Ecclestone sends UP Warriorz to the playoffs, and sends Gujarat Giants and Royal Challengers Bangalore crashing out of the WPL! Full and outside off stump. Ecclestone, though, has worked this one out beautifully. She walks across her stumps and paddles it through the vacant fine leg region to seal the deal!
UPW Women won by 3 wickets (with 1 ball remaining)
7:22pm Right. That will be a wrap from us for this game. The action, though, does not stop. The Delhi Capitals are taking on the Mumbai Indians and that game will begin in less than ten minutes' time. Do join us for that as well. Until next time, this is me (Shashwat) signing off on behalf of Sudeep and Venkat. Goodbye and take care!
6:52pm Phew, that was some game. The Giants began their bowling innings in the best possible manner, sending Healy back early and getting the better of Navgire and Devika inside the powerplay. But just like they did against Mumbai, Harris and McGrath joined hands to ensure that the chase was not derailed. Both bagged fifties, with Harris, in particular, taking her side to the cusp of victory. Ecclestone then applied the finishing touches, ensuring that the Warriorz have now secured a spot in the playoffs.
The Giants, meanwhile, will be ruing their inability to capitalize on crucial moments, not just today but throughout the tournament. They picked up three wickets in the powerplay but could not build on it. Earlier in the day, they found themselves on course to get to 185-190, only for them to score 12 runs in the last two overs and hand over the initiative to the Warriorz. Their season is now done and dusted and while there were a few positives, they would largely be disappointed with how their campaign panned out.
2 off 2 now. The tension is palpable. Super Over anyone?
low full toss outside off stump. Ecclestone advances and clinks it down the ground. Simran is stretching every muscle to get back for the second but has she made it? We go upstairs to find out! Looks like she has not made her ground! Simran has to go, but Ecclestone remains on strike!
It is all happening here. 3 off 3 now
back of a length delivery outside off stump. Simran heaves at it and inside edges it onto her thigh pad. Ecclestone calls her through, and Simran has to sprawl across the turf to make her ground
full toss on off stump. Ecclestone can't believe her luck but ends up tugging it straight to deep mid wicket. Ecclestone is absolutely livid with herself
full delivery at the stumps. Ecclestone comes down the track and nurdles the ball into the on side before scampering across for a couple of runs
Seven needed off the final over. Can Ecclestone take the Warriorz into the playoffs? Sneh Rana to bowl the final over
Chuvi: "The greatest aspect about Grace Harris's knock is that she has been two steps ahead of the bowlers. Knew what was coming next!!! Fantastic knock !!!"
dropped, oh my! Full delivery just outside off stump. Simran smashes it back to the bowler, who gets two hands to it but can't cling on
Simran Shaikh in at 8
and it does the trick! Harris departs! Full and slanted across on off stump. Harris looks to hammer it into next week but gets this one wrong slightly. She swings too early and chalks it straight down long on's throat! There is still some life left in this game!
Around the wicket now
another six! In the slot outside off stump and guess what happens to those, they go miles! Harris sits back deep in her crease and mousses it over long on!
low full toss on middle and off stump. Ecclestone drives it down the ground and collects another single
Ecclestone gets in on the act! Full and too much width outside off stump. Ecclestone throws the kitchen sink at it and scythes it over cover point
full and outside off stump. Drilled down the ground to long off for a single
19 runs needed off the final 12 balls. Surely Harris will take the Warriorz past the finish line? She is up against Garth in the penultimate over
slowed up on a length outside off stump. Ecclestone has a slog at it but can only inside edge it onto her pads
full delivery just outside off stump. Harris walks across her stumps and paddles it towards short fine leg, where the fielder brings out the dive and saves a certain boundary
dragged down outside off stump and that is very unlike Gardner. Harris, though, does not mind one bit as she rocks back and belts it flat over the deep square leg fence!
is that a drop? Flighted on a full length on middle and off stump. Ecclestone has a swing at it and mistimes it terribly. Sneh comes rushing on from the long on fence but can't hold on
back of a length delivery fired down the leg side. The keeper can't collect cleanly but luckily for her, she does not concede an extra run
full delivery on middle and leg stump. Harris flicks it down the ground for one more run
length delivery on middle and leg stump. Ecclestone clears her front leg and heaves it towards deep square leg for a single
Gardner to bowl out
very full delivery outside off stump. Harris sits deep in her crease again and dabs it towards backward point. She wants the single but is sent back by Ecclestone
fuller and wider outside off stump. Ecclestone digs it out and times it nicely towards deep extra cover
|Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai|
|Toss||Gujarat Giants Women, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Hours of play (local time)||15.30 start, First Session 15.30-17.00, Interval 17.00-17.20, Second Session 17.20-18.50|
|Match days||20 March 2023 - daynight (20-over match)|
|Points||UP Warriorz Women 2, Gujarat Giants Women 0|
Small role, big impact: Rana refuses to RONSBU, Healy backs teen spirit
Amazing Grace Harris leads UP Warriorz into WPL playoffs
|S Ecclestone||not out||19||13|
|Simran Shaikh||run out||1||2|
|K Anjali Sarvani||not out||0||0|
|Total||181(7 wkts; 19.5 ovs)|