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Fantasy Preview: Revolve the team around batting all-rounders

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Last updated on 05 Mar 2023 | 08:04 PM
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Fantasy Preview: Revolve the team around batting all-rounders

Here are a few tips that could help you create your fantasy XI for Match 4 of WPL 2023 between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore

Both teams have had contrasting starts to their WPL journey. Harmanpreet Kaur led Mumbai, amassed 207 on board and won by a massive margin of 143 runs.

On the other hand, Bangalore under Smriti Mandhana were thrashed by Delhi Capitals. After conceding 223 runs bowling first, the good thing was, they didn’t lose the match like Gujarat Giants. They suffered a big defeat alright, but the margin was down to 60.

It is a clash of the Indian superstars, Harmanpreet and Smriti, in the fourth encounter of WPL 2023. Bangalore have already played a match at Brabourne, giving them a slight advantage may be. Nevertheless, they will be up against a confident Mumbai set-up.  

Ground details

It has been batting friendly wickets alright, but only in the first innings. In the first two matches, in both the venues, captains thought it would get better to bat on in the second innings and chose to bowl. However, it backfired.

Coming back to Brabourne, again it is going to be a belter of a wicket. However, the record in night games has been different as compared to day games. Though Bangalore lost while chasing, Brabourne usually favours the teams batting second in day games. In W-T20Is, teams chasing have won five out of seven matches. 

In any case, the records are contrasting in night games. In all three games, teams batting first have owned the game. While batting first, teams have scored at a run rate of 9.3 and an average of 37.1. Whereas, teams chasing, have scored at a run rate of 7.9 and have averaged 21.5.

Suggested team

While you could go for the above team, you can also choose your team from Cricket.com’s Fantasy Research Centre. You can use this tool to build your team with the help of algorithms. Then, based on your preferences, the platform will guide you through creating the ideal fantasy XI.

Captaincy Suggestion

For small league: Amelia Kerr (capt), Ellyse Perry (vice-capt)

For grand league: Saika Ishaque (capt), Hayley Matthews (vice-capt)

Stats that matter

-In their first match, Mumbai scored 101 runs in the middle overs at a run rate of 11.2. They had hit 16 boundaries and three sixes. A boundary was witnessed every 2.8 balls in these nine overs. Bangalore bowlers in this phase, had conceded at an economy of 11.8 in their first match. A boundary was hit every three balls against their bowlers.

-So far in this tournament, no captain winning the toss has gone on to win the match. Beth Mooney in the first match, Smriti in the second and Sneh Rana in the third. Two times, Mooney and Smriti, chose to bowl and Rana in third, chose to bat and yet lost.

Grand league punts

­-Renuka Singh in her W-T20I career has bagged 32 wickets. Out of which, 20 have come in the first six overs. In this phase, she has picked up three or more wickets in an innings four times. Definitely, an initial enforcer.

-Jemimah has a special liking when she plays franchise cricket. It is not that her record isn’t good when playing for India, but it tends to be better in T20 league cricket. In 37 innings, she has scored 1037 runs at an average of 32.4 and a strike rate of 127.7 in franchise cricket. In comparison, she has 1704 runs at an average of 29.4 and a strike rate of 114.1.

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Probable XI

Mumbai Indians: Yastika Bhatia (wk), Hayley Matthews, Nat Sciver-Brunt, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Amelia Kerr, Pooja Vastrakar, Isabelle Wong, Humaira Kazi, Amanjot Kaur, Jintimani Kalita, Saika Ishaque

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Smriti Mandhana (c), Sophie Devine, Ellyse Perry, Disha Kasat, Richa Ghosh, Heather Knight, Kanika Ahuja, Asha Sobhana/Sahana Pawar, Megan Schutt, Preeti Bose, Renuka Singh

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