On Friday, Mumbai star pacer Issy Wong created Women’s T20 League (WTL) history by scoring a hat-trick against the UP in the Eliminator at the DY Patil Stadium. As she removed the hard-hitting Kiran Navgire, Simran Shaikh, and Sophie Ecclestone off consecutive deliveries in the 13th over, England’s Wong became the first player to take a hat-trick in the WTL.
With the hat trick, Wong increased her wicket tally for the game to four wickets. The first wicket to fall to Wong was that of Navgire, who was batting on 43 off 26 when she was caught at midwicket off the first ball of the thirteenth over. To finish the hat-trick, the 20-year-old dismissed Simran and Ecclestone with pin-point deliveries that hit the stumps.
Mumbai thrashed UP by 72 runs to win the Eliminator
With the loss of the third wicket in response to Mumbai’s 182/4, UP was down to 84/7. Amelia Kerr played a knock of 29 runs in 19 balls, while Sciver-Brunt smashed an undefeated 72 from 38 deliveries. Sophie Ecclestone took two wickets for UP, while Parshavi Chopra and Anjali Sarvani each claimed one.
Being allowed to bat first, Mumbai opened their innings with a powerful four on the first ball of the first over. Yastika Bhatia and Hayley Matthews, the Mumbai openers, rotated the strike beautifully, preventing the UP bowlers from settling in while whacking the available loose balls.
Yastika was the aggressive one who frequently broke through barriers. After scoring 21 runs off of 18 deliveries, she was removed by Anjali Sarvani before she could stay long at the crease.
Nat Sciver-Brunt then entered the game. Brunt and Matthews were a cautious team that regularly slammed limits. Matthews’ resourceful innings was ended by a spectacular delivery from Mumbai batter Parshavi Chopra, 16, who sent Matthews back. Captain Harmanpreet Kaur walked out to the middle as soon as Matthew’s wicket fell. In the game’s 12th over, Brunt broke through, slamming Parshavi for back-to-back sixes and boundaries and scoring 16 runs. Then, in the 13th over, Sophie Ecclestone produced a terrific delivery to dismiss Harmanpreet for 14.
Here’s how fans reacted to Issy Wong’s hat trick:
Kitna cute haa yaar🤭
— David Mahapatra (@MahapatraDavid) March 24, 2023
Man I just love that sling shot bowling action.. fantastic stuff Issy..! Those blue flags add to the glory
— Salil Garde (@TheRealPawD) March 25, 2023
Issy Wong bilkul bhi easy nahi
— Cricket Fan 07 (@Manas_pr_sharma) March 25, 2023
Kiran Navgire is smacking sixes for fun & toying with bowlers. Kiran Role model is none other than MS Dhoni.
Kiran Navgire to MS Dhoni be like 🙂 pic.twitter.com/ermE2c7hLU
— Shakti Man 💥 (@IamShaktiMann) March 24, 2023
@UPWarriorz khatam next year cup namade pic.twitter.com/KUXpu8tSCC
— Pintu Yadav (@pintuabd18) March 24, 2023
Don't buy a superstar , make a superstar 💙💙
— Nimish Shirsat (@shirsat_nimish) March 24, 2023
She is the only one who bowl Back of the hand and knuckle ball in wpl 🔥🔥
— Kapil (@apwaadi) March 24, 2023
Reason why UPW lost today😶🌫️ She played 2(7) destructive dhoni knock 😌 pic.twitter.com/rgwoGRbojH
— r4hul👑 (@retd_ICTIAN) March 24, 2023
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