WPL, MI vs GG | Twitter lauds Harmanpreet and Ishaque for leading crusade en route to 143-run MI win
Mumbai Indians established dominance ion the first night of the WPL|
Mumbai Indians hardly broke a sweat on the opening night of the historic Women's Premier League, emerging triumphant by 143 runs. The hosts' skipper Harmanpreet Kaur blazed a 30-ball 65 before clinical bowling led by Saika Ishaque ensured the Giants had fight left, folding for a humiliating 64.
The first-ever match in the history of the Women's Premier League did not go to plan for the Gujarat Giants as they fell to an embarrassing defeat in front of a global audience. Their skipper Beth Mooney opted to bat first on a ground that has historically favoured chasing but their opponents took full advantage of the flat track on offer.
Opener Hayley Matthews set the tone with a 31-ball 47 before Harmanpreet Kaur rained destruction on the visitors, blitzing her way to 65 off just 30 deliveries. Even the world's top-ranked all-rounder Ashleigh Gardner proved to be no match for ferocious Mumbai, returning sad figures of 4-0-38-1. Amelia Ker capped off the innings with an unbeaten 45-run cameo off just 24 deliveries, inflicting major damage on Sneh Rana who went for 43 runs despite being the highest wicket-taker for the Giants with two.
In response, Mooney had to retire hurt after facing just three deliveries spelling doom for her team. The 29-year-old's walk-off turned out to be almost symbolic as her side lost two wickets with just three runs on the board, eventually collapsing to 17/4 by the end of the powerplay. Bengal spinner Saika Ishaque ='s delightful spin bowling worked wonders on the Navi Mumbai track, earning her figures of 3.1-1-11-4. Dayalan Hemalatha attempted to put on a lone-wolf comeback but her unbeaten knock was only good for 29 runs off 27 balls as she was left the last woman standing. A score of 64 was all Gujarat managed, a historic result fitting for the memorable occassion.
From the king!
Impressed by Jio Cinema's seamless and uninterrupted WPL experience so far. #JioCinemaDelivers 🏏 pic.twitter.com/Yam7gn3BZt— Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) March 4, 2023
First match in IPL:— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) March 4, 2023
KKR (222/3) beat RCB (82) by 140 runs
First match in WPL:
MIW (207/5) beat GGW (64) by 143 runs
In both matches, the chasing team was all out in 15.1 overs. #IPL #WPL
Start of new era!
Happy @wplt20 day! 🥳 #WPL pic.twitter.com/TujhgUd4kw— Kate Cross (@katecross16) March 4, 2023
@GujaratGiants and mithali Raj did not even bid for @ImHarmanpreet ....she showed them good show ,🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥#WPL— Mohan Kumar🇮🇳 (@i_mohangowda) March 4, 2023
Congratulations @mipaltan #WPL team ... I am always a die hard fan of @mipaltan ... Excellent performance ... 👍👌@ImHarmanpreet @natsciver— Jitendra 🇮🇳 (@shiv_bhakt_24) March 4, 2023
…winning team outscored their whole opponent (Harmanpreet Kaur scored 65 for MIW and Brendon McCullum 158 for KKR)! It won’t make sense to predict WPL on the basis of the first IPL, but it’s a crazy coincidence. Anyways, a great start to the WPL, let’s hope all matches can…— Ishaan Srivastava (@IshaanS1503) March 4, 2023
They aren't winning soon!
140 runs win in the IPL opening game and 143 runs win in the WPL opening game. This means that GGT aren't winning WPL in the near future. #WPL2023— Aditya Sinha (@thesinhajeee) March 4, 2023
Inaugural match of IPL:— Dil Hai Cricket - Subrata Biswas (@dilhaicricket) March 4, 2023
KKR scored 222/3.
RCB bowled out for 82.
KKR won by 140 runs.
Inaugural match of WPL:
MI scored 207/5.
Gujarat Giants bowled out for 64.
MI won by 143 runs.#Cricket #WPL2023 #WPLonJioCinema #WPL #MumbaiIndians #GujaratGiants #IPL2023 pic.twitter.com/Up54ltiriu
#WPL— KSR (@KShriniwasRao) March 4, 2023
Just wrapped up day's work.
All I'll say is, Gujarat Giants -- don't get hassled. Everybody has starting problems and you'll are no different. 👍🏾#Harmanpreet took Alyssa Healy's anger on you'll. 🙏
Excellent game for #MumbaiIndians 💙— Shakti Man 💥 (@IamShaktiMann) March 4, 2023
Harman was best as usual,Mathews & Kerr all are explosively best.
Nice bowling by bowlers to restrict Gujarat for 64. special credit to saika.#TATAWPL2023 Is all ready a blockbuster!
Cheering for @mipaltan loud & proud #GGvMI #WPL