The wait is finally over! The Women’s Premier League (WPL) kicks off on Saturday, March 4 with a clash between Mumbai Indians and Gujarat Giants at Dr DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai.
However, before the action unfolds in Mumbai, here is the predicted playing XI for both teams:
Mumbai Indians Women Predicted Playing XI
Yastika Bhatia (wk), Hayley Matthews, Amelia Kerr, Nat Sciver-Brunt, Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain), Chloe Tryon, Amanjot Kaur, Issy Wong, Sonam Yadav, Saika Ishaque, Pooja Vastrakar
Strength: Mumbai Indians will be counting on the experience and leadership of Harmanpreet Kaur, who recently became the first player to feature in 150 T20Is. Her presence will undoubtedly boost their chances of success.
Weakness: Given that all the matches in the tournament will be played in Mumbai, the team’s bowling unit faces a major challenge. With only Issy Wong being their out-and-out pacer, Pooja Vastrakar is the only other option for the team. Beyond these two, the team lacks any strong pacers in their lineup.
Gujarat Giants Women Predicted Playing XI
Beth Mooney(C), Sabbhineni Meghana, SIR Dunkley, Harleen Deol, Ashwani Kumari, Ashleigh Gardner, DJS Dottin, Hurley Gala, Sneh Rana, Mansi Joshi, Parunika Sisodia
Strength: The presence of high-quality international stars, especially all-rounders is what makes the Gujarat side a strong team in the tournament. The hard-hitting Australia all-rounder Ashleigh Gardners will be one of the key players to keep an eye on.
Weakness: The lack of experienced Indian players in the Gujarat Giants team could prove to be a stumbling block. The team’s focus on foreign stars during auction has left them short on Indian players, which might backfire them during the tournament.