Nat Sciver-Brunt helped Mumbai Indians win the first Women’s Premier League championship with an undefeated 60 from 55 balls. In the Sunday final at the Wankhede Stadium, England international Sciver-Brunt’sundefeated 60 helped the Indians defeat the Delhi Capitals by seven wickets.
After losing the toss and electing to field first, Mumbai was put in a position to chase down the goal of 132 thanks to the right-hander’s-score.
Charlotte Edwards, a Mumbai coach and former England captain, expressed her excitement. “Winning this is one of my finest career accomplishments. We all helped each other, and it was fantastic.”
After winning the toss, Delhi captain Meg Lanning decided to bat. The Australia captain led her team in scoring with 35 runs, and the Capitals reached a respectable 131-9.
Even that result seemed unlikely when they collapsed to 79-9, with Issy Wong of England (3-42) and spinner Hayley Matthews of the West Indies (3-5) causing the most damage with the ball.
To give Delhi’s bowlers something to bowl against, Shikha Pandey and Radha Yadav hammered unbeaten breezy 27s at the close of the innings.
Mumbai lost both of its openers quickly, but their captain Harmanpreet Kaur (37 not out) and England all-rounder Sciver-Brunt set their team on track for victory with a 72-run partnership.
Sciver-Brunt, along with Ashleigh Gardner from Australia, was the most expensive foreign player in the league, and secured victory in the last over with a paddle shot that sped to the boundary, marking her seventh four of the innings.