Shafali Verma and Meg Lanning had to go to the third umpire. Fans hoped that the decision of the on-field umpire would be reversed. Things did not go the way DC and its fans wanted. So, Shafali Verma had to depart after scoring just 4 runs in 11 balls. Wong went on to claim three crucial wickets.
One of the arguments is that the decision was unfair. The ball was a full-toss one with a height well above the waist. Another argument is that the leg at the back was bent, and hence, no-ball was not considered. No matter the number of arguments, MI is now surrounded by controversies after winning the TATA Women’s Premier League by 7 wickets.
Brabourne Stadium saw the action live. DC had asked MI to bowl first. Harmanpreet Kaur said that they would have picked bowling first anyway.
Sounds fair; the first over was slower than what DC wanted. Lanning and Verma stayed below the strike rate of a hundred, putting pressure on the opening pair to make things work in their favor. The table appeared to turn in the first two balls of Wong’s over. Issy understood the intent and absorbed the pressure. The third ball came as a surprise for Verma, who wanted to continue hitting boundaries to her name. Amelia Kerr picked up the catch to end her innings.
What happened next in MI vs. DC set a new trend on the internet altogether.
The opening pair broke, Wong and Matthew picked three wickets each, and MI ultimately won the inaugural title of TATA Women’s Premier League.
MI could have ended DC’s innings a little sooner, but Radha Yadav and Shikha Pandey had other plans. DC was 79 with 9 wickets down in 15.6 overs. Yadav and Pandey took their time and succeeded in giving a fighting total of 131.
Not enough, MI still had to fight for the chase, with Brunt and Kerr finishing the match after MI lost their skipper for a run-out. Tastika Bhatia went back to the pavilion in 1.3 overs, bringing a balance to how things worked for DC. Except, MI held on to their nerves and did not lose a lot of wickets. All cricket enthusiasts kept a close watch on top cricket betting sites to get all the important updates about this historic final match of TATA Women’s Premier League 2023.
Matthews scored 13 off 12 balls. Brunt remained unbeaten for 60 in 55 balls. Kerr powered up her innings at a strike rate of 175.00. Single in 19.1 overs brought Brunt back to the batting crease, who later ran two and then hit a grounded boundary.
It was a match to remember, and the controversy around it is less likely to take it out of one’s memory any time soon. Memes could be on their way as this article is being drafted because reactions are surely alive.