Ecclestone finishes it off in style! MI are no longer invincible! Low full toss outside off stump and Ecclestone is waiting for that sort of delivery! She plants her front foot and clatters it over the bowler's head!
UPW Women won by 5 wickets (with 3 balls remaining)
7:19pm Right. That will be that from us tonight. The action in the WPL, though, does not stop. The Gujarat Giants will be taking on the Royal Challengers Bangalore in about ten minutes. Do join us for that game as well. Until next time, this is me (Shashwat) signing off on behalf of Binoy George, Ranjith and everyone else at ESPNcricinfo! Goodbye and take care!
Deepti Sharma, Player of the Match: I knew that Sophie was with me and that we could hit boundaries. We were confident that we would take it to the end and finish the game. The pitch was slightly better than in the first innings. It was skidding a little bit more. The early few overs were difficult. We executed our plans well with the bat. The bowling unit did very nicely and Harris also played a crucial role to get us back in the game. (On preparation for the game) We were just talking about how to concentrate on the positives and to play as a unit. I wanted to take the team past the finish line to ensure that we remain in the top three.
Alyssa Healy, UP Warriorz captain: It got close in the end but full credit to our girls for hanging in there and for getting the job done. It was an important win for us to just get some momentum. You got to find a way to win some times and find momentum. From that perspective, super happy. Hopefully we can take that confidence into the game on Monday. I don't know how much it was. It did do a little bit early but it got easier to bat as it got drier. It was not as important as people might make it out to be. Really proud of our spinners. For Parshavi to come in and bowl four overs, it was outstanding. If the wickets keep deteriorating, I am really liking the chances of our spinners' group.
6:52pm Wow, what a low-scoring thriller that turned out to be. It ebbed, flowed and in the end, the Warriorz did just enough to hold their nerve and get past the finish line. Credit must go to Harris and McGrath for the way they batted in the middle overs and broke the back of the run-chase. At the end, Deepti and Ecclestone found the fence just when their side needed them to.
Take nothing away from MI, though. They did not put up a massive total on the board but fought throughout. But, just like it felt at the half-way stage, they were perhaps 10-15 runs short. Had they had that luxury, they might well have outlasted the Warriors.
But apart from the what-ifs, this result could have massive ramifications on the play-offs race. The Warriors are now in pole position to qualify. If RCB lose later in the day, they will definitely be eliminated. A loss for the Gujarat Giants will make things very precarious for them too, considering their NRR, as things stand, is the worst in the WPL.
Five off four now, and the pressure is firmly on Ecclestone. Can she get a boundary away, or get Deepti back on strike?
back of a length delivery outside off stump again. Ecclestone has a waft at it and misses again
length delivery outside off stump. Ecclestone has a wild swing at it and does not make any contact
Right. Five needed off the final over. MI would ideally want a wicket on either the first or the second ball of the over. Wong to bowl the final over, and she has Ecclestone in her sights. Where is this game headed?
full delivery hung outside off stump. Ecclestone reaches out for it again and drives it towards long off for a single
huge appeal, not given! Full delivery on off stump. Deepti walks across her stumps and seems to paddle it towards short fine leg. She then calls Ecclestone through for the single, who has to gallop to make her ground. The third umpire wants to have a look at the run-out, though. In fact, it looks like MI have reviewed the lbw too! The ball has not struck the pad at all and has gone off flush off the toe end. Deepti survives and so does Ecclestone on the run-out!
breaks the shackles! Dragged down outside off stump. Deepti waits in her crease, delays her shot and pumps it over mid on for four!
flighted on a length outside off stump. Ecclestone reaches out for it and drags it towards deep mid wicket
Ecclestone is hitting to the shorter leg-side boundary in this over
low full toss outside off stump. Ecclestone drives it straight back to the bowler
Nithish: "Best chance for Deepti to hit those winning runs and regain confidence with bat"
tossed up on middle and off stump. Deepti gives herself a bit of room and chips it towards deep cover point for a single
Matthews to bowl the penultimate over. How will the Warriorz approach this? Get ahead of the game in this over, or bide their time until the final over comes along?
full delivery on off stump. Ecclestone opts to stay back again and can only cut it straight to extra cover
13 off 13 now
tossed up on a length outside off stump. Ecclestone comes half forward and defends into the off side
edged! Back of a length delivery outside off stump. Deepti has a nibble at it and gets a thick outside edge that bounces off the keeper's pads towards short third man
length delivery on middle and off stump. Ecclestone opts to stay back and heaves it towards deep square leg for one
back of a length delivery outside off stump. Ecclestone goes back and jabs it towards extra cover
Required run-rate under a run-a-ball again
back of a length delivery darted down the leg side. Ecclestone gets inside the line of the ball and helps it past short fine leg for four!
full delivery just outside off stump. Ecclestone lunges forward and drives it past the bowler for a single
Three dots in a row now. Is Ecclestone feeling the pinch?
full delivery on middle and off stump. Ecclestone gets down on one knee and sweeps it towards square leg
Back to run-a-ball now
length delivery just outside off stump. Patted back to the bowler
very full delivery just outside off stump. Ecclestone clinks it back to the bowler
length delivery on middle and off stump. Deepti shuffles across and paddles it towards short fine leg. Ishaque thinks the ball might have struck the pad first but gets no support from her teammates
|Dr DY Patil Sports Academy, Mumbai|
|Toss||UP Warriorz Women, elected to field 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||18 March 2023 - daynight (20-over match)|
|Points||UP Warriorz Women 2, Mumbai Indians Women 0|
Sophie Ecclestone shines as UP Warriorz show that Mumbai Indians can be beaten
|DB Sharma||not out||13||14|
|S Ecclestone||not out||16||17|
|Total||129(5 wkts; 19.3 ovs)|