'Abb Yogi Ji ke khilaaf thodi jeetenge' - Fans react as UP hand Mumbai their first defeat of the season in Women's T20 League

Uttar Pradesh handed Mumbai their first defeat of the season in the Women's T20 League on Saturday. Here's how fans reacted.

Rohit Kumar
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UP beat Mumbai in Women's T20 League

UP beat Mumbai in Women's T20 League (Source: Twitter)

The Women's T20 League resumed play on Saturday as the competition prepared for a doubleheader. The table-toppers Mumbai took on UP in the day's opening match at the Wankhede Stadium. UP has had a hit-and-miss season thus far, earning four points from two victories out of five games to place third in the standings.

About the game, UP chose to bowl first after winning the toss. Mumbai was given the opportunity to bat first, but they could not capitalise on the opportunity as they were bowled out for 127 in just 20 overs, thanks to some outstanding fielding by UP. Only three Mumbai hitters, Harmanpreet Kaur (25 off 22), Issy Wong (32 off 19), and Hayley Matthews (35 off 30), were able to score in double figures.

Sophie Ecclestone remained the star with the ball for UP

Superstar bowler Sophie Ecclestone, who bowled four overs for UP, finished with a three-wicket haul, allowing 15 runs. Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Deepti Sharma, at the same time, returned with two wickets each. The excellent fielding effort by UP also included two run-outs.

In reply, Gujarat were off to a disastrous start losing three wickets for just 27 runs. However, Tahlia McGrath and Grace Harris combined for a rebuilding mission scoring 38 off 25 and 39 off 28, respectively. In the end, Sophie Ecclestone and Deepti Verma completed the remainder of the job as Gujarat handed Mumbai their first defeat of the series. Amelia Kerr returned with two wickets for Mumbai as Issy Wong, Nat-Sciver Brunt, and Hayley Matthews had one scalp apiece.

The bottom two teams, Bangalore and Gujarat, will compete for pride in the day's second game. The two teams will compete for glory at the Brabourne Stadium and try to stay alive in the inaugural Women's T20 League, despite their paths to the playoffs seeming more difficult than ever. It will be a must-win game for Bangalore if they want to stay alive in the competition. A net run rate advantage can still see the franchise qualify for the playoffs.

Here's how fans reacted to Mumbai's first defeat of the season:

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