Harmanpreet Kaur leads rout of Gujarat Giants in WPL opener

Mumbai Indians skipper Harmanpreet Kaur strode out to the middle in the ninth over of the innings, at 69 for 2. She saw the dismissal of Nat Sciver-Brunt from the non-striker’s end as the England stalwart depart after a 54-run partnership with Hayley Matthews, who was also sent packing in the next over to leave Mumbai at 77 for 3.

But Harmanpreet wasn’t bogged down by the double whammy. She looked to express herself, a method that has brought her success in India colours. The 12th over saw Harmanpreet at her fluent best. Georgia Wareham, the bowler, could do little to stop the flow of runs.

One of the most ferocious strikers of the ball in women’s cricket, Harmanpreet hit seven fours off successive balls to bring up a 22-ball half-century, the first in the WPL. Mumbai were able to pluck 46 runs between overs 14 and 16 that gave them a launchpad for the eventual score of 207, a total that proved way beyond the opposition’s reach.

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