Women's T20 League 2023, Match 16 BLR-W vs GUJ-W Preview and Fantasy Prediction
Women's T20 League
Match 16: BLR-W vs GUJ-W
The Women’s IND T20 League's 16th match is set to begin on Saturday at 07:30 PM IST, 18th March 2023. This match is scheduled to take place at Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai. It's a battle between the two bottom-side teams in the league, 4th placed Gujarat will take on 5th-placed Bangalore in a virtual knock-out league match. But most importantly it's a do-or-die match for BLR. Both sides will be heading for this match with a win in their last fixture.
Sneh Rana-led GUJ-W defeated Meg Lanning's Delhi in the last game by 11 runs, and GUJ must win this one to get close to the playoffs. Smriti Mandhana-led BLR-W defeated the UP-W in the last game by 5 wickets and shall look to continue with this momentum.
Bangalore has struggled and won just once in six games with a net run rate of -1.550. BLR-W lost the earlier game against Gujarat and must come up with a better show in this contest. Rana's Gujarat side had issues with consistency, and it will be interesting to see which side comes out winning this game.
Smriti Mandhana's side Bangalore finally had something to cheer about. BLR defeated the UP by 5 wickets in the last game with the courtesy of Kanika Ahuja's unbeaten 46 off 30 balls and Richa Ghosh's almost run-a-ball 31 off 32 secured Bangalore's first win of the tournament. It is their first victory after five consecutive defeats. The team is already out of contention for the playoffs, and Mandhana would like to see a good show.
Sneh Rana would be pleased with the performance of her players in the last game. Against the odds, Gujarat defeated a stronger Delhi side who sit in second place in the table with 4 wins out of 6 matches. This win has kept their hopes alive for a berth in the next round. Rana would like her side to win this game by a big margin and move up on the points table.
Match: BLR-W vs GUJ-W, Match 16, Women's T20 League
Date: Saturday, 18th March
Time: 07:30 PM
Venue: Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai
Pitch & Weather Report
This venue is a good surface to bat where the ball comes onto the bat nicely. We have seen big scores at this venue in the past. Seamers don't find surface assistance and must rely on their variations. Spinners have had a good record as the ball tends to grip the surface and stop on the batters.
Bowl first and chase the score have been the mantra for most sides this season in the league. The wickets have been good, and sides have fancied their chances while chasing scores. Hence, we see the side winning the toss here opt for bowling first. To feel safe, the side batting first in this game would look for a score near the 180-run mark.
The maximum temperature will remain at 29°C, with a low of 26°C with 59% humidity, and a wind speed of 14 Km/hr for the 16th Match, the Women's IND T20 on Mar 18 b/w BLR-W vs GUJ-W. The weather in Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai during the match day will be clear and no rain is predicted in this evening encounter. The weather in Mumbai for this game will be hot and humid.
BLR-W vs GUJ-W Squad:
BLR-W: Jemimah Rodrigues, Shefali Verma, Marizanne Kapp, Meg Lanning, Alice Capsey, Shikha Pandey, Jess Jonassen, Laura Harris, Radha Yadav, Arundhati Reddy, Minnu Mani, Poonam Yadav, Sneha Deepthi, Taniyaa Bhatia, Titas Sadhu, Jasia Akhter, Aparna Mondal and Tara Norris.
GUJ-W: Ashleigh Gardner, Beth Mooney, Georgia Wareham, Sneh Rana, Annabel Sutherland, Deandra Dottin, Sophia Dunkley, Sushma Verma, Tanuja Kanwer, Harleen Deol, Ashwani Kumari, Dayalan Hemalatha, Mansi Joshi, Monica Patel, Sabbineni Meghana, Hurley Gala, Parunika Sisodia, Shabnam Shakil.
BLR-W vs GUJ-W: Probable XIs
BLR-W: Smriti Mandhana (c), Sophie Devine, Ellyse Perry, Heather Knight, Richa Ghosh (wk), Shreyanka Patil, Kanika Ahuja, Disha Kasat, Megan Schutt, Asha Shobana, Renuka Thakur Singh
GUJ-W: Sneh Rana (c), Sophia Dunkley, Laura Wolvaardt, Harleen Deol, Ashleigh Gardner, Dayalan Hemalatha, Sushma Verma (wk), Kim Garth, Tanuja Kanwar, Mansi Joshi, Ashwani Kumari
Bangalore has been down and out in most games this season in their last 5 matches. Mandhana-led BLR-W Inconsistency with the bat has hurt the side, and they will need a good show from the top and the middle order to win here. The 4th placed GUJ-W has been marginally better and has their bowlers in good form and the side won 2 out of 6 matches. We anticipate BLR-W to win this match against Gujarat and pick its second win of the tournament.
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