Mumbai: Last year on March 26, hardly anyone would have thought that exactly one year later i.e. on March 26, 2023 Harmanpreet Kaur And Meg Lanning will once again face each other in the final match. The final is not of any World Cup, but of the Women’s T20 League in India. Then even though it may have seemed far-fetched, now it is the truth. Sunday, March 26, i.e. today, the final match of the first season of the Women’s Premier League (WPL) will be held at the historic Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai, where the two best teams of the tournament, Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians will be face to face.
The tournament, which started on March 4, is now at its last stage. After a series of 21 matches in the last 3 weeks, the time has come for the finals and the same two teams are in the finals, who played strongly from their first match to the last match in the tournament. Delhi had secured the first position by winning 6 out of 8 matches of the league stage and directly reached the finals. At the same time, Mumbai also won the same number of matches but was in second place. In the Eliminator, he defeated UP Warriors badly and entered the finals.
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How is the record of both?
Before talking about the strengths and weaknesses of Delhi and Mumbai, let us recap their performance against each other. In the first encounter between the two teams, Mumbai bundled out Delhi for just 105 runs and won easily. Delhi also took its revenge with interest and won the next match in just 9 overs after bundling Mumbai out for just 109 runs.
Tremendous balance in the Mumbai team
Mumbai started the tournament with a win of 5 consecutive matches but lost the next two matches. The team under the captaincy of Harmanpreet Kaur made a strong comeback and won the next two matches easily and this is the strength of this team that it completely dominates the opposition team. Amelia Karr, Haley Mathews are experienced and deadly spinners with strong pace attack like Nate Siver Brunt, Easy Wong, Pooja Vastrakar. In the very first season, uncapped Indian spinner Saika Isaac has proved to be a star and is a source of early wickets.
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The team is equally strong in batting as well. Explosive batsmen like Hayley Mathews, Siver-Brunt are in the top order, while Captain Kaur and Amelia Karr blow the middle order. Then Wong also hits big shots. That is, there is a very balanced playing eleven, in which there have been very few changes.
Lanning vs Harmanpreet
If Mumbai is so strong then Delhi is no less than anywhere. First things first, they have a captain in Meg Lanning, who just a month ago won her fifth World Cup. Lanning has defeated Harmanpreet-led Team India in two different finals with Australia. In such a situation, this makes the final even more special. Lanning is not only a clever captain, but also one of the highest run-scorers in the tournament. His form is at a different level in WPL.
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Explosive batting and lethal bowling
Lanning and Shefali Verma have prepared the foundation of victory by demolishing the bowling of many teams in the opening itself. At the same time, Jemima Rodriguez, Marijan Kapp and 18-year-old all-rounder Alice Capsy make the team’s middle order rock solid with explosive batting. If you cross them too, then you have to face Jess Johnson and Arundhati Reddy, which is not easy.
Delhi is not far behind even in bowling. Especially in the powerplay, overcoming Marijan Cap’s swinging balls has proved to be a difficult task for the batsmen. She has already taken 5 wickets in an innings while wreaking havoc on Mumbai as well. Apart from them, Shikha Pandey has also looked sharp, while the spin of Alice Capsey and Jonason and Radha have made a significant impact.
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