Mumbai Indians’ Women’s Team Wins Inaugural Women’s Premier League
The Mumbai Indians’ women’s cricket team, led by White Ferns allrounder Amelia Kerr, won the first-ever Women’s Premier League (WPL) in India. The team defeated Delhi Capitals by seven wickets in the final held in Mumbai.
Delhi captain Meg Lanning won the toss and elected to bat first. Despite her top-score of 35 runs, her team managed only 131-9 in their allotted 20 overs. Mumbai’s Kerr played a significant role in restricting Delhi’s score by taking two wickets for just 18 runs in her four overs.
Mumbai lost both their openers early but managed to make a comeback through the partnership of skipper Harmanpreet Kaur (37) and England all-rounder Nat Sciver-Brunt, who scored an unbeaten 60.
Kerr’s contribution with the bat was also crucial, as she scored 14 runs to steer her team to victory after Kaur was run out. Mumbai needed just five runs off the last over, and they reached the target with three balls to spare in front of a crowd of 50,000 fans.
The Women’s Premier League, featuring five teams, is being hailed as a “game-changer” for women’s cricket. The league is offering lucrative deals to attract top players from around the world. Kerr finished the tournament as the fourth-most valuable player and the third-most wicket-taker across the league.
The inaugural Women’s Premier League has come to an end, but it has set a new benchmark for women’s cricket in India, promising a bright future for the sport.