Women’s Premier League: UP Warriorz halt Mumbai Indians run with spin power
UP Warriorz snapped formidable Mumbai Indians’ winning run in the Women’s Premier League with a five-wicket victory, after the Uttar Pradesh side extracted more out of a tricky pitch here on Saturday.
On a surface where the ball turned a lot and was also holding up, England’s star left-arm spinner Sophie Ecclestone (3/15) led the way with her excellent bowling as UP Warriorz bundled out Mumbai Indians for 127.
When MI batted, as many as 18 of the 20 overs were bowled by spinners, a WPL record.
In reply, the Warriorz faced some obstacles before completing the task with three balls to spare. Grace Harris (39) and Tahlia McGrath (38) were the main contributors with the bat for the Warriorz, while player of the match Deepti Sharma (13 not out) and Ecclestone (16 not out) also played crucial knocks.
Earlier, had it not been for Issy Wong’s 19-ball 32, MI would have ended with much less than what they eventually got.
MI were 56/2 at the end of the 10th over with Hayley Matthews (35) and captain Harmanpreet Kaur (25) looking to build a partnership. But after Matthews was dismissed by Ecclestone and Harmanpreet fell to Deepti, Mumbai lost the plot.
Mumbai: Sophie Devine fell just one run short of a century, but her blistering 99 off just 36 balls helped Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) roar to an eight-wicket win over Gujarat Giants at the Brabourne Stadium on Saturday.
With their second win in the competition, the RCB have gone up to second from bottom with their chances of making the knockouts still alive.
Opting to bat first, the Giants rode on Laura Wolvaardt (68 off 42 balls)’s knock to post 188/4. But thanks to Player of the Match Devine, who was well supported by captain.
Smriti Mandhana (37) in the duo’s 125-run opening stand in just over nine overs, RCB reached the target in just 15.3 overs.
Written with PTI inputs