Mumbai Indian, led by Harmanpreet Kaur, recorded its fifth successive win this season to ensure its spot in the knockouts.
Mumbai:Mumbai Indians (MI) became the first team to qualify for the playoffs of the inaugural season of the Women’s Premier League (WPL) with a 55-run win over Gujarat Giants.
The Mumbai Indians continued their winning run in the Tata Women’s Premier League (WPL) after registering a 55-run win over Gujarat Giants (GG) at the Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai, on March 14.
Mumbai Indians looked steady but not sure of a strong total at the halfway mark in their innings after being asked to bat first, having scored 64 for one in 10 overs. However, captain Harmanpreet Kaur smashed a 30-ball 51 laced with seven fours and two sixes, her blitz powering Mumbai Indians to a challenging 162/8 .When Gujarat Giants came to bat in the second innings, the Mumbai bowlers started tightening the noose by taking the wicket of Sophia Dunkley from the very first ball of the first over. After that Gujarat’s wickets kept falling one after the other. In such a situation, while chasing the target of 163 runs, the Giants were able to put only 107 runs on the board at the loss of 9 wickets in the prescribed 20 overs.
Harmanpreet Kaur, MIW captain and Player of the Match: The way we have been playing, we want to continue. We are so positive, and they always want to do well for the team. When we got this team, I was really happy, they were doing well for the country and now they will do the same for MI. The positivity is giving all the results. When we played last game on this wicket, initially you are not going to get runs.