MIvUPW Game-changers: The streak breaks, but what a fight it was!
Spishew. This was some game. And it was some effort from our girls. A slightly under-par total, but we gave it everything, fighting tooth and nail right until the very end, dragging this game as deep as we could.
Alas, 127 was just not enough. So here we are, at the end of six games, with our first loss. But let's keep our chins up Paltan, we are into the playoffs, and with another two games to go, on back to back days at the DY Patil Stadium, trust to get back to the drawing board and come back hard.
Here are some of the game-changing moments through this game that saw the momentum shift:
* A rare Nat failure: You aren't meant to be consistent in T20s (it comes with the territory), but Natalie Sciver-Brunt had really spoilt us with her scores. But today, to the left-arm spin of Sophie Ecclestone, she found herself trapped on the back foot for an 8-ball 5.
* The middle-order wobble: The story for us through a major part of the season was the top-order just decimating oppositions and the lower-order not having much to do. They did today, but just struggled around to find their rhythm.
* Wong is right: She swung, and she tonked them big. 19 balls, four fours, one six, and 32 runs later, MI found themselves at a decent 127. Oh had she not been run-out by Deepti Sharma executing a brilliant run-out, we could have had another 10 runs to our total.
* The three dropped chances: 2.4, 2.5 and 5.2. Three pretty straightforward chances, but no, they popped out. And of the three, Tahila Mcgrath made MI pay dearly, getting a life off the first ball she faced, to smash a 25-ball 38.
* 19.3: Hayley Matthews, two tight deliveries to close the 19th over just about brought us back into the game. But then Wong, with two sharp, tight deliveries outside the off-stump, and more importantly two dots, brought the equation back to over a-run-a-ball. But the third ball, was in Ecclestone's slot, and she connected, straight down the ground, breaking MI hearts ..