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Mumbai Indians become first team to qualify for WPL 2024 playoffs

Mumbai Indians become first team to qualify for WPL 2024 playoffs
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In a thrilling encounter that showcased the prowess of women’s cricket, the Mumbai Indians emerged as the champions of the inaugural edition of the Women’s Premier League (WPL) and became the first team to qualify a spot in the playoffs for the 2024 season.

The match against the Gujarat Giants proved to be a spectacle of skill and determination as Mumbai Indians clinched victory by seven wickets with a single ball to spare, chasing down a challenging target of 191 runs. However, the Orange Jerseys are now eliminated from the tournament. You can read their qualification scenario before the MI vs GG match.

Gujarat Giants exhibited a commendable performance with the bat, posting a formidable total of 190 runs on the scoreboard, largely propelled by Dayalan Hemalatha’s impressive 74 runs and an equally significant contribution of 66 runs from wicketkeeper Beth Money. Despite the batting-friendly conditions, Mumbai Indians’ bowlers displayed resilience, managing to secure seven crucial wickets, with Saika Ishaque leading the charge with figures of 2/31.

During the exhilarating chase, Harmanpreet Kaur emerged as the standout performer for Mumbai Indians, smashing an unbeaten 95 runs off just 48 deliveries, while Yastika Bhatiya provided valuable support with her innings of 49 runs off 36 balls. The bowling attack of the Gujarat Giants, however, managed to make some inroads into the Mumbai Indians’ lineup, with Tanuja Kanwar, Ashleigh Gardner, and Shabnim Ismail each claiming a wicket.

With this victory, Mumbai Indians solidified their position at the summit of the WPL standings, having secured five wins from seven games. Their impressive net run rate of 0.343 and a tally of 10 points have firmly placed them in pole position as they eye further success in the upcoming playoffs.

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