UP Warriorz had won the toss & elected to bowl first against MI Women. MI Women were unchanged as they are yet to lose a match in WPL 2023. UP Warriorz made one change as they dropped Shweta Sehrawat and brought in Parshavi Chopra. MI Women openers Yastika Bhatia & Hayley Matthews got off to a decent start. Yastika Bhatia was seen playing the second fiddle.
UP Warriorz have had a topsy-turvy WPL 2023 where they have won 2 matches out of 5 and are placed in 3rd position in the points table. Skipper Alyssa Healy needs to rotate her bowlers smartly as MI Women have a dangerous batting lineup where any score above 160 would be tough to chase.
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Watch: Anjali Sarvani Cleans Up Yastika Bhatia
At the end of 4 overs, the MI Women’s score was 24 for the loss of no wickets where Yastika Bhatia’s score was 6 runs in 12 balls & Hayley Matthews was on 17 runs in 12 balls. Anjali Sarvani was bowling the 5th over and on the 5th delivery, Yastika went a bit too far across the stumps & her leg stump was thrashed while playing a shot towards fine leg. Yastika Bhatia was dismissed for 7 runs in 15 balls. At that time MI Women’s score was 30-1 in 4.5 overs.
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Crucial Phase for MI Women
All eyes would be on Hayley Matthews as the batter has looked in sublime touch. The pitch isn’t a belter one where MI Women batters need to take their time before giving berserk. It would be interesting to see how skipper Harmanpreet Kaur fares as she has looked quite invincible.
UP Warriorz skipper Alyssa Healy needs to use Sophie Ecclestone in 3 spells as she has the knack of breaking partnerships. A win for UP Warriorz would take them closer to the playoffs as we are entering the back end of the tournament. UP Warriorz need to restrict MI Women below 150 runs to give themselves a chance.
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