Harmanpreet Kaur’s fiery innings for Mumbai Indians
Captain Harmanpreet Kaur’s fiery inning helped Mumbai Indians post a mammoth 207 for five against Gujarat Giants in the inaugural Women’s Premier League (WPL) match here on Saturday. Harmanpreet hit a flurry of fours as soon as he came. He played an innings of 65 runs in just 30 balls which included 14 fours. Apart from them, Hayley Mathews played useful innings of 47 off 31 balls and Emilia Kerr scored an unbeaten 45 off 24 balls. Harmanpreet and Kerr shared an 89-run partnership for the fourth wicket.
For Gujarat, off-spinner Sneh Rana took two wickets for 43 runs. Gujarat Giants captain Beth Mooney won the toss and invited Mumbai Indians to bat, which didn’t get off to a great start. She quickly lost the wicket of opener Yastika Bhatia (one) who was caught at point by left-arm spinner Tanuja Kanwar. If Mumbai managed to score 44 runs in the power play, the credit goes to Mathews, who adopted an aggressive approach from the start.
He sent the first ball of medium pacer Manasi Joshi for six runs. Meanwhile, Nat Sciver Brunt (23 off 18 balls) also hit Monika Patel for two consecutive fours. Georgia Wareham dismissed Cyver Brunt to end the 54-run partnership for the second wicket between the two. Mathews also could not complete his half-century and returned to the pavilion after being bowled by Ashleigh Gardner. He hit three fours and four sixes in his innings. Both his sixes on Annabel Sutherland were spectacular.
After the dismissal of these two, Harmanpreet and Kerr handled the responsibility well. Harmanpreet hit a flurry of fours as soon as he landed at the crease. He hit Monica Patel for four consecutive fours and then hit Gardner for the first of three consecutive fours to complete his half-century. For this he played only 22 balls. Off-spinner Sneh Rana ended this brilliant innings of Harmanpreet. After this, Kerr and Pooja Vastrakar scored runs in the death overs. Kerr hit six fours and a six in his innings. Isi Wang (6 not out) sent the last ball of Rana’s innings for six runs.