beat the Alyssa Healy-captained UP Warriorz by nine wickets.

Healy made 13 off 15 balls, while fellow Aussies Tahlia McGrath (one off eight) and Grace Harris (17 off 18) also stumbled as the Warriorz finished at 9-119 in their 20 overs. In response, Lanning and Shafali Verma took the Warriorz bowling attack apart, with Verma making 64 not out off 43 balls.

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However the Indian player appeared to draw the ire of Lanning when she didn't run hard enough and couldn't get back for a third run that would have ended the match. With the Capitals cruising at 0-117 and only behind by two, Lanning played the ball past the fielder at backward point towards the boundary.

It looked like the Capitals would only get two runs, but a misfield in the deep opened the door for them to run a third and secure the win. But Verma was loafing at the other end and wasn't in a position to make it back for the third, much to Lanning's displeasure.

The former Australia captain could be seen shouting at her batting partner to run harder, before staring daggers at her when they had to settle for two. And if that wasn't bad enough, Lanning was left livid when she was dismissed the very next ball.

The Capitals skipper hit the ball straight to Vrinda Dinesh at square leg and had to depart with the scores level. Lanning was visibly furious as she walked off the ground - partly because she failed to hit the winning runs and partly because of Verma's running. "She is storming off," one TV commentator said.

Alyssa Healy's rough night in Women's Premier League loss

Healy was also caught in fiery scenes when English teammate Sophie Ecclestone was furious over a field placement. Lanning played a perfectly-timed sweep shot to the boundary on 36, leaving Ecclestone fuming that there wasn't a fielder there to stop it.

The English player shot a confused look at Healy and said "why isn't she out there", but it appeared as though the Aussie captain's instructions had fallen on deaf ears. Healy also put her arms up in exasperation and it looked like she expected a fielder to be there as well.

Alyssa Healy and Sophie Ecclestone in the Women's Premier League.
Alyssa Healy and Sophie Ecclestone were left highly confused. Image: WPL

It was a rough evening for Healy, who missed a stumping of Verma when the Capitals were 0-92. Lanning was also dropped on 11 and made the Warriorz pay. McGrath copped some of the punishment and was smacked for 25 off her two overs.

"We didn't get enough runs on an outfield like this against the top six they have got," Healy afterwards. "We've just got to be better. We were outclassed completely tonight."

Lanning said of her team's victory: "It was an excellent performance from the group. The bowlers set it up and it was nice to see the Shefali (Verma) show from the other end."

Annabel Sutherland's first ball was clubbed for four by Harris, and the Capitals' $364,000 signing continued to be treated with disrespect. Teenager Shweta Sehrawat sent the Aussie for three fours in five balls while top-scoring with 45 off 42 for the Warriorz. But Sutherland finally nabbed a wicket off her penultimate ball, with Deepti Sharma caught in the deep by Marizanne Kapp to give the Aussie young gun figures of 1-32 off four overs.

with AAP

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