Match Preview – GG Women vs MI Women, Women’s Premier League 2022/23, 1st match

Gujarat Giants vs Mumbai Indians

It’s a battle between two powerhouses – at least on paper – to get the inaugural WPL going. The big match will be played at Navi Mumbai’s DY Patil Stadium, with the stands packed – more than 47,000 people – during the bilateral T20Is between India and Australia last December. The WPL opener is an evening game, starting at 8pm Indian time, with the opening ceremony starting at 5:30pm. There will be performances by musicians and movie stars, including Kriti Sanon, Kiara Advani and AP Dhillon. Admission will be free for girls and women.

Australian batsman Beth Mooney, one of three Australian captains in the tournament, will lead Giants, while Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur will lead Mumbai.
Harmanpreet had said ahead of the tournament that the WPL could do for Indian players what tournaments like the WBBL and the Hundred have done for players from Australia and England. Mooney, meanwhile, said on the eve of the game that captaincy wasn’t even on her radar when she was picked up at auction – she would be leading a side at this level for the first time.

Harmanpreet likes to have all rounders in her side and Mumbai has plenty of them like Nat Sciver-Brunt, Amelia Kerr, Chloe Tryon, Pooja Vastrakar, Hayley Matthews and Heather Graham. In addition to the other internationals, they also have Yastika Bhatia and England’s Issy Wong in their line-up.

Mooney is one of many Australians on the Giants squad. Ashleigh Gardner, Player of the Tournament when Australia recently won the T20 World Cup, Kim Garth, Annabel Sutherland and Georgia Wareham join. England’s Sophia Dunkley is the only non-Australian foreign player in their squad. Among the top Indian names, Giants have Harleen Deol, Sneh Rana, the vice-captain, and S Meghana. However, Giants took a major blow to the tournament when their star all-rounder Deandra Dottin was ruled out for medical reasons and replaced by Garth.

Gujarat giants (possibly): 1 Beth Mooney (capt), 2 Sophie Dunkley, 3 S Meghana, 4 Harleen Deol, 5 Ashleigh Gardner, 6 Sushma Verma (wk), 7 Sneh Rana, 8 Annabel Sutherland, 9 Mansi Joshi, 10 Tanuja Kanwar/ Parunika Sisodia, 11 Monica Patel/Shabnam MD

Mumbai Indians (possibly): 1 Yastika Bhatia, 2 Hayley Matthews, 3 Amelia Kerr, 4 Harmanpreet Kaur (capt), 5 Nat Sciver-Brunt, 6 Amanjot Kaur, 7 Pooja Vastrakar, 8 Issy Wong, 9 Jintimani Kalita, 10 Saika Ishaque, 11 Neelam Bisht/Dhara Gujjar

  • Mooney was the Player of the Match in the T20 World Cup Final last month and the Player of the Series of the 2020 T20 World Cup.
  • 20-year-old Issy Wong from England is one of the fastest bowlers in the tournament and also bowls a deceptive knuckle ball.
  • “I’m not sure if there’s much more pressure. I shouldn’t be playing if I’m putting myself under pressure to perform. No one else can put more pressure on me than I put on myself.”
    Captain Gujarat Giants Bet Mooney ignores any price tag pressure, which has been snapped up for INR 2 crore

    “I think this is a great platform for all Indian players because we have been missing this tournament for a long time.”
    Captain of the Mumbai Indians Harmanpreet Kaur clearly hopes that the WPL will have a major impact on Indian cricket


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