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HomeCricketMumbai Indians defeat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 7 wickets

Mumbai Indians defeat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 7 wickets


Mumbai Indians were missing their regular skipper Harmanpreet Kaur and premier pacer Shabnim Ismail, who have been nursing ailments, for the second match in a row, but this did not hamper their intensity.

The successive batters capitalized on the good start to secure a comfortable victory, achieving the 132-run goal with 29 balls to spare, propelling them to the top of the table with six points.

The MI bowlers were effective in limiting RCB to a just 131 for six.

Bhatia got the Mumbai chase off to a flying start, hitting a boundary off bowler Renuka Singh on the first ball, and the entrance of Sophie Molineux pushed her to ramp up the assault.

The left-hander hit the left-arm spinner over deep midwicket for a six and then carried her over point for a four.

Bhatia, on the other hand, was not all strength; she also displayed a delightful touch, such as a flowing backfoot punch off Sophie Devine.

But Devine had the final laugh when stumper Richa Ghosh dived to her left and snatched Bhatia’s drive away from her body.

Matthews, who hit a six off Georgia Wareham over midwicket, was bowled by off-spinner Shreyanka Patil for an uppish drive straight to Smriti Mandhana.

MI needed 63 runs from there, but stand-in skipper Nat-Sciver Brunt (27, 25 balls) and Amelia Kerr (40 not out, 27 balls) barely broke a sweat, combining 49 runs for the third wicket with a variety of pulls, reverse sweeps, and late cuts.

MI could easily canter home after that.

RCB would have been in worse difficulty if Elysse Perry (44 not out, 38 balls, 5×4) and Wareham (27, 20b, 3×4) hadn’t scored 52 runs for the sixth wicket after MI chose to bowl first.

Mumbai were missing regular skipper Harmanpreet Kaur and premier pacer Shabnim Ismail for the second time in a row due to injuries, but their effort remained high.

The RCB top-order hitters lacked the patience to weather the storm when the MI bowlers struck a nice line early on.

Skipper Mandhana (9, 11 balls) became frustrated and attempted to knock pacer Issy Wong out of the park. However, the shot lacked strength and timing, as Brunt made a straightforward catch inside the circle.

Ghosh was bowled by bowler Pooja Vastrakar, who drove straight to Sanjana Sajeevan at mid-off, while Meghana’s poor pull off Brunt was caught by Keerthana Balakrishnan near the backward square leg.

But Perry demonstrated how to get runs here, picking her balls to perfection to hurt the bowlers. When the leg-spinner misjudged her length, she pulled and cut Kerr for boundaries in consecutive balls.

She found an able ally in Wareham, who provided Perry with a strong rotation of strikes and occasional fence hits.



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