Mumbai Indians continued their winning streak in the Women's Premier League (WPL) as they beat Gujarat Giants by 55 runs at the Brabourne Stadium-CCI on Tuesday. The MI captain Harmanpreet Kaur scored a brilliant fifty (51) and Yastika Bhatia's impressive opening knock of 44 set the tone for MI's victory, followed by their bowling attack restricting Gujarat to 107/9.
The Gujarat Giants struggled in their chase of 163, starting with a shaky beginning as Sophia Dunkley was trapped LBW on the very first delivery of the innings. MI began the powerplay on a high note, and Hayley Mathews removed Sabbhineni Meghana and Annabel Sutherland in the same over as the Gujarat Giants struggled, reaching 34/3 after 6 overs.
Harleen Deol hit three fours to get going, but her 22-run knock was put to an end by Issy Wong, who got the GG opener out LBW in the 9th over. The situation worsened as GG found themselves six down at the end of twelve overs. Amelia Kerr dismissed Ashleigh Gardner and Dayalan Hemalatha in quick succession to keep MI on top.
Skipper Sneh Rana was joined by Sushma Verma at the crease with an attempt to rebuild the GG innings. The duo added four fours to the total, not before Nat Sciver-Brunt got the vital wicket of the GG skipper, who was out LBW. Nat Sciver-Brunt also took her third wicket of the innings with a sharp catch inside the circle by skipper Harmanpreet Kaur.
GG ended up scoring 107/9 at the end of 20 overs as MI clinched another victory, maintaining their winning streak in the season. Earlier, the Gujarat Giants won the toss and opted to field first. While MI remained unchanged from their previous victory, GG made two changes, as Sophia Dunkley and Annabel Sutherland were named in the eleven.
Brief Scores: Mumbai Indians 162/8 (Harmanpreet Kaur 51, Nat Sciver-Brunt 36; Ashleigh Gardner 3/34) beat Gujarat Giants 107/9 (Harleen Deol 22; Nat Sciver-Brunt 3-21, Hayley Matthews 3-23) by 55 runs.