MI make it a hat-trick with another comprehensive win : A Meg Lanning-drove T20 group last lost a game in November 2021, in the WBBL. On Thursday (March 9), Harmanpreet Kaur’s Mumbai Indians brought that record, and Delhi Capitals‘ unbeaten spat the debut WPL, to a sudden stop with a persuading 8-wicket whipping to unite their best position with a third consecutive triumph.
Once more saika Ishaque (3-13) demonstrated her guts – making an early leap forward to set off a top-request breakdown and two in an over later to set off one more breakdown of 4 for 3. That, supported by Issy Wong’s 3-10, saw DC being limited to a disappointing 105 of every 18 overs regardless of Lanning’s battling 41-ball 43 and a fifty stand with Jemimah Rodrigues (25 of 18).
Not that MI would have been grieved in the pursuit, given their batting profundity, yet Yastika Bhatia (41 off 32) and Hayley Matthews (31-ball 32) set it up with a 65-run opening stand. While the aftereffect of the game was never in uncertainty, losing the openers with hardly a pause in between would have just imperceptibly harmed their NRR.
Powerplay to MI
The bedrock of Delhi’s strong beginning in WPL was their initial organization. DC’s two past powerplay scores were 57 and 62 with Lanning and Shafali Verma assuming responsibility from the get-go. Notwithstanding, MI figured out how to evade that pattern, and how! Displaying her Purple Cap, Ishaque tidied up Verma and Pooka Vastrakar hit with her second chunk of the game to have Alice Capsey edging a sitter to cover. DC had slipped to 24/2 which before long became 31/3 with Wong fixing back in-structure Marizanne Kapp’s legstump.
Rodrigues, Lanning revive DC
Downgraded further down the request today, Rodrigues showed aim from the word go and kicked off three fours off Nat Sciver-Brunt in the eighth over prior to Lanning hit Amelia Kerr for a full go-around of limits on the opposite side of the beverages break. The pair was likewise exceptionally sharp between the wickets to turn in a 50-run-organization in only 34 balls to assist DC with pawing their direction back.
Ishaque to the rescue, yet again
It was at this very ground that Ishaque was first released by Mumbai and the left-arm spinner keeps on disturbing players. She had Rodrigues attempting to cut and missing a compliment conveyance on off that slid on to upset the stumps and afterward had Lanning, venturing out to pound one over cover, sending a simple catch Harmanpreet’s method for succumbing to a 41-ball 43.
Praising Ishaque, Matthews sent back last game’s appearance star Jess Jonassen and this match’s debutant Minnu Mani in about four balls. DC had lost four wickets for three runs in nine balls across two overs to slip to 84/7 – a final turning point.
Bhatia, Matthews take MI close
Frequently faulted for slow beginnings, Bhatia launched the pursuit in style with consecutive drives off Marizanne Kapp to flag her goals right on time, prior to proceeding to add three more to her count of the accomplished South African seamer in the fifth over.
At the opposite end, Matthews compensated for some recent setbacks and early dabs when she took on Shikha Pandey with a full go-around of limits herself. Finding the wall effortlessly, Bhatia raised the fifty of the stand with the first of the two successive ones she hit off Radha Yadav soon after the powerplay, which had yielded 47.
Minor hiccups but two points nonetheless
Tara Norris got DC something to cheer about when she caught Bhatia LBW on 41 – a choice the MI hitter explored however without any result. Matthews added two additional limits in the accompanying over, offered two possibilities, before a shocker by Rodrigues, running-in from long-off, shut down her visit in the center on 32. Notwithstanding, Sciver-Brunt (23* of 19) and captain Harmanpreet (11* off 8) moved the force along by finding the holes effectively to finish the pursuit with five overs left in the bank.
Brief scores: Delhi Capitals 105 all out in 18 overs (Meg Lanning 43; Saika Ishaque 3-13, Issy Wong 3-10) lost to Mumbai Indians 109/2 out of 15 overs (Yastika Bhatia 41, Haylaye MAtthews 32; Tara Norris 1-4) by 8 wickets.