Recent Match Report – GG Women vs UPW Women 3rd Match 2022/23

UP Warriorz 175 for 7 (Harris 59*, Navgire 53, Garth 5-36) count Gujarat giants 169 for 6 (Deol 46) by three wickets

Gujarat Giants was so close to a comeback win against UP Warriorz. A day after going down by 143 runs to Mumbai Indians and losing their captain Beth Mooney to injury, Gujarat recovered from Saturday’s disastrous collapse to score 169 for 6. Then they had Warriorz at 105 for 7, but not out. Needing 65 off 26 balls, Grace Harris turned it around for the UP franchise.

Harris hit 59 of 26 deliveries and won the game with a ball to spare. There was also drama in the final, bowled by Annabel Sutherland, and it was centered around the new feature that allows teams to use DRS to review wide and no-ball decisions. Gujarat attempted a ball in the last over and failed, and two balls later the TV umpire upheld Harris’s review for a pitch not called a ball on the field. It was a marginal call at best and UP thought the equation should have been 6 of 2 balls. Instead it was 5 out of 3, and Harris topped it off with a four and a six.

Gujarat had put up a much improved batting, with Harleen Deol anchoring the innings. She delivered 46 of 32 deliveries and received help from Ashleigh Gardner (25 of 19) and Dayalan Hemalatha (21* of 13). The highlight of her performance was when she hit Devika Vaidya for four straight boundaries in the 17th over.

Gujarat also got off to a great start to their defence. Kim Garth, who was brought into their side as a late replacement for Deandra Dottin and played her first game, took three wickets in her second over – the fourth of the innings – to leave UP stuttering at 20 for 3.

With Garth generating a swing out which resulted in Alyssa Healy getting a lead back to the fast bowler and Shweta Sehrawat cutting the ball to short third, captain Rana put in a slip for Tahlia McGrath. The move paid off immediately, as McGrath put her first legal delivery to Hemalatha on a slip.

Kiran Navgire and Deepti Sharma scored 66 runs for the fourth wicket, and Navgire scored a half-century off 40 deliveries. In the same over – the twelfth – Mansi knocked down Joshi Deepti with one running back to the southpaw.

Garth immediately got back on the attack and had Navgire give a short ball behind Healy and then trap Simran Shaikh with a yorker. With Sutherland packing over Vaidya midway through the 16th, it looked like Giants had the game under control.

Then Harris started changing the game, with Sophie Ecclestone for company. Warriorz needed 19 in the final. Harris filed the first delivery for a six over midwicket, then the first of two wides took place.

Harris then took two to deep midwicket before hitting a four to the ground. The walked yorker followed and although Sutherland thought she got away with it, an assessment by Harris resulted in the third umpire calling it a ball. Harris then sent in a low full toss that flew over the back square to end the game the way she had played it – with a bang.

“I started badly and I thought I was fluttering,” said Harris after winning the Player of the Match award. “You have to get the terms of the wicket and I was thankful that Sophie (Ecclestone) was also driving.

“I knew what I wanted to do. I got nervous when there were so many breaks in the DRS. I was able to control myself but I was excited to bat and score. I like hitting with freedom. The coach is supportive and tells me to be free.”

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