Harmanpreet Kaur-led Mumbai Indians Women (MI-W) beat Smriti Mandhana-led Royal Challengers Bangalore Women (RCB-W) in the fourth match of the inaugural Women’s Premier League (WPL 2023) at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Monday, March 6.
RCB-W won the toss, elected to bat first in the match, and they got off to a good start. However, losing wickets at regular intervals meant the Smriti Mandhana-led side were pooled for 155 in 18.4 overs.
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5 RCB-W batsmen – Smriti Mandhana, Richa Ghosh, Kanika Ahuja, Shreyanka Patil and Megan Schutt – scored 20 runs or more in innings.
On the bowling side, Hayley Matthews bagged a three-wicket haul, while Amelia Kerr and Saika Ishaque each picked up two wickets. Additionally, Pooja Vastrakar and Nat Sciver-Brunt each contributed one wicket.
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Chasing the target, MI-W starters Hayley Matthews and Yastika Bhatia hit brilliantly. Following Yastika Bhatia’s dismissal, Nat Sciver-Brunt joined forces with Hayley Matthews and together they demolished the Royal Challengers Bangalore Women’s bowling unit.
Hayley Matthews crushed an outstanding 77 runs from 38 balls, with 13 fours and 1 sixes, while Sciver-Brunt crushed a brilliant 55 runs from 29 balls, with 9 fours and 1 sixes, to lead the Mumbai Indian Women to a dominating 19-round victory. 9 wickets in 14.2 overs
We were right to restrict them to a small amount – Harmanpreet Kaur
At the post-match presentation ceremony, Harmanpreet Kaur said that the bowlers did a great job of restricting RCB-W to a small total. He also talked about the slow surcharge on T20s.
“I think the hitting was the same, we pitched better in the first game than today, but we did well to restrict them to a small score. We just back each other to chase, everyone in the team is happy to do it their way and they are having fun,” stated Harmanpreet Kaur.
“It happens in T20s (at the slower surcharge), you have to give the bowlers that extra minute,” Harmanpreet Kaur said.
Harmanpreet Kaur & Co. will next take on Delhi Capitals Women (DEL-W), managed by Meg Lanning, on Thursday, March 9 at the Dr DY Patil Sports Academy in Mumbai.
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