UP Warriorz end Mumbai Indians’ unbeaten run

England all-rounder Sophie Ecclestone provided the star turn with both bat and ball as UP Warriorz handed Mumbai Indians their maiden WPL defeat. UPW bowled just two overs of pace in the stipulated 20 overs and, led by Sophie Ecclestone’s three-wicket haul, kept MI in check with regular blows at the DY Patil Sports Academy on Saturday, March 18.

Rajeshwari Gayakwad snared two wickets while Deepti Sharma, although a shade expensive, also picked up a couple of wickets as MI finished with 127, made possible only though Issy Wong’s 19-ball 32. Tahlia McGrath and Grace Harris pitched in with handy 30s in the chase before Ecclestone finished it off with 16*, which included a six off Wong in the final over, as UPW won with three balls to go.

Brief scores: Mumbai Indians 127 in 20 overs (Hayley Matthews 35, Issy Wong 32; Sophie Ecclestone 3-15) lost to UP Warriorz 129/5 in 19.3 overs (Grace Harris 39, Tahlia McGrath 38; Amelia Kerr 2-22) by 5 wickets