WPL 2023: Mumbai Indians Crowned Champions At The Inaugural Edition!


Mumbai Indians created history in front of a jam-packed home crowd at the Cricket Club of India’s Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. The Harmanpreet Kaur-led outfit were crowned the inaugural champions of the tournament after beating Delhi Capitals in the summit clash. They became the inaugural champions of the Women’s Premier League after beating Delhi Capitals in a tense final on Sunday night. It was a hard-fought win for MI with Nat Sciver-Brunt hitting a solid half-century and her partnership with captain Harmanpreet Kaur (37) proving to be the game-changer.

MI overhauled the target of 132 with three deliveries to spare prompting wild celebrations in their team dug-out as the players stormed into the field. For several of the MI players, it was their first ever moment celebrating a major title win on the field. Spinner Saika Ishaque, who played a significant role in the team’s title triumph, was one of such players. She finished with 15 wickets against her name – the joint second-highest in the tournament. “Not able to express it, it’s a dream come true, speechless,” Ishaque said after the win. “I didn’t change my plans much, just tried to bowl dot deliveries. I would like to thank all the fans, grateful for their support.”

Like her teammate, wicketkeeper Yastika Bhatia was also lost for words.“I just can’t explain in words the amount of happiness I am getting right now. We were pretty relaxed yesterday, we just tried to focus on our plans on the field,” Bhatia said. Amelia Kerr, who had earlier finished with figures of 2/18 to limit DC to 131/9 at the Brabourne Stadium, also played a vital role with the bat. She struck an unbeaten 14 off 8 including two fours.

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