Mumbai: The Harman Preet Kaur-led Mumbai Indians won the inaugural Women’s Premier League (WPL) 20-over cricket series.
Delhi Capitals won the toss and elected to bat first in the final in Mumbai. Accordingly, Shebali Verma opened with the team’s captain and star player Meg Lanning. After 4 balls, Shebali was out for 11 runs with a six boundary each and started the slump. Among those who came after this, no one was very sad.
Mumbai players Amanjot Kaur and Yastika Bhatia combined to run out captain Meg Lanning, who had added 35 runs, and the game was completely in Mumbai’s hands. In the end, Delhi team scored 131 runs for the loss of 9 wickets at the end of 20 overs. Issy Wong and Hayley Mathews took 3 wickets each for Mumbai side.
Set out with an easy target of 132 runs, the opening partnership of Hayley Mathews and Yastika Bhatia failed to give Mumbai a good start, but Nat Shiverbrand, who has been the star of hope for the team this season, once again lent a helping hand. Nat Shiver Brent rescued the team from 2 wickets for 23 runs in 3 overs with his responsible play. Captain Harman Preet Kaur played alongside him. Although he was dismissed for 37 runs, Nat Shiver Brent, who was not out until the last over, scored 60 runs and made the team win.
Mumbai scored 134 runs in 19.3 overs losing only 3 wickets and won by 7 wickets. Mumbai Indians won the first ever Women’s Premier League (WPL) 20-over cricket series.