British pitcher Issy Wong scored her first hat-trick in the Women’s Premier League as the Mumbai Indians beat UP Warriorz with 72 points in the playoffs to reach the final.
Chasing 183, Warriorz lost 110 in 17.3 rounds.
Wong, 20, finished his spell of astonishment 4-15 from four rounds.
The tailor missed the man of the match, belonging to Nat Sciver-Brunt with 72 steps on 38 balls in Mumbai’s 182-4 game.
Mumbai will face Meg Lanning’s Delhi in the WPL final on Sunday at 3 pm: 00 BST. Spinner Sophie Ecclestone led 2-39 to Warriorz but beat Sciver-Brunt by six and then fell victim to Wong’s hat trick.
Warriors failed to pick up the pace in their pursuit, running into trouble early on 21-3 before Wong wreaked havoc at 13.
First to fall was the key racket of Kiran Navgire, who seemed determined to get Warriorz out of trouble with 43 out of 27, followed by Simran Shaikh and Ecclestone, both of whom were brought on.
The hat trick broke Warriorz with the score of 84-7.
Wong’s spell, including captain Alyssa Healy’s impressive opening strike, somewhat distracted Sciver-Brunt, who had one of the most entertaining innings of the tournament. The all-rounder is the WPL’s second most expensive signing after Indian Smriti Mandhana and has proven his worth in the most significant test in Mumbai, after hitting a knockout by winning five first match.
His rounds consisted of nine fourths and two sixths in a sensational display of punch power combined with innovation, making the most of his second chance after the sixth round. ended midway.
Sciver-Brunt added 60 for the fourth set with Amelia Kerr going 29 from 19 as the pair attacked the Warriorz spinner and took 54 from the last four passes of their round.
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“The crowd was amazing” – Mumbai Indian pitcher Issy Wong: “Nat deserved it [man of the match award], she really held the games against each other, she hit well and helped us score big. “It’s still a bit bizarre, it’s been a whirlwind the past few weeks.
“I was just trying to hit the stump [for the hat ball]. Sophie said good job, she’s a good friend and she’s also a quality cricketer. It’s going to be a bit more interesting because you know well. You don’t enter competitions to reach the semi-finals, you enter to compete and try to win.”
Mumbai Indians Batter and Nat Sciver-Brunt Game Best Player: “The crowd was amazing tonight. The noise when Wongy scored the hat trick was unbelievable, if we can store that energy and carry it to Sunday that would be great.
“The racquet played really well tonight. It hit it great, and I was shocked with a few shots.”
Alyssa Healy, captain of UP Warriorz:
“If we had caught Nat Sciver-Brunt in the sixth minute, we could have had the game. But we were outplaying batman and couldn’t accelerate at all.
“Today we didn’t play our best cricket. But I’m really proud of the girls. It’s a pity we couldn’t make it to the final.”