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.
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.
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
“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