Harmanpreet Kaur’s 95 in just 48 guides Mumbai Indians to playoffs

Mumbai Indians led by skipper Harmanpreet Kaur returned to winning ways with a comprehensive 42-run victory over UP Warriorz. The Gujarat Giants, on the other hand, led by skipper Beth Mooney finally managed to get their first points on board courtesy of their 19-run victory over RCB in their last game.

Harmanpreet Kaur's 95 in just 48 guides Mumbai Indians to playoffs
Harmanpreet Kaur’s 95 in just 48 guides Mumbai Indians to playoffs

As far as the head-to-head record (3-0) between both these sides is heavily in favour of Mumbai Indians. The Gujarat Giants skipper Beth Mooney won the toss and opted to bat first. The openers got off to a steady start before they lost the wicket of Laura Wolvaardt. Hayley Matthews provided the first breakthrough for Mumbai Indians. Dayalan Hemalatha joined skipper Beth Mooney at the crease and the duo stitched a massive 121-run partnership for the 2nd wicket before Sajeevan Sajana picked up the big wicket of the opposition skipper Beth Mooney to provide the 2nd breakthrough for Mumbai Indians.

Gujarat Giants suffered a collapse as they lost their next five wickets for just 51 runs and they eventually ended up with a total of 190/7 in their quota of overs. Dayalan Hemalatha (74 off 40 balls), skipper Beth Mooney (66 off 35 balls), and Bharti Fulmali (21 off 13 balls) were the top performers with the bat for Gujarat Giants. Saika Ishaque (4-0-31-2), Shabnim Ismail (4-0-30-1), and Hayley Matthews (3-0-22-1) were the top performers with the ball for the Mumbai Indians.

Chasing a massive total of 191, Mumbai Indians got off to a solid start, scoring over 8 runs an over in the powerplay before Tanuja Kanwer picked up the wicket of Hayley Matthews to provide the first breakthrough for Gujarat Giants. Nat Sciver-Brunt joined wicket-keeper batter Yastika Bhatia at the crease, but the duo failed to stitch a substantial partnership as they lost the wicket of Nat Sciver-Brunt to provide the 2nd breakthrough for her side.

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Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur joined wicket-keeper batter Yastika Bhatia at the crease and the duo stitched a crucial 41-run partnership for the 3rd wicket before Ashleigh Gardner picked up the wicket of wicket-keeper batter Yastika Bhatia to provide the 3rd breakthrough for Gujarat Giants. Amelia Kerr joined skipper Harmanpreet Kaur at the crease and the duo took their side over the line with a massive 93-run 4th wicket partnership. Yastika Bhatia (49 off 36 balls) was the top performer with the bat alongside skipper Harmanpreet Kaur for Mumbai Indians. Tanuja Kanwer (4-0-21-1), and Ashleigh Gardner (3.5-0-22-1) were the top performers with the ball for Gujarat Giants.

Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur steered the run chase for Mumbai Indians and stayed unbeaten on 95, scoring at a humongous strike rate of 197.91, falling just five runs short of becoming the first player to score a century in the history of the Women’s Premier League. Her tally of runs included 10 boundaries and five maximums. She was awarded the Player of the Match for her exceptional match-winning performance (95 off 48 balls) with the bat which played a pivotal role in helping Mumbai Indians claim the top spot with 10 points in the points table.

Delhi Capitals led by skipper Meg Lanning will face the Royal Challengers Bangalore led by skipper Smriti Mandhana on 10th March 2024, in the 17th match of the season.

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