WPL 2023 Live Blog: RCB-W vs MI-W, Match 19 - Tweets, Videos and More
Mumbai Indians won by four wickets (Source: wplt20.com)
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Mumbai Indians won by four wickets
6:43 PM | After a quality bowling half, Mumbai Indians again battered out RCB with their batting line-up, although the target they were chasing was just 126 runs.
While Royal Challengers Bangalore had their moments after dismissing Yastika Bhatia and Hayley Matthews, Amelia Kerr denied an upset as she saw MI through in the 17th over.
Despite being table-toppers currently, MI would still require a Delhi Capitals loss so that they make the final of WPL 2023 directly.
Five wides to end the match. Mumbai Indians win by four wickets and move to the top of the WPL 2023 points table.
Amanjot Kaur is in at no.8.
A golden duck for Issy Wong. She also intends to win the match as soon as possible but gets holed out in the process. Ahuja picks up her second wicket of the game.
Issy Wong replaces Vastrakar.
Vastrakar aims to finish off the things with a maximum but gets caught. Kanika Ahuja takes the wicket.
6:31 PM | The match can every possibly end in the upcoming over as Mumbai Indians are just 11 runs away from gaining a victory in their last league game of WPL 2023.
6:28 PM | MI need 18 runs off six overs to win the game.
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6:24 PM | Preeti Bose keeps it tight. Gives away just four runs in the 13th over.
Pooja Vastrakar plays two glorious drives, which have accumulated two fours. Mumbai Indians require 31 runs from 48 deliveries for the victory.
Aayush: Now, the flurry of wickets have more so ensured that MI stay behind Delhi Capitals in terms of net run rate. Mumbai now need 47 runs off 60 balls to win.
Pooja Vastrakar joins Kerr in the middle.
Another one down. MI skipper Harmanpreet walks back to the dressing room. She plays the drive only to lead the ball onto the stumps. Perry sends the big fish packing.
Amelia Kerr is MI's no.5.
Asha Shobana celebrates as Nat Sciver-Brunt nicks off to the wicket-keeper, who made a tough catch look like a child's play.
Harmanpreet Kaur walks out to bat.
Matthews departs. The ball comes in late, while the West Indians plays a shot off the back-foot early. Pushes the ball for an easy catch on a Megan Schutt delivery.
Nat Sciver-Brunt is the new batter.
Aayush: MI are going for the kill. They want that finale berth and it requires them to finish the match quickly. They close out the powerplay at 53/1.
5:52 PM | It's time for a strategic break.
Mandhana runs right towards the mid-on to grab a juggling catch of Yastika. Shreyanka provides the breakthrough.
Matthews brings up the fifty-run partnership with back foot punch that gathers another four for MI.
5:47 PM | A three-boundary over yields 12 runs as Mumbai maintain their thorough domination over Bangalore.
5:42 PM | Now, Yastika does the scoring as two boundaries off the fourth over takes MI to 34/0.
5:38 PM | Just two runs come off Schutt's second over as MI ends the third at 25/0.
RCB are distraught. MI are ecstatic. Matthews happens to be a goner but Devine bowls a no-ball as the batter not only survives but also gets a free-hit.
Matthews is getting into her groove. Plays a pull for a six and then edges the ball over the third man for a four.
That was half a chance. The ball kept on going away from Mandhana. She got the finger tips to it but failed to hold on to it. Nonetheless it wouldn't have mattered as it was a no-ball.
Yastika Bhatia slices the ball over the backward point to record first boundary of the innings.
5:21 PM | Matthews is given out lbw. She goes for the DRS. The decision is reversed as the ball-tracking finds wickets as missing.
5:18 PM | The run-chase is beginning. Hayley Matthews and Yastika Bhatia are the openers for Mumbai Indians. Megan Schutt is warming-up to bowl the first over of the second innings.
5:08 PM | The first innings had Mumbai Indians pull the strings. Barring a brief 13-ball 29 cameo of Richa Ghosh, none of the Royal Challengers Bangalore batter could stand out.
Amelia Kerr claimed three scalps, while Nat Sciver-Brunt and Issy Wong ended the innings with took wickets each.
MI would want to chase 126 runs as early as possible in order to boost their chances of earning a direct entry to the WPL 2023 final.
Wong bowls in the blockhole and rattles the stumps. Kasat gets out on the final ball of the innings.
Asha Shobana is out in the centre.
Issy Wong makes amends for the dropped catch. Richa again targets the straight boundary. The ball hits high on her bat and she gets holed out.
4:59 PM | Richa is batting on 29 off 12 balls and RCB are at 119/7 with an over left in the innings.
That's a drop!!! Richa gets a lifeline. She could not get into the right position and loses her balance. But the fielder at long-on gives her a breather.
Disha Kasat is the no.9.
Megan Schutt gets rapped on her pads as Saika Ishaque removes her via an lbw.
4:53 PM | Mumbai Indians have taken a review. The decision is reversed. It's out.
Ghosh is clearing the ground with ease. She does not even give it a full monty but there is enough power for the ball to go over the ropes for a six.
4:48 PM | RCB challenge umpire's lbw call as Schutt is adjudged out. The ball-tracking shows wickets missing. It's not-out.
Megan Scutt is at the crease.
After getting hit for four, Nat castles Shreyanka on the very next delivery with a yorker.
Shreyanka Patil is the no.7 for RCB.
Ellyse Perry shuffles to the off-stump. Plays a scoop but fails to put bat to ball and is given lbw. Nat Sciver-Brunt dismisses her.
Is Richa Ghosh batting on a different track. On a pitch that has proved to be tough for even the well-set Perry, she just walks in and smacks a four and a six to start her innings.
Richa Ghosh comes out at no.6.
Ahuja has to go. Kerr takes her third wicket of the day. The batter targets long-off boundary, comes down the pitch but could not get the connection as the ball turns. Yastika Bhatia stumps her.
Aayush: RCB are not even scoring at the run-rate of six. Albeit the pitch has played slow, they should not compensated for horrendous shot-making and poor communication while running.
Another run-out chance but a horrible throw by the fielder helps Perry survive.
4:26 PM | RCB have sank even deeper. While Kanika Ahuja has been one of their top-performers, it's up to Ellyse Perry to again work the oracle and take them to a competitive total. At the end of the 13th, they are 69/3.
Kanika Ahuja strides out to bat.
Knight is knocked out by Kerr. Goes down the ground. Could not get the timing right and is caught at long-on.
Watch Sophie Devine's run-out
Perry hits a four after a while. Backs that up with a scoop down the fine leg for another boundary. RCB getting a move on. A 12-run over takes them to 56/2 at the halfway mark.
Aayush: It's high time that RCB now go all guns blazing. The projected score is coming down with every ball. They are 44/2 in nine overs.
4:08 | A strategic time-out has been taken.
Mandhana has gotten out to a spinner seven times in WPL 2023.
Heather Knight is in at no.4.
Another top-edge but this time Mandhana plays it straight to the wicket-keeper. A spinner dismisses Mandhana again as Amelia Kerr causes her downfall.
3:54 PM | Mandhana is finding boundaries regularly. But as strike-rotation remains the worry, she is batting on 24 off 23 deliveries. As for RCB, they scored 32 runs at the loss of one wicket in powerplay.
Mandhana deposits one over the boundary to bring up the first six of the innings. An inside edge adds another four runs to the total as Bangalore sit at 27/1 after five overs.
3:46 PM | RCB are scoring an odd boundary here and there. But their strike-rotation is at the lowest currently. 16/1 is what the score reads at the end of the fourth over.
3:44 PM | Mandhana scores first boundary of the innings for RCB. Punches the ball for a four towards point region.
Lucky break for Smriti Mandhana. She miscues the ball as it ballooned it in the air. But falls between the wicket-keeper and short third man fielder.
Ellyse Perry is the new batter.
What happened there? The batters go for the run, Devine denies it halfway down the pitch and turns back to the danger-end. Unfortunately for her, she could not reach back to the crease in time.
3:32 PM | Third umpire is checking for a run-out. It's out.
3:28 PM | RCB openers Smriti Mandhana and Sophie Devine are out on the ground. Nat Sciver-Brunt will open the bowling for MI.
MI skipper laughs as the toss curse ends
"I got more wishes for the toss than for the game."
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Mumbai Indians Women : Hayley Kristen Matthews, Yastika Bhatia (wk), Amelia Kerr, Natalie Sciver, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Pooja Vastrakar, Isabelle Wong, Amanjot Kaur, Saika Ishaque, Humaira Kazi, Jintimani Kalita
Royal Challengers Bangalore Women: Sophie Devine, Smriti Mandhana (c), Ellyse Perry, Heather Knight, Kanika Ahuja, Richa Ghosh (wk), Shreyanka Patil, Megan Schutt, Asha Shobana, Disha Kasat, Preeti Bose
3:02 PM | Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore are unchanged.
Mumbai Indians opt to bowl
Pitch Report (Deep Dasgupta and Julia Price): This is the final league game here at DY Patil Stadium and the conditions here are perfect. First let's talk about the dimensions. Behind me is 48 m and in front of me is 63 m. The pitch here is interesting. This is Pitch 3. Extra bounce and a little slow through the surface. The bowlers have to bowl at the 5m length. Fuller length to bowl at the surface should be the way to go. Yes, captains will want to chase. But this is a day game and dew won't be a factor. So, it will be interesting to see what the captain does should she win the toss.
For Mumbai Indians, it will be the last league match. A win will take them to 12 points and would hold them in great shape for the direct qualification to finale of WPL 2023. Whereas, an MI defeat will most likely help Delhi Capitals end as the top team and make the final directly.
2:50 PM | Toss coming up shortly.
Last night, Mumbai witnessed an embarrassing defeat at the hands of Delhi Capitals before getting thumping from UP Warriorz. However, they still are the best outfit of this season. Under the astute leadership of Harman, MI have shown that they are a force to reckon with. However, they need to return to their 'OG' glove in their last league game so that the Playoffs become MI-esque dashing.
Bangalore's last match was a Sophie Devine day out against Gujarat Giants, where she singlehandedly bagged the game for RCB with her spellbinding 36-ball 99. Unfortunately, she missed a ton by a run - which could have been the first in the tournament - but her knock gave something for the RCB fans to cheer.
Both teams have a lot at the stack in this fixture. Despite being out of the competition, Smriti Mandhana's RCB will be fighting for their pride, whereas the Harmanpreet Kaur-led Mumbai have now lost two in a row after winning five on five.
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