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Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur powered Mumbai Indians to a mammoth score of 207/5 against Gujarat Giants as the inaugural Women’s Premier League (WPL) got underway in front of a packed house on Saturday. A grand opening ceremony took place at the DY Patil Stadium before the inauguration. Kaur played a brilliant knock of 65 runs in just 30 balls (14×4) that thrashed Gujarat Giants and wrote her name in the history books. The right-handed Kaur put on a quickfire 89 for the fourth wicket with Amelia Kerr, in which the New Zealand batsman scored an unbeaten 45 off just 24 balls, studded with six fours and a six. Mumbai Indians scored 62 runs in the last 30 balls of their innings to post a record 200-plus first innings total of the tournament.

After winning the toss and electing to field, Gujarat Giants were guilty of making a number of errors in the field, including throwing too many balls down the leg side.

Kaur, who hit Sneh Rana for consecutive fours in the 11th over, hit Georgia Wareham for two more fours in the 12th over and gave similar treatment to Annabel Sutherland in the next over.

However, it was in the 15th over when Kaur truly displayed her class, hitting young left-arm pacer Monica Patel for four consecutive fours to collect 21 runs from the over, which was the most expensive of the innings.

Despite losing an early wicket in the form of Yastika Bhatia (1), Mumbai Indians remained aggressive with the bat, with West Indies’ Hayley Matthews providing the early fireworks during a 54-run partnership for the second wicket with Nat Sciver-Brunt (23). ) to build a strong platform.

Nat Sciver-Brunt and Mathews both pounced on any opportunity to score, which they got in abundance from the Gujarat bowlers, who were wayward with their lines.

While the right-handed Sciver-Brunt scored an 18-ball 23, including five fours, it was Mathews who led the scoring in the early stages of the game.

Mathews, who started with a six and a four off Manasi Joshi in the second over, hit Annabel Sutherland for two sixes off the right-arm Australian bowler in the eighth over.

The 54-run partnership for the second wicket was broken in the ninth over by Georgia Wareham, who had Sciver-Brunt caught at mid-on by Sneh Rana.

Soon, Gardner ended Mathews’ charge towards a maiden WPL half-century after a strategic break brought into the attack by Gujarat skipper Beth Mooney to control the run-flow.

After being penalized for four previous points, Gardner provided the third breakthrough when he found a swinging right-handed Matthews. The batsman missed connecting with the ball which broke his stumps.

Right-handed Caribbean batsman Mathews scored 47 runs in 31 balls with the help of four sixes and three fours.

India’s Tanuja Kanwar gave Gujarat Giants their first breakthrough in the third over when Yastika Bhatia – who was struggling to get off the blocks – fired a point straight into the hands of Georgia Wareham.

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