So that’s that and it’s the Mumbai Indians that have secured a win by four wickets over the Royal Challengers Bangalore!
Opting to bowl first, Harmanpreet Kaur’s side got off to a positive start as they dismissed Sophie Devine for zero through a run-out. Smriti Mandhana did get settled in and compiled 24 (25) before getting dismissed to Amelia Kerr.
Heather Knight and Kanika Ahuja were dismissed for identical scores of 12 by Amelia Kerr. Ellyse Perry had a tough time out there in the middle as it took her 38 balls to score 29 before getting out - LBW to Nat Sciver-Brunt.
Wicket-keeper batter, Richa Ghosh did impress with her breezy 29 (13) which consisted of three fours and two sixes. Her little cameo at the end eventually got RCB to 125-9 from 20 overs.
For Mumbai, Amelia Kerr showed her class courtesy her spell of 3/22 from four overs. Nat Sciver-Brunt and Issy Wong chipped in with two wickets each.
The run-chase did begin in a frantic manner as Hayley Matthews was given a few lifelines early on in the second innings. However, the opening duo of Matthews and Yatsika Bhatia did manage to make up for it as they contributed to a quickfire 53 run stand from six overs.
Bhatia compiled a valuable knock of 30 (26) before getting dismissed to Shreyanka Patil, while Megan Schutt got the better of Matthews for 24 (17). Nat Sciver-Brunt 13(7) and Harmanpreet Kaur 2 (5) were sent back to the dugout by Asha Shobana and Ellyse Perry.
With the score being at 73-4, it seemed like RCB were clawing their way back into the game but that’s when Amelia Kerr and Pooja Vastrakar struck a match-winning 47-run partnership to swing the momentum back in favour of MI.
Vastrakar scored 19 (18) while Amelia Kerr cruised her way to an unbeaten 31 (27)* and fulfilled her all-round duties for the day.
Kanika Ahuja was the pick of the bunch for RCB with her 2 for 5 runs from the one over. Megan Schutt, Shreyanka Patil, Ellyse Perry and Asha Shobana contributed with a wicket apiece.
The score in the second innings was ultimately 129-6 from 16.3 overs. This win would do a world of good for Mumbai in terms of confidence as they now reside at the top with 12 points.
The MI unit will be hoping that the UP Warriroz do them a favour by beating Delhi Capitals in the game ahead so that they can directly be pushed to play in the finals of the WPL!
c S Mandhana b K Ahuja
c S Mandhana b K Ahuja