Mumbai Indians Women vs Gujarat Giants, Match – Live

As such, the Giants are placed fourth in a five-team table, having beaten only the win-less RCB so far in the first leg of WPL 2023. Barring that and the last-over thriller they lost to UP Warriorz, two comprehensive defeats have severely impacted their NRR too. Harleen Deol is the only exception in an otherwise inconsistent batting order, though D Hemalatha has been commendable in the role of a finisher/power-hitter albeit without any notable big scores. Likewise, Sophia Dunkley got a harsh deal being dropped from the XI for replacement player Laura Wolvaardt, a day after scoring the tournament’s fastest fifty (18 balls) – an error in judgement Giants accepted at the end of the game.

Giants have been guilty of leaking plenty of runs in the death overs and overall bowling also hasn’t seen a stand-out performance besides a fifer on debut from Kim Garth, who flew in as replacement for the unavailable Deandra Dottin. Amidst these consistency concerns, GGT are faced with an uphill task of trying to end MI’s unbeaten run, and revive their campaign in the process.

The Harmanpreet Kaur-led side started the fireworks 10 days ago and none of the four opponents have been able to douse the fire yet. They’ve convincingly thrashed all four opponents in the first half of the tournament – including the Meg Lanning-led Delhi Capitals – to firmly hold on to the top spot in the standings.

Tuesday, March 14 at 7:30 PM IST
Where: Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai

What to expect: The wicket did offer some turn in the second innings of the last match played at the CCI. The 200+ pitches at the start of the season are starting to wear off (only if slightly) and that will see a drop in par scores in the 170 range. The dew so far has been minimal, though.


Pooja Vastrakar sat out MI’s last game due to an undisclosed injury. The seriousness of it is unknown, but should she have recovered, the all-rounder could walk straight back into the XI.

Probable XI: Yastika Bhatia (wk), Hayley Matthews, Nat Sciver-Brunt, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Amelia Kerr, Dhara Gujjar/Pooja Vastrakar, Issy , Amanjot Kaur, Humaira Kazi, Jintimani Kalita, Saika Ishaque

Head coach Rachael Haynes admitted, in hindsight, that benching Dunkley just after she hit the fastest fifty of the competition was an error on their part. It’s difficult to see Wolvaardt retaining her place in the XI unless GGT decide to go a bowler short, and also unfair to see her getting dropped after a failure in just the debut game.

: Sabbhineni Meghana, Laura Wolvaardt/Sophia Dunkley, Harleen Deol, Ashleigh Gardner, Georgia Wareham/Annabel Sutherland, Sushma Verma (wk), Dayalan Hemalatha, Sneh Rana (c), Kim Garth, Mansi Joshi, Tanuja Kan


 Squad: Hayley Matthews, Yastika Bhatia(w), Nat Sciver-Brunt, Harmanpreet Kaur(c), Dhara Gujjar, Amelia Kerr, Issy Wong, Amanjot Kaur, Humaira Kazi, Jintimani Kalita, , Sonam Yadav, Neelam Bisht, Priyanka Bala, Pooja Vastrakar, Heather Graham, Chloe Tryon

 Squad: Sabbhineni Meghana, Laura Wolvaardt, Harleen Deol, Ashleigh Gardner, Dayalan Hemalatha, Georgia Wareham, Sushma Verma(w), Kim Garth, Tanuja Kanwar, Sneh Rana(c), Mansi Joshi, Sophia Dunkley, Monica Patel, Ashwani Kumari, Hurley Gala, Shabnam Md Shakil, Parunika Sisodia, Annabel Sutherland





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