Smriti Mandhana’s juggling catch removes Yastika Bhatia

New Zealand youngster Amelia Kerr chipped in with bat and ball as Mumbai Indians ended the league stage of the inaugural Women’s Premier League with six wins out of eight as they nudged aside Royal Challengers Bangalore by 4 wickets at the DY Patil stadium in Mumbai on Tuesday, March 21.

Kerr’s three-fer, along with two wickets each for Nat Sciver-Brunt and Issy Wong, kept RCB to an underwhelming 125/9. But the catch was that MI needed to reach the target within 11.3 overs to overtake the Net Run Rate of Delhi Capitals, which they couldn’t managed to do as they lost quick wickets after a brisk start. Kerr (31* off 27) and Pooja Vastrakar, who joined hands at 73/4, put on a 47-run stand as MI won with 3.3 overs to spare.

Brief scores: Royal Challengers Bangalore Women 125/9 in 20 overs (Richa Ghosh 29, Ellyse Perry 29; Amelia Kerr 3-22, Nat Sciver-Brunt 2-24) lost to Mumbai Indians Women 129/6 in 16.3 overs (Amelia Kerr 31*, Yastika Bhatia 30; Kanika Ahuja 2-5) by 4 wickets.

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