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Hayley Mathews’ all-round show steers Mumbai Indians to 9-wicket win against RCB

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Mumbai Indians on Monday registered their second consecutive win in the Women’s Premier League with a comprehensive nine-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), who suffered their second defeat in as many days. Chasing 156, an all-round performance from Hayley Mathews helped Mumbai Indians consolidate their position at the top of the WPL points table. The West Indian picked up three wickets and finished with a fine all-round show, scoring 77 off 38 balls. Mumbai Indians, who won the first game against Gujarat Giants by 143 runs, now have four points from two matches with the same net run rate. (NRR) 5.185.

Mathews again stitched a decisive partnership with England’s Nat Sciver-Brunt, with the two right-handers thrashing the RCB bowlers all over the park to put on an unbeaten 114-run partnership for the second wicket.

If Mathews put in an all-round performance to help Mumbai Indians to their second win, uncapped Sayka Ishaq also impressed once again, taking two wickets and taking her tally to six in the tournament.

Nat Sciver-Brunt, who could not get off to a good start in the opening game, made up for the disappointment on Monday by scoring an unbeaten 55 off 29 balls, hitting 10 fours and a six.

‘Player of the Match’ Mathews seemed to have picked up from where he left off that night at the DY Patil Stadium, playing his strokes with power, precision and command.

Mathews hit 13 fours and a six in his 38-ball unbeaten 77, which came after his impressive bowling figures of 4-0-28-3.

They included RCB skipper Smriti Mandhana, Heather Knight and Richa Ghosh.

Mathews may have picked up his fourth wicket in his final over, but Renuka Thakur bowled the ball hard enough for the bowler to take a return catch.

The only breakthrough for RCB came in the fifth over when Preeti Bose trapped Yastika Bhatia in front of the wickets for 23 off 19 balls.

The Mumbai wicketkeeper-batsman, who had looked poor in the first match, broke the shackles with an unorthodox shot that got him his first boundary of the innings, and helped them stitch a 45-run partnership for the first wicket.

Sciver-Brunt took the fancy of Shreyanka Patil in the eighth over, hitting three fours to almost put Mumbai Indians in a run-a-ball position. Sciver-Brunt and Mathews once again took care of Patil, this time hitting three fours and a six to collect 20 runs in the 13th over.

Earlier, RCB fought back with useful contributions from their lower-order as they recovered from a batting collapse to reach 155 in 18.4 overs.

After a promising start provided by skipper Smriti Mandhana (23 off 17 balls, 5 fours), RCB slumped from 39/0 to 43/4 between the fourth and fifth overs, losing four wickets in eight balls.

The loss was caused by Sayka Ishaq and Hayley Mathews, who shared seven wickets between them along with New Zealand’s Amelia Kerr.

But credit goes to RCB batsmen – Richa Ghosh (28), Kanika Ahuja (22), debutant Shreyanka Patil (23) and Megan Schutt (20) – who not only scored some much needed runs but also took the team past 150. , which seemed difficult at one stage.

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