When these two teams first clashed, the ancitipation was to see who would fall to their first loss of the season. Now, the fight is for the top spot in the Women’s Premier League standings.
Mumbai Indians and Delhi centrals have both good for the playoffs of the initial edition of the Women’s Premier League. Now, for these two sides, the fight is to see who’ll finish on top of the standings and secure direct entry to the final on March 26.
The last time these two brigades met, it was a raw palm for Harmanpreet Kaur’s Mumbai- an eight- gate palm with five overs to spare at DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai. also, a strong and largely untested fur unit stuttered when it came up against a bowling unit with as important depth and efficacity as Mumbai’s. After registering two 200 scores at the time, Delhi centrals folded for 105. Meg Lanning will really have vengeance on her mind but the more immediate need is to iron out bitsy splits in the armour that are getting big enough for resistances to exploit.
Delhi’s fur order remains potent but the thickness has dropped a fair bit, especially from the opening brace. Shafali Verma and Lanning participated memorable opening stands in the first half of the league- from the 162- run cooperation against Royal contenders Bangalore or the 107- run stage which gave them a 10- gate palm over Gujarat titans. The century stands for the DC top order have since dried up as has Lanning’s hold on the orange cap, with Sophie Devine getting the new holder of the top runscorer price. Marizanne Kapp and Alice Capsey, who generally come inNo. 3 and 4( not rigorously in that order) have had performances of note but not constantly enough for Lanning and Shafali to breathe readily when they fall beforehand.
Delhi shifted out Tara Norris, their associate option who allowed them to address five foreign players, for Poonam Yadav to bolster spin against Gujarat titans. This adventure didn’t pay off. Arundhati Reddy continues to be an underused bowling option and indeed though she struck with the club relatively commendably to keep Delhi in the game, her meager use means Lanning is effectively picking a platoon with ten and a half players. Either a serious bowling option like Titas Sadhu or indeed bringing back Norris and switching in someone like a Jasia Akhtar might be an option worth trying.
Mumbai lately suffered its first loss of the season, at the hands of the UP Warriorz. This may have been a blip given how Mi has shown remarkable cohesion, in spirit and performance. With just two games left, including this bone and having formerly good, these two games might give MI the option to consider contending the likes of Chloe Tryon.
Still, Mumbai can and presumably will borrow a ‘ why fix commodity that’s not broken ’ approach to this and field an unchanged team unless a last- nanosecond exigency( like Pooja Vastrakar’s injury a many games agone) demands it.
A palm for Mumbai will seal the top spot in the league in their name. A palm for Delhi will help the side draw position with Mumbai on points and make that final hassle for both brigades that much more important. Know More Women’s Cricket News…