Cricket: White Ferns captain Sophie Devine guides Royal Challengers Bangalore to IPL title

Sophie Devine celebrates with her teammates.
Sophie Devine celebrates with her teammates. Photo credit: Supplied

White Ferns captain Sophie Devine is a Women's Indian Premier League champion.

Devine opened the batting and scored 32, as Royal Challengers Bangalore chased down their target of 114 with three balls to spare to beat Delhi Capitals by eight wickets in the final to win her maiden IPL title.

The Capitals batted first, with opener Shafali Verma top scoring with 44, but they failed to bat out their 20 overs, with Bangalore bowler Shreyanka Patil taking four wickets.

Sophie Molineux was the pick of the Bangalore bowlers, with the spinner's three wickets in one over proving crucial in restricting the Delhi total.

Spinners Molineux, Patil and Asha Sobhana took nine wickets for just 46 runs among them, as the Capitals collapsed to be all out for 113.

Devine and Bangalore captain Smriti Mandhana started their chase well, with Devine first out for 32 off 27 balls, before Mandhaha was dismissed for 31 off 39.

Australian Ellyse Perry then took control, scoring 35 off 37, and was supported by wicketkeeper Richa Ghosh, whose 17 runs off 14 balls helped guide the Royal Challengers home.

Devine and fellow White Fern Amelia Kerr, who played in the elimination final, will miss Tuesday's first T20 against England at Dunedin.