Mumbai Indians kept their place at the top of the Women’s Premier League table by thrashing Delhi Capitals with a eight wicket haul in Mumbai.
IMAGE: England seamer Issy Wong took 3-10 from four overs as Delhi Capitals were bowled out with two overs to spare: BCCI
|Women’s Premier League, Mumbai (DY Patil Sports Academy):|
|Delhi Capitals 105 (18 overs): Lanning 43 (41 balls); Wong 3-10|
|Mumbai Indians 109-2 (15 overs): Yastika 41 (32); Norris 1-4|
|Mumbai Indians won by eight wickets|
All-Round Mumbai Indians continued their dominant run in the Women’s Premier League with a convincing eight-wicket victory over the Delhi Capitals in a top-of-the-table clash in Navi Mumbai on Thursday.
Saika Ishaque, Isabelle Wong and Hayley Matthews, who all took three wickets apiece, led Mumbai Indians’ charge with the ball to bundle out Delhi Capitals for a lowly 105 in 18 overs.
Chasing the low target, Mumbai Indians reached the finish line in just 15 overs with captain Harmanpreet Kaur (11 not out) and Nat Sciver-Brunt (23 not out) leading the charge. The opening pair of Yastika Bhatia (41) and Hayley Matthews (32) knocked off 47 runs in the powerplay and shared a 65-run partnership for the first wicket to ensure a big win for Mumbai Indians.
For Delhi, it was their first loss in WPL 2023. Delhi Capitals, who had won their previous two matches with scores of over 200, were reduced to a collective failure with both bat and ball against the disciplined and probing Mumbai Indians.
Electing to bat first, Delhi Capitals lost their first three wickets for just 31 runs, with Shafali Verma (2), Alice Capsey (6), and Marizanne Kapp (2) failing to make an impact. The captain, Meg Lanning, and Jemimah Rodrigues then took charge of the conditions and stitched a crucial 50-run partnership. However, Ishaque’s two wickets in the 13th over triggered a collapse that saw Delhi Capitals bundled out for a lowly 105. Lanning, Rodrigues, and Radha Yadav (10) were the only three batters who could score in double digits.
Mumbai Indians Thrash Delhi Capitals by 8 Wickets to Remain Unbeaten:WPL2023
IMAGE: Mumbai Indians’ opener Yastika Bhatia hits out. Photograph: BCCI
Yastika played her most convincing innings in the tournament so far, with the hard-hitting Matthews also cashing in on the bad deliveries.
Yastika clobbered eight fours to record her highest score in the WPL while Matthews, coming off a match-winning 77 not out, looked unhurried in her 31-ball stay with six fours.
After a watchful start, Matthews unleashed three consecutive fours off Shikha Pandey in the fourth over and Yastika joined in soon, smacking Marizanne Kapp for three fours in the next over to keep Mumbai in complete command of the proceedings.
Tara Norris provided some respite for Delhi in the ninth over, pinning Yastika in front of the wickets with the batter also exhausting a DRS appeal.
Mumbai Indians Thrash Delhi Capitals by 8 Wickets to Remain Unbeaten: WPL 2023
IMAGE: Mumbai Indians’ Isabelle Wong celebrates after dismissing Marizanne Kapp. Photograph: BCCI
And when it looked like the pair of Matthews and Nat Sciver-Brunt would take Mumbai to a second consecutive nine-wicket win, Delhi vice-captain Jemimah Rodrigues produced a brilliant athletic catch running in from long off to end the Caribbean batter’s stay, off Jess Jonassen.
The first meeting between arguably the two best teams in the WPL turned out to be a damp squib.
It was a day of collective failure with both bat and ball for the Meg Lanning-led Delhi. Lanning’s 43 was the highest individual total of the innings while her deputy Rodrigues’ scored 25.
The uncapped Ishaque continued her stellar run in the tournament while Wong and Matthews also played a crucial role in bringing down the high-flying Delhi Capitals.
IMAGE: Mumbai Indians wicketkeeper Yastika Bhatia appeals successfully for the wicket of Tara Norris off the bowling of Hayley Matthews. Photograph: BCCI
Delhi, who had amassed totals in excess of 200 in both their matches, crumbled against disciplined and probing Mumbai bowlers with the bat, in a high-pressure contest.
Ishaque was once again the hero as the left-arm spinner accounted for Lanning, Shafali Verma (2) and Rodrigues to take her wicket tally to nine in three matches — the most in the tournament.
The only bright spot for Delhi was the 50-run stand for the fourth wicket between Lanning and Rodrigues, but once their resistance was broken, the Capitals slipped further as they lost four wickets for three runs in the space of nine balls.
In Conclusion , Mumbai bowled tight lines to not allow Delhi batters to get away, with the batting side managing just six fours in the first 10 overs, and an overall nine fours and a six in their entire innings. Thus MI paltans thrash Delhi Capticals by 8 wickets securing their top place in the point table.
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