Last Update on: March 25th, 2023 at 12:00 am
Mumbai Indians Women defeated UP Warriorz in the eliminator match of WPL 2023 and booked their ticket to the final. Player of the Match Nat Sciver-Brunt, who scored 72-off-38, commented on her side’s win, the batting-friendly pitch, and thanked UP’s Sophie Ecclestone for dropping her catch.
MI were sent out to bat first. After a slow start, the team picked up momentum after the 10th over, thanks to Brunt and captain Harmanpreet Kaur. This was when Nat was dropped on 7 by Ecclestone. Following Kaur’s wicket, the English all-rounder strung a decent partnership with Amelia Kerr and took her side to 182/4 in 20 overs.
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UP’s innings started off badly and just kept getting worse. After 56/4 in the 8th over, Kiran Navgire took charge of the innings and scored 43-off-27. But then, in the 13th over, Mumbai’s Issy Wong took the first hat-trick in WPL history, taking wickets of Navgire, Simran Shaikh, and Sophie Ecclestone. Warriorz were bowled out for 110, losing the match by 72 runs.
After being declared the Player of the Match, Nat Sciver-Brunt discussed her innings, and how she is looking forward to the final in the post-match presentation.
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“The crowd was incredible tonight. The noise when Wongy took the hat-trick was incredible, if we could bottle that energy up and take it, it would be great. The wicket tonight was very nice for batting. We needed a good score on the board to defend it. It was very enjoyable bating out there, surprised myself with a few shots actually. I have said thank you (to Sophie Ecclestone) for dropping me. She would usually take those, luck of the draw fortunately. It swung nicely up here, really good fun. Yeah absolutely and really excited to make it to the final and hopefully enjoy yourselves. Hopefully, start on 0 and see how we go from there.”
MI and Delhi Capitals Women will face off for the 3rd time in WPL 2023, but this time in the final
Mumbai Indians Women and Delhi Capitals Women have faced off against each other twice in WPL 2023, each picking a win each. The two teams will face off for the 3rd time, with the trophy on the line.
Having finished the group stage on top, DC directly qualified for the final. While the 2nd and 3rd placed MI and Up Warriorz faced off in the eliminator to decide the second finalist, which Mumbai won tonight.
MI will take on DC to crown the winner of the inaugural WPL season in Mumbai’s Brabourne Stadium on Sunday, March 26.
Also read: MI-W vs UP-W: Watch – Mumbai Indians’ Pacer Issy Wong Creates History As She Claims First-ever Hat-trick In WPL
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