Indians win big to keep big dream in sight

THE Mumbai Indians are back on the winners list in the WPL, after the comfortably defeated the UP Warriorz to the tune of 42 runs.

The Indians first posted 6/160 before restricting the Warriorz to just 9/118.

Despite the Indians finishing with a very competitive score, it was not looking likely early in their innings when they were 2/17 in the fourth over.

But thanks to some big partnerships in the middle order to the tune of 59 and 43 runs, things got back on track.

Mumbai’s international level stars really did save it from that bad start, with Natalie Sciver-Brunt (45), Amelia Kerr (39) and Harmanpreet Kaur (33) all getting amongst the runs.

Meanwhile for the Warriorz it was Chamari Athapaththu who was the only one to pick up multiple wickets with to her name, while Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Deepti Sharma and Saima Thakor also getting amongst the wicket taking action.

In reply the Warriorz also got off to a poor start, but unlike the Indians their bad start kept going.

Six partnerships got into double figures, but most of those were in the teens. Some brief sparks of joy came with a 37 run seventh wicket partnership and a 26 run fourth wicket partnership.

Sharma was the star with the bat for the Warriorz. Her 53 not out saved the Warriorz from a fate that could have been much worse, with Shweta Sehrawat the only other batter to make a double figure score.

Meanwhile the Indians used plenty of bowlers, and had plenty of different wicket takers. Saika Ishaque was the pick of the bunch with three to her name, while Sciver-Brunt also chipped in with a pair of wickets. Four others got single wickets.

This win sees Mumbai keep in touch with the top of the ladder, while the Warriorz need to get a move on if they want any hope of a finals appearance.

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