The Gujarat Giants, led by Beth Mooney, did not get the start the franchise was looking for as the franchise was beaten by Mumbai Indians in the opening match of the Women’s Premier League 2023 (WPL 2023) by a massive margin of 143 runs.
while pattern beth mooney winning the toss and inviting the opposition to bat first, the decision fell through after the opening overs as Mumbai managed to find their rhythm and crushed the Gujarat bowlers all over the park.
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Harmanpreet Kaur, Hayley Matthews and Amelia Kerr played some brilliant shots to help their side post a mammoth 207 runs on the board. Vice-captain Sneh Rana was the better bowler on her side, as she managed to take a couple of wickets.
The chase started on the wrong note for Gujarat as they started losing batsmen one after the other. Captain Beth Mooney was deemed to have retired hurt in the first over as she picked up an injury and from that point into the game Gujarat was never able to recover as the wickets kept collapsing with Gujarat falling apart in just 64 runs on the board.
WPL 2023: Sneh Rana on Beth Mooney’s injury and leadership responsibilities
Gujarat Giants captain Beth Mooney, who was injured during the match, was unable to attend the post-match presentation and her position was taken by vice-captain Sneh Rana, who spoke about the match and the captain’s injury.
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“This is just the beginning. Some players absorb it early, others will take time. The atmosphere was different and I think it was a great learning for us today. We will definitely come back stronger.”
“I think the physio will update [on Beth Mooney’s injury] sometime. Look, every time I have a responsibility, I have to stand up. If I have the opportunity tomorrow, I will try not to make the mistakes we made today. We needed to keep our heads up and not repeat the mistakes. We have many domestic cricketers who have been good before. We will definitely come back strong.”
Gujarat will not have much free time as the team will face UP Warriorz in their next match tomorrow and the team will likely have to take the field in the absence of their captain Beth Mooney.
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