HomeSPORTSLatest Match Report - RCB Girls vs MI Girls 4th Match 2022/23

Latest Match Report – RCB Girls vs MI Girls 4th Match 2022/23

Mumbai Indians 159 for 1 (Matthews 77*, Sciver-Brunt 55*) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 155 (Ghosh 28, Matthews 3-28, Ishaque 2-26) by 9 wickets

West Indies’ Hayley Matthews was unsold within the first spherical of the WPL public sale, which was held simply at the beginning of the Girls’s T20 World Cup, earlier than Mumbai Indians picked her up within the accelerated spherical. Stunning because it was, you possibly can connect a logic to it.

Matthews was main a West Indies aspect that struggled to shrug off their run of losses. That they had misplaced 15 straight T20Is, together with one by way of the Tremendous Over earlier than the win in opposition to Pakistan of their final T20 World Cup recreation. In a bid to revive West Indies’ faltering batting line-up, she additionally tried shifting down the order from her most well-liked opening spot earlier than coming as much as the highest once more.

With a stellar all-round present on the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai, Matthews gave all people, not least the noisy stand subsequent to the sightscreen on the commentators’ field finish, a well mannered reminder of the brilliance she will be able to conjure up. One which continues to provide West Indies hope as they appear to rise from a lowish section.

“We have been weighing up our choices and thought we did not have the funds for, however we definitely did [eventually],” Mumbai head coach Charlotte Edwards advised the host broadcasters as Matthews was serving to them coast in opposition to Royal Challengers Bangalore. “This match, like franchise cricket, is actually good for Hayley and it is good to see her try this within the final couple of days. [During the strategic break] I advised her these are the times that you must money in and on such grounds.”

Royal Challengers have been achieved in nearly single-handedly by Matthews. After an 11-run opening over, through which Smriti Mandhana and Sophie Devine hit a 4 and a six respectively, she got here again within the final over of the powerplay to dismiss Mandhana. She tossed one up exterior off, attractive Mandhana to provide her the cost earlier than the dip and switch meant that the batter sliced it to level. On the very subsequent ball, she slipped in a full one which went below Heather Knight’s flick to dismiss her for a first-ball duck.

Matthews had helped Mumbai win the primary little bit of the arm-wrestle in opposition to Royal Challengers.

With the assistance of two younger weapons Richa Ghosh and Kanika Ahuja, Royal Challengers managed to maneuver previous 100 inside 12 overs from 71 for five. Ghosh was pleased to punish the unhealthy balls whereas Ahuja took the assault onto the seamers. An over after Pooja Vastrakar removed Ahuja, Matthews was summoned once more and he or she duly delivered by having Ghosh slog one straight to deep midwicket. Solely an excellent counterattack from Karnataka’s Shreyanka Patil helped Royal Challengers cross 150 to have some hopes.

” match-ups, we figured that immediately was one that actually suited me nicely,” Matthews mentioned after her player-of-the-match outing. “After that first over I used to be a bit below the pump. However [captain Harmanpreet Kaur] had religion in me to toss the ball again at me and it labored out very nicely.”

Matthews dashed any semblance of these hopes. She used the width offered by Renuka Singh to steer one previous level within the opening over earlier than flicking one via sq. leg within the third. She then heaved left-arm spinner Preeti Bose over deep sq. leg earlier than going again to a half-tracker and punching it over covers.

Megan Schutt, who earlier scored a 14-ball 20, was subsequent in Matthews’ firing line. Matthews first punched one via the covers earlier than timing the straight drive previous the bowler as Mumbai cruised to 54 for 1 on the finish of the powerplay, with Bose trapping Bhatia for the one wicket within the section.

Even after the fielding restrictions have been lifted, Matthews hit Renuka for 2 fours in an over and ultimately introduced up her half-century – after narrowly lacking out within the opening encounter – off simply 26 balls with Mumbai on 95 for 1 on the ten-over mark. Nat Sciver-Brunt’s canter was decreased to a postscript.

Thereon, Mumbai knocked off the remaining 61 runs in 26 balls to register a second thumping win. Matthews was strolling again with an enormous smile and an unbeaten 77 off simply 38 balls with Nat contributing 55 not out off 29.

In her final 11 T20I innings, Matthews crossed the 30-run mark six instances and made a fifty-plus rating in solely a type of. Whereas she admitted to fascinated about this when she was in her thirties and forties, she additionally mentioned that being the accountable batter for West Indies helped her tone down her aggression when wanted and grow to be a greater T20 participant.

“Funnily sufficient, after I received into the 40s, I used to be considering that in my final ten to twenty innings I’ve had about seven 30s and 40s,” she mentioned. “I sadly wasn’t in a position to get previous the mark in multiple recreation. For me it comes all the way down to focus factor generally. I advised myself to remain centered and it labored out.

“In all probability being a bit extra accountable on the crease is one thing I needed to pull on much more with WI and I feel that is naturally helped me in my T20 recreation as an entire and it has helped me right here as nicely. In all probability [I] wasn’t getting the quantity of runs I’d have needed up to now because of most likely making a gift of my hand fairly a bit. Now that I’m being pressured with duty on the worldwide degree is helped me realise the best way to plan my T20 innings.”

After these exploits, solely two phrases clarify Matthews discovering no picks within the first spherical of the WPL public sale – “public sale dynamics”.

Turning level

Opting to bat, Royal Challengers have been off to an ideal begin. Mandhana slapped Matthews for 4 via covers earlier than Devine launched the slog sweep deep into the midwicket stands. Mandhana was selecting up lengths early and heaved Sciver-Brunt via midwicket. Issy Wong’s first over then noticed Mandhana choose three fours – one via covers, one by way of an edge via the vacant slip area and one via mid-on.

Bengal’s left-arm spinner Saika Ishaque turned the tables to use the brakes. Devine hit her for a first-ball 4 in Ishaque’s first over and repeated the drill in her second over, too. Ishaque then slowed it down and bowled it on the stumps, as soon as once more having Devine play the slog. Nonetheless, she did that straight to the fielder at deep midwicket.

A few balls later, Disha Kasat seemed to cost down and push the ball down the bottom, just for her to be overwhelmed and be bowled. In an area of three balls, 27-year-old Ishaque had managed to stall Royal Challengers’ flying begin and made the sparse Brabourne crowd appear humongous with its roar.

The seeds of hassle have been sown.

S Sudarshanan is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisment -
Google search engine

Most Popular

Recent Comments