ANI Photo | WPL 2024: Sciver-Brunt, Amelia Kerr’s fiery knocks propel MI to 160/6 against UP Warriorz

Nat Sciver-Brunt and Amelia Kerr’s brisk knocks help Mumbai Indians post 160/6 after UP Warriorz Chamari Athapaththu’s early blows startled MI in their Women’s Premier League (WPL) 2024 match here at the Arun Jaitley Stadium on Thursday.
Kerr and S Sajana played crucial knocks of 39 and 22 respectively to propel Mumbai to a competitive total of 160/6 while the solid partnership between Sciver-Brunt (45) and captain Harmanpreet Kaur (33) provided the team with a stable platform.
Opted to bat first Mumbai got off to a miserable start as in under 5 overs UP sent MI openers back to the pavilion.
Chamari Athapaththu found early success for the UP Warriorz as she sent packing Hayley Matthews in her first over. Athapaththu was brought back into the attack in the 4th over and the right-arm off break was proved too much to be handled by the MI batter as she removed another opener, Yastika Bhatia.
Nat Sciver-Brunt and captain Harmanpreet Kaur then handled the charge for MI after Athapaththu removed both openers at the end of the powerplay.
The experienced duo of Harmanpreet and Sciver Brunt kept the runs ticking for their team and took Mumbai Indians to 64/2 at the halfway mark.
Sciver Brunt missed a well-deserved half-century as Rajeshwari Gayakwad produced a stunning delivery to remove a well-set batter for 45 runs.
The right-handed batter Amelia Kerr then came out to bat and she opened her tally with a four square of the wicket.
Captain Harmanpreet’s crucial innings came to an end as she was sent packing by Saima Thakor for 33. Hard-hitter Amanjot Kaur also followed the captain back into the pavilion after making just 7 runs.
After 15 overs of the game, Mumbai’s score read 122/5. In the last four over Kerr shifted gears and slammed UP bowlers at every loose delivery opportunity she received.
Kerr and S Sajana’s blistering knocks of 39 and 22 respectively were sufficient to power MI to a fine total of 160/6 in 20 overs.
Brief score: Mumbai Indians 160/6 (Nat Sciver-Brunt 45, Amelia Kerr 39; Chamari Athapaththu 2-27) vs UP Warriorz. (ANI)

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