WPL 2023: Harris, McGrath shine as UPW beat GG by 3 wickets to enter play offs

New Delhi: UP Warriorz stormed into the play offs as they defeated Gujarat Giants by 3 wickets with one ball left in the spell. Grace Harris and Tahlia McGrath scored 72 (41) and 52 (38) each, after UPW were reduced to 39/3 in 4.5.

Half-century for @189Grace

Will this turn out to be a match-winning knock for the @UPWarriorz

Follow the match https://t.co/FcApQh0PlQ#TATAWPL | #GGvUPW pic.twitter.com/YzAcTX93Pc

— Women’s Premier League (WPL) (@wplt20) March 20, 2023

Harris, McGrath Performance

Harris and McGrath stitched together the partnership of 78 runs for the fourth wicket, before McGrath was removed for 57(38). After that, Harris took the responsibility on her shoulder and smashed the brilliant half-century.

ℚ𝕌𝔸𝕃𝕀𝔽𝕀𝔼𝔻

We seal a spot in the playoffs of the #WPL!#GGvUPW #UPWarriorzUttarDega pic.twitter.com/CMFulfgq2F

— UP Warriorz (@UPWarriorz) March 20, 2023

Final over drama

Sophie Ecclestone started the final over of the game with a double, the she missed the full toss, which only gave single. In the next delivery, they stole quick single on the third ball.

However, the fourth delivery resulted in a run-out as Ecclestone pushed for the double. Simran Shaikh, who was running at the danger end, sacrificed her wicket for 1 (2).

On the second last ball of the 20th over, Sophie Ecclestone smashed the ball for boundary as UPW completed the run-chase and qualified for the play offs.

GG’s batting highlight

Hemalatha scored 57 runs off 33 balls, which include six 4s and three 6s. Her fellow batter, Gardner, scored 60 off 39 balls, also smashing the same number of 4s and 6s.

Playing XIs

UP Warriorz: Devika Vaidya, Alyssa Healy(w/c), Kiran Navgire, Tahlia McGrath, Grace Harris, Deepti Sharma, Sophie Ecclestone, Simran Shaikh, Parshavi Chopra, Anjali Sarvani, Rajeshwari Gayakwad.

Gujarat Giants: Sophia Dunkley, Laura Wolvaardt, Ashleigh Gardner, Dayalan Hemalatha, Harleen Deol, Sushma Verma(w), Sneh Rana(c), Kim Garth, Monica Patel, Tanuja Kanwar, Ashwani Kumari.

 

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