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WPL 2023 Playoff & Final: Schedule, squads, points table, live streaming, & more

Delhi Capitals had their fate in their hands going into the must-win game against UP Warriorz at Brabourne stadium on Tuesday. The equation was clear: beat UP and earn a direct qualification to the ongoing WPL final. The Meg Lanning-side lived up to the expectations and dismantled a meek UP Warriorz, winning by five wickets, as the league stage drew to a conclusion.  Delhi in the process climbed atop the standings as UP Warriorz will now have to overcome Mumbai Indians in their playoff fixture for a berth in the final. Meanwhile, Mumbai beat lacklustre Royal Challengers Bangalore in the second-last league match by four wickets.  Also Read: Touts brazenly selling free WPL tickets at Brabourne Stadium Chasing a target of a paltry 126 runs, Mumbai managed 129/6 in 16.3 overs, riding on Amelia Kerr’s unbeaten knock of 31 runs off 27 balls. Mumbai dethroned Delhi on the table, but their happiness was short-lived as Delhi registered another win to regain the top spot. Both RCB and Gujarat Giants are out of contention for the WPL playoffs. WPL Playoffs and Final: Full Squads Mumbai Indians: Hayley Matthews, Yastika Bhatia (wk), Nat Sciver-Brunt, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Amelia Kerr, Issy Wong, Amanjot Kaur, Pooja Vastrakar, Humaira Kazi, Jintimani Kalita, Saika Ishaque, Chloe Tryon, Heather Graham, Sonam Yadav, Neelam Bisht, Priyanka Bala, Dhara Gujjar Delhi Capitals: Meg Lanning (c), Taniya Bhatia (wk), Shafali Verma, Alice Capsey, Jemimah Rodrigues, Marizanne Kapp, Jess Jonassen, Arundhati Reddy, Radha Yadav, Shikha Pandey, Poonam Yadav, Laura Harris, Tara Norris, Jasia Akhtar, Minnu Mani, Aparna Mondal, Titas Sadhu, Sneha Deepthi UP Warriors: Alyssa Healy (c & wk), Devika Vaidya, Kiran Navgire, Tahlia McGrath, Grace Harris, Deepti Sharma, Sophie Ecclestone, Simran Shaikh, Anjali Sarvani, Parshavi Chopra, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Shabnim Ismail, Lauren Bell, Shivali Shinde, Laxmi Yadav, Shweta Sehrawat, Soppadhandi Yashasri WPL 2023 Playoff & Final: Schedule & Timings 24 March 2023 (Friday)- Elminator between MI and UP Warriorz - 7.30 PM IST 26 March 2023 (Final)- Final Delhi Capitals vs Eliminator Winner - 7.30 PM IST WPL 2023 Playoff & Final: Points Table            Teams          Matches                Won              Lost               NRR              Points Delhi Capitals  8 6 2 +1.856 12 Mumbai Indians 8 6 2 +1.711 12 UP Warriorz 8 4 4 -0.200 8 WPL 2023 Playoff & Final: Live Streaming The WPL 2023 Eliminator between MI vs UP Warriorz as well as final between Winner of Eliminator and DC will by live streamed on Jio Cinema online while the match will be broadcast ed on Sports 18 Network on TV.

23 March,2023 10:58 AM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
Delhi Capitals off-spinner Alice Capsey (left) celebrates a UP Warriorz wicket during a Women’s Premier League game at the Brabourne Stadium on Tuesday. Pic/Ashish Raje

WPL 2023: Teen Alice’s wonder lands Delhi Capitals in final

All-rounder Alice Capsey excelled (3-26 and 34 runs) as Delhi Capitals beat UP Warriorz (UPW) by five wickets to become the first team to enter in the Women’s Premier League (WPL) final at the Brabourne Stadium on Tuesday. Capsey, 18, who aggregates an impressive 159 runs and six wickets in the seven WPL matches, insisted that she’s happy to be learning and winning alongside some experienced teammates.  “It’s been such a cool experience. To be in a team with such experienced international players like [South African all-rounder] Marizanne Kapp, [skipper and Australian batter] Meg Lanning and Jess Jonassen  [Australian left-arm spinner]. It’s been great for a young player like myself,” said Capsey after her player of the match-winning performance. The big crowds are another inspiration for the young English woman. “Playing in front of big crowds... we played in front of 30,000 yesterday [against Mumbai Indians on Monday]. It was such a cool atmosphere. We’ve gelled together as a group as well, which has been great [and] got to know some different people that normally you’re playing against. It has been an amazing experience and obviously, we’ve got through the group stages, but we have a pretty important game to go [the final],” she added. Also Read: WPL 2023: The way I play, it's risk or reward, says Delhi Capitals' Alice Capsey On Tuesday evening,  off-spinner Capsey bowled brilliantly, but refused to take too much credit for her performance. “I think it was all about keeping it really simple. I don’t think I actually bowled well. I was given a couple of those wickets a bit freely, but you take them. My job was to get hit to the sweepers and bowl my best ball and make them play a high-risk shot. I was bowling to two left-handers for the majority of my overs and as an off-spinner, with some purchase off the pitch, that kind of aided me,” she explained.  Capsey who returned to do well with the willow (34 off 31 balls) put up a crucial 60-run partnership with Kapp (34 not out off 31 balls) to steer DC to victory. “It [batting performance] is definitely right up there. I felt a little more responsibility on myself to stay on and take us through, take it deep because we knew that if Kappie [Marizanne Kapp] and myself formed a partnership, we had pretty a good chance to win it,” she added. 

23 March,2023 07:32 AM IST | Mumbai | Karan Shankar
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WPL 2023: The way I play, it's risk or reward, says Delhi Capitals' Alice Capsey

England all-rounder Alice Capsey, who played a crucial role in Delhi Capital's win over UP Warriorz in the ongoing WPL 2023, has revealed that she is very aggressive kind of player and like to put pressure on the bowlers, adding that her game revolves around risk or reward approach. Chasing a target of 139 against UP Warriorz, Delhi had a quota of 19.4 overs to achieve superior NRR over Mumbai Indians. Capitals were 70/3 by the close of seventh over, when Capsey came to bat. In her typical style, she hit 34 off 31 with four boundaries and one six, leading Delhi to five-wicket win on Tuesday night. Apart from her batting exploits, England's 18-year-old prodigy also picked three wickets (3/26) for Delhi. "I found a little bit more responsibility on myself to stay in and take us through, take it deep. Because we knew that if we - me and Kappie - formed a partnership, we [had] pretty good chances to win it," said Capsey about his knock, after the game. "It was definitely up there and obviously I started off pretty quickly but then the UP Warriorz bowled really well. Their spinners started to turn and it got quite tricky. So no, it was definitely a grinder instead of yesterday where the ball was coming on a little nicer and that was just a bit of fun. All of these things [roles] are pleasing if you can put in a match-winning performance for the team," she added. Capsey also explained her style of play and use in different roles. Also read: Mumbai Indians down Delhi Capitals by eight wickets, secure third WPL win on trot "The way I play, it's risk or reward. I'm a very aggressive kind of player and I like to put pressure on the bowlers. It's not necessarily hitting all the fours and sixes, it's just about getting myself in a position where I can get the team in the best position possible as quickly as possible. And I've been used in a lot of different roles, so changing the mindset around when I go in, that changes things... it's just about making that percentage of the times it comes off higher, which I'm learning," she said. "I'm learning how to develop an innings, and that's why an experience like this has been really crucial, just being around Meg Lanning and people like that has been brilliant," she added. With the win over UP, Delhi finished on the top of the table and qualified directly for the final, which will be held on March 26.   This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

22 March,2023 12:02 PM IST | Mumbai | IANS
MI’s Amelia Kerr en route her 31* in the WPL match against RCB at DY Patil yesterday. Pic/Atul Kamble

WPL 2023: Three cheers for Amelia Kerr!

Tuesday’s game between Mumbai Indians (MI) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the DY Patil Stadium was the last opportunity for MI to get a direct entry into the Women’s Premier League (WPL) final. For RCB, it was the last game to showcase some fighting spirit and impress their supporters. MI, who had to chase RCB’s score of 125-9, started off well, scoring 53 in the Powerplay. Both openers—Yastika Bhatia (26-ball 30) and Hayley Matthews (17-ball 24)—batted like they wanted to finish the game as early as possible. Thereafter, through some sensible batting by two all-rounders—Amelia Kerr (27-ball 31 not out) and Pooja Vastrakar (18-ball 19), MI beat RCB by four wickets with 21 balls to spare.   Reprieve for Matthews RCB’s second over of the innings, bowled by pacer Sophie Devine (0-17) proved costly as MI earned 17 runs from it. But more importantly, Matthews was lucky to survive a caught-behind as Devine bowled a no ball. The DY Patil Stadium in Nerul was the same venue where MI lost to Delhi Capitals on Monday night. However, that debacle didn’t affect their mindset as they bounced back strongly the next day.  MI were 53-1 after the first six overs, but lost three quick wickets which included skipper Harmanpreet Kaur (2). They were struggling at 73-4 in the 10th over. But  Kerr, who earlier showed her class with the ball, shouldered responsibility with Vastrakar and earned her team a victory.   Also read: I think we were 40-50 runs short, surely have to bat well now: MI captain Harmanpreet Kaur after defeat against DC For RCB, off-spinner Kanika Ahuja, who bowled just one over, claimed two wickets. Earlier, after being put into bat, RCB lost their in-form opener Devine (0) in the first over itself. Some misunderstanding between both openers—Smriti Mandhana (24) and Devine and a quick and accurate throw into wicketkeeper Bhatia’s gloves from backward point fielder Humaira Kazi resulted in Devine’s run out.  Mandhana looked confident when she danced down the track and dispatched pacer Nat Sciver-Brunt (2-24) over the fence. Just a couple of balls later, she was lucky to see an inside edge missing the stumps and got four for it. Mandhana once again failed to capitalise on her start and lost her wicket to leg-spinner Kerr’s (3-22) googly while attempting a pull shot.  MI’s key bowler Kerr, who has claimed 13 wickets in the tournament, was at her best on Tuesday. Whenever skipper Kaur brought her into attack, she didn’t disappoint. She used the googly perfectly to dismiss Heather Knight (12) and Ahuja (12). For RCB, Ellyse Perry and Richa Ghosh scored 29 each. New Zealand spinner Kerr almost had her fourth wicket in her final over, but Issy Wong (2-26) dropped Ghosh at long-on.     Brief scoresRCB 125-9 in 20 overs (R Ghosh 29, E Perry 29; A Kerr 3-22, Nat-Sciver Brunt 2-24)lost to MI 129-6 in 16.3 overs (A Kerr 31*, Y Bhatia 30; K Ahuja 2-5) by four wickets

22 March,2023 10:08 AM IST | Mumbai | Subodh Mayure
DC’s Alice Capsey is delighted after picking up a UPW wicket at Brabourne. Pic/Ashish Raje

WPL 2023: DC’s Alice Capsey keeps UPW in check at Brabourne

Off-spinner Alice Capsey’s 3-26 helped Delhi Capitals (DC) restrict UP Warriorz (UPW) to 138-6 despite all-rounder Tahlia McGrath’s unbeaten 32-ball 58 in the final group stage match of the Women’s Premier League (WPL) at the Brabourne Stadium on Tuesday.   At the time of going to press, DC were 57 for one in five overs. Since Mumbai Indians won their match against Royal Challengers Bangalore earlier on Tuesday, they finish the league stage with 12 points. DC, who opted to bowl, encountered some fine batting from UPW skipper Alyssa Healy (36 off 34) and Shweta Sehrawat (19 off 12). They took the team to 30-0 after four overs. But DC did extremely well to pull things back, holding UPW at 63-2 at the 10-over mark, sending both openers back to the pavilion. Also read: Women’s Premier League: Amelia Kerr hails Harmanpreet Kaur's leadership as MI march on DC’s excellent bowling display continued to the 18th over, led by off-spinner Alice Capsey (3-26), who with left-arm spinners Radha Yadav (2-28) and Jess Jonassen (1-24) choked the run flow for UPW and induced errors from the batters. All three of Capsey’s victims were stumped, playing attacking shots. However, UPW finished the innings well, scoring 33 runs off the final two overs thanks to their star all-rounder Tahlia McGrath (58 not out off 32).

22 March,2023 07:08 AM IST | Mumbai | Karan Shankar
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WPL 2023: Amelia Kerr powers Mumbai Indians to four-wicket win over Bangalore

Mumbai Indians on Tuesday reclaimed the top spot in the points table with a four-wicket victory against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Women's Premier League, riding on Amelia Kerr's allround heroics. Chasing a modest 126 to win here at the DY Patil Stadium, Mumbai Indians stuttered post a fiery start and also failed to knock off the target in 11.3 overs a condition that would have helped them improve net run rate over Delhi Capitals. Mumbai Indians eventually finished at 129 for 6 in 16.3 overs. RCB, however, signed off from the competition with their sixth loss in eight league matches. All-rounder Kerr was at top of her game with figures of 4-0-22-3 and an unbeaten 31 from 27 balls (4x4s) to take Mumbai Indians over the line. Also Read: IPL 2023: MI's SWOT Analysis - Strengths, Weakness & Match-winners Of The Squad Kerr added 47 runs for the fifth wicket with Pooja Vastrakar (19) to revive Mumbai Indians who were rocked twice in quick succession. Amelia Kerr finishes the job for @mipaltan as they seal a 4️⃣-wicket win over #RCB in their final game of the league stage 👏👏Scorecard ▶️ | #RCBvMI — Women's Premier League (WPL) (@wplt20) March 21, 2023 Sobhana Asha halted Nat Sciver-Brunt's charge by dismissing her for 13, while captain Harmanpreet Kaur (2) fell for her first single-digit score in the competition. Kanika Ahuja claimed two wickets in one over to finish as the pick among the bowlers for RCB. At the start, the opening pair of Hayley Matthews (24 from 17 balls, 2x4s, 1x6s) and Yastika Bhatia (30 off 26 balls, 6x4s) laid the foundation with a 53-run stand. Delhi Capitals will face UP Warriorz in the final league game later in the day at the Brabourne Stadium, post which the WPL points table would be finalised. While the team finishing at the top will get a direct entry into Sunday's final, the second and third-placed teams will battle in the eliminator on Friday to fill up the second slot of the summit clash. Earlier, Kerr snapped three wickets as Mumbai Indians produced a disciplined effort to restrict RCB to 125 for nine. Kerr (3/22) validated MI captain Harmanpreet Kaur's decision to bowl first, taking full advantage of a spin-friendly track, while Matthews (4-0-18-0) and Saika Ishaque (1/30) were also on the money. Both Kerr and Ishaque joined Sophie Ecclestone of the UP Warriorz for most wickets (13) in WPL. Mumbai made an early breakthrough when a horrible mixup between Devine (0) and Smriti Mandhana culminated in the former being run out. Mandhana continued to drive herself back into form, hitting a few exciting shots to make 24 from 25 balls with three fours and a six, before her innings was ended by Kerr off a mistimed stroke. Ellyse Perry (29 from 28 balls, 3x4s) took time to settle down and opened up only in the 10th over, hitting Ishaque for consecutive fours. At the halfway stage, RCB were 56 for 2. Heather Knight perished for 12 in the 11th over with Kerr bagging her second wicket and the slide continued for RCB with the Kiwi spinner striking again, getting Kanika Ahuja (12) stumped by Yastika Bhatia. Nat Sciver-Brunt returned for her final over to finish at 4-0-24-2, dismissing Perry and Shreyanka Patil (4) to mark yet another poor show for RCB with the bat. Isabelle Wong (2/26) also chipped in, removing Richa Ghosh and Disha Kasat in the last over. Ghosh cracked three fours and two sixes to make 29 off 13 balls, with her innings helping RCB move past the 100-run mark. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

21 March,2023 07:04 PM IST | Mumbai | PTI
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RCB vs MI highlights: Mumbai Indians register 6th WPL win, back as table-toppers

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) was lurking at the bottom of the team standings having won no single match a week ago. Mumbai Indians, in contrast, had a perfect five and was the table-toppers. Mumbai had locked up a top-three finish, while Royal Challengers' chances were tenuous. The previous time these teams faced each other, Mumbai had brutally defeated Royal Challengers earlier in the tournament. Since then, RCB have bounced back into the contest. Following a victory over UP Warriorz, they proceeded to destroy Gujarat Giants by eight wickets in a high-scoring match. Mumbai, meanwhile, suffered their first loss of the competition at the hands of Warriorz. Also Read: Touts brazenly selling free WPL tickets at Brabourne Stadium But, as a result of Warriorz's victory over Giants on Monday, Royal Challengers have been eliminated from the race. Mumbai will need to show up for this match in less than 24 hours, therefore Royal Challengers will want to take advantage of this opportunity to end the campaign on a good note. Mumbai, on the other hand, will prefer to cling onto the top rank since that would guarantee them a spot in the final. Mumbai might not take first place if Delhi Capitals defeat them on Monday and win their last league match against Warriorz. RCB vs MI: Dream11 Prediction Wicketkeeper: Richa Ghosh, Yastika Bhatia Batters: Heather Knight, Sophie Devine (c), Harmanpreet Kaur (vc) All-rounder: Ellyse Perry, Hayley Matthew, Amelia Kerr, Nat-Sciver Brunt Bowlers: Issy Wong, Saika Ishaque RCB vs MI: Complete squads Royal Challengers Bangalore: Smriti Mandhana(c), Sophie Devine, Ellyse Perry, Heather Knight, Richa Ghosh(w), Shreyanka Patil, Disha Kasat, Megan Schutt, Asha Shobana, Renuka Thakur Singh, Preeti Bose, Erin Burns, Kanika Ahuja, Sahana Pawar, Dane van Niekerk, Komal Zanzad, Indrani Roy, Poonam Khemnar Mumbai Indians: Hayley Matthews, Yastika Bhatia(w), Nat Sciver-Brunt, Harmanpreet Kaur(c), Amelia Kerr, Pooja Vastrakar, Issy Wong, Amanjot Kaur, Humaira Kazi, Jintimani Kalita, Saika Ishaque, Priyanka Bala, Neelam Bisht, Sonam Yadav, Dhara Gujjar, Heather Graham, Chloe Tryon RCB vs MI: Toss update Mumbai Indians win toss, elects to bowl first against Royal Challengers Bangalore. RCB vs MI: Playing XIs confirmed Mumbai Indians Women (Playing XI): Hayley Matthews, Yastika Bhatia(w), Nat Sciver-Brunt, Harmanpreet Kaur(c), Amelia Kerr, Issy Wong, Amanjot Kaur, Humaira Kazi, Dhara Gujjar, Jintimani Kalita, Saika Ishaque Royal Challengers Bangalore Women (Playing XI): Smriti Mandhana(c), Sophie Devine, Ellyse Perry, Heather Knight, Richa Ghosh(w), Kanika Ahuja, Shreyanka Patil, Disha Kasat, Megan Schutt, Asha Shobana, Preeti Bose Check all the latest scores and updates below. 6:40 PM: Mumbai Indians beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by four wickets. 6:25 PM: 120/5 in 15.5 overs Mumbai Indians lose another wicket. This time it’s Pooja Vastrakar who has hold out to Smriti Mandhana on 19. With just six needed, Vastrakar was aiming to seal the win with a big shot but doesn’t get it right. Kanika Ahuja gets a wicket. 6:00 PM: 73/4 in 9.1 overs A full delivery from Ellyse Perry and Kaur went for a drive but ends up with an inside edge to direct the ball onto the stumps.  5:50 PM: 62/2 in 7.1 overs Wicket! This one held on as Matthews went on the back foot to play this over extra cover. No more luck on her side. Instead, she ends up chipping to Mandhana for an easy catch. Meghan Schutt strikes.  5:45 PM: 53/1 in 5.6 overs That's a wicket! Little juggling act from captain Smriti at mid-on as she holds on for the catch to send back Bhatia on 30.  5:33 PM: 25/0 after 3 overs Wicket! No, it's a no ball! Hayley Matthews is definitely riding on her luck today! First, an lbw call and then caught behind but off a no ball.  5:23 PM: 6/0 in 1.1 overs Matthews has been given out LBW off the first delivery of the chase. A big inswinger from Megan Schutt as Matthews came across and missed it. Ultraedge shows no spike and ball tracker predicts it would have missed the leg stump. 5:21 PM: 5/0 after 1 over Hayley Matthews and Yastika Bhatia open the proceedings for Mumbai Indians. Megan Schutt opens the attack for RCB.  5:02 PM: Royal Challengers Bangalore bundled out for 125/9 4:50 PM: 100/6 after 17 overs Shreyanka Patil gets off the mark with a boundary, but Sciver-Brunt won't stop so soon and strikes to leave Patil clean-bowled on 4.  4:46 PM: 91/5 in 16.1 overs WICKET! Ellyse Perry was up for some quick runs. Goes well across but misses the ball which crashes onto the pad. There is a loud appeal and umpire raises the finger. That was plumb.  4:33 PM: 78/4 in 14.4 overs Another one bites the dust! This time it's Kanika Ahuja, stumped for 12. That's a third wicket for Amelia Kerr.  4:20 PM: 76/3 after 14 overs Amelia Kerr claims her second wicket in as many overs. Heather Knight fumbles after reaching out for a big shot but all she can do is chip it to Issy Wong at long-on. Hayley Matthews is brought back to finish her spell and finishes with figures of 0/18. Nat Sciver-Brunt is brought back into the contest and yields 7 runs including an extra via wide in the 14th over. 4:00 PM: 41/2 after 8 overs Smriti Mandhana falls on 24 in what is her final innings of the tournament. Amelia Kerr drops one short and Mandhana went for the pull, but doesn’t get it right as she went across for a top-edge to be caught by the wicketkeeper.  3:48 PM: 27/1 after 5 overs Hayley Matthews continues the charge. New batter Ellyse Perry steps out for an inside out shot over extra cover for her first boundary of the innings. Barring that, a good over from Matthews off which came seven runs.  3:36 PM: 4/1 after 2 overs OUT! Early Breakthrough comes for Mumbai as Sophie Devine departs for a duck. Captain Harman looks ecstatic. 3:30 PM: Match begins! Sophie Devine and Smriti Mandhana walk in to bat, as Nat Sciver-Brunt opens the proceedings for Mumbai.

21 March,2023 06:47 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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WPL 2023: Team mentor Mithali Raj backs Gujarat Giants after elimination

Losing key players at the start of the Women's Premier League disturbed Gujarat Giants' team composition and "shuffling the deck wasn't easy", team mentor Mithali Raj and head coach Rachel Haynes said after the side's elimination. Having suffered a calf injury on the opening day of the inaugural tournament, Australia opener and designated captain Beth Mooney missed the remainder of the WPL, dealing a big blow to her side's prospects. Even as the others stepped up, Gujarat Giants did miss a player of Mooney's calibre. throughout. "Honestly, we did put up a good team, but the results were not in our favour and the season didn't go our way. We lost key players early on, and it dented our composition. But despite this hiccup, the team stepped up and showed their grit and passion to win," Mithali said in a press release issued by the Adani-owned franchise. Gujarat Giants were eliminated after losing their last match against UP Warriorz on Monday. Talking about her debut stint as a head coach, Haynes said, "This was certainly, an exciting and enriching experience for me as head coach for such a wonderful team. Also read: WPL 2023: Deandra Dottin lambasts Gujarat Giants over controversial exclusion "Undoubtedly, we had our tough moments, but the team put up a riveting performance and showed a lot of character during every match. We all are taking with us many positives and pivotal life-lessons from this inaugural session." After posting a challenging total against UPW, the Giants were done in by Grace Harris's 41-ball 72, who propelled her team into the playoffs. Haynes added, "As we take a step back and take a moment to pause and reflect at the season, it does hurt to lose out on key players before the end of the first game, and shuffling the deck in terms of playing combinations was not an easy decision, but this allowed every player to showcase their potential and we are happy about it." This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

21 March,2023 12:41 PM IST | Mumbai | PTI
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WPL 2023: Whole bowling group deserves player of the match award, feels Kapp

Against Mumbai Indians, fast bowling all-rounder Marizanne Kapp produced yet another economical spell to set the base for a dominating nine-wicket victory for Delhi Capitals in the Women's Premier League (WPL). On a slow pitch which had some help for the fast bowlers, Marizanne got some swing to keep things tight in Power-play, including dismissing Yastika Bhatia and Nat Sciver-Brunt on consecutive deliveries to finish with 2-13 in four overs, which fetched her player of the match award. But the South African felt the bowling group deserved the award. "To be honest, the whole bowling group deserves this (player of the match) award. Everyone bowled well today. On this wicket, every time we win the toss I want to bowl first because the ball does quite a bit. Just happy with the win and the performance," she said in the post-match presentation ceremony. After bowlers kept Mumbai to 109/8, powerful 30s from Meg Lanning, Shafali Verma and Alice Capsey helped Delhi complete the chase in just nine overs. Finishing the chase off early has propelled Delhi to now be top of the points table and go past Mumbai in terms of net run rate. "I think the more I play, the more I read the wicket and my bowling gets better. The catches this team has been taking have been amazing. Been a while since I've seen a performance like this, and the team has been working really hard and well together," added Marizanne. Also Read: I think we were 40-50 runs short, surely have to bat well now: MI captain Harmanpreet Kaur after defeat against DC Another vital member of Delhi's victory was England all-rounder Alice Capsey, who hit 38 not out off just 17 balls, including five monstrous sixes off spinners Hayley Matthews and Saika Ishaque. "Delighted with the win, delighted to get home early. When we were fielding, bowled good lines and length to restrict them on a good wicket. When I went out there, the ball wasn't doing well. Was just about hitting through the line and hitting straight." "We want to play the same brand of cricket whether we're chasing 110 or 200. Shafali sets the tone for people like me coming after. We both hit different parts of the ground. Having chats with her is great. No one better than hear to learn from when it comes to striking the ball," she said. Delhi Capitals will face third-ranked UP Warriorz in their final league match on Tuesday evening. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

21 March,2023 12:37 PM IST | Navi Mumbai | IANS
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I think we were 40-50 runs short, surely have to bat well now: MI captain Harman

Following a 9-wicket defeat against Delhi Capitals, Mumbai Indians captain Harmanpreet Kaur said that her team was 40-50 runs short in their total and they must bat up to its potential in the upcoming games. An all-round show from Delhi Capitals marked by a top-notch spell from Marizanne Kapp and explosive knocks from Alice Capsey and Shafali Verma helped them chase down the target of 110 runs in just nine overs to clinch a nine-wicket win over Mumbai Indians in Women's Premier League (WPL) match at DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai on Monday. Mumbai Indians suffered their second consecutive loss in the ongoing WPL on Monday. Mumbai Indians' performance in the tournament took a sharp turn for the worst after they won five straight games and were the first to clinch a playoff position. "I think we were 40-50 runs short. We were looking for early breakthroughs but they batted very well. Dew was there but we didn't bowl to our plans, we bowled really short today," Harmanpreet Kaur said in a post-match presentation. "Well, we surely have to bat well now. We do have good players but sometimes things like this can happen. We won't get overconfident now and stick to our basics," she added. Mumbai Indians will lock horns with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in their last league game on Tuesday. With the win over Mumbai, DC is at the top of the points table with five wins and two losses in seven matches. They have a total of 10 points. Mumbai Indians have similar performances but have been pushed down to the second spot due to lesser run rate. Also Read: Touts brazenly selling free WPL tickets at Brabourne Stadium Coming to the match, chasing 110 runs, Delhi Capitals were off to an aggressive start. Openers Meg Lanning and Shafali Verma attacked MI bowlers right from the first over. Shafali smashed Issy Wong for three fours in the second over taking Delhi's score to 22/0. The fourth over was prolific for DC as its batters smashed Saika Ishaque for 17 runs, including a four by Lanning and two boundaries by Shafali. DC reached the 50-run mark in 4 overs. Hayley Matthews took the first wicket for MI, dismissing Shafali for 33, which she had made of 15 balls. The knock consisted of six fours and a six. Shafali was stumped by Yastika Bhatia.This brought Alice Capsey to the crease. At the end of the powerplay in six overs, DC was 67/1, with Lanning (29*) and Capsey (2*) unbeaten at the crease. Matthews was smashed for three sixes and a four by Capsey in the seventh over.DC reached the 100-run mark in just 8.3 overs. Delhi finished their innings at 110/1 in nine overs. Lanning was unbeaten at 32 of 22 balls with four boundaries and a six. Capsey played an explosive knock of 38 in just 17 balls with one four and five sixes. Earlier, a superb show by Delhi Capitals bowlers, particularly pacers, helped them restrict Mumbai Indians to just 109/8 in their 20 overs. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

21 March,2023 12:30 PM IST | Mumbai | ANI
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WPL 2023: Delhi Capitals dismantle Mumbai Indians, surge to No. 1 in point table

Delhi Capitals defeated Mumbai Indians by nine wickets in their Women's Premier League match here on Monday. Openers Shafali Verma (33), skipper Meg Lanning (32 not out) and Alice Capsey (38 not out) were the main contributors as the Delhi franchise chased down Mumbai's score of 109 for 8 for the loss of just one wicket in nine overs. Both teams -- as well as UP Warriorz -- have secured the three playoffs berths in the tournament before this match. Also Read: WPL 2023: Deandra Dottin lambasts Gujarat Giants over controversial exclusion Earlier, Pooja Vastrakar (26), Harmanpreet (23) and Issy Wong (23) were the main contributors with the bat for MI, while Marizanne Kapp, Shikha Pandey and Jess Jonassen took two wickets each for Delhi Capitals in their four overs. Brief scores: Mumbai Indians: 109 for 8 in 20 overs (Harmanpreet Kaur 23, Pooja Vastrakar 26; Issy Wong 23, Marizanne Kapp 2/13, Shikha Pandey 2/21; Jess Jonassen 2/25). Delhi Capitals: 110 for 1 in nine overs (Shafali Verma 33, Alice Capsey 38 not out, Meg Lanning 32 not out).  This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

21 March,2023 12:13 PM IST | Mumbai | PTI
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