English fast bowler Issy Wong took a hat-trick in the 14th over of Mumbai Indians’ Eliminator against UP Warriorz to all but win the game for her side.
Mumbai Indians pacer Issy Wong made history in the Women’s Premier League (WPL) on Friday by taking a hat-trick in the Eliminator against UP Warriorz at the DY Patil Stadium. England’s Wong is the first player ever to take a hat-trick in the WPL, sending back the big-hitting Kiran Navgire, Simran Shaikh and Sophie Ecclestone off consecutive deliveries in the 13th over.
Wong took her tally for the match to four wickets with the hat-trick. Navgire, who was batting on 43 off 26, was caught at midwicket off the second ball of the 13th to become the first to fall to Wong. The 20-year-old then cleaned up Simran and Ecclestone to complete the hat-trick.
UPW had been reduced to 84/7 with the fall of the third wicket in reply to Mumbai Indians’ 182/4. Sciver-Brunt slammed an unbeaten 72 off 38 deliveries while Melie Kerr played a knock of 29 runs in 19 balls. For UP Warriorz Sophie Ecclestone bagged two wickets while Parshavi Chopra and Anjali Sarvani called one each.
Put to bat first, Mumbai Indians started their innings with a cracking four on the very first ball of the opening over. MI openers Yastika Bhatia and Hayley Matthews rotated the strike brilliantly, not allowing the UP bowlers to settle down while whacking the loose balls on offer.
Yastika was the aggressor, smashing boundaries regularly. However, Yastika could not stand long at the crease as she was dismissed by Anjali Sarvani after scoring 21 runs off 18 deliveries.
Right-hander Nat Sciver-Brunt then came out to bat. The duo of Brunt and Matthews played cautiously, slamming boundaries at regular intervals. Matthews’s enterprising knock was cut short after 16-year-old Parshavi Chopra produced a stunning delivery to send back the Mumbai batter. She scored 26.
Captain Harmanpreet Kaur came out to the middle at the fall of Matthew’s wicket. Brunt then opened up, as she slammed Parshavi for back-to-back sixes and boundaries in the 12th over of the game, garnering 16 runs. Sophie Ecclestone then came up with a fine delivery to remove Harmanpreet for 14 in the 13th over.