Friday, March 31, 2023

WPL 2023: Deepti Sharma cracks the MI code!

Off-spinner Deepti Sharma’s 2-35 and two run-outs adopted by Grace Harris’s 39 off 28 balls ensured a five-wicket win for UP Warriorz (UPW) over league leaders Mumbai Indians (MI) within the Girls’s Premier League (WPL) on the DY Patil Stadium right here on Saturday.

This was MI’s first defeat of the season after a five-match profitable streak. UPW sit proper in the course of the factors desk with three wins and three losses.   
Put into bat, MI had been bundled out for a meagre 127. UPW had been tight proper from the phrase go, giving freely solely 11 runs within the opening three overs and not using a single boundary. 

Anjali Sarvani struck first within the fourth over as she cleaned up stumper-batter Yastika Bhatia for seven runs.

In what was a really gradual innings, opener Hayley Matthews (35 off 30) was the very best scorer for MI with three sixes and a 4. MI had been 56-2 on the finish of the tenth over. Matthews was dismissed the next over, caught by wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy off Sophie Ecclestone (3-15).

Too many wickets

MI couldn’t collect any wind of their sails as they saved shedding wickets to an awesome bowling show. They misplaced Kerr (three off 5) to Rajeshwari Gayakwad (2-16) and in-form skipper Harmanpreet Kaur (25 off 22) to Deepti Sharma (2-35) within the span of three balls to begin the collapse from 77-3, including solely 50 runs for seven wickets. Spinners have loved loads of success on this match, and it was no totally different for UPW on Saturday as left-arm spinners Ecclestone, Gayakwad and offie Deepti, picked seven wickets between them. Deepti additionally ran out Issy Wong and Saika Ishaque which helped her in selecting up the player-of-the-match award.

UPW obtained to their goal in 19.3 overs. MI had been miserly of their bowling. They dismissed opener Devika Vaidya for only a run within the second over. Skipper and opener Healy (eight off 10) fell later to Wong. MI pinned UPW to 27-2 on the finish of the Powerplay, which was worse than MI’s efficiency earlier.

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From there, Australian all-rounder Tahlia McGrath (38 off 25) blitzed away with six fours and a six, taking UPW to 71-3 earlier than being caught and bowled by leg-spinner Amelia Kerr. 

Harris stars with bat once more

Fellow in-form Aussie Grace Harris, who made 46 in opposition to Royal Challengers Bangalore, scored 39 runs with seven fours to take UPW to touching distance of the overall at 105-4. 

MI dismissed Harris and tried to win within the final over, however the inevitable occurred as Ecclestone (16 not out off 17) smashed a six over the bowler to seal it.

Transient scores
MI 127 all out in 20 overs (H Matthews 35, I Wong 32; S Ecclestone 3-15, R Gayakwad 2-16, D Sharma 2-35) misplaced to UPW 129-5 in 19.3 overs (G Harris 39, T McGrath 38) by 5 wickets

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