Last Update on: March 27th, 2023 at 05:00 pm
MI Women won a hard-fought WPL 2023 final against DC Women. MI Women won the match by 7 wickets & chased down the target of 132 in 19.3 overs. MI Women were in a spot of bother at 23-2 in 3.4 overs where Harmanpreet Kaur And Nat Sciver-Brunt took their time and stitched a crucial partnership of 72 runs in 75 balls. Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur played an invaluable knock of 37 runs in 39 balls where she struck 5 fours.
MI Women bowlers set the tone early as they put DC Women in a precarious position at 79-9 in 16 overs. MI Women rising bowler Issy Wong dismantled DC Women’s batting lineup by taking 3 wickets in the power-play overs. Skipper Meg Lanning couldn’t get support from the rest of the batters. Radha Yadav & Shikha Pandey unleashed an attack in the last 4 overs & took DC Women’s score to a decent 131-9.
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We were looking to win all the moments – Harmanpreet Kaur
Harmanpreet Kaur was seen in the press conference after the end of the WPL 2023 final & spoke about what was their planning for WPL 2023. Harmanpreet Kaur emphasized that the team didn’t think too far ahead & focus on winning key moments of the match rather than winning the championship. Harmanpreet Kaur was quite delighted after winning a tournament as a final after a lot of heart-wrenching defeats in knock-out games in ICC tournaments.
“(Right from start) we were talking about winning the moments. We were not looking for the trophy, we were looking to win all the moments. (We thought) if we win the moments, the trophy will come automatically.It feels very good personally also. I was waiting for this moment for a long time when I could win something as a captain. It is also very important for women’s cricket,” said Harmanpreet Kaur.
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We were quite positive to finish the game – Harmanpreet Kaur
Harmanpreet Kaur said that her run-out in the WPL 2023 final was quite frustrating. Harmanpreet Kaur also mentioned that the team was confident of chasing the total despite having a shaky start to the run chase. MI Women skipper heaped praise on the right-handed batter Nat Sciver-Brunt who she played a match-winning knock of 60 runs in 55 balls where she struck 7 fours.
“Both the runouts were quite disappointing. I was confident in the last match (India versus Australia) because we had so many wickets in hand. I thought we would be able to do it,” said Harmanpreet Kaur.
“But the scenario was a lot different here, we had Nat in the middle and she was well settled. I knew who was going to bowl and how. We were quite positive to finish the game with one or two overs left. But when I got out we thought we had to go by the situation,” she added.
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