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Saika Ishaque’s over was the turning point: Harmanpreet Kaur as Mumbai Indians’ winning juggernaut continues

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Women’s Premier League: Harmanpreet Kaur credited Saika Ishaque’s over for Mumbai Indians’ eight-wicket win over UP Warriorz on Sunday.

UPDATED: Mar 12, 2023 23:43 IST

Saika Ishaque took three wickets against UP Warriorz. (Photo: PTI)

By India Today Sports Desk: Harmanpreet Kaur credited Saika Ishaque for Mumbai India’s eight-wicket victory over UP Warriorz, saying her over was the “turning point” on Sunday.

Ishaque, who returned with three wickets, bagged the crucial wickets of Alyssa Healy and Tahlia McGrath, which prevented UP Warriorz from firing in the death overs. UPW were restricted to 159/6 after the dismissal of the Australians.

Although Ishaque conceded 33 runs in her four-over quota, Harmanpreet said: “These things happen, I have trust on her. That is why I brought her back and she got crucial wickets.

“The way they (Healy and McGrath) were batting, we were a little tense. But I knew that if we are able to take one or two wickets, we could stop them, because we knew (Grace) Harris was not playing and they didn’t have anyone who could hit hard. Saika’s over was the turning point. She has been the one taking responsibility,” said Harmanpreet after the match.

Mumbai Indians captain Harmanpreet further said that she is “thankful” for the way her team is playing and gelling together in the short tournament.

“Very happy with the performance. I can’t be thankful enough, the way we are playing and we are gelling together. This is the best tournament so far. After 6 overs, the ball started turning in the second innings. I was a little surprised with that. Thanks to Nat, she played really well. I got time to settle in,” said Harmanpreet.

Harmanpreet, along with Nat Sciver-Brunt, hit back-to-back boundaries to hand Mumbai Indians, the only unbeaten team in the tournament, their fourth win in a row. Mumbai Indians will next take on Gujarat Giants on March 14.

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