The injuries and replacements they had to seek aside, Giants haven’t given the vibe of a settled XI as yet. A lot of chopping and changing and swaps among overseas batters later, they still have just two points out of probable 10 thanks to their plucky win against RCB. The form of their new captain and vice-captain, alongside another ace allrounder Annabel Sutherland, will definitely be giving the management a headache, while removing in-form Sophia Dunkley for new recruit Laura Wolvaardt has upset a struggling batting order’s rhythm further.
MI brought Giants’ death-bowling woes to the fore once again with Harmanpreet Kair’s assault helping them collect 61 runs in the final six overs to post 162 that eventually proved enough for their fragile batting. If Giants have learnt their lesson from that defeat, they’ll be better served beefing up their spin attack on the tracks of Brabourne that have started to slow down.
Barring the lop-sided contest against the already qualified Mumbai Indians and a tense win against Royal Challengers Bangalore, Delhi Capitals have registered three dominant wins to firmly park themselves in the second spot, and a win here will all but secure their knockouts qualification.
RCB’s fightback with the bat and then the ball tested DC thoroughly in their last fixture at the DY Patil Sports Academy, but their squad depth pulled them through. Delhi have benefited greatly from the destructive opening pair of Shafali Verma and Meg Lanning at the top, and the runs from middle-order to secure the win were a welcome change ahead of the business end of the tournament.
When: Thursday, March 16 at 7:30 PM IST
Where: Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai
What to expect: The pitches are starting to show the signs of slowing down, and bringing bowlers back in the game. The par score should be in the range of 160-170. A cloudy day predicted, but no chances of rain.
Team News :
Delhi Capitals :
When available, the Capitals have been backing their strongest XI, made up of all capped internationals. Expect that to not change until they get a Q against their name.
Probable XI: Meg Lanning (C), Shafali Verma, Alice Capsey, Jemimah Rodrigues, Marizanne Kapp, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Jess Jonassen, Arundhati Reddy, Radha Yadav, Shikha Pandey, Tara Norris
On the other hand is Giants, who have probably still not zeroed in on their best XI. Sutherland’s modest returns with both the bat and the ball is a cause of concern and GGT might be better off resting her a game and bringing in Wolvaardt to lengthen their batting. However, dropping both Sutherland and Kim Garth could leave their pace bowling department significantly short on experience. Due to her indifferent form so far, Mansi Joshi could make way for left-armer Monica Patel or a seam-bowling uncapped allrounder like Hurley Gala.
Probable XI: Sabbhineni Meghana, Sophia Dunkley, Harleen Deol, Ashleigh Gardner, Dayalan Hemalatha, Annabel Sutherland/Laura Wolvaardt, Sneh Rana (C), Sushma Verma (wk), Georgia Wareham/Kim Garth, Tanuja Kanwar, Hurley Gala/Monica Patel
Gujarat Giants Squad: Sabbhineni Meghana, Sophia Dunkley, Harleen Deol, Annabel Sutherland, Ashleigh Gardner, Dayalan Hemalatha, Sneh Rana(c), Sushma Verma(w), Kim Garth, Tanuja Kanwar, Mansi Joshi, Georgia Wareham, Monica Patel, Ashwani Kumari, Hurley Gala, Shabnam Md Shakil, Parunika Sisodia, Laura Wolvaardt
Delhi Capitals Women Squad: Meg Lanning(c), Shafali Verma, Alice Capsey, Jemimah Rodrigues, Marizanne Kapp, Jess Jonassen, Taniya Bhatia(w), Arundhati Reddy, Radha Yadav, Shikha Pandey, Tara Norris, Jasia Akhtar, Minnu Mani, Aparna Mondal, Titas Sadhu, Sneha Deepthi, Laura Harris, Poonam Yadav
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