Twitter Reactions: UP Warriorz end high-flying Mumbai Indians’ winning streak in low-scoring WPL clash

UP Warriorz handed Mumbai Indians their first loss in the WPL 2023.

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UP Warriorz put an end to Harmanpreet Kaur-led Mumbai Indians’ five-match winning streak as the former emerged victorious by five wickets. The two sides squared off at the Dr DY Patil Sports Academy in Navi Mumbai on Saturday, March 18 in Match 15 of the Women's Premier League (WPL).

With the business end of the season approaching, Alyssa Healy and Co. were in desperate need of a win to get the side closer to a place in the playoffs. On the other hand, Mumbai Indians have comfortably cemented their spot in the top three and are marching towards a place in the finals of the event. 

Speaking about the match, UP Warriorz won the toss and put the opposition to bat first in the clash. Though Mumbai headed into the contest as the favourites, the Warriorz from UP put their best foot forward in order to obtain a result in their favour.

The Warriorz got Yastika Bhatia’s scalp for just seven runs and things went all south for the Indians from there on. The explosive hitter from the Caribbean, Hayley Matthews tried to put up a decent knock but could only manage to get a 30-ball 34 whereas skipper Harmanpreet got 25 runs before heading back to the dugout.

The dismissals at regular intervals handed the Warriorz a major boost in the clash. Despite a quickfire 19-ball 32 by Issy Wong, Mumbai were restricted to a meagre 127 runs. Sophie Ecclestone’s three-wicket haul saw her remain on level terms with Saika Ishaque for the most wickets (12) taken in the WPL.

Mumbai fight hard but Warriorz remain on top  

The Mumbai bowling unit left no stone unturned to fight back despite having posted a paltry total. Nat Sciver-Brunt, Hayley Matthews, and Issy Wong provided vital early strikes as the trio got a wicket each in under 30 runs.

Despite pressure swiftly mounting on the UP-based franchise, middle-order batters- Tahlia McGrath and Grace Harris played vital knocks to revive the chase. Tahlia got 38 runs whereas Grace scored 39 to get the side close to the total before the duo was sent packing by Amelia Kerr.

With 13 required off the final two overs, Sophie Ecclestone and Deepti Sharma steered the side to get to the finish line with a win by five wickets. In doing so, Mumbai were handed their first loss in the league and ended their five-match winning streak.

Here is how Twitter reacted-

mipaltan
Mumbai Indiansverified@mipaltan
Our first loss of the season and it stings. 💔 Back to the drawing board for a stronger outing in the next. 💪 #OneFamily #MumbaiIndians #AaliRe #WPL2023 #MIvUPW
06:52 PM · Mar 18, 2023
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UPWarriorz
UP Warriorz@UPWarriorz
.@Sophecc19 finishes off in style 👌 #MIvUPW #UPWarriorzUttarDega #WPL
06:52 PM · Mar 18, 2023
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abulkalam00000
Swag 👑@abulkalam00000
1st defeat for #MI lost to #UPWarriorz by 5 WKTS #WPL2023
06:52 PM · Mar 18, 2023
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vaithees2VFC
HeathLedger ❤️ VFC@vaithees2VFC
1st lose 🥺💔 @mipaltan #WPL2023
06:52 PM · Mar 18, 2023
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YeshHappyCorner
Yesh Happy Corner@YeshHappyCorner
#upwvmi #UPWvMI UP Warriorz has handed over the 1st loss to Mumbai Indians. After 5 matches, MI has finally lost! It is a wonderful team effort from UP with Tahila, G Harris, Ecclestone, R Gayakwad & Deepti Sharma all contributing to the win. #TATAWPLinTamil
06:51 PM · Mar 18, 2023
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pasunoori_manoj
Manoj Pasunoori@pasunoori_manoj
Seems like #Harmanpreet is not wishing to have #smriti in the race for now. #WPL2023 #upwvmi
06:30 PM · Mar 18, 2023
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Sysh24
Suyash@Sysh24
Superb Cricket. South Africans wholly impressed with the die another day attitude. Sune Luis is world cricket's best captain right now? If SA beat Aus then? I think so. #SAvENG #T20WorldCup
Sysh24
Suyash@Sysh24
Amelia Kerr is a performer all-rounder of supreme qualities. Just opposite to Deepti Sharma who takes wickets in death and scores when not necessarily urgent 😬 #WPL2023 #MIvUPW
06:32 PM · Mar 18, 2023
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archer_KC14
Krish@archer_KC14
Sophie Ecclestone 😭 #WPL | #WPL2023 | #CricketTwitter
06:30 PM · Mar 18, 2023
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dollar180998
Dollar (Muskan Kathuria)@dollar180998
What a catch, Issy? Smart bowling, Amelia! 🔥🔥 #WPL2023
06:30 PM · Mar 18, 2023
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abhithecomic
Ana de Armas stan@abhithecomic
Grace Harris is a sheer talent man! #WPL2023
06:29 PM · Mar 18, 2023
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CricketTamizhan
Cricket Tamizhan@CricketTamizhan
How good is Grace Harris ? #WPL2023
06:28 PM · Mar 18, 2023
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Mahi27238905
Mahi@Mahi27238905
Australians in crucial matches never disappoints .Once again they are showing why they are champs .Tahlia McGrath innings and now Grace Harris taking their team to a crucial win #WPL2023
06:26 PM · Mar 18, 2023
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Tradergautam
Gauti@Tradergautam
why using new bowler when u have full 5 bowlers..fail captaincy by kaur #WPL2023
06:25 PM · Mar 18, 2023
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Crictopher17
PouLaMi #WPL #RoarMacha@Crictopher17
So UPW will be responsible for two streaks breaking. RCB's losing streak and MI's winning streak. #WPL2023
06:23 PM · Mar 18, 2023
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radhalathgupta
Radha🧣@radhalathgupta
Sophie Ecclestone walking in to bat like "yeh bhi mai karu?" #UPW #WPL2023
06:33 PM · Mar 18, 2023
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KL444444
Cricman@KL444444
RCB is out of d tournament😭 #WPL2023
06:40 PM · Mar 18, 2023
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Desi__Er
shubham parihar@Desi__Er
When it comes to power hitting, Indian players are way behind than Australian and English players . Even their bowlers can hit six with more ease than Indian batsman . #WPL2023
06:44 PM · Mar 18, 2023
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radhalathgupta
Radha🧣@radhalathgupta
Deepti & Sophie symmetry. Both use opposite hands to bowl and opposite sides to bat. #WPL2023
06:41 PM · Mar 18, 2023
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pavangofficial
PavanGangavaram@pavangofficial
Mumbai 🚶‍♀️ #WPL2023 #UPWvsMI
06:45 PM · Mar 18, 2023
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