WPL 2023 | UPW-W vs RCB-W: Preview, Pitch Report, Live Score & Fantasy Tips
Can RCB register their first win? (Source: BCCI/WPL)
Third-placed UP Warriorz are set to take on cellar dwellers RCB in the 13th match of the WPL. The Alyssa Healy-led side was outclassed by table-toppers Mumbai in its last game. Warriorz would want to get their campaign back on track against a demoralised Bangalore franchise. The latter have lost five games in a row and are yet to open the account.
Team Preview: UP Warriorz
Tahlia McGrath and the skipper struck half-centuries in the last game against Mumbai, but the total did not prove sufficient. Deepti Sharma’s form with the bat, especially her strike rate, is a matter of concern for the side. The all-rounder needs to step up and deliver, being a vital cog in the squad.
Having missed the last game due to illness, Grace Harris should return to the squad and strengthen the batting. UP’s chances rely excessively on Harris’ brutal power-hitting skills.
The bowling fell flat against Mumbai and requires improvement. Deepti and Sophie Ecclestone shared seven wickets between themselves in the first leg against RCB. Will the duo prove to be the chief wrecker again?
Team Preview: RCB
Is there light at the end of the tunnel for the Smriti Mandhana-led side? Delhi Capitals handed them their fifth straight defeat a day before. RCB is in a state of serious distress and confusion, evident from constant changes in the XI in every game.
Mandhana is in the midst of a lean patch, which does not seem to end. Sophie Devine and Heather Knight have also not lived up to their billing. Ellyse Perry happens to be the only bright spot in the batting department, alongside Richa Ghosh, who displayed signs of a return to form against Delhi.
RCB’s bowling has been taken to the cleaners by every team. Renuka Thakur Singh has disappointed everyone with wayward bowling, and others have been no better.
Date and Time: March 15, 07:30 PM IST
Venue: Dr. DY Patil Sports Academy, Navi Mumbai
Live Streaming: Sports18 and Jio Cinema
The pitch at DY Patil happens to assist the seamers in the initial overs. Once the batters negate the initial movement, they can score a truckload of runs. Four out of six matches have been won by the team batting second and chasing is likely to be the norm going forward in the tournament.
UP Warriorz: Devika Vaidya, Alyssa Healy (c & wk), Shweta Sehrawat, Kiran Navgire, Tahlia McGrath, Deepti Sharma, Simran Shaikh, Sophie Ecclestone, Grace Harris, Anjali Sarvani, Rajeshwari Gayakwad
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Smriti Mandhana (c), Sophie Devine, Ellyse Perry, Heather Knight, Richa Ghosh (wk), Shreyanka Patil, Disha Kasat, Megan Schutt, Asha Shobana, Renuka Thakur Singh, Preeti Bose/Poonam Khemnar
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Wicketkeeper: Alyssa Healy, Richa Ghosh
Batters: Grace Harris, Kiran Navgire, Smriti Mandhana
All-rounders: Deepti Sharma, Tahlia McGrath, Ellyse Perry
Bowlers: Sophie Ecclestone, Asha Shobana, Megan Schutt
Captain: Alyssa Healy
Vice-captain: Sophie Ecclestone
Expect UP Warriorz to come out victorious and pile on RCB’s misery. Unless the latter regroup and click in every department, a win seems a far-fetched reality.