Hat-Trick For Mumbai Indians.

Women's Premier League: Delhi Capitals all out for 105. This is a first loss of Delhi in the league. Mumbai Indians tops the chart by winning three matches continuously.

Mar 10, 2023 - 10:36
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Hat-Trick For Mumbai Indians.
WPL: Mumbai Indians.

Game 7 of the Women's Premier League at the DY Patil Stadium on Thursday night was supposedly the big-ticket clash between the Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals, with both teams sitting preetty at No. 1 and No. 2 on table and yet to lose. However, the contest petered out into a one-sided, eight-wicket crushing win, with as many as 5 overs to spare for MI, thanks to DC suffering their first batting disaster of the tournament. Fired by their hugely exciting discovery, left-arm spinner Saika Ishaque, talented English seamer Issy Wong and the off-spin of West Indian Hayley Matthews a buyont MI packed off a highly disappointing DC for merely 105 in 18 overs. 

With their openers Yastika Bhatia and Matthews putting on 65 in 53 balls, MI galloped to the lowly target in just 15 overs while marching to their third straight win. Mumbai thus consolidated their position at the top, and seem to be the favorites early in the moment. From a position where they were 81/3 in the 13th over, the capitals suffered a terrible collapse, losing seven wickets for 24 runs in just 34 balls to be shot out for the lowest score by any team so far in the WPL. 

It was a completely unexpected batting flop show from a team which had notched up back-to-back scores of 200-plus in its last two games. The only thing to cheer for Delhi on the night was a superb catch by Jamimah Rodgrigues who ran in from long off and dived in front of her to pull off a blinder to send back Matthews off Alice Capsey. Though the wickets were shared, the wrecker-in-chief for MI was yet again Ishaque, who castled Shafali Verma in the second over of the innings to ensure that the lethal Shafali-Meg Lanning opening pair suffered their first failure in the WPL. 

Later, when skipper Lanning and Rodgrigues repaired the DC innings with a 50-run fourth wicket partnership in 34 balls, it was Ishaque who broke the stand, striking the Mumbaikar's off pole as the batter missed out on a cut. Four balls later, the 27-year old, who hails from Park Circus in Kolkata, gave Mumbai more reason to smile when she had Lanning, who top scored for Delhi, stepped out and hit the tweaker straight to MI Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur at extra cover. Ishaque is not a big turner of the ball, but her wicket-to-wicket line seems to be sending the batters in WPL to their doom. 

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