Mumbai Indians’ Issy Wong dismissed Kiran Navgire, Simran Shaikh and Sophie Ecclestone to register the first-ever hattrick in Women’s Premier League history.
In the 13th over, the England pacer began by removing a dangerous looking Kiran Navgire, taking advantage of her modus operandi to send everything to the stands. Her full toss made Navgire try and loft the ball over seep midwicket but found the safe hands of Nat Sciver-Brunt.
She followed that up with a cross seamed ball which went full and straight to the middle stump. Simran tried to negotiate and find the line but missed completely, finding her stumps in disarray.
Mitchell Starc often attends games his wife Alyssa Healy is playing in to show his support to his partner. The WPL eliminator was no different.
Starc is in India for the Border Gavaskar Series which saw India and Australia’s men’s teams clash in a four Test and three ODI-series. The Test series went to India 2-1 while Australia beat India 2-1 in the ODI series.
Starc would have had a disappointing time in the stands after Mumbai Indians raced to 182 and his partner, Healy, fell cheaply for a 6-ball 11.
Healy and Starc rang in the UP Warriorz captain’s 33rd birthday together with Starc partaking in the team festivities.
Starc was not the only star at the game. Javelin Olympic Champion Neeraj Chopra was also in attendance and spoke to the media about something special brewing for Indian sports in 2023 with so many players across disciplines doing so well.
Neeraj Chopra was also there watching the Indian U19 team play the final and was witness to the historic moment when Shafali Verma lifted the trophy, giving India Women their first ICC trophy across age groups.
Wong got her hattrick removing Sophie Ecclestone after an inside edge rocked the stumps.
The 20-year-old was on song at the DY Patil Stadium on Friday, asking a wobbly Warriorz lineup some tough questions.
Wong ultimately took four wickets, with her first coming from a smart dismissal of Warriorz skipper Alyssa Healy in the third over. She sent the ball darting at full length veering a bit towards the off stump, drawing Healy to attempt a shot. However she ended up slicing the ball directly to her opposite captain - Harmanpreet Kaur.
She finished with figures of 4/15 in four overs at an impressive economy rate of 3.75.
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