WPL 2023, UPW vs MI Highlights: Harmanpreet Kaur scores blistering 53 as Mumbai defeat UP by 8 wickets – The Indian Express

WPL UPW vs MI Highlights: Mumbai Indians kept their all-win record in the inaugural edition of the Women’s Premier League (WPL) intact so far with an eight wicket win over UP Warriorz  on Sunday. Following their fourth consecutive victory, achieved in 17.3 overs, Harmanpreet Kaur’s side is on eight points from four games.
Harmanpreet smashed a 33-ball unbeaten 53, while Nat Sciver-Brunt struck a breezy 45 not out to make the chase of 159 runs look easy in the end after opener Yastika Bhatia had given Mumbai a solid start with a 27-ball 42.
Earlier, Warriorz skipper Alyssa Healy struck her second WPL half-century, while Tahlia McGrath too scored a strokeful fifty as the team made 159 for 6.
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UP digging their own grave. Shabnim Ismail has bowled her 3rd no ball of the game and is sent off for a boundary. Nat Sciver-Brunt wraps up the game with a MASSIVE SIXXXXX.
Mumbai Indians continue to dominate the tournament and keep their winning streak going. They have beaten UP Warriorz by 8-wickets in just 17.3 overs.
MI: 164/2 (17.3)
UP Warriorz are cleary under great pressure and the MI batters are adding to their woes. And with a boundary, Harmanpreet Kaur gets to her gritty fifty in just 32 deliveries.
MI: 153-2 (17)
Sciver-Brunt is alright in the middle. And, captain Kaur celebrates it with a four and a gigantic SIX, gets under it and carves it clean up and over extra cover. WHOA! Two more FOURS. Harmanpreet THOR in the house. She is dealing world number 1 Tahlia McGrath only in boundaries. BRILLIANT STUFF.
MI: 142-2 (16)
OH NO! Sciver-Brunt gets hit on the helmet as the fielder attempts a direct-hit. Hope everything’s fine there. The umpire signals for a strategic time-out. 
Making full use of pace, Harmanpreet Kaur is punishing UP vice-captain Deepti Sharma. She is joined by Sciver-Brunt from the other end and the duo continues to steal boundaries.
MI: 123-2 (15)
A crucial partnership between Sciver-Brunt and captain Kaur. Ecclestone misses former’s catch and the latter smacks Gayakwad’s next two balls for back to back FOURS.
MI: 111-2 (14)
Nat Sciver-Brunt has taken the charge for MI. She is hammering the MI bowlers all over the ground tonight. This time, it’s Sophie Ecclestone who faces the wrath. Four more runs as skipper Kaur joins Sciver-Brunt in hitting FOURS.
MI: 99-2 (13)
Nat Sciver-Brunt welcomes Deepti Sharma with a FOUR. Gets down and hammers it away to deep midwicket’s left. Scores yet another boundary on the off-side. She has released some pressure off MI.
MI: 87-2 (12)
Anjali Sarvani has been brought into the attack for the eleventh over. And the drama in the game doesn’t seem to stop. Anjali fires a slower one down leg, and it grazes the stumps. The stumps light up and Healy is already celebrating, but the bails don’t fall. Umpire signals NOT OUT. 
MI: 76-2 (11)
Harmanpreet Kaur scores her first boundary today off a Rajeshwari Gayakwad ball. MI have collected 7 runs from this over.
MI: 72-2 (10)
Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur has walked in to bat at 4. Ismail bowls a no ball to Kaur but she fails to utilise it for a big one on the free-hit. UP bowlers have have kept the new batters on crease under pressure. 
MI: 66-2 (9)
Sophie Ecclestone is back for her second over of the game and does the trick for UP. Hayley Matthews is out caught & bowled. Finally some respite for UP. 
MI: 59-2 (8)
Rajeshwari Gaikwad is back into the attack for the last over of the powerplay. A massive six on the long-off but is out caught on the next ball in same region by Simran Shaikh. WHAT A KNOCK that was from Yastika. And with that, the powerplay ends. MI have played brilliantly in the last six overs.
MI: 58-1 (7)
Healy goes for another review but. Yastika Bhatia is on a roll, scores two back to back boundaries. What? The second one was a N0-BALL. A lot of drama has unfolded in the last 5 minutes. And it finally comes to an end. PHEW.
MI: 51-0 (6)
Sophie Ecclestone joins the attack for UP and Yastika Bhatia deals her with boundaries too. Seems like nothing can stop the Mumbai batter now. Meanwhile, UP take a LBW review for Hayley Matthews and it’s in their favour. UP finally get a breakthrough. The batter is not happy with the decision and the game has come to a halt. A lot of confusion in the middle. WHHAATTT???? The umpire has reversed her decison after further reviewing the ball – this has happened for the first time in the history of the game. Matthews stays at the crease.
MI: 40-0 (5)
Anjali Sarvani is brought into the attack and Yastika Bhatia is punishing her too with boundaries. The wicketkeeper-batter is in red-hot form and UP need to find an answer for her before it’s too late.
MI: 34-0 (4)
Deepti Sharma bowls the third over and Yastika Bhatia steals yet another boundary. 
MI: 23-0 (3)
Shabnim Ismail gets the ball for the second over. Bowls two dot balls and is send off for a four to deep extra cover on the next by Yastika Bhatia. Four more runs for Yastika, this time sends the ball on the leg-side.
MI: 17-0 (2)
Hayley Matthews starts brilliantly for MI, welcomes Gaikwad with a stunning boundary. Sends the ball toward sweeper cover for another one.
MI: 8-0 (1)
Yastika Bhatia and Hayley Matthews walk into the middle to open the chase. Rajeshwari Gayakwad has the ball for UP. 
The MI bowlers have bowled brilliantly in the last few overs. The procession of wicket continues as Amilia Kerr removes Deepti Sharma in the last over. A dot ball, a wicket and 3 singles and that’s it for UP. They have set a target of 160 runs for MI to chase. 
UPW: 159-6 (20)
Wong returns for the second last over. Deepti Sharma comes in to bat at number 6 and sends the second ball for a boundary to backward square leg and with that 150 runs are up for UP.
UPW: 155-5 (19)
Two new batters at the crease and this could be a turning point of the game. YES. IT SURE IS. Hayley Matthews cleans up English batter Sophie Ecclestone, compatriot Nat Sciver-Brunt takes the catch at deep mid-wicket.
UPW: 146-5 (18)
Ishaque strikes twice in the same over, gets rid of the lethal Aussi-duo. This time, Tahlia McGrath has to walk back. Goes for a drive through the off-side, gets beaten and the keeper takes off the bails in a flash. Brilliant stuff from the purple cap-holder.
UPW: 141-4 (17)
With a single off Saika Ishaque’s delivery, Tahlia McGrath completes fifty runs. What a knock this has been!
After losing two reviews on skipper Healy, the umpire gives OUT, this time, Healy goes for a review but has to walk back. The Ishaque-Healy battle finally comes to an end on Ishaque being on the winning side.
UPW: 140-3 (16.3)
Good over from Amilia Kerr. Has leaked only 5 runs in the 16th over.
UPW: 138-2 (16)
Harmanpreet Kaur appeals for a review for LBW but the DRS shows it was pitching outside leg. Meanwhile, McGrath continues to punish Issy Wong, scores two back to back boundaries yet again to end the over with.
UPW: 133-2 (15)
Matthews returns for the 14th over and is welcomed by a boundary on to deep mid-wicket. With a double on the next, the UP skipper brings up her second half-century of the season. In the last game, she was 96 not out and will be looking to convert the fifty into a ton tonight.
UPW: 123-2 (14)
Nat Sciver-Brunt is brought back into the attack to deal with the explosive Aussie batters. Uh-oh! Another NO-BALL of the game and this time the bowler hasn’t even leaked a single off the free-hit but Alyssa Healy manages to collect a boundary on the deep mid-wicket.
UPW: 113-2 (13)
Skipper Harmanpreet introduces new bowler Jintimani Kalita in the 12th over of the game. Tahlia McGrath continues to deal in boundaries, backs away and slaps it away over cover. Oh no! Last ball of the over was a NO BALL and McGrath could only steal a single off the free hit.
UPW: 104-2 (12)
Saika Ishaque is brought back into the attack for the destructive Aussie batting-duo. This has been a relatively good over from MI, Ishaque has leaked only 6 runs in the eleventh over.
UPW: 91-2 (11)
We are halfway through the first innings and the UP batters look too comfortbale in the middle. They are rotating the strike, scoring boundaries and have build a solid partnership now. MI must break it in order to bring down the run-rate. 
UPW: 84-2 (10)
Amilia Kerr is back into the attack and is send off for two back to back boundaries by McGrath, first to mid-off then to third man. WOW! McGrath is on a roll! Hits the last ball of the over for yet another four.
UPW: 79-2 (9)
Tahlia McGrath joins skipper Healy in the middle. Goes down the wicket and whips through deep mid-wicket for a boundary off new bowler Hayley Matthews’ delivery.
UPW: 66-2 (8)
Powerplay has ended Harmanpreet introduces a new bowler, right-arm leg break, Amilia Kerr for the seventh over. Kiran Navgire smashes the bowler for a massive six on the long-on, scores a boundary on the next and fails on third as Yastika Bhatia takes an easy catch. 
UPW: 58-1 (6.4)
Alyssa Healy ends the powerplay with a huge SIX to long-on off a Nat Sciver-Brunt delivery. Skipper Healy continues to torment the bowlers, MI will want to end the blossoming partnership between her and Kiran Navgire as soon as possible.
UPW: 48-1 (6)
Issy wong has been brought back in the attack and Alyssa Healy does it again, utilises Wong’s cross seam delivery for a boundary to fine-leg.
UPW: 39-1 (5)
Saika Ishaque is back for the fourth over and gets smacked for a boundary by Alyssa Healy off her first ball. Healy is enjoying a buffet of boundaries, scores three back to back fours. 
UPW: 34-1 (4)
Issy Wong gets the new ball for the third over. Meanwhile, Kiran Navgire has come in to bat at number 3, gets off the mark with a stunning boundary on the leg-side
UPW: 15-1 (3)
First wicket of the game goes to Ishaque’s account, cleans up Devika Vaidya LBW. The batter goes down on her knee to play the sweep, but gets beaten due to the pace. 
UPW: 8-1 (2)
Harmanpreet gives the new ball to Saika Ishaque for the second over. The purple cap-holder gets picked by Devika Vaidya for a boundary off the second last ball of the over.
UPW: 8-0 (2)
Nat Sciver-Brunt starts off well with the new ball for Mumbai. The UP batters could only manage to take singles to open their accounts with.
UPW: 2-0 (1)
Captain Alyssa Healy and Devika Vaidya walk to open the innings for UP. Nat-Sciver Brunt has the new ball for Mumbai Indians.
Team’s going well. They are gelling well together as a group. They feel pretty relaxed and confident going into the match. [On domestic players] they are pretty talented. You might not see amazing performances in a short time but in the long term, I am sure there’s incredible talent in this country, and I am expecting big things in the future. You learn by watching other teams. We have been relaxed between the games, it’s important. The girls played some golf yesterday. Lisa Sthalekar (mentor) has been great, you can see her energy on the TV. She’s connecting the Indian local players to the international stars, I think she has done a great job.  – Jon Lewis, Warriorz’s head coach
UP Warriorz (Playing XI): Devika Vaidya, Alyssa Healy(w/c), Shweta Sehrawat, Kiran Navgire, Tahlia McGrath, Deepti Sharma, Simran Shaikh, Sophie Ecclestone, Shabnim Ismail, Anjali Sarvani, Rajeshwari Gayakwad
Mumbai Indians Women (Playing XI): Yastika Bhatia(w), Hayley Matthews, Nat Sciver-Brunt, Harmanpreet Kaur(c), Dhara Gujjar, Amelia Kerr, Issy Wong, Amanjot Kaur, Humaira Kazi, Jintimani Kalita, Saika Ishaque
We are looking for a good game, they did well in the previous game. Pooja is not playing, Dhara comes in. We want to go with the winning combination, we don’t want to experiment much. I think 160 will be a decent total. Hopefully we manage to restrict them below that total. – Harmanpreet Kaur
We are going to have a bat. The teams have put up big totals, if we can do that, we will be able to restrict them. Ismail comes in for Harris. We executed well with bat and ball, we have confidence. I think we are enjoying our cricket and our company. – Alyssa Healy
It’s a high scoring venue, and the wicket is flat and even. The spinners have got more wickets at this venue and spin is going to play a big part despite this being a new pitch.
UP Warriorz have won the toss and decided to bat first against Mumbai Indians.
They (openers) batted really well the other night, their partnership has been vitally important. Yastika is coming into her own now, we want her to go out there with a licence to play with that left-hand, right-hand combination with Hayley (Mathews) who has been in wonderful form. We are planning for each game, and not taking anything for granted, because in T20s things can shift pretty quickly. For me it’s about picking the best team for each individual game and hopefully we have enough wins to get to that final stage. The pitches have been fantastic, there have been a lot of runs on show, but at the DY Patil if you bowl well, you have got the rewards. Really proud of our bowling unit as we have managed to take wickets in the powerplay. Hopefully we’ll continue to do that tonight. Harmanpreet has been fantastic behind the scenes, she has worked really closely with the senior players as well. It’s been nice to see them all watch talk about the game. It’s obviously been very impressive. – Charlotte Edwards, MI Head coach
With a win, the UP Warriorz will tie the Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians for first place in the points standings.
“I think trust is the most important thing in building a successful environment. Over here at the UP Warriorz, I think we have finally got that trust and I am here trying to do the best for the franchise and the Indian players as well.” – Alyssa Healy on the secret to her team’s rise
“They’re making my job easier. Whoever comes in is eager to bowl. When you have so many options, your job is so easy.” – Harmanpreet Kaur on options available to her
Hayley Matthews, Yastika Bhatia (wk), Nat Sciver-Brunt, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Amelia Kerr, Pooja Vastrakar, Issy Wong, Amanjot Kaur, Humaira Kazi, Jintimani Kalita, Saika Ishaque
Alyssa Healy (c & wk), Shweta Sehrawat, Kiran Navgire, Tahlia McGrath, Deepti Sharma, Grace Harris, Devika Vaidya, Simran Shaikh, Sophie Ecclestone, Anjali Sarvani, Rajeshwari Gayakwad
When the table toppers MI will take on the Healy-led UP in about 60 minutes from now they will want to keep their winning streak intact. Meanwhile, UPW who are coming off a win in their last game by defeating RCB by 10 wickets, will be looking to carry forward the winning momentum.
No rain predictions are there for today’s match between MI and UPW. The temperature in Mumbai is expected to range between 27 and 37 degrees Celsius.
Hello and welcome to our live blog on the 10th match of the Women’s Premier League between UP Warriorz and Mumbai Indians being played at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. Stay tuned for live updates.
UPW vs MI T20 Highlights: Here are the two squads
UP Warriorz Squad: Devika Vaidya, Alyssa Healy(w/c), Shweta Sehrawat, Kiran Navgire, Tahlia McGrath, Deepti Sharma, Grace Harris, Simran Shaikh, Sophie Ecclestone, Anjali Sarvani, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Shabnim Ismail, Lauren Bell, Shivali Shinde, Parshavi Chopra, Soppadhandi Yashasri
Mumbai Indians Women Squad: Yastika Bhatia(w), Hayley Matthews, Nat Sciver-Brunt, Harmanpreet Kaur(c), Amelia Kerr, Pooja Vastrakar, Issy Wong, Amanjot Kaur, Humaira Kazi, Jintimani Kalita, Saika Ishaque, Chloe Tryon, Heather Graham, Dhara Gujjar, Sonam Yadav, Neelam Bisht, Priyanka Bala


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