As Grace Harris stepped to the bat, the UP Warriorz were in danger with an 88-6 score. With Kim Garth on fire and having just earned her first five-for in the Women’s Premier League’s first season, a goal of 170 appeared unachievable.
Nonetheless, Harris’ unbeaten 59 off 26 balls (7×4, 3×6) on Sunday night at the DY Patil Stadium spoke to why she is viewed as a potential force in Australian cricket and helped the Warriorz defeat Gujarat Giants by three wickets.
By slamming four boundaries in the 18th over, which was bowled by Garth, Harris helped Warrioz reverse the tide. Harris and Sophie Ecclestone formed a crucial 70-run stand with an aggressive mindset (22 n.o., 12b, 1×4,1×6). necessary 19 in the
Although Harleen Deol’s tenacious 46 (32b, 7×4) helped the Giants reach 169-6, just 20 runs had been scored when Garth struck out the top three Warriorz batters in the first three overs.
The seasoned Deepti Sharma and Kiran Navgire set up a 66-run partnership until Mansi Joshi got a breakthrough and removed Deepti. In contrast, Kiran Navgire fought back with a 43-ball-53. After two consecutive deliveries, Garth struck in the next over, taking out Simran Shaikh and Navgire.
The situation might have gotten much worse from that point on, but Harris and Ecclestone stood steady.
While Beth Mooney went out injured earlier in the evening, Rana chose to bat after winning the toss. The side scored 30 runs in three overs after making the choice, but Deepti and Ecclestone soon tightened the noose.
As it looked like it could be difficult to reach the 100-run mark, Deol and Ashleigh Gardner rebuilt. Nonetheless, it fell short.