Mumbai Indians continue to dominate in the Women’s Premier League (WPL 2023). This team, captained by Harmanpreet Kaur, registered its fourth consecutive win, continuing the same trend in which it started the tournament with a bang. Captain Harmanpreet herself prepared the foundation of this victory and scored a strong half-century. On the basis of her dazzling innings, Mumbai easily defeated UP Warriors by 8 wickets in their fourth match. At the same time, UP has faced its second defeat in 4 matches.
The 10th match of the tournament was played at the Brabourne Stadium on Sunday, March 12, in which the league leader Mumbai was challenged by UP. UP had defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by 10 wickets in their last match. At the same time, Mumbai registered a very easy win against Delhi Capitals. Even after the result of this match, there has been no change in the points table and Mumbai is in the first place, while UP is in the third place.
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UP batted first and once again Captain Alyssa Healy played a brilliant innings for her team. After losing early wickets including a dangerous looking Navgire (17) , Healy, scored a record 96 runs against RCB, scored 58 runs in 46 balls, which included 7 fours and 1 six.
Apart from Healy, the team’s star all-rounder Tahlia McGrath also scored her second half-century in the tournament. McGrath scored 50 runs in 37 balls. There was an 82-run partnership between the two, which took UP to a good score after a poor start. Both batters played glorious shots off front and black foot and it looked as if they will take the score to 180
Mumbai’s left-arm spinner Saika Ishaque, who took the most wickets in WPL, once again showed her mettle and took a total of 3 wickets including Healy and McGrath to apply the brakes . . Apart from her, leg-spinner Amelia Kar also took 2 wickets.
For Mumbai, young opener Yastika Bhatia (42 runs, 27 balls) made a blistering start, on the basis of which Mumbai scored 58 runs in 7 overs. She hit dazzling shots including aesthetic off drives , pulls , lofted shots down the ground and lap shots. During this period , there was also a drama regarding DRS, when UP took a review on the LBW appeal against Hayley Mathews, but during this the replay of the old ball went on and the umpire declared her out. On realizing the mistake, the right ball was seen and Mathews was then given not out after she stood her ground & protested .
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Yastika Bhatia and Mathews were dismissed in the seventh and eighth overs, after which skipper Kaur and Nate Siver Brunt took over. Both started slowly but soon settled down to play sparkling shots . Together, both of them made the team win in the 18th over with an indiscriminate partnership of 106 runs in 10.1 overs. Harman was lucky once as Anjali Sravani’s ball hit her wicket but bail did not fall . Harmanpreet hit another half-century and remained unbeaten after scoring 53 runs (33 balls, 9 fours, 1 six), while Nate Siever also returned unbeaten after scoring 45 runs. In the end the win for Mumbai Indians came rather easily .