that will be that! Back of a length delivery fired down the leg side. Kerr does not get bat on it, and the keeper can't gather either. Sums up how RCB's season has been!
7:26pm Right. That will be a wrap from us for this game. Until next time, this is me (Shashwat) signing off one behalf of Ranjith, Thilak and everyone at ESPNcricinfo! Goodbye and take care!
Smriti Mandhana, Royal Challengers Bangalore captain: (On her bowling) We tried to fight till the 13th or 14th over. We had a little bit of a chat that whoever goes for a boundary, will have a shout today so they pointed at me and asked me to bowl. One of those days as a fielder where whichever ball was hit into the air comes to you. Happy that I could take those catches. (On what went wrong this season) We have a great team and we have a really balanced side. I think the way we started, it did not go our way. My performance with the bat was also below par and I will take a bit of the blame. In the last two matches, we did that (clicking together) very well. We will work hard on our combinations and come back strong next year. (On the youngsters) We have found really amazing youngsters in the form of Kanika and Shreyanka. The way they have showed their fearlessness was pleasing as a captain. Asha bowled pretty well too.
6:52pm So, it is time to get your calculators out. MI, courtesy of this win, sit at the top of the points table but they could be usurped by DC, provided, of course, the latter wins their game against the UP Warriorz.
There is one other factor that complicates things. Let's say DC bat first and they score 140, they will have to win by at least four runs to ensure that they remain above MI in the points table. A lesser margin of victory and MI will finish as table-toppers. A win for the Warriorz would mean that DC and the Warriorz finish on 10 points, with the pair playing the Eliminator against each other on Friday.
6:42pm A fairly routine win for MI in the end, and this win has taken them to the top of the table, for now. Matthews batted with intent at the start, as did Yastika. Post the powerplay and once both were dismissed, MI found it tough. Well, until Kerr and Vastrakar joined hands and brought them to the cusp of victory. Kerr, in particular, looked composed at the crease and barely broke into a sweat, masterminding what could have been a tricky run-chase.
As for RCB, well, they would be ruing their inability to put enough runs on the board. The pitch provided assistance to the spinners throughout and had they had 15-20 more runs on the board, they could have been in with more than a shout. That, in a microcosm, is how their campaign has transpired. Lots of missed opportunities, and a sinking feeling of what could have been.
full and outside off stump. Kerr reaches out for it and drills it straight to extra cover. Still two needed!
back of a length delivery outside off stump. Kerr goes back and punches it straight to extra cover
Just two runs needed now
short and down the leg side. Kerr rocks onto the back foot and smashes it past deep backward square leg for a boundary!
A slight clarification on the NRR scenarios. It seemed that DC just had to win their game to finish top. But Rajesh tells me that if MI polish off this run-chase in 16.3 overs, and DC score 120 and win by just one run, MI would finish at the top of the table. Of course, lots of permutations involved but it looks like MI still have a chance, even if DC win against the UP Warriorz
Wong bites the dust too! Oh dear! Length delivery outside off stump. Wong advances and looks to tonk that into next week. She is rushed into her stroke, though, and ends up slicing it straight down Mandhana's throat at extra cover!
Six to win now. Wong is the new batter at the crease. Can she finish it off with one strike?
Vastrakar departs! Slowed up on a length on off stump. Vastrakar, trying to finish it with one blow, hares down the track and slogs at it. She is nowhere close to the pitch of the ball, though, and skies it. Mandhana settles herself at extra cover and does the rest!
full delivery outside off stump. Kerr comes down the track and flicks it towards long on for one
is that a drop? Full delivery outside off stump. Vastrakar belts it back to the bowler, who does well to actually get a hand to it
full delivery just outside off stump. Kerr comes forward and works it towards deep mid wicket for one more run
full and down the leg side. Kerr misses her sweep but then sees the umpire indulge in a bit of exercise!
full delivery outside off stump. Vastrakar comes down the track and powers it on the bounce to long off
Kanika to try her luck now
length delivery on middle and off stump. Vastrakar comes down the track and tips it into the off side before dashing across to the other end
full delivery on middle and off stump. Kerr clears her front leg and heaves it towards deep mid wicket for a single
tossed up on a length outside off stump. Kerr skips down the track and lifts it over extra cover for a couple of runs
full delivery outside off stump. Vastrakar comes forward and flicks it towards deep mid wicket
back of a length delivery outside off stump. Kerr gets onto the back foot and cuts it towards deep cover point
back of a length delivery at the stumps. Vastrakar knocks it down the ground for a single
For those of you asking, DC now only need to win their final group fixture to finish at the top of the table, and earn a direct route into the final
short delivery on off stump. Vastrakar waits for it and pulls it away Calypso style to pick up a single to deep mid wicket
full delivery on off stump. Vastrakar gets forward and pushes it towards mid off
back of a length delivery on off stump. Kerr drops the ball into the off side and gallops across to the other end
|Dr DY Patil Sports Academy, Mumbai|
|Toss||Mumbai Indians 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||21 March 2023 - daynight (20-over match)|
|Points||Mumbai Indians Women 2, Royal Challengers Bangalore Women 0|
Amelia Kerr helps Mumbai Indians see off RCB - but not enough for direct final berth
|AC Kerr||not out||31||27|
|AB Kaur||not out||0||0|
|Extras||(nb 2, w 8)|
|Total||129(6 wkts; 16.3 ovs)|