Ellyse Perry heroics in Women's Premier League leave cricket fans in awe

The Aussie cricket superstar continues to impress in the inaugural tournament.

Ellyse Perry about to bowl and Perry during an interivew.
Ellyse Perry (pictured right) has produced some heroics with the ball in her team's first Women's Premier League victory. (Images: Getty Images/Twitter)

Ellyse Perry has produced some more heroics in her team's first Women's Premier League win after a sensational spell to turn the game. The 32-year-old has endured a tough time with the ball during her start in the inaugural T20 tournament, despite being the second-highest run scorer in the league.

However, Perry was at her devastating best for the Royal Challengers Bangalore on Wednesday, taking 3-16 off her four overs - including the key wicket of big-hitting compatriot Grace Harris - as the Warriorz struggled to 135 all out. While she didn't perform with the bat, her 10 runs took her to second in the tournament, only sitting behind Australian teammate and Delhi's captain Meg Lanning.

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Eventually, it was two young Indian teammates, Richa Ghosh (31no) and Kanika Ahuja (46), who put together the key partnership that guided RCB to a five-wicket win, their maiden triumph at the sixth attempt. No wonder it brought a beaming smile to Smriti Mandhana, RCB's captain who has failed to find any form with the bat despite being the highest-paid player in the league.

Regardless, Perry was the star of the show with the 15th over the turning point in the match. The 32-year-old took two wickets in three balls in the 15th to get rid of Deepti Sharma before then bouncing out the dangerous Harris, who had clouted a couple of sixes in her 32-ball 46.

The win essential for Perry and her team as they moved off the bottom of the ladder and now have an outside chance of challenging for a place among the three teams in the knockout stages. But it was a missed opportunity for fellow Aussie Alyssa Healy, who'd been hoping to lift her side into a strong position in the table.

Cricket fans were full of praise for Perry after her heroics helped reinvigorate new life into her team's charge to the knockout stages.

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Perry has been in sensational form with the bat for the Royal Challengers Bangalore's and scored 67 not out off 52 balls with five sixes in her team's loss on Monday. However, the Australian said a win has been coming for her team and the mood has been lifted.

"Across the board, the girls did really well tonight. it's a good feeling to be off the nil-win column," she said in her post-match interview. "It's just a nice feeling amongst the group. We've had a wonderful time off the we've gone a long I think the girls are starting to gel more and more."

Earlier in the day, Indian great Virat Kohli visited the club to share a talk with the players in an attempt to turn fortunes around. Perry's team next take on the Giants in their push to make the knockout stages.

with AAP

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