Mumbai Indians and Harmanpreet Kaur can do no wrong in the inaugural edition of the Women's Premier League as they have thrashed Delhi Capitals by eight wickets to remain unbeaten in the tournament.
After opting to bat first, the Capitals failed to stitch any partnerships and slummed from 81 for the loss of three wickets to 105 all out with Meg Lanning top-scoring for the side with 43 runs in 41 deliveries.
Despite a 50-run stand for the fourth wicket between the Australian batter and Jemimah Rodrigues, who chipped in with a quickfire 25, Delhi crumbled in the middle overs courtesy of some brilliant bowling by Saika Ishaque, Issy Wong and Hayley Matthews.
"Hindsight's a wonderful thing. But we were in a similar position after the 12-over mark. The pitch definitely had something in it for the bowlers, which is a good thing," said Lanning after the loss in the post-match presentation.
"You can't go out there looking at 180 from the start. Need to build partnerships. That's what we weren't able to do today. I thought Rodrigues came out and attacked the bowling. Hopefully, I can keep contributing, and we have a few more wins in us," she further added.
On the other hand, Harmanpreet Kaur heaped praises on the bowling unit and stated that they do make her job of leading the side a lot easier. "Today our bowlers did really well. They're making my job easier. Whoever comes in is eager to bowl and when you have so many options, your job is so easy," she said.
"Credit to our bowlers. Bowling according to the field is key in T20s, and we're able to do that. After the last game, we all discussed that we bowled some bad balls. Now the tournament is going to start because the pitches are going to be on the slower side," she further added.
In reply to their modest total, Yastika Bhatia and Hayley Matthews forged a 65-run opening stand before the southpaw was dismissed for a 32-ball 41 studded with eight boundaries. Despite the stutter, Mumbai chased down the target with eight wickets to spare in 15 overs.
Delhi will face Gujarat Giants in an evening encounter on Saturday, March 11, at the same venue, while the Mumbai Indians will look to keep their winning streak intact against the UP Warriorz at the Brabourne Stadium on Sunday, March 12.