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Harmanpreet blitz powers Mumbai into playoffs

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The Women’s Premier League is already previous the half-way stage and with every match Mumbai Indians are enhancing their popularity because the crew to beat. On Tuesday, they accomplished a double over Gujarat Giants, en route profitable their fifth successive match and qualifying for the playoffs. And as has been the case to this point within the match, Harmanpreet Kaur misplaced the toss as soon as once more, however proper now Mumbai are taking part in their A-game and such is their confidence that circumstances and assault don’t appear to matter.

This was a sport the place Gujarat confirmed indicators of taking management of the sport. But every time they threatened, Mumbai discovered a technique to get on high. If Harmanpreet did that with the bat scoring a usually blazing 30-ball 51 when Gujarat’s assault was chipping away with wickets, Nat Sciver-Brunt, Hayley Mathew and Amelia Kerr did it with the ball. The solely standout efficiency from Gujarat’s finish got here from Harleen Deol, who was excellent on the sphere. Accounting for a direct-hit from long-on to run-out Humaira Kazi, she adopted it up with a diving catch to finish Harmanpreet’s power-packing innings.

With just one win from 5 matches, Gujarat must get their act collectively shortly, else they threat lacking out on a play-off berth. At the second, they appear a long way away from realizing what their greatest mixture is and nothing illustrated it greater than their determination to play medium-pacer Mansi Joshi, who didn’t even get an opportunity to bowl and got here in at No 11.

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Harmanpreet has blown cold and hot in T20s previously, however to this point within the match she appears to be cracking the code. Maybe it has to do with a dependable opening mixture on the high that lays robust basis or the batting depth that few different groups can boast off, Harmanpreet has been in a position to ship the form of knocks that can as a rule find yourself being a match-winning innings. At the top of the tenth over with Yastika Bhatia and Nat Sciver-Brunt organising for one more large whole on the Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai had been positioned at 64/1. In the subsequent couple of overs the place Mumbai would shift their gears, they misplaced each the settled batters.

While they’re positively not brief on firepower within the center overs, the departure of Kerr within the seventeenth over meant Harmanpreet needed to ship. On days the place she seems to be in her parts, there’s an air of invincibility about Harmanpreet. She can discover gaps wherever she intends to, she will discover a boundary ball each time she wishes. Similar to what she did on Tuesday, the place she effortlessly hit a few sixes and toyed with the sphere. Mumbai misplaced seven wickets within the final 10 overs, however due to Harmanpreet, they ended up with 162/8.

Having a ball

With the pitches starting to tire, and dew not a difficulty to this point, the goal was going to be a steep one for Gujarat. And from the second Sciver-Brunt eliminated Sophia Dunkley off the primary ball of the innings, Mumbai had been properly and really on high. From there on, their spinners Matthews and Kerr took over, touchdown essential blows each time Gujarat tried to get on the entrance foot. The tie was pretty much as good as over, when Ashleigh Gardner departed within the first ball of the ninth over to depart Gujarat reeling at 48/5. From there on, the one educational curiosity was on Mumbai’s margin of victory which ultimately was 55.