Matthews struggles as Mumbai lose second straight

March 21, 2023
Hayley Matthews
Hayley Matthews

MUMBAI, India (CMC):

West Indies captain Hayley Matthews had little impact with bat or ball as Mumbai Indians slumped to their second loss in three days to surrender the top spot in the Women's Premier League.

Sent in at the DY Patil Sports Academy yesterday, Mumbai mustered only 109 for eight from their 20 overs and then watched as Delhi Capitals overhauled the target, with 11 overs to spare, to win by nine wickets.

The 24-year-old Matthews failed with five at the top of the order and picked up the only wicket to fall in Capitals' innings, her two overs of off-spin leaking 27 runs.

Capitals are now level with Mumbai on 10 points but ahead in the standings, courtesy of a superior net run rate.

Matthews was part of a collapse which saw Mumbai slump to 21 for four in the seventh over, the right-hander third to be out in the fourth over, brilliantly taken at wide mid-on by a diving Jemimah Rodrigues off seamer Shikha Pandey, who picked up two wickets for 21 runs.

Pooja Vastrakar, with 26, and captain Harmanpreet Kaur, who made 23, then stitched up the innings in a 37-run, fifth-wicket stand before 20-year-old England rookie Issy Wong, with 23, and Amanjot Kaur, with 19, added a further 30 for the seventh wicket to bolster the lower order.

The run chase proved uncomplicated, captain Meg Lanning hitting an unbeaten 32 off 22 deliveries in posting 56 for the first wicket with 19-year-old Indian sensation Shafali Verma, who made 33 and 54 in an unbroken, second-wicket partnership with England's Alice Capsey, who scored 38 not out, as Capitals coasted in reply.

Lanning struck four fours and a six, while Verma blasted half-dozen fours and a six in a 15-ball cameo before stepping out to Matthews, missing a swing and going stumped in the fifth over.

Capsey quickly banished any thoughts of a Mumbai comeback, belting a four and five sixes in a 17-ball stunner to carry Delhi home.

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