Date: March 4, 2023
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: DY Patil Sports Academy, Mumbai
Ball-by-ball commentary: SportsTiger App
The inaugural Women’s Premier League kicks off with Gujarat Giants and Mumbai Indians locking horns in the opening game of the tournament. The first game will be played at the DY Patil Sports Academy in Mumbai. The Mumbai-based team has named the Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur as their leader and will hope to replicate success similar to their Men’s team. Whereas, the Giants will see Australian star Beth Mooney lead the team, who will want to continue her dominant form in another big tournament.
The Mumbai Indians are slight favorites to win this game against the Gujarat Giants and kick off their WPL campaign with a bang. Yes, the Giants have an incredible group of international players with the likes of Beth Mooney, Ash Gardner, Deandra Dottin, and Annabel Sutherland, but they seem to lack quality Indian players. Whereas, the Mumbai-based side has capitalized in this region with a solid group of Indian talent along with international stalwarts like Nat Sciver-Brunt, Hayley Matthews, and Amelia Kerr.
Predicted powerplay score and Average first innings total:
The DY Patil Sports Academy in Mumbai has always had incredible batting-friendly wickets. The average 1st innings score is 160 in domestic T20 games. At the same time, the predicted powerplay score is expected to be between 40-50.
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