Mumbai Indians whipped Gujarat Giants by 143 runs in the initial match of the debut Women’s Premier League competition as Australian Beth Mooney retired hurt.
Batting first, Mumbai Indians captain Harmanpreet Kaur crushed 14 fours in her 65 off 30 balls to take her team to 207 for five of every 20 overs before her bowlers sent Gujarat Giants reeling to a miserable 64 for nine in 15.1 overs.
Giants batsman Dayalan Hemalatha top scored for her group with an unbeaten 29 off 23 balls, with two sixes and one four.
Tail-ender Monica Patel was the second most high scorer with 10 preceding Mumbai bowler Saika Ishaque clean bowled her to seal triumph.
Ishaque returned figures of 4-11 in 3.1 overs. Nat Sciver-Brunt and Amelia Kerr took two wickets each and Issy Wong stowed one for seven runs.
Three Giants players fell without scoring, while captain Mooney retired hurt likewise on nothing after she harmed her left knee in the first finished.
The Australian was quickly gone to by doctors on the pitch and later removed the field and driven away in a holding up emergency vehicle.
Prior, Mumbai started the mission in style with opener Hayley Matthews from the West Indies crushing four sixes and three fours to score 47 off 31 balls after Mooney won the toss and chose for field.
New Zealander Amelia Kerr stayed unbeaten on 45 off 24 balls, with six fours and one six.
Giants spinner Sneh Rana got two critical wickets for 43, including Kaur’s, with Georgia Wareham, Tanuja Kanwar and Ashleigh Gardner stowing one each.
The WPL has found a wonderful base in the cricket-distraught country and produced a huge number of dollars even before the first ball was bowled on Saturday.
The five-group establishment league has been planned on the lines of money rich famous men’s Indian Premier League.
Young fan Anshu Singh told AFP from the stands that she was energized at the possibility of an effective ladies’ competition to match the rewarding IPL in the years to come.
“We are very grateful to see women playing cricket at a very big level,” she added.
Fans in the stadium wearing Mumbai Indians and Gujarat Giants shirts outside the stadium as well and recited team trademarks hours before the match started.
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