Mumbai Indians Women recorded their fifth consecutive win with a comfortable 55-run victory over Gujarat Giants Women. With this win, they almost guaranteed a spot in the top three and a place in the Playoffs.

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Mumbai Indians did not have a good start as Hayley Matthews was dismissed for 0 by Ashleigh Gardner. However, the fellow over Yastika Bhatia and Natalia Sciver-Brunt added 74 runs in the second wicket as Bhatia scored 44 and Sciver-Brunt contributed with 36. Based on the platform built by this due, the Mumbai Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur took full advantage and scored another fifty off just 29 deliveries. Thanks to her innings Mumbai Indians could post 162/8 on a difficult pitch. Gardner finished with 3 wickets for 34 runs in her 4 overs.

Gujarat Giants innings had a terrible start with Sophia Dunkley dismissed the first ball by Sciver-Brunt. They kept losing wickets at regular intervals as only four batters reached double digits with 22 from Harleen Deol and 20 from the captain Sneha Rana being the only two contributions crossing 20. Among the Mumbai bowlers, Matthews and Sciver-Brunt picked up three wickets each with Amelia Kerr picking up two wickets. Gujarat Giants Women eventually limped to 107/9 in their 20 overs.

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Score: Mumbai Indians 162/8 beat Gujarat Giants 107/9 by 55 runs

Player of the Match: Harmanpreet Kaur (51* off 30)

The losing captain of Gujarat Giants, Sneh Rana said,

I am proud of the girls for restricting MI to 162, it was a good start, but unfortunately we couldn’t get there. It was a chaseable score. Definitely, batters need to focus right through, need to build at least two partnerships, Harleen was fantastic today in the field, she took a catch and effected a run-out. We will definitely work on our batting.

The winning captain, Harmanpreet Kaur after her match-winning performance with the bat, said,

Credit goes to all the support staff and team-mates. The way we have been playing, we want to continue. We are so positive and they always want to do well for the team. When we got this team, I was really happy, they were doing well for the country and now they will do the same for MI. The positivity is giving all the results. When we played last game on this wicket, initially you are not going to get runs. Once you get settled you will get runs. That’s what I did today. Whatever which is giving results is what I’m doing. Sometimes you have to see the boundary dimensions as well. The leg-side is short and a medium-pacer was bowling and that’s why I went and the last-over anyway you need to go, but this was the longer boundary and I could not clear.

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