WPL 2023: Watch - Ashleigh Gardner makes a special appearance by dismissing Hayley Matthews during Gujarat Giants vs Mumbai Indians match


The inaugural edition of the Women's Premier League has kicked off between Gujarat Giants and Mumbai Indians women on 4th March, Saturday at the Dr DY Patil Sports Academy in Navi Mumbai. Beth Mooney, the skipper of Gujarat Giants won the toss and invited the opposition to bat.

Mumbai Indians Women got a decent start from the top-order batters. Harmanpreet Kaur and Amelia Kerr put up a crucial 89-run stand for the fourth wicket before the Indian batter was dismissed by Sneh Rana for 65 runs.

However, Amelia Kerr finished the innings with an unbeaten 45-run knock and helped her side to come up with a massive score of 205 runs on the board.

After having a great day with the bat, Mumbai Indians also started well with the ball and sent half of the side for just 22 runs. In the end, the Harmanpreet Kaur-led Mumbai team bowled out the opposition for 64 runs and won the match by a huge margin of 143 runs.

It felt like a dream come true: Harmanpreet Kaur

WPL 2023 - Hayley Matthews

The skipper of Mumbai Indians Women, Harmanpreet Kaur has been adjudged the Player of the Match for his fantastic innings with the bat. The right-handed batter was seen happy in the post-match presentation and shared a few words as well.

"I think it was a brilliant start, it felt like a dream come true. First day and whatever we did it worked well for us. We kept things clear. It is a big day for women’s cricket and we talked about expressing ourselves.

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I watched the ball nicely and backed myself. Whatever came my way, I backed myself and it went my way. When we were batting, we knew it is a very good batting wicket.

If you can hit the right area and right length, there was assistance for the bowlers too. And I am happy that every bowler bowled well. It’s a big day and big victory for us and the way we started, we are really happy," Harmanpreet Kaur was quoted as same as in Cricbuzz.

However, during the game, the Australian all-rounder Ashleigh Gardner has come up with a grand entrance into the Women's Premier League by picking up the wicket of dangerous Hayley Matthews. She smashed 47 runs from 31 balls with the help of 3 fours and 4 sixes.

Watch the video here: