We had given a good target but things change fast in T20s: UP Warriors coach Lewis
Mumbai UP Warriors coach John Lewis believes that his team had set a competitive target of 160 in their Women’s Premier League (WPL) match against Mumbai Indians but things change quickly in a T20 encounter. Mumbai Indians chased down the target in 17.3 overs with eight wickets in hand, riding on an unbroken 106-run third-wicket partnership between Harmanpreet Kaur (53 not out) and Nate Sciver-Brunt (45 not out).
Warriors coach Lewis said that it would have been good if his team had scored closer to 175-180, although even a score of 159 was not bad. “We were comfortable with the target we had set,” he said at the post-match press conference. You always want to score more runs in a T20 match. “He said,” Batting first, with seven-eight overs left, we could have scored around 175-180 which would have been a difficult target. But things didn’t go our way, it was one of those matches where the match turned towards Mumbai at certain moments. This is a T20 match, it changes very quickly.
UP Warriors laid the foundation for a big score with an 82-run partnership for the third wicket between captain Alyssa Healy (58 runs) and Tahlia McGrath (50 runs) but Saika Ishaq took the wickets of both of them in the same over. Twisted. Left-arm spinner Ishaq took three wickets for 33 runs in four overs. Yastika, who scored a 27-ball 42 for Mumbai in the match, said, “The team has a lot of faith in Ishaq because she is such a bowler that she can come back at any time. We trust him. Runs scored against him but he came back brilliantly. We were telling him which line to bowl. She has matured a lot in this tournament and has come back strongly.