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WPL 2023: Difficult pill to swallow, says Meg Lanning after Delhi Capitals finish as runners-up

WPL 2023: Delhi Capitals lost to Mumbai Indians by seven wickets in the final at Brabourne Stadium and finished as the runner-up of the inaugural edition.

By India Today Sports Desk: Meg Lanning said Delhi Capitals’ (DC) defeat in the final of the Women’s Premier League (WPL) 2023 was a “difficult pill to swallow”. On Sunday, March 26, DC lost to Harmanpreet Kaur’s Mumbai Indians (MI) by seven wickets and finished as the runners-up of the inaugural WPL edition.

After opting to bat first, DC found themselves at 79 for the loss of nine wickets in 16 overs. But Shikha Pandey and Radha Yadav put on 52 runs for the 10th wicket and guided the Capitals to a respectable score of 131 for nine in 20 overs.

However, Mumbai chased down the target with three balls to spare after Nat Sciver-Brunt stayed unbeaten on 60 runs off 55 balls with seven fours.

“Difficult pill to swallow, MI deserved the win. Can’t fault our efforts though. We hadn’t set a target as such, we would have liked to put a few more,” Lanning was quoted as saying in the post-match presentation ceremony.

After MI lost the wickets of Hayley Matthews and Yastika Bhatia early, Harmanpreet Kaur and Sciver-Brunt put on 72 runs for the third wicket. After Harmanpreet got run out, Sciver-Brunt played until the very end and saw her team past the finish line. She also played the winning shot off Alice Capsey.

“This comp has shown that if we keep fighting we could be in the challenge. We thought we could put pressure with early wickets, we did well in the first ten. But Nat Sciver Brunt and Harmanpreet played well. The management and the team have been supportive and I’d love to see the team grow, which it will,” Lanning added.

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