WPL: DRS drama as MI’s Hayley Matthews survives replay goof up in match against UP Warriorz

Controversy erupted in the Mumbai Indians vs UP Warriorz match when Mumbai batter Hayley Matthews was given out after a DRS fiasco. The batter would have a word with the umpire and the incident would be rechecked leading to Matthews staying at the crease after being given out initially.

In the 5th over of the Mumbai innings, it appeared that Matthews had played Sophie Ecclestone’s yorker with the bat. UP appealed but the on-field umpire gave it not out which led to captain Alyssa Healy to review the decision.

The replays then showed that Matthews had struck the ball before it hit her boot. The third umpire, however, was shown a different footage, where the ball hit the boot first which led to a reversal of the original decision with UP thinking that they had taken the first MI wicket.

Matthews was visibly confused and refused to leave the pitch, even having words with the umpire and Healey. This led to the decision being reviewed again and this time, the footage clearly showed that the ball had hit the WI player’s bat first. The decision was overturned again and Mathews stayed put.

In the match, the MI dished out an all-round show as they sauntered to an eight-wicket win over UP Warriorz to record their fourth straight win.

Saika Ishaque (3/33) led Mumbai Indians’ fightback with the ball to derail UP Warriorz, who looked set to register a competitive total after half-centuries from Alyssa Healy (58) and Tahlia McGrath (50).

UP Warriorz slumped from 140 for 3 in the 17th over to finish at 159 for 6 after electing to bat, and with 160 to get, Mumbai Indians overhauled the target on the back of captain Harmanpreet Kaur’s unbeaten 53 and Nat Sciver-Brunt’s 45 not out, with Yastika Bhaita (42) playing a strong hand at the top.

Harmanpreet and Sciver-Brunt added an unbeaten 106 for the third wicket as Mumbai Indians reached 164 for 2 in 17.3 overs.

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