Gujarat Giants (GG) take on Delhi Capitals (DC) in Match 9 of the Women’s Premier League (WPL) 2023 at the DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai on Saturday (March 11). While GG got off the mark in their previous game against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), DC, on the other hand, succumbed to their first defeat against Mumbai Indians (MI).
The Giants will be boosted by the availability of South Africa batter Laura Wolvaardt for this game, while the Meg Lanning-led side will look to put their defeat quickly behind them and get back to winning ways against GG.
The fast bowlers have been dominant in every department at the DY Patil Stadium in WPL 2023 so far. They have picked up close to 59% of the wickets and, doing so at an economy rate of 7.8, average of 20.8 and have struck once every 16.1 deliveries. The spinners, on the other hand, have conceded at 8.4 an over, striking once every 29.7 runs and 21.3 deliveries apart.
It could be good to have a balanced side tilted just slightly towards the pacers. Don’t forget to stock your side with quality top-order batters as well. They will certainly have an advantage batting first given that the average score here this season has been 173 compared to 129 batting second.
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Stats That Matter
Meg Lanning has looked in excellent touch throughout the tournament and is the leading run-getter in WPL 2023. Her 185 runs have come at a strike-rate of 146.82 and has two fifties in three innings so far. Along with Shafali Verma, she has forged a successful partnership at the top and will hope that she makes another significant contribution. Lanning also averages close to 50 at a strike-rate of 130 in WT20s this since 2022.
Sophia Dunkley smashed the fastest-ever fifty in WPL getting to her landmark off just 18 deliveries against RCB. She has been in good touch in WT20s this year as well, having smashed 794 runs at a strike-rate of 128.3 in 33 innings.
Grand League Punts
Marizanne Kapp was South Africa’s leading wicket-taker in the Women’s T20 World Cup, with nine scalps at an economy rate of 6.27, where her side made it to the final. While she has not been as prolific with the ball in the WPL, she has played a couple of cameos with the bat, striking at over 172 in the tournament.
Kapp’s international teammate Laura Wolvaardt finished the Women’s T20 World Cup as the leading run-getter with 230 runs at 46. Before coming into this tournament, she also scored a fifty in the Women’s exhibition match in Pakistan. The opening batter will hope to link up well at the top with Dunkley.
Here are the Top 10 Criclytics Projections
Delhi Capitals: Meg Lanning (c), Shafali Verma, Marizanne Kapp, Jemimah Rodrigues, Alice Capsey, Jess Jonassen, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Arundhati Reddy, Shikha Pandey, Radha Yadav, Tara Norris
Gujarat Giants: Laura Wolvaardt, Sophia Dunkley, Harleen Deol, Annabel Sutherland, Sushma Verma (wk), Ashleigh Gardner, Dayalan Hemalatha, Sneh Rana (c), Kim Garth, Mansi Joshi, Tanuja Kanwar