Preview – UPW Women vs GG Women, Women’s Premier League 2022/23, 3rd Match

UP Warriorz vs Gujarat Giants

Gujarat Giants return to DY Patil Stadium a day after the big defeat they suffered at the hands of Mumbai Indians, hoping for a turnaround when they face UP Warriorz who win their first match of the Women’s Premier League will play. But unfortunately for Giants, the problems extend beyond the field.

Giants replaced West Indies Deandra Dottin with Australia’s Kim Garth in the days leading up to the WPL. The team said Dottin was “recovering from a medical situation”, but she took to social media to suggest she is fine. Then, in the first over of their 208 chase against Mumbai Indians, Giants’ captain Beth Mooney suffered a knee injury while running between the wickets and was helped off.

Players to watch

For the Warriorz, Healy, Navgire and Harris are the ones expected to provide the fireworks with the bat, with able support from Tahlia McGrath, Deepti and Devika Vaidya. They also have Shweta Sehrawat, who was part of India’s U-19 World Cup winning squad.

In the bowling department, Ismail, Lauren Bell and Anjali Sarvani are the pace options, while Sophie Ecclestone and Rajeshwari Gayakwad bolster the spin department on top of the all-rounders.

For Giants, 25-year-old left arm spinner Tanuja Kanwar was one of the few bright spots against the Mumbai Indians, taking just 12 runs from her two overs.
Dayalan Hemalatha was another, with an unbeaten 29 from 23 deliveries, including two sixes and a four. With Mooney’s availability uncertain, more of a responsibility will rest on her to bolster their batting.
Ashleigh Gardner, the player of the tournament in the recent Women’s T20 World Cup, picked a wicket but went for 38 and was dismissed for a golden duck against Mumbai, but will be in the spotlight.

Playing XIs

UP Warriorz (possibly): 1 Alyssa Healy, 2 Shweta Sehrawat, 3 Kiran Navgire, 4 Tahlia McGrath, 5 Grace Harris, 6 Devika Vaidya, 7 Deepti Sharma, 8 Simran Shaikh, 9 Shabnim Ismail, 10 Rajeshwari Gayakwad, 11 Anjali Sarvani

Gujarat giants (possibly): 1 Sophia Dunkley/Beth Mooney, 2 S Meghana, 3 Harleen Deol, 4 Ashleigh Gardner, 5 Sushma Verma, 6 Annabel Sutherland, 7 Dayalan Hemalatha, 8 Georgia Wareham, 9 Sneh Rana, 10 Tanuja Kanwar, 11 Mansi Joshi

“It’s definitely an opportunity, but what I want is for the team not to repeat their mistakes. I will tell the girls to keep their heads up and learn from today. We will definitely perform well.”

Gujarat Giants vice captain Snow Rana about suffering in Mooney’s absence.

“We have a good mix of experience and youth along with ability and look forward to putting on a show for our fans. We are here to win and be relentless in our kind of cricket.”

UP Warriorz Captain Alyssa Healey has her eyes on the prize.


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