A historic day awaits for women's cricket as Gujarat Titans and Mumbai Indians are all set to face each other in the first match of WPL 2023. Dr DY Patil Sports Academy in Navi Mumbai will be the host of this momentous match. Beth Mooney will lead the Gujrat Giants while Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur will lead the most successful T20 franchise in Mumbai Indians. Read the full match preview, possible lineups and fantasy team prediction of the Gujarat Titans vs Mumbai Indians match of WPL 2023 in our fantasy sports segment.
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Time: 7.30 pm IST
Venue: Dr DY Patil Sports Academy, Navi Mumbai
Only two Women's T20I matches have been played at the DY Patil Stadium before today's match. Generally, it has been a high-scoring ground. Australia had put up 187 and India were able to tie that match last year. Meanwhile, in the other match, Australia were able to chase India's 172 easily just by losing 1 wicket.
So, the team winning the toss will surely look to chase here with due coming into play in the latter part of the match. Moreover, you can expect a high-scoring match as well.
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With Beth Mooney in the team, Gujarat Giants will surely head into the first match of WPL 2023 with more confidence. Mooney averages 89 at this ground and will be a key factor in this match. They will be missing Dendra Dottin as the West Indian all-rounder has opted out from the WPL due to an injury. Aussie allrounder Kim Garth will join them to replace Dottin. Sneh Rana, Harleen Deol and Ashleigh Gardner will hold the key in the middle overs as the prime all-rounders. Meanwhile, Mansi Joshi, Monica Patel, Hurley Gala and Parunika Sisodia will be their options in the pace bowling department.
Mumbai Indians will go as one of the favourites to win the trophy with captain Harmanpreet Kaur in tremendous touch after the last inning against Australia in the Women's T20 World Cup 2023. Amelia Kerr, Nat Sciver, Healy Matthews and Heather Graham will be their foreign options. Along with them, Indian batters like Yastika Bhatia, Amanjot Kaur and Dhara Gujjar will have to fire if they want to win the first battle. Among those three batters, uncapped Dhara and Amanjot have done well in the domestic circuit while Yastika's international experience will come in handy for them. Left-arm spinner Saika Ishaque can be an option in the bowling lineup while we have to check in Pooja Vastrakar's fitness who was one of the most expensive buys of the WPL 2023 Auction.
Gujarat Giants Possible playing XI: Sabbineni Meghana, Beth Mooney (C/WK), Sophie Dunkley, Ashleigh Gardner, Harleen Doel, Sushma Verma, Sneh Rana, Mansi Joshi, Annabel Sutherland, Monica Patel.
GG Full squad: Beth Mooney (C/WK), Ashleigh Gardner, Sophie Dunkley, Anna Sutherland, Harleen Deol, Deandra Dottin, Sneh Rana, Sabbineni Meghana, Georgia Wareham, Mansi Joshi, Dayalan Hemalatha, Monica Patel, Tanuja Kanwer, Sushma Verma (WK), Hurley Gala, Ashwani Kumari, Parunika Sisodia, Shabnam Shakil.
Mumbai Indians Possible Playing XI: Amanjot Kaur, Hayley Mathews, Yastika Bhatia (WK), Harmanpreet Kaur (C), Nat Sciver-Brunt, Chloe Tryon, Amelia Kerr, Pooja Vastrakar, Issy Wong, Sonam Yadav, Saika Ishaque.
MI full squad: Harmanpreet Kaur (C), Nat Sciver-Brunt, Amelia Kerr, Pooja Vastrakar, Yastika Bhatia (WK), Heather Graham, Isabelle Wong, Amanjot Kaur, Dhara Gujjar, Hayley Mathews, Chloe Tryon, Humairaa Kaazi, Priyanka Bala (WK), Sonam Yadav, Jintimani Kalita, Neelam Bisht, Saika Ishaque