Women’s Premier League (WPL) 2023 table-toppers Mumbai Indians Women team will begin the second half of the T20 league with a clash against Sneh Rana’s Gujarat Giants in Match No. 12 at the Brabourne Stadium on Tuesday (March 14). Harmanpreet Kaur’s MI are the only unbeaten team in the WPL so far, having won all four of their matches so far.
The Giants, on the other hand, have managed to win just one match – against the Royal Challengers Bangalore Women – and also lost their regular skipper Beth Mooney due to injury. The Gujarat side will have an uphill task in stopping the Mumbai juggernaut in their next match.
Skipper Harmanpreet has been in top form with the bat, with two fifties – including one in their last match – in four matches so far in WPL 2023. MI pacer Issy Wong has also had a wonderful time in the league so far, emerging as their most economical bowler and picking wickets at regular intervals as well.
Mumbai Indians Women: Hayley Matthews, Yastika Bhatia (wk), Nat Sciver-Brunt, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Amelia Kerr, Dhara Gujjar, Issy Wong, Humaria Kazi, Amanjot Kaur, Jintimani Kalita, Saika Ishaque
Gujarat Giants Women: S Meghana, Sophia Dunkley, Harleen Deol, Ashleigh Gardner, Laura Wolvaardt, D Hemalatha, Sushma Verma (wk), Kim Garth/Georgia Wareham, Sneh Rana (c), Tanuja Kanwar, Mansi Joshi
Adani Sportsline-owned Gujarat Giants Women Team will be up against Mumbai Indians Women team in the first-ever Women’s Premier League (WPL) 2023 match. GG will open the T20 League against MI at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai on Saturday (March 4) night.
Table-toppers Mumbai Indians will take on fourth-placed Gujarat Giants at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Tuesday.
Having faced each other in the season opener, the Giants will be hoping to put up a better show in its first reverse fixture, given that it lost by 143 runs last time out.
The surface at the Brabourne stadium will help the batters dominate. It’s flat in nature and thus, has very little for the bowlers. Batting first will be ideal and anything above 170 will be a good total here.
The 24-year-old Hayley Matthews has been brilliant so far in the tournament, scoring 168 runs in four matches. The opener is currently the fourth-leading run-scorer and if she manages to display the brand of cricket, it will be a long and tough night for the Gujarat bowlers.
Saika Ishaque is arguably the one of the best finds of the tournament. In four matches, the spinner has picked up 12 wickets and is the leading wicket-taker of the competition currently.
Coming to Mumbai, they have been sensational so far. Be it with the bat or the ball, the team has looked sharp and has been ready to take on any opponent. In their last match against UP Warriorz, skipper Harmanpreet registered her second half-century of the campaign while Nat Sciver-Burnt and Yastika Bhatia were in excellent touch as well. With the ball, Saika Ishaque has been playing some phenomenal cricket and the Kolkata-born cricketer looks set to make her debut for the national team.
The WPL matches will be telecast live on the Sports18 network and will be live-streamed on the Jio Cinemas app/website.