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Sprinkler Surprise in WPL! WATCH as Mumbai Indians-Gujarat Giants match suffers bizarre stoppage

Sprinkler Surprise in WPL! WATCH as Mumbai Indians-Gujarat Giants match suffers bizarre stoppage

While this incident may seem comical, it's not the first time sprinklers have disrupted a cricket match.

WPL 2024: High drama unfolded during Saturday’s Women’s Premier League (WPL) clash between the Gujarat Giants and the Mumbai Indians. With just two overs remaining in a nail-biting chase, the unexpected activation of the stadium’s sprinklers caused a ten-minute stoppage in play.

Harmanpreet Kaur blazes, but Sprinklers douse action

Chasing a target of 191, Mumbai Indians skipper Harmanpreet Kaur was in the midst of a blazing knock. After a cautious start, she unleashed her power-hitting prowess, scoring an unbeaten 95 off just 48 deliveries.

However, with Mumbai needing 23 runs from the final 12 balls, the outfield was suddenly doused by an automated sprinkler malfunction.

Confusion and Frustration as Play Halts

This bizarre incident caused a flurry of activity. Camerapersons scrambled to protect their equipment, while both captains expressed their frustration at the unexpected interruption.

Although the sprinklers were quickly deactivated, concerns arose about the wet outfield. A super sopper was deployed to absorb any excess moisture, further delaying the game.

Harmanpreet Unfazed, Leads Mumbai to Victory

Fortunately, the break in play did not disrupt Harmanpreet’s rhythm. She continued her aggressive batting, guiding Mumbai to a thrilling victory with just one ball to spare.

A Sprinkler Repeat Performance

While this incident may seem comical, it’s not the first time sprinklers have disrupted a cricket match. Similar occurrences have happened in international matches, highlighting the need for improved ground management systems.

Mumbai’s win adds another layer of excitement to the inaugural WPL season. Harmanpreet Kaur’s knock will be remembered as a display of individual brilliance, while the sprinkler incident serves as a unique footnote in the history of the tournament.

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