MI vs UPW, WPL 2023: Mumbai Indians suffer their first defeat of the season as UP Warriors win a low-scoring thriller. cricket news
The loss was Mumbai’s first of the season while Alyssa Healy-led Warriors picked up their third win to remain firmly in contention for the knockouts.
It was the first afternoon game of the season at the DY Patil Stadium and a spin-heavy Warriors emerged on top on a surface where the ball turned a lot and took hold.
UP spinners bowled a total of 18 overs in 20 overs — a wpl record – and it helped them bundle out Mumbai for 127 runs.
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England’s star left-arm spinner Sophie Ecclestone (3/15) led the way with her excellent bowling and was well assisted by the likes of Rajeshwari Gaikwad and all-rounder Deepti Sharma.
In reply, UPW faced a few hurdles before completing the task with 3 balls to spare.
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Grace Harris (39) and Tahlia McGrath (38) were the main contributors with the bat for UPW, while Deepti Sharma (13 not out) and player of the match Ecclestone (16 not out) also played important innings.
At the start of the second over, UPW lost Devika Vaidya for just one run. While Hayley Mathews was the successful bowler, much of the credit for the dismissal must go to Harmanpreet Kaur, who took a sensational catch at first slip when the batsman found a thick outside edge.
Issy Wong took the big wicket of UPW captain Alyssa Healy (8) and trapped her in front of the wicket. Despite huge appeals, the on-field umpires were not convinced and MI’s move to go for the referral proved to be the right call, leaving the Australian star with no option but to walk back to the dugout.
Defending a small but difficult total on this surface, MI got another reason to celebrate when Yastika Bhatia completed a diving catch with one hand behind the wicket off Nat Sciver-Brunt to dismiss Kiran Navagire for 12. Sent back, for which he consumed. 16 balls.
UPW were 27 for 3 at the start of the seventh over when Grace Harris hit a four.
Even as MI picked up three wickets in quick succession they were also guilty of dropping three catches which proved crucial in the end.
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In Harris’ company, Tahlia McGrath made her way to a 25-ball 38, before being caught and bowled by Amelia Kerr. But after McGrath’s dismissal, Harris hit two consecutive fours on three occasions to reduce the gap.
Another twist came after Kerr dismissed Harris at a crucial juncture, but UPW held their nerve to emerge victorious.
Earlier, had it not been for Issey Wong’s 19-ball 32, MI would have ended up with much less than what they eventually got.
After their skipper Alyssa Healy opted to field first, the UP Warriors bowlers did a commendable job of keeping things tight and picking up wickets at regular intervals against Mumbai’s strong batting line-up.
MI were 56 for two at the end of the 10th over, with Hayley Mathews (35) and captain Harmanpreet Kaur (25) building a partnership after the departure of Yastika Bhatia (5) and Nat Sciver-Brunt (7). Was trying
However, Healey and Kaur were both dismissed after making starts, with India captain compatriot Deepti Sharma falling after the former was caught by the experienced Ecclestone.
Amelia Kerr (3) lasted just five balls before being sent back by Rajeshwari Gaikwad as Warriors reduced Mumbai Indians to 78 for five at the start of the 14th over.
Amanjot Kaur also failed to impress with the bat, falling to the wily Ecclestone, who had by then taken three wickets in as many overs at the Dr DY Patil Sports Academy.
While Ecclestone did the heavy lifting, the others supported him well and made MI work hard for every run. India player Gaikwad also did well, taking two wickets for 16 runs in her entire quota of four overs.
Deepti ended with figures of 2/34.
While MI fielded the same XI in the match, UP decided to include youngster Parshvi Chopra in place of Shweta Sehrawat.
(With inputs from PTI)