That's it from our coverage of the Eliminator. The Mumbai Indians are through to the finals while the UP Warriorz bow out after a good campaign. So, it will be Delhi Capitals vs MumbaiIndians in the grand finale on Sunday. It's Meg Lanning vs Harmanpreet Kaur. Do join us for the grand finale of the WPL 2023 and stay tuned to our network for all other cricketing actions across the globe.
For now, this is Ayan Chatterjee signing off on behalf of my co-commentator Hitesh Peddurwar alongside scorer/analyst Paras Yadav. Stay safe, happy, and cool. Goodnight and CHEERS!
Natalie Sciver Brunt(Player of the match(72* runs off 38 balls) ): " Yeah, the crowd was incredible tonight. The noise at the time when Wong took the hat trick was exceptional. Yeah, batting was a bit easier tonight, I enjoyed batting today. Yeah, I have said Sophie thank you for dropping my catch😂. Yeah, I am really enjoying bowling the new ball. Yeah, looking forward for the finals, I need to start from zero again there and play a good knock."
Harmanpreet Kaur (Mumbai Indians Women Captain): "Well, we have a decent bowling attack. They were key today. Wong is enthusiastic and happy that she got a hat-trick. Happy for Sciver that she got runs. She is a key player for us. Great fielding by our girls. We pride on that the fielding. The young girls are up for it and we have had a great atmosphere that helps the youngstars to do so well. Well looking forward to the final. Delhi Capitals are a good side and we are looking forward to a cracking game on Sunday."
The super striker of the match award goes to Kiran Navgire.
Time for Post-match presentation ceremony.
Neeta Ambani(Owner of Mumbai Indians Women): "Today first and foremost the way girls played. They lift up in the pressure situation and got over the line. So special, it's a goosebump movement. It's the first time in the MI history that the bowler has taken a hat-trick. All the girls played pretty well and we have got exceptional support. Special mention to Wong she bowled very well as she took 4 wickets. WPL is a platform for the girls, to come and perform. The only message to MI girls is play the MI brand cricket play fearlessly and bring the trophy."
Issy Wong:"Yeah Nat deserves the POTM award she played very well the ball and she did well with the bat too. Yeah, it's been a great experience with the Mumbai Indians so far. We got a bit of swing under the lights. In the later stage of the match, the ball was swinging. I was just trying to target the stumps on the hat trick ball. Sophie just said well bowled, it's a good challenge to bowl to a good batter. Jobs all done, we have done it in the semi-finals now would be looking to bring the trophy."
Alyssa Healy(UP Warriorz Skipper): " The things didn't go our way for sure. If the catch of Natalie was taken then things would have been different, but it happens in cricket. While chasing we kept on losing the wickets and never looked good in the second innings. We have not played good cricket in the tournament whole throughout, I think the only game in which we played to our potential was the last game against Mumbai Indians. The two good teams in the tournament will be facing each other in the finals, I just want to wish them good luck. We would have loved to win the trophy. Hopefully, we will come stronger in the next season"
10:45 PM IST: A comprehensive win for Mumbai Indians Women as they win this game by 72 runs to book a place in the finals of WPL 2023. It will be Delhi Capitals vs Mumbai Indians in the grand finale on Sunday. Harmanpreet Kaur may have lost the toss but she won the match as her side outplayed the opposition in all the facets of the game. Be it batting, bowling or fielding. A tough day for UP Warriorz.
Chasing a mammoth 183 for the win, UP Warriorz were never in the chase as they lost early wickets. Shweta Sehrawat went early while birthday girl Alyssa Healy went for 11. Kiran Navgire fought for her side as it was a lone hand of 43 off 27 balls after being dropped earlier in the innings. Tahlia McGrath was run-out as well. Grace Harris scored 14 while Deepti Sharma struggled for her 16 off 20 balls. Nobody else got into double figures as UP Warriorz folded for 110 in 17.4 overs with 8 extras given by the fielding side.
Issy Wong was the pick of the bowlers as she picked up the first hat-trick of the WPL 2023. She finished with match figures of 4/15 in 4 overs. Ishaque got a couple of wickets in her 2 overs. A wicket apiece for Natalie Sciver, Hayley Matthews and Kalita as well. A disciplined bowling performance by the Mumbai Indians.
Earlier in the game, Mumbai Indians came out all guns blazing thanks to Yastika Bhatia who scored 21 off 18 balls. Hayley Matthews rode her luck and scored 26 off 26 balls. But it was the Natalie Sciver show. She was dropped on 6 and went onto make an unbeaten 72* off 38 balls. Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur made 14 off 15 balls. Amelia Kerr scored a quick cameo of 29 off 19 balls. Pooja Vastrakar came and remained unbeaten on 11* off 4 balls. 9 extras were given by the fielding side.
Sophie Ecclestone picked up a couple of wickets but was taken to the cleaners as she went for 39 runs. A wicket apiece for Anjali Sarvani and Chopra. Deepti Sharma went wicketless as she went for 39 runs in 4 overs. They gave away a lot of runs in the death overs and it turned out to be a bridge too far in the end.
So, a win for Mumbai Indians Women over UP Warriorz Women by 72 runs as they qualify for the finals of WPL 2023. It will be Delhi vs Mumbai on Sunday. Stick around for the presentation ceremony that comes your way soon.
W Huge Appeal for LBW and up goes the finger!!!! Mumbai Indians have won this game by 72 runs!!!! Good length delivery angling into the batter, Rajeshwari clears her front leg and tries to pull it on the leg side but misses it and wears it on the top of the front pad. It looked plumb with the naked eye as Rajeshwari was trapped right in front of the stumps.
17.3 S Ishaque to R Gayakwad
0 Good length delivery angling into the batter, Rajeshwari tries to pull it on the leg side but inside edges it onto the pads.
17.2 S Ishaque to R Gayakwad
0 Short delivery on the off-stump line, Rajeshwari cuts it towards backward point.
17.1 S Ishaque to R Gayakwad
4 FOUR!!!!! Around the wicket. Short delivery outside the off-stump line, Rajeshwari stays back in the crease and cuts it through the gap between backward point and point fielder. The ball runs towards the ropes for four runs.
UP Warriorz Women
16.6 J Kalita to P Chopra
0 Good length delivery on the off-stump line, Chopra hammers it straight into the hands of fielder at mid-off.
16.5 J Kalita to P Chopra
0 Good length delivery outside the off-stump line, Chopra tries to cut it on the off-side but misses it.
16.4 J Kalita to P Chopra
0 Fuller length delivery angling into the batter on the middle stump line, Chopra nudges it towards mid-on.