WPL 2023 | DC-W vs GG-W: Preview, Pitch Report, Live Score, Cricket Exchange Fantasy Tips
Gujarat Giants must win to keep their chances alive (Source: Wplt20.com)
The second-placed Delhi Capitals Women (DC-W) would like to strengthen their position when they take on Gujarat Giants Women (GG-W) in Game 14 of the WPL. Meg Lanning’s Capitals are coming off a last-over victory against Royal Challengers Bangalore. On the other hand, the Giants seem to have lost the plot, succumbing to their fourth loss in five games. Mumbai Indians handed them a crushing 55-run defeat in their last encounter.
Team Preview: Delhi Capitals
WPL 2023: USA's Tara Norris alongside Shikhar Pandey (Twitter/DelhiCapitals)
When the two sides last met, two individual performances from the Capitals awed the audience. Marizanne Kapp dismantled the Giants’ batting order with a fifer followed by a scintillating knock by Shafali Verma.
With Verma, Lanning, Alice Capsey, and Jemimah Rodrigues firing with the bat for Delhi, the Giants face an uphill task ahead of them. Moreover, Jess Jonassen doused all doubts raised over the Capitals’ middle and lower-middle order in the match against RCB.
Shikha Pandey coming on to her own in the last game spells good news for the Capitals’ bowling department. Once Radha Yadav starts claiming wickets, it will be difficult to stop Lanning’s team. As far as the team balance is concerned, Arundhati Reddy should make way for a batter in the XI.
Team Preview: Gujarat Giants
Besides failing to click as a team, the Giants’ tactics have also been baffling. Continuous backing of S.Meghana despite repeated failure and playing Mansi Joshi without handing her the ball have left everyone puzzled. Their batting came a cropper against Mumbai, making their chances of advancing to the top-3 slim.
The Giants cannot turn around their fortunes until the likes of Ashleigh Gardner and Meghana fire with the bat. They should bring in Laura Wolvaardt in place of Sutherland and test their bench instead of being rigid in selection.
Date and Time: March 16, 07:30 PM IST
Venue: Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai
Live Streaming: Sports18 and Jio Cinema
Pitch Report: As the tournament progresses, the pitch at Brabourne is showing signs of slowing (becoming two-paced). Batters will find it difficult to smash from ball one. Hence, building partnerships is the key to reaching a decent total or chasing one down.
Delhi Capitals: Meg Lanning (c), Shafali Verma, Alice Capsey, Jemimah Rodrigues, Marizanne Kapp, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Jess Jonassen, Arundhati Reddy/Jasia Akhtar, Radha Yadav, Shikha Pandey, Tara Norris
Gujarat Giants: Sabbhineni Meghana, Sophia Dunkley, Harleen Deol, Ashleigh Gardner, Dayalan Hemalatha, Annabel Sutherland/Laura Wolvaardt, Sushma Verma (wk), Kim Garth, Tanuja Kanwar, Sneh Rana (c), Mansi Joshi/Ashwani Kumari
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Wicketkeeper: Sushma Verma
Batters: Meg Lanning, Shafali Verma, Harleen Deol
All-rounders: Ashleigh Gardner, Marizanne Kapp, Jess Jonassen, Alice Capsey
Bowlers: Sneh Rana, Shikha Pandey, Tara Norris
Captain: Meg Lanning
Vice-captain: Shafali Verma
Delhi Capitals should make two of two against the Giants as they have all the bases covered.