So, that is it from a heck of a game in the Women's Premier League. The UP Warriorz makes it to the playoffs with eight points in their bucket as of now. They still have the chance to top the charts.
But for now, a gentle reminder, it's a doubleheader and we will see you in the other game where the MI have won the toss.
Thank you for sticking to this space. Will see you at the next one. Arijit Kundu signing off alongside esteemed co-commentator, Akshay Bhide and scorer/analysts Manish Bishnoi and Bishal Mondal. Stay tuned to the network.
Grace Harris (Player of the Match): "Ah, I will see. I am pretty much enjoying what I am doing now. I'll wait up as long as I enjoy and then I will think. I check it sometimes, depends on what the scenarios are like. I check it when the scoreboard needs some target in some limited balls. In this scenario, wickets down, batting at five, you need to assess the conditions. With shorter boundary, I knew that I can catch up. I started scratchy and then went along. There is a key learning in every match.
Lis [Lisa Sthalekar], probably gives me a couple of sticks. As she remembers the time when I played against her and wasn't striking 160. I like to pick from the experienced ones and really enjoying my time here."
Player of the Match: Grace Harris
Alyssa Healy (UP Warriorz captain): "Yeah, box ticked. I don't know what to tell. full credit to them to do the job done and the bowlers as well to hang in there. Grace and Tahlia and Sophia Ecclestone are doing some amazing things for us with the bat. Ah, look, we will enjoy the thing that we qualified. No matter we will wait for Friday, and if we're there we will play on Sunday."
Powerful striker of the match: Grace Harris
Tahlia McGrath (UP Warriorz Women): "Pretty special win and qualified for finals I believe. We just need to hang in there, it was a good wicket. We had to hang in there and pace ourselves accordingly and lucky to have won this from outside. Suits us nicely with our spinners. I think, assess the conditions well and go accordingly. We identified she was the key bowler. She's [on Grace Harris] a freak, she commentates when she plays those shots, Yes, little fist pump when she gets it through. We knew it was an absolute road and needed to cash in. Just cricket chat really."
Sneh Rana (Gujarat Giants Skipper): "Everyone has impressed me. As a leader, they have supported me throughout. I have seen her [Dayalan Hemalatha] play these kinda shots. And I think she was amazing today. I think her parents were also there today and that is why you saw the aggression today. Anything short or in her [Grace Harris] area, that is surely going to be out of the park."
Whenever both these sides met in the season, it has been a cliffhanger. And guess what, on both occasions, Grace Harris has had an impact.
Opting to bat first after winning the toss, Gujarat Giants got off to a score of 178 runs on the back of Dayalan Hemalatha and Ashleigh Gardner's stupendous knocks of 57 and 60 runs respectively. Both batters came at a time when the side was in a tough situation. At the end of the powerplay, they lost three wickets for 50 runs.
Earlier Laura Wolvaardt and Sophia Dunkley gave a quick start notching up 41 runs for the first wicket. With minute help from the lower order, they went past the 170 runs mark. Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Parshavi Chopra bagged two wickets each with Anjali Sarvani as a solitary one.
Arriving for a target of 179 runs, the Uttar Pradesh-based franchise suffered some early blows. Alyssa Healy holed out to deep square leg and Kiran Navgire and Devika Vaidya followed her to the dugout in quick time. After being 39-3 at one stage, Tahlia McGrath and Grace Harris came to the rescue. Both players eased off the situation and orchestrated runs together, knitting a 78 runs partnership together.
The bowlers were a bit loose during the middle stages of the innings and asked the Aussie duo to hit hard. It's a known fact that when both these dynamic batters swing hard, it hardly falls within the rope. McGrath was finally dismissed by her Australian teammate Ashleigh Gardner in the 14th over.
Deepti Sharma followed her in the next over but it was Sophie Ecclestone who held her nerves and assisted Harris to slaughter the bowlers. With 19 runs needed off the last two overs, the game shifted to the Warriorz' end. But Harris stuck a six and was dismissed by Kim Garth in the 19th over with the equation - 7 needed off 7 then. A few singles followed off the ultimate over, from Sneh Rana and Simran Sheikh returned back via run-out. A cheeky boundary followed in the fifth ball of the over and it was Sophia Ecclestone's brilliance that rode the Warriorz to cross the finishing line.
19.5 S Rana to S Ecclestone
4 FOUR!!!! Ecclestone does the job again with the bat and takes her side to the playoffs. Take a bow Ecclestone. She held her nerves and helped her side get across the line. This was a tossed up delivery outside off, Ecclestone shuffles across to the off side and sweeps it fine in the fine leg region and the ball trickles away to the fence. The UP Warriorz beat the Gujarat Giants by three wickets.
2 required from 2 now. Ecclestone on strike. Rana having a long conversation with her deputy Gardner.
New batsman on crease
Run Out (A Gardner/S Rana)
The TV umpire has been referred for a run-out. This could be a very very close call. Well, the stumps are broken as the bat is just short of the crease by some mere inches. Giants get the wicket.
19.4 S Rana to S Ecclestone
1W A low full toss on the stumps, Ecclestone steps out of the crease and hits it towards long on. Shaikh is quick to turn and hurries back for the second. Gardner out on the boundary stops it and fires in a throw at the non-striker's end where Rana collects it and dislodges the bails. Shaikh might be struggling here. The decision is sent upstairs.
Shaikh loses her poise after making the ground and slides past the bowler as well.
19.3 S Rana to S Shaikh
1 Short from Rana on the stumps, Shaikh pulls and gets an inside edge on her pads. The ball rolls to the side of the pitch and Ecclestone calls for a quick run. Sushma gets to the ball and throws at the bowler's end but misses. Shaikh had to dive to get in.
4 runs needed to win from 4 balls now.
19.2 S Rana to S Ecclestone
1 A full toss on the stumps and Ecclestone mistimes the pull towards deep mid wicket for only a single. She can't believe it that she picked out the fielder in the deep.
19.1 S Rana to S Ecclestone
2 Rana to bowl the last. Bowls it full on the pads, Ecclestone flicks it with soft hands towards deep mid wicket and scampers back for the second. Excellent batting from Ecclestone. 5 from 5 now.