Date: March 4, 2023
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: DY Patil Sports Academy, Mumbai
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The Gujarat Giants and Mumbai Indians will go head to head to kick start the inaugural season at the Women’s Premier League. The Giants have named Australian starlet Beth Mooney as their captain and built an incredible squad with quality international stars. Meanwhile, the Mumbai-based franchise will see Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur lead their side, which has a great balance of global talent and upcoming Indian players.
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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.
The Beth Money-led Gujarat Giants will look to kick-start their campaign with a win as they have a great group of players. The engine room of the Giants will be stars like Ash Gardner, Deandra Dottin, and Annabel Sutherland, who will play crucial roles with both bat and ball. Their one weakness seems the lack of quality Indian talent which could be pivotal in a tournament like this.
SportsTiger Playing XI of Gujarat Giants
Beth Mooney (C, wk), Sabbineni Meghana, Harleen Deol, Ash Gardner, D Hemalatha, Deandra Dottin, Annabel Sutherland, Sneh Rana, Hurley Gala, Mansi Joshi, Tanuja Kanwar
On the other hand, Harmanpreet Kaur’s Mumbai Indians side has managed to tick all boxes for a quality squad. The Mumbai-based franchise has a lot of international caliber all-rounders like Kaur, Nat Sciver-Brunt, and Hayley Matthews, who will play extremely important for the team. Similarly, their Indian group of players has a lot of untapped potentials and the team will hope to maximise it over the tournament.
SportsTiger Playing XI of Mumbai Indians
Yastika Bhatia (wk), Hayley Matthews, Dhara Gujjar, Nat Sciver-Brunt, Harmanpreet Kaur (C), Amelia Kerr, Amanjot Kaur, Pooja Vastrakar, Jintimani Kalita, Issy Wong, Sonam Yadav.
Mumbai Indians will beat the Gujarat Giants to win the opening game of the Women’s Premier League.
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