MIW vs UPWW Match Preview
The top-order batters have done an excellent job for MI so far, so much so that the lower middle order hasn’t got a chance to prove their mettle. Hayley Matthews and Yastika Bhatia have given the team some good starts throughout the tournament, while Nat Sciver-Brunt and skipper Harmanpreet Kaur have been solid in the number 3 and number 4 positions respectively.
Others in the batting line-up include Pooja Vastrakar and Amelia Kerr but as mentioned earlier, haven’t got many opportunities to bat this season. Saika Ishaque has been brilliant with her left-arm spin and is the Purple Cap holder with 12 wickets, while Hayley Matthews is a close second with 10.
The seamers, Sciver-Brunt and Issy Wong have picked up 11 wickets between them.
As expected, Alyssa Healy and Tahlia McGrath have been the two top-performing batters for the Warriorz this season and both have scored 2 half-centuries each. Indian players including Devika Vaidya and Deepti Sharma have been quite disappointing so far, however, Kiran Navgire has shown flashes of brilliance and can play an important role in the upcoming matches.
The seamers, Anjali Sarvani and Grace Harris have struggled to pick wickets. However, Sophie Ecclestone, who is the top-ranked bowler in Women’s T20 cricket according to the latest ICC rankings, and Deepti Sharma have done a decent job by picking up 16 wickets between them.
The weather is expected to remain clear with temperatures remaining below the 30-degree mark.
The DY Patil Stadium has a flat surface which is excellent to bat on and the team batting first will look to score over 160-170 runs to give their bowlers a good target to defend. The seamers have generally struggled here as there is very little swing.
Amelia Kerr’s all-round performance
Kerr made her T20 debut at a very young age and has since become New Zealand’s prime all-rounder. She has scored a total of 657 runs at an average of 23.96 and has also picked up 58 wickets.
There are no updates regarding injuries from either side.
MIW vs UPWW Probable 11
MIW Playing 11
- Hayley Matthews
- Yastika Bhatia (Wk)
- Harmanpreet Kaur (C)
- Nat Sciver-Brunt
- Dhara Gujjar
- Amelia Kerr
- Jintimani Kalita
- Saika Ishaque
- Amanjot Kaur
- Issy Wong
- Humaira Kazi
UPWW Playing 11
- Alyssa Healy (C)
- Tahlia McGrath
- Devika Vaidya
- Kiran Navgire
- Grace Harris
- Deepti Sharma
- Simran Shaikh
- Shweta Sehrawat
- Sophie Ecclestone
- Anjali Sarvani
- Rajeshwari Gayakwad
We are backing the Mumbai Indians Women to win this match. Powered by some excellent batting at the top of the order, they have dominated the opposition and have hardly faltered in their journey so far. On the other hand, the UP Warriorz lack consistency and are much weaker in almost all departments when compared to their opponents.
Nat Sciver-Brunt: Nat Sciver-Brunt has put up a superb all-round performance for her team so far. She has scored 182 runs at a strike rate of 142.18 and has also picked up 6 wickets.
Harmanpreet Kaur: The skipper of the Mumbai Indians is in sublime form, scoring 3 half-centuries in her 4 outings. She has scored runs at an incredible strike rate of 178.21.
Tahlia McGrath: Tahlia McGrath is the number-1 batter in the Women’s T20 cricket according to the latest ICC rankings. She has scored 142 runs in 4 innings, including 2 half-centuries.
MIW vs UPWW Dream11 Team 1
Keeper: A Healy, Y Bhatia
Batters: G Harris, H Kaur
All-rounders: H Matthews (C), N Sciver (VC), A Kerr, T McGrath
Bowlers: S Ecclestone, I Wong, S Ishaque