UP Warriorz Maintain Dominance in WPL with Grace Harris’s Explosive Knock

In an exciting showdown between UP Warriorz and Gujarat Giants in the ongoing Women’s Premier League (WPL) season, UP Warriorz skipper Alyssa Healy chose to field after winning the toss. The Gujarat Giants made changes, bringing in Laura Wolvaardt and Mannat Kashyap, while UP Warriorz also included Chamari Athapaththu and Saima Thakor in their lineup.

The Gujarat Giants had a solid start with a 40-run opening partnership between Laura Wolvaardt and Beth Mooney before Sophie Ecclestone’s breakthrough, dismissing skipper Beth. Phoebe Litchfield and Ashleigh Gardner contributed 35 and 30 runs respectively helping Gujrat reach 142 runs against 5 wickets. Sophie Ecclestone claimed 3 wickets for UP Warriorz.

In response, UP Warriorz started strong but lost wickets at crucial intervals, losing 2 with 50 on the scoreboard. Grace Harris’s brilliant 60 off 33 balls guided them to a comfortable victory with 6 wickets and 26 balls to spare. Tanuja Kanwer stood out for the Giants with the ball, claiming 2 wickets. Grace Harris received the Player of the Match award for her explosive innings, ensuring UP Warriorz maintained their winning streak.

Here are some highlights from the match between UP Warriorz and Gujarat Giants

Grace’s consecutive half-century against Gujarat Giants

In the three face-offs, UP Warriorz led by 3-0. Grace Harris played a major role in all these triumphs, scoring 72 (41), 59* (26), and 60* (33) respectively in three matches. She was awarded the Player of the Match and temporarily received the orange cap as well. Fans applauded her for such a knock, with one humorously suggesting that the reason behind her performance was Bangalore’s dosas for breakfast.

 

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Chamari(UP Warriorz) and Laura(Gujarat Giants) in playing 11

After a few matches, both Laura Wolvaardt and Chamari Athapaththu joined their respective sides. Laura Wolvaardt scored 28 runs, including 4 boundaries for Gujarat Giants, while Chamari Athapaththu bowled 4 overs with an economy of 4.75 and scored 17 runs, including 4 boundaries with the bat. Fans appeared to be delighted to see them on the field, especially Chamari making her debut in the WPL.

 

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Ecclestone struck thrice for UP Warriorz

Sophie Ecclestone claimed three crucial wickets for her side, dismissing Laura Wolvaardt, Beth Mooney, and Ashleigh Gardner. With these wickets, she became the highest wicket-taker across both WPL seasons. Fans praised her for her stellar spell.

 

Few more reactions from the fans

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