WPL Eliminator: Defending Champions Mumbai Indians Eye Another Final

Mar14,2024



Defending champions Mumbai Indians will look to their captain Harmanpreet Kaur for inspiration when they take on Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Women's Premier League Eliminator in New Delhi on Friday. Mumbai head into the match with five wins and three losses, including a seven-wicket loss to RCB earlier this week. However, holders are counting it as a rare day off. “I have seen consistency. If we leave out the last match, all the other games we have won. Yes. The performance in the last match was not good, but it is okay.

“We are ready for the next game. And this happened before the eliminator so we are taking it as a good sign,” MI batting coach Devika Palshikar said on the eve of the game.

Last year, UP Warriors had dented MI's playoff chances by defeating them in the league stage. Harmanpreet and company won a one-sided eliminator before winning the title.

“Don't you think history is repeating. We went through this last year too, had a bit of ups and downs just before the eliminator, but we bounced back in the eliminator and played one-sided against them.

“So, we are taking it as a sign of 'good luck' and are hoping that we repeat the same history this year with similar results as last year,” Palshikar said.

Harmanpreet rescued Mumbai Indians from trouble by playing a stormy innings of unbeaten 95 runs against Gujarat Giants and the captain will play a key role with the bat on Friday.

RCB have improved a lot compared to last year, but Smriti Mandhana and Co. have qualified for their first knockout due to inconsistent performances. They have won four games and lost four.

Positives for RCB include Mandhana's return to form and the run-scoring of big-hitting Richa Ghosh and all-rounder Ellyse Perry.

The bowling unit of Sophie Devine, Sophie Molineux, Asha Shobhana, Shreyanka Patil and Perry has also performed well, but MI will have to be sharp again.

“We're really excited to qualify for the playoffs. To be able to do that, we need different contributors at different times,” RCB head coach Luke Williams said. are also not perfect.” He said, “We have performed well which we thought we can improve on. We hope to play some good cricket on Friday and if we are good on Sunday then we hope we can do some good cricket.” Will play cricket.”

Mumbai Indians have taken a 3-1 lead against RCB.

The winner of this match will face Delhi Capitals in the final on Sunday.

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