The double-headers from the Women’s Premier League 2023 brought some surprising results to the points table after UP Warriorz managed to put an end to the five-game winning streak for Mumbai Indians while Royal Challengers Bangalore Women bagged their second win of the season defeating Gujarat Giants.
Although Mumbai Indians started their second innings positively, with the required run rate in their favour, Grace Harris and Tahlia McGrath’s crucial knocks put UP-W back in the game.
With only five runs needed off the last six balls, Ecclestone missed the first two deliveries as Wong, Mumbai’s bowler, was right on the money. The tension was palpable in both camps as the match approached its climax.
However, Ecclestone held her nerve and finished off the game in style by hitting a crucial six. This exceptional victory for UP-W not only showcased their strong team spirit and resilience but also marked the end of MI’s winning streak of five matches in the WPL.
The second game saw RCB-W dominate with the bat, thanks to a brilliant yet unfortunate knock from Sophie Devine as the batter smashed 99 runs for her side in a successful run chase.
After restricting Gujarat to 188 runs on the board, Bangalore took just 15.3 overs to chase down the total with the batters contributing to the cause. While the win may not affect their playoff chances, the team have surely put a dent in Gujarat’s chances of making it into the knockouts.
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WPL 2023 Updated Points Table
Despite their loss against UP Warriorz, Mumbai Indians Women remain at the top of the table with 10 points to their name. Delhi Capitals remain in second place with 8 points while UP are just behind them with 6 points. Bangalore for the first time in the tournament has moved up from the bottom place and moved to 4th pushing Gujarat into 5th place.
WPL 2023 Orange Cap Standings
There is a new leader on top of the WPL batter standings with Sophie Devine climbing up to the first position with 266 runs to her name followed by former number 1 Meg Lanning.
Australian star Elyse Perry has moved up to the third position in the standings with 224 runs, while table-toppers Mumbai Indians have two players in the list with Harmanpreet Kaur and Hayley Matthews at number 4 and 5 respectively.
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WPL Purple Cap Standings
Saika Ishaque continues to be at the top with 12 wickets to her name but now faces stiff competition for the WPL Purple Cap as English star Sophie Ecclestone has levelled the tally after her 3 wicket-haul against Mumbai and now also has 12 scalps to her name.
Mumbai have done exceptionally well with the ball and it shows with two more of their bowlers making it into the standings with Hayley Matthews in third place with 11 wickets while Amelia Kerr stands in 4th position with 10 wickets to her name. Kim Garth who had a great start to the season has now fallen down quite a few spots and manages to stay in the top 5 with 9 wickets to her name.
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