Mumbai Indians(MI) registered a stunning victory in the first match of the inaugural Women’s Premier League(WPL) on March 4. The owner of the franchise Nita Ambani expressed satisfaction over how the team played and lauded WPL for boosting the prominence of women’s cricket in India.
Nita Ambani lauded the women cricketers
She expressed joy on being able to play a role in the movement and also acknowledged that the success of this tournament would inspire more and more young girls across the country to take up sports professionally.
“I think it is such an iconic day and iconic moment for women in sport. It is so thrilling to be part of this wonderful tournament WPL. I hope this inspires many young girls across the country to take up sports, realise their dreams and follow their hearts,” Ambani said.
Witnessing the incredible performance of her team, Ambani showered praises on her players and said that her franchise is known for playing a certain kind of cricket. She said that the Mumbai Indians are fearless and exciting in cricket and the girls have managed to do the same in the very first game of the tournament. She reserved some special words for skipper Harmanpreet who played a magnificent knock to lead the team from the front. She also praised Amelia Kerr for her efforts.
“Mumbai Indians is known to play a certain kind of cricket – fearless and exciting, and our girls have performed so well. I am proud how they played, it was all-round. Special mention about our captain Harman, what a special innings she played today 65 in 30 balls. Also I felt Amelia Kerr was fabulous – she batted well, bowled well,” Nita said following her team’s massive triumph in the first game.
MI played with an aggressive approach and defeated Gujarat Giants (GG) by 143 runs. In the opener, MI outclassed GG in all departments. With captain Harmanpreet Kaur’s rapid 65 runs (30 deliveries) and Amelia Kerr’s 45-run knock, MI posted a massive score 207/5 on the board.
Defending the huge total, Mumbai’s bowlers displayed an extraordinary effort. Saika Ishaque’s overpowering spell of 4-11 and Nat Sciver-Brunt’s brilliant 2-5, MI bundled GG’s innings to a mere 64. Youngsters Amelia Kerr and Issy Wong also showed up with the ball clinching 2-12 and 1-7 bowling figures respectively.
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