Mumbai Indians into Women's Premier League final
Mumbai Indians into Women's Premier League final

Riding on brilliant performances from Nat Sciver-Brunt (72 not out off 38) and Issy Wong (4/15), Mumbai Indians thrashed UP Warriorz by 72 runs in Eliminator to reach the final of the Women’s Premier League (WPL) 2023 at Dr DY Patil Sports Academy, here on Friday.

Mumbai Indians will now face Delhi Capitals in the final of the WPL 2023 on Sunday. England all-rounder Sciver-Brunt’s blistering half-century propelled Mumbai Indians to 182-4 in 20 overs. Dropped when she was on 6 by Ecclestone, Sciver-Brunt made UP Warriorz pay dearly.

Apart from her, the likes of Amelia Kerr (29), Hayley Matthews (26), Yastika Bhatia (21) and Harmanpreet Kaur (14) got starts but couldn’t convert them into big innings for Mumbai. Sophie Ecclestone, who bagged two wickets (2/39), was the most successful bowler for UP Warriorz. In reply, UP Warriorz kept losing wickets at regular intervals, and didn’t get the momentum as none of their batters could get going in the chase. It was Kiran Navgire, who showed some fight for UP, scoring 43 off 27 with four sixes and three boundaries. 

Issy Wong’s sensational bowling performance (4/15) including the first hat-trick of WPL in the 13th over, demolished the UP batting order. Eventually, UP Warriorz were bowled out for 110 in 17.4 overs, losing by a huge margin of 72 runs. 

WPL’s first hat-trick in Wong’s name Mumbai’s Isabel Wong took the first hattrick of the Women’s Premier League. He got Kiran Navagire caught out on the second ball of the 13th over. Then Simran Sheikh was bowled on the third ball and Sophie Ecclestone on the fourth ball. Wong sent Alyssa Healy to the pavilion in the powerplay. He ended his spell with 4 wickets for 15 runs in 4 overs

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