Mumbai Indians win inaugural Women's Premier League

Wednesday 29th March 2023 06:06 EDT

Mumbai Indians won inaugural Women's Premier League after defeating Delhi Capitals by 7 wickets. The much-awaited final match was played at Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday.
Delhi captain Meg Lanning won the toss and opted to bat first, but her team could only manage a modest total of 131-9. Lanning was the top-scorer for Delhi, contributing 35 runs to the team's score. At one point, the Capitals were reeling at 79-9, but Shikha Pandey and Radha Yadav showed some fight and remained unbeaten with their breezy knocks of 27 each, giving their bowlers something to defend.
Chasing 132, Mumbai Indians slipped to 23 for 2 in the fourth over as they lost openers Hayley Matthews (13) and Yastika Bhatia (4). However, skipper Harmanpreet Kaur (37) and Sciver-Brunt put on 72 in 75 balls for the third wicket to keep their hopes alive. MI needed 37 off 23 balls when Kaur was run out while going for a risky single to mid-wicket.
However, cheered on by a packed house of 20,000 fans that included batting legend Sachin Tendulkar, Indian and the MI men’s team captain Rohit Sharma and a few other MI stars, Nat-Sciver and Amelia Kerr (14 not out off 8 balls), who hit a couple of timely fours, took their team home with their 39-run unbeaten stand for the fourth wicket in just20 balls. Earlier, an unbeaten 52-run partnership off just 24 balls for the 10th wicket between tailenders Shikha Pandey (27 not out), who was batting for just the second time in the WPL, and Radha Yadav (27 not out) took DC to 131 for 9 in 20 overs, putting life back into a final which was threatening to turn into a facile, one-sided contest.

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