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After winning the title, Smriti Mandhana thanks the fans for their “incredible” support, calling them “the most loyal fanbase.”

<p>In front of a crowded Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi on Sunday, Smriti Mandhana and her team led their team, Royal Challengers Bangalore, to their first-ever Women’s Premier League championship triumph. It was an evening to remember.</p>
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<p>With only two victories from eight games, the RCB captain—who led the team in the 2023 edition—finished second to bottom. Mandhana said they learned a lot from the “disastrous” season, which included defeating Delhi Capitals by eight wickets to win the trophy.</p>
<p>With this, RCB’s energetic group has accomplished what their men’s team has been unable to do for more than 16 years, and Mandhana commended the club’s devoted supporters for their unwavering support.</p>
<p>As a team, as captains, and as players, we learned a lot from last year. At the post-match presentation, Mandhana remarked, “The management, the way they backed me during the review after the season… they have been through a lot and a big thumbs up (to them).”</p>
<p>Regarding the title success, she said, “It can take some time for the feeling to really sink in. I find it difficult to express myself in a number of ways. All I can say is that I’m proud of the group.</p>
<p>We have had highs and lows, but they have persevered, and the way we crossed the line tonight was incredible. We had a great Bangalore leg. We had two hard defeats (in Delhi). That was our topic of conversation.</p>
<p>The most recent league game resembled a quarter, followed by a semifinal and a final. You have to peak at the appropriate moment in these kinds of events.</p>
<p>After bowling out DC for 113 thanks to the efforts of spin duo Shreyanka Patil (4/12) and Sophie Molineux (3/20), RCB’s talisman captain Mandhana (31), Sophie Devine (32) and Elysse Perry (35 not out) took them home with three balls remaining.</p>
<p>Compared to that close-looking final over finish, the Royal Challengers’ triumph was much simpler, as they reached 115 for two in 19.3 overs.</p>
<p>“It is amazing for them (management) to have this trophy,” Mandhana said. The team has triumphed; I am not the only one with the prize. A victory for RCB as a team is really, extremely wonderful.</p>
<p>“This victory is definitely among the top five, maybe. Nothing would better a World Cup victory. To all the RCB supporters, who are the most devoted, I have a message. Without their help, nothing could have happened. Every time I hear the phrase “Ee Sala Cup Namde (The Cup will be ours this time),” I just want to say “Ee Sala Cup Namdu (The Cup is ours this time).”</p>
<p>Although Meg Lanning, the captain of DC, acknowledged that her side was outplayed on the day, she will lament the lost opportunity to improve upon their runners-up spot from WPL 2023.</p>
<p>“Disappointing not to get it done tonight,” Lanning said. We had some excellent cricket throughout the competition. But, the issue was that day’s performance was subpar. We were outplayed by RCB; congratulations. However, we should be pleased with our overall efforts.”</p>
<p>She said, “It all happened relatively quickly, as it tends to do,” in response to their batting meltdown. Unpredictable events occur, and each match has been rather close. Because there are so many excellent teams, you can never really relax and assume everything is under control.</p>

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