Ever since the final round-robin match of the inaugural Women’s Premier League 2023, where Delhi Capitals secured their direct entry to final, there’s been an over-riding sense of deja vu. A side led by serial World Cup winner Meg Lanning was comfortably awaiting whoever made it through the extra tussle of an elimination threat to a sold-out title clash. Yet again, it’s a spirited team led by Harmanpreet Kaur.
Capitals, on the other hand, are the only team in the competition to have not suffered successive losses. Their batting has been led by their talismanic captain Lanning, who hasn’t quite lost hold of the Orange Cap for long and continues to lead the run-charts (310 in 8 innings), averaging close to 52. Like MI, the others in DC’s (usual) top-four also feature in the top-15 of the season with consistent contributions coming right through.
When: Sunday, March 26 at 7:30 PM IST
Where:Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai
What to expect:Of the two venues, the pitches at CCI have more or less stayed true to their batting-friendly reputation throughout the tournament. Given some slowness of the tiring pitches, the average first-innings score here has dropped from 175 in the first leg to 164 in the second. The center strip on offer for the finale is expected to be full of runs though, but dew could play a part in the second half. Teams chasing have been successful in 6 out of the 10 league games played at the venue.
Delhi Capitals :
Having booked a direct ticket to the finale on Tuesday, Delhi Capitals enjoyed a bit of a downtime. The team then trained for close to three hours under lights at the DY Patil on match eve even as skipper Lanning spent the day in media and broadcaster commitments at the CCI. The Capitals haven’t tweaked their XI much throughout the season unless it was an injury concern. Poonam Yadav, who came in place of USA-born left-arm pacer Tara Norris, has only been used for just three overs in as many games and DC could make the swap again just to add more variety to their bowling attack against the batting might of MI.
Probable XI:Meg Lanning (C), Shafali Verma, Alice Capsey, Jemimah Rodrigues, Marizanne Kapp, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Jess Jonassen, Radha Yadav, Arundhati Reddy, Shikha Pandey, Poonam Yadav/Tara Norris
Mumbai Indians :
MI spent the only day before the title clash completely resting in their Navi Mumbai hotel. Barring skipper Harmanpreet, of course, who had a field day at the CCI alongside Lanning. It’s unlikely Harmanpreet would want to fiddle with a combination that has gelled and worked so well for their campaign. Expect them to go unchanged with their strongest XI on paper.
Probable XI:Hayley Matthews, Yastika Bhatia (wk), Nat Sciver-Brunt, Harmanpreet Kaur (C), Melie Kerr, Pooja Vastrakar, Issy Wong, Amanjot Kaur, Humaira Kazi, Jintimani Kalita, Saika Ishaq
Squads: : :
Delhi Capitals Women Squad: Meg Lanning(c), Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Marizanne Kapp, Alice Capsey, Jess Jonassen, Arundhati Reddy, Taniya Bhatia(w), Radha Yadav, Shikha Pandey, Poonam Yadav, Jasia Akhtar, Laura Harris, Tara Norris, Minnu Mani, Aparna Mondal, Titas Sadhu, Sneha Deepthi
Mumbai Indians Women Squad: Hayley Matthews, Yastika Bhatia(w), Nat Sciver-Brunt, Harmanpreet Kaur(c), Melie Kerr, Pooja Vastrakar, Issy Wong, Amanjot Kaur, Humaira Kazi, Jintimani Kalita, Saika Ishaque, Heather Graham, Chloe Tryon, Dhara Gujjar, Sonam Yadav, Neelam Bisht, Priyanka Bala
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