Harmanpreet: The pivotal moment came with my wicket.

Harmanpreet: The pivotal moment came with my wicket.

Harmanpreet Kaur, the captain of the Mumbai Indians, feels that her wicket was the decisive factor in their five-run defeat that eliminated them from the WPL 2024. Mumbai, with Harmanpreet and Amelia Kerr batting and seven wickets in hand, were in control of their 136 chase, needing 16 runs off 13 balls.

However, after Sophie Molineux gave up just four runs in the 19th over and removed S Sajana, Harmanpreet holed out to long-on at the end of the 18th over, making it 12 off six for the remainder of the Mumbai lineup.

After the game, Harmanpreet remarked, “We just needed one boundary in 12 balls, and we were not able to get it.

That’s what you learn from this game every time. You’re under pressure, and you have to keep improving.

“When we lost my wicket, after that our batters could not hold their nerve, that was the turning point.” Mumbai had held RCB to 135 runs, which under the circumstances seemed doable, particularly considering that at the midway point, Mumbai was 60 for 2 and needed 76 from 60. After Nat Sciver-Brunt fell in the eleventh over, Harmanpreet and Kerr guided them with a consistent partnership of 52, which saw them hit regular boundaries by the fifteenth over.

After Harmanpreet avoided a stumping opportunity off Shreyanka Patil after Richa Ghosh was unable to collect the ball cleanly, they went from 43 off 30 to 20 off 18. However, Sophie Devine caught Harmanpreet at long on after Patil had him caught five balls later.

“We put up a great fight,” Harmanpreet remarked. We’ve had some ups and downs this season. As a squad, we performed really well last season, but this year we were a touch hit and miss. However, this season taught us a lot, and perhaps we’ll prepare even more and return stronger the next year.”

Harmanpreet, though, gave Sajana a lot of credit after she defeated the Delhi Capitals in the final over by hitting a breathtaking six off the first ball of the WPL.

“We found our player of the year, SS (Sajana), during this tournament; she is someone who can hit the ball really hard,” Harmanpreet remarked. “We want the WPL to develop more young players, and it’s encouraging to see that young females are showing up and giving it their all.

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