WPL 2024: Mumbai Indians continue winning run as Gujarat Giants suffer crushing defeat

Mumbai Indians players celebrate (Photo: WPL/X)

Gujarat Giants kicked off their WPL Season 2 on a familiar note against Mumbai Indians, mirroring last season’s conclusion with a loss. Harmanpreet Kaur, leading MI, won the toss and opted to field first against GG. Despite batting first on a sluggish pitch, GG struggled to muster only 126/9 in their allotted overs. While MI faced a minor hiccup at 21/2, Harmanpreet Kaur, supported by Nat Sciver-Brunt and Amelia Kerr, steered MI to victory, reaching 129/5 in just 18.1 overs. This victory marked MI’s third consecutive win against GG and maintained their flawless record of seven wins out of seven in chases.

Gujarat Giants top order fails

The Gujarat Giants’ top-order batsmen appeared to be rushing as if they were late for a train. Opting for a right-left combination with Mooney and Veda, their plan was thwarted by Ismail’s inswinging deliveries, particularly troubling Veda who quickly fell victim to her. Following Veda’s dismissal, the remaining batters seemed intent on chasing a lofty target, swinging at every ball. Consequently, Gujarat Giants found themselves struggling at 37/3 within just 5.2 overs.

Tanuja Kanwar-Kathryn Bryce help Gujarat get a respectable total

GG’s left-arm spinner Tanuja Kanwar and Kathryn Bryce joined forces when GG was in dire straits at 78/7. Together, they stitched together a crucial partnership, adding 48 runs to help GG reach a respectable total of 126 within their allotted overs. Kanwar took the initiative to attack the spinners, while Bryce also contributed with a six, only the second one of the innings.

Shabnim Ismail breathes fire

Shabnim Ismail unleashed a fiery spell in her opening overs, dismissing Veda and Harleen swiftly with her lethal inswingers. Acquired by MI in the mini auction, Ismail showcased the devastating impact of pace and swing on formidable batters. Her remarkable match figures of 3/18 in 4 overs brilliantly set the stage for MI’s victory.

Captain Kaur leads from the front

In the enchanting tale of the WPL, Harmanpreet Kaur’s affinity for chases remains unwavering, and today’s match was no exception. Amidst MI’s precarious position at 21/2, Harmanpreet Kaur gracefully took the crease, weaving together vital partnerships with Nat Sciver-Brunt and Amelia Kerr. With a masterful display of restraint, she allowed her partners to unleash their aggression, assuming the role of the anchor with finesse. Leading by example, Harmanpreet guided MI to their second consecutive triumph, culminating the match in spectacular fashion with a towering six, securing an unbeaten 46 off 41 balls.

It’s the Amelia Kerr show

Amelia Kerr once again showcased her prowess as a top all-rounder and a valuable asset for the MI team. With a stellar performance, Kerr claimed four crucial wickets and played a pivotal role in the dismissal of Nat Sciver-Brunt, before teaming up with Harmanpreet to forge a vital 66-run partnership. Kerr’s aggressive approach against the GG bowlers ensured that they never regained momentum in the game. Her quickfire knock of 31 runs off 25 balls further solidified MI’s dominance, effectively sealing the match before her departure from the crease.

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