At the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai, two powerhouse teams, Gujarat Giants and Mumbai Indians squared off in the Women’s IPL’s first game. Mumbai Indians destroyed the Giants in the first game of the competition, defeating Gujarat by an enormous score of 143 runs. After winning the toss, the Gujarat Giants decided to field first.
But everything went downhill for the Giants after winning the toss as the Mumbai Indians posted a huge total of 207 runs on the board. As Yatsika Bhatia got out very early, Hayley Mathews played a strong offensive innings, scoring 47 runs off of 31 balls. But, Harmanpreet Kaur stole the spotlight with her brilliant batting performance. In her 65-run, 30-ball inning, she played several magnificent shots that helped her score runs all over the field.
She executed some stunning cover drives and swept the ball from fine leg to mid-wicket. Without sparing any bowlers, the captain struck boundaries off seven consecutive deliveries. Mumbai Indians scored 207 runs thanks to cameos from Amelia Kerr (45 not out off 24 deliveries) and Pooja Vastrakar (15 off 8).
None of the Gujarat Giants batters got going. Only two of the batters could score more than 10 runs in the match. They were bundled out for just 64 runs. To make things even more miserable for them, the skipper Beth Mooney got injured in the first over.
Orange Cap Holder
With her score of 65, Harmanpreet Kaur holds the Orange Cap after the first game. Hayley Mathews is at the second position with 47 runs followed by Amelia Kerr at third. (45 runs)
The Indian Premier League’s (IPL) Orange Cap is awarded to the player who scores the most runs in the tournament. It is passed from one batter to another as the IPL’s group stage proceeds. At the conclusion of the competition, it is eventually given to the batter with the most runs.
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