Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur led from the front by scoring a quickfire unbeaten 53 as Mumbai Indians Women continued their unbeaten run by winning their fourth consecutive game by defeating UP Warriorz by eight wickets at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday.
After winning the toss and choosing to bat first, UP Warriorz lost Devika Vaidya (6) early as she was trapped leg before wicket by Saika Ishaque.
Alyssa Healy along with Kiran Navgire added 50 runs for the second wicket stand before the latter perished to Amelia Kerr for 17.
Healy featured in yet another crucial 82 run stand for the third wicket alongside Tahlia McGrath before Ishaque struck twice- first by trapping the UP skipper (58) leg before wicket as she missed her reverse sweep and then dismissing the dangerous McGarth stumped by wicket keeper Yastika Bhatia for a breezy 50. His knock comprised off 37 balls with 9 fours.
The Warriorz lost a bit of momentum in the final overs and ended up with 159/6 in their 20 overs.
Chasing 160, openers Bhatia and Hayley Matthews got MI off to a solid start. The pair added 58 runs for the opening stand before Rajeshwari Gayakwad broke the stand by dismissing the former caught at deep midwicket by Simran Shaikh for a breezy 27 ball-42.
Matthews (12) perished soon after chipping a catch to Sophie Ecclestone.
In the 11th over, Indian skipper Kaur got a reprieve, as she missed a flick off Anjali Sarvani but the bails did not fall and the MI skipper survived.
Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur (53)* along with Sciver-Brunt (45)* shared an unbeaten 106 run stand for the third wicket as Mumbai overhauled the target of 164 in 17.3 overs.