History repeats as Mumbai makes positive start to season

THE second edition of the Women’s Indian Premier League got off to a high scoring start this morning, with the Mumbai Indians repeating history to defeat the Delhi Capitals by four wickets in a rematch of last year’s WIPL Final.

After the Capitals made 5/171, the Indians reached the target on the last ball of the innings.

The Capitals got off to a bit of a shaky start, losing their first wicket with only three runs n the board, but were quick to counter that with a partnership between Meg Lanning and Alice Capsey, and then a 74-run partnership between Capsey and Jemimah Rodrigues.

Although scoring slowed after that, those partnerships helped set the win up for a big score for the Capitals. Capsey’s 75 led the way, while Rodrigues made 42 and Lanning 31.

On the other side of the equation, it was a couple of experienced heads that led the way for the Indians with the ball, with both Natalie Sciver-Brunt and Amelia Kerr picking up two wickets each.

The Indians also got off to a bad start with the bat, losing their first wicket on the second ball of the innings with no runs on the board yet. They went at about four runs an over for much of the innings, putting together a few partnerships of roughly 50 runs each together as they built towards the total.

However as the match was coming to an end, things started to tighten up, and at one stage the reigning champions needed 20 runs off the final eight balls of the innings.

Things tightened even further when the Indians lost a wicket on the penultimate ball, and still needed five runs off the final ball. But thanks to a six from debutant Sajeevan Sajana saw the Indians home.

The top scorers for the Indians had come earlier in the innings, with Yastika Bhatia making 57 and captain Harmanpreet Kaur making 55.

Meanwhile for the Capitals, it was Capsey and Arundhati Reddy who were the pick of the bowlers, picking up two wickets each.

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