WPL Eliminator: Defending champions Mumbai Indians take on in-form Royal Challengers Bangalore | Cricket News

Mar15,2024


Evenly matched teams promise exciting eliminator
New Delhi: It's time to enter the business end of the second edition of Women's Premier League (WPL). The league stage is over and only two knockout matches remain – the eliminator and the final. While Delhi Capitals have made it to the decider by topping the table in the league stage, the next two – Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore – will face off in the eliminator on Friday for a place in the final.
In this WPL, both the teams have won one match each against each other. MI emerged victorious by 7 wickets for the first time at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, while RCB won by the same margin at the Arun Jaitley Stadium.
It is quite clear that both the teams are on equal footing in the eliminator. So, a lot will depend on the conditions and how players from both sides cope with them.

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Based on the data, Bengaluru was clearly the more high-scoring venue, while Delhi has been a mixed bag. In some matches, the slow nature of the pitch has helped the bowlers, while in others the dominance of the batsmen has been seen. This is because of the use of five different pitches during the Delhi leg of the WPL. As for the eliminator, which one gets used remains to be seen.
MI's charismatic captain Harmanpreet Kaur was seen in the campaign Lead from the front. Harmanpreet has been the highest run scorer for the team by scoring 235 runs in 6 innings at an average of 58.75 and strike rate of 146.87. On the bowling front, Shabnim Ismail has bowled some storm during the tournament.
The South African player bowled the fastest ball ever in women's cricket (132.1 kmph) during the game against Delhi Capitals. MI hopes for the return of the opener Yastika Bhatia, which was a missing factor in the final league game defeat to RCB. Other key players of the team are leg-spinning New Zealand all-rounder Amelia Kerr and English all-rounder Nate Sciver-Brunt.
RCB, on the other hand, have two big guns Smriti Mandhana And elise perry Firing on all cylinders. Smriti has scored 259 runs (strike rate 145.5) in 8 innings, while Perry has scored 246 runs (strike rate 130.15) in 7 innings. Perry also performed brilliantly with the ball and returned with the best figures (6/15) in the WPL during RCB's win over MI.
Like its men's team, RCB's bowling department lacks firepower. wicketkeeper-bat Richa Ghosh And the performance of New Zealand all-rounder Sophie Devine will also be important for RCB's chances.



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