The inaugural season of the WPL saw the UP Warriorz hand Mumbai Indians Women their first loss of the season. UP Warriorz put in a remarkable performance as they restricted the formidable Mumbai Indians to a modest total of 127 runs in their first innings.
Deepti Sharma, one of the key players in the UP-W team, showed her excellent bowling skills by picking two crucial wickets. Additionally, Sophie Ecclestone was instrumental in containing the Mumbai Indians batsmen as she allowed just 15 runs in her four overs and took three wickets.
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Although the Mumbai Indians started their second innings positively, with the required run rate in their favour, crucial strikes from Grace Harris and Tahlia Mcgrath put UP-W back in the game.
With just five runs needed from the last six balls, Ecclestone missed the first two deliveries as Wong, the bowler from Mumbai, was correct. The tension was palpable on both camps as the match neared its climax.
However, Ecclestone kept his nerve and ended the game in style by scoring a crucial six. This exceptional victory for UP-W not only showed his strong team spirit and resilience, but also marked the end of MI’s five-match winning streak.
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Deepti Sharma ecstatic after her match-winning strike against Mumbai Indians
After the UP Warriorz defeated the Mumbai Indians by 5 wickets, the all-rounder Deepti Sharma expressed that her main aim was to play until the end of the innings and secure a victory for her team. She recognized the presence of Sophie Ecclestone as a trusted partner in achieving her goal. The partnership between Deepti and Ecclestone proved instrumental in helping UP-W stop MI’s winning streak in the first season of the WPL.
“I knew that with Sophie on the other end we can cross the line, so I just wanted to dig in and finish. It was a little better hitting than in the first innings, thanks to the whole team. With the ball and then McGrath and Harris with the bat. We focused on the positives rather than the negatives and supported each other.”
UP Warriorz with their big win over Mumbai has kept their chances of reaching the last 16 alive, the game against UP and Gujarat Giants Women will be a virtual knockout if Gujarat manages to beat Bangalore in their match tonight.
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