Harmanpreet Kaur will lead Mumbai Indians against Alyssa Healy's UP Warriorz in the play-off of WPL 2023 on 24th March, Friday. The winner will face Delhi Capitals in the Final. UP Warriorz beat Mumbai in their last meetup while Mumbai got the better of Warriorz in their first meetup in the campaign. Mumbai Indians have won their last league game against Royal Challengers Bangalore while UP Warriorz have suffered a huge defeat against the table topper.
Mumbai finished the league stage in the second spot. They won six out of eight games but failed to qualify for the final directly due to a lower net run rate than the Delhi Capitals. UP Warriorz, on the other hand, have had a roller-coaster ride in the WPL 2023 so far. They won four games and lost as many to finish in the third position. Mumbai will have an upper hand against Warriorz but they also have the top players like Tahila Mcgrath, Grace Harris & Sophie Ecclestone who are in great form. Read the full match preview, possible lineups, pitch report & dream XI team prediction in our fantasy sports segment.
Match: 21 (Play-off)
Time: 7.30 pm IST
Venue: Dr. DY Patil Sports Academy, Navi Mumbai
Where to Watch: Sports 18, Jio Cinema
The pitch at the Dr. DY Patil Sports Academy is good for batting. The ball comes nicely onto the bat under lights and the batters can hit through the line once they get set. The spinners may get some assistance from the surface in the middle overs. The temperature in Navi Mumbai is expected to range between 23 and 33 degrees Celsius.
Mumbai Indians vs UP Warriorz | Team News
Mumbai's middle order has only contributed 464 of their 1119 runs, and nearly half of those middle-order runs have come from Harmanpreet Kaur. The other major contributor has been Amelia Kerr, who hit an unbeaten 45 in the tournament opener. Pooja Vastrakar and Issy Wong have blown hot and cold, however, as a result, Mumbai's batting has tended to lose the touch if the top order hasn't scored too many runs. Mumbai have lost two of their last three games, managing scores of 127 and 109 for 8 in those two losses.
Mumbai have recruited a lot of established names. Saika Ishaque has taken 13 wickets. Mumbai's other significant contributions, with both bat and ball, have come from the likes of Harmanpreet, Hayley Matthews, Nat Sciver-Brunt, and Amelia Kerr. They will hope for more from their uncapped contingent as they look to leap past Warriorz and set up a title clash with Delhi Capitals in the WPL 2023 campaign.
Warriorz have regularly played Kiran Navgire and Anjali Sarvani. They have played only six T20Is each – and Devika Vaidya, who has played 13 T20Is. Navgire began the tournament with a half-century, while Sarvani has three wickets to show in her eight appearances. Only Vaidya hasn't left a mark yet and was left out of Warriorz's last league game. Sarvani and Parshavi Chopra have complimented the experienced Warriorz bowlers in Sophie Ecclestone, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, and Deepti Sharma.
Sophie Ecclestone & Tahila Mcgrath has been consistent performers in the WPL 2023. Sophie has picked up wickets in each of their outings. Her economy rate of 6.22 is the best among bowlers with ten or more wickets in the competition. She has also shown glimpses of her ability with the bat under pressure. Tahila Mcgrath on the other side has been the best player for UP Warriorz. The no 1 T20I batter in the world has proved her worth in the WPL as well. She has scored 295 runs in 8 matches with an average of 59.00. She has also scored four important half-centuries for her team and she is only 15 runs away from Delhi skipper Meg Lanning for the orange cap.
There is one more important player who has impressed everyone in just 5 matches for UP Warriorz, Grace Harris. 216 important runs, and she is set to return for the big game.
Mumbai Indians vs UP Warriorz | Possible Lineups
MI Women: Nat Sciver, Pooja Vastrakar, Harmanpreet Kaur, Yastika Bhatia, Amelia Kerr, Heather Graham, Amanjot Kaur, Isabelle Wong, Dhara Gujjar, Saika Ishaque, Hayley Matthews, Chloe Tryon, Priyanka Bala, Humairaa Kaazi, Jintimani Kalita, Sonam Yadav, Neelam Bisht.
UPW Women: Deepti Sharma, Sophie Ecclestone, Tahlia Mcgrath, Shabnim Ismail, Grace Harris, Alyssa Healy, Anjali Sarvani, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Shweta Sehrawat, Kiran Navgire, Parshavi Chopra, S.Yashasri, Kiran Navgire, Lauren Bell, Laxmi Yadav, Devika Baidya, Simran Sheikh.
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