Harmanpreet Kaur, Yastika Bhatia fifties help MI beat DC in final-ball thriller in WPL opener | Cricket News

Feb23,2024



New Delhi: Defending champions Mumbai Indians achieved a thrilling win Women's Premier League ,WPL 2024) Delhi Capitals successfully chased down 171 on the last ball of the match and won by four wickets in the opener in Bengaluru on Friday.
captain Harmanpreet Kaur Played a strong innings, scored 55 runs (34 balls, 7×4, 1×6), and got ample support Yastika BhatiaWho made an important contribution of 57 runs in 45 balls (8×4, 2×6).
Despite the 19-year-old's impressive power-packed 75 Alice Capsey (53 balls, 8×4, 3×6), taking Delhi Capitals to a total of 171 for five, Mumbai Indians managed to stay in the game thanks to remarkable efforts from Yastika and captain Harmanpreet Kaur.
However, despite their combined contributions, Mumbai needed 12 runs from the last over bowled by off-spinner Capsey.
Capsy dismissed Harmanpreet and Pooja Vastrakar on the first and fifth balls of the 20th over, while Mumbai had to score five runs on the last ball.
But Sajna Sajeevan smashed her only ball over the long-on fence, sparking celebrations in the Mumbai camp.
But Mumbai made a disappointing start in their pursuit of the target, losing Hayley Mathews on the second ball of the first over – a loose drive outside the off-stump from fast bowler Marizanne Kapp ended up being caught by stumper Tania Bhatia.
But Mumbai kept going through two consecutive fifty stands with the participation of Yastika, whose tough treatment of experienced fast bowler Shikha Pandey (4, 4, 6) was worth watching.
The aggressive left-handed batsman first added a half-century (35 balls) for the second wicket with Nat Sciver-Brunt (19) and then shared a 56-run partnership with Harmanpreet for the third wicket in 7.1 overs.
Yastika completed her half-century in 35 balls by hitting a six over long on off left-arm spinner Radha Yadav, but she could not last long as Cap was caught at deep midwicket off fast bowler Arundhati Reddy.
However, Harmanpreet, who was caught by Minnu Mani at mid-wicket off Arundhati, added 44 runs in 28 balls for the fourth wicket, allowing Mumbai to hold on.
Earlier, Capsy joined her captain Meg Lanning (31, 25b, 3×4, 1×6) after opener Shafali Verma was dismissed early by veteran fast bowler Shabnim Ismail.
Capsey and Lanning made a steady start and scored 64 runs in just eight overs. After six power play overs, Delhi's score was 26 runs for 1 wicket.
But Capsey made a strong start by hitting experienced English fast bowler Nat Sciver-Brunt for two consecutive fours over mid-wicket.
Lanning hit his first six of the match and the tournament when he lofted leg spinner S Keertana over long-on. But Brunt broke the growing coalition by ousting Lanning.
But Capsy remained consistent with her vice-captain Jemimah Rodrigues (42, 24, 5×4, 2×6) and together they added 73 runs in an entertaining third-wicket partnership in 7.3 overs.
She was particularly ferocious against leg spinner and compatriot Amelia Kerr, whom she hit for a few fours.
However, Kerr had the last laugh when he trapped Capsey LBW but the Capitals were already in a strong position. However, it just wasn't enough for the night.
(With inputs from PTI)



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