Mumbai brings Delhi down to earth, remains undefeated

THE ARGUABLE early tournament favourite, Delhi has been brought down a peg in the Women’s Premier League (WPL), going down to the now only undefeated side, Mumbai by eight wickets last night.

After Delhi was bowled out for 105, the Indians surpassed the modest tally in a breeze with five overs to spare.

Delhi skipper Meg Lanning was a beacon of light in an otherwise poor batting performance from the Capitals, with her 43 by far the best score from her team.

She, Jemimah Rodrigues (25) and Radha Yadav (10) were the only three batters to have ticked up into double figures.

Meanwhile, Saika Ishaque, Issy Wong and Hayley Matthews all starred with the ball for the Indians, picking up three wickets each.

In reply, the Indians certainly were in no rush to get the target, but with wickets in the shed they could afford to coast.

Yastika Bhatia’s innings-high effort of 41 at the top of the order got things going, while some experienced faces in Natalie Sciver-Brunt and Harmanpreet Kaur were the ones who finished things off.

It was a tough day at the crease for the Capital’s bowlers, however, both Alice Capsey and Tara Norris managed to pick up a wicket each.

This result sees Mumbai move clear atop the WPL table, not only as the only side with an undefeated record, but also with a far superior run rate compared to everyone else. For comparison, Mumbai’s net run rate is 4.228, and the next best is Delhi’s 0.965.

Delhi has a couple of days to regroup before its next match, which is on Sunday morning Australian time against Gujarat. Meanwhile, the Indians have an extra day’s rest before their next match against the UP Warriorz.

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