On Tuesday, the Women’s T20 League continued with a match between Gujarat and Mumbai. Mumbai won the toss and chose to bat first, setting a target of 162 runs for Gujarat to chase. Despite a few hiccups along the way, Mumbai managed to put up a solid batting performance.
Harmanpreet Kaur was the star of the innings, smashing 51 runs off just 30 balls with the help of seven boundaries and two sixes. Yastika Bhatia also played a crucial role, scoring 44 runs off 37 deliveries, including five fours and one six. Nat Sciver-Brunt contributed 36 runs off 31 balls, with five fours and a six.
Despite Mumbai’s impressive batting performance, Gujarat’s Ashleigh Gardner managed to take three wickets in just four overs. Her bowling spell helped slow down Mumbai’s scoring rate and kept Gujarat’s hopes of chasing down the target alive.
In reply, Gujarat got off to a shaky start, losing both their openers early on. Harleen Deol tried to steady the ship with a quickfire 22 off 23 balls, including three fours, but she was unable to build a substantial partnership with anyone else. Sneh Rana also contributed 20 runs off 19 balls, but it was not enough to save the innings.
Gujarat’s batting lineup struggled against a disciplined Mumbai bowling attack. Nat Sciver-Brunt continued her impressive form, taking three wickets and conceding just 15 runs in her four overs. Hayley Matthews also took three wickets, helping restrict Gujarat to a meager 107 runs in their 20 overs.
Overall, it was a dominant performance by Mumbai, who not only managed to put up a challenging total on the board but also kept the opposition’s scoring rate in check. On the other hand, Gujarat will have to regroup and come up with a better plan in their next match if they want to keep their hopes of making it to the playoffs alive.
The Women’s T20 League has been an exciting tournament so far, with some outstanding performances by players from all teams. Fans can look forward to more thrilling matches in the days to come.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
Mumbai Indians win the wpl final. because everyone is sold in tournament. everything #MumbaiIndians#WPL2023#WPLT20#WPL
Mumbai Indians ? pic.twitter.com/AIAxXKDt6D
— Ajay Nehra (@AjayNeh40487242) March 14, 2023
What exactly were other franchises doing in the auction?
MI has destroyed every team like anything
This ain't good for the WPL to be honest
Trades to balance out the teams should happen for the next season!#WPL2023
— Naman?? (@NamanShah2607) March 14, 2023
The fact that Hayley Mathews,Nat Sciver Brunt & Amelia Kerr are all world class all rounders,can bowl in any phase,bats in top 5 & are performing quite well is such a big positive for #MumbaiIndians.#WPL2023 #Cricket #WPL
— Biswajit (@dasbiswajit421) March 14, 2023
Yastika has played 3 top innings, I apologise for critiquing heavily from game 1! Happy too see these performances and being proven wrong! #MumbaiIndians #WPL2023
— Akshay Dutia (@akshaycfc30) March 14, 2023
Give Mumbai Indians the trophy already ?#WPL | #WPL2023 | #CricketTwitter
— Krish (@archer_KC14) March 14, 2023
Mumbai Indians becomes the first team to qualify for playoffs in WPL. pic.twitter.com/ThN1JYEZpC
— R A T N I S H (@LoyalSachinFan) March 14, 2023
This Whole Tournament is a Joke ??One Team Winning All matches and Another one is Loosing Everything ??WPL auction More entertainment then Tournament?? Most Pathetic Tournament?
— Karnataka Thalapathy Fan's Club (@AbhishekCH9) March 14, 2023
MUMBAI INDIANS QUALIFY FOR WPL. pic.twitter.com/aifuBOqQwN
— G. (@wtfgauravvvv) March 14, 2023
Bc ye wpl mai ho kya raha hai Mi one-sided domination dekha Rahi hai ??.
— Ashirbaaaaaaad (@2003Ashirbad) March 14, 2023