The league matches in the Women's Premier League are coming thick and fast, and we are all set for Match 10 of the tournament, with the UP Warriorz taking on the Mumbai Indians on Sunday, March 12, at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.
Two of the most dominant sides in the tournament, Mumbai Indians, will enter the game on the back of three thumping wins, whereas the Warriorz will set foot at the venue after an emphatic ten-wicket win against the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
With plenty of firepower across the two teams, it is set to be a high-voltage clash with plenty of runs in store for us.
In the eight innings played at the Brabourne Stadium in the WPL, the average first-innings score is around the 179-run mark, and the average winning total is around 210 runs.
Out of the 40 wickets to fall at this venue, the spinners have been more effective and scalped 25 wickets at an average of 3.1 wickets per innings compared to 15 wickets at an average of 1.8 by the pacers.
The teams have opted to bat first in the competition with an aim to post a total of around 200 and put pressure on the opposition. However, with the dew factor set to play a significant role in the second innings and the ball coming onto the bat nicely, it will be a good idea to chase down the total at this venue.
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.
For small leagues: Alyssa Healy (Captain), Hayley Matthews (vice-captain)
For grand leagues: Sophie Ecclestone (Captain), Nat Sciver-Brunt (vice-captain)
Stats that matter
The skipper of the UP Warriorz, Alyssa Healy smashed an unbeaten 96 off 47 deliveries, studded with 18 boundaries and one six to help the team record a comprehensive win against the Challengers.
The right-handed batter will hold the key yet again for the Warriorz at the top of the order after her recent exploits in the T20 World Cup in South Africa. The 32-year-old scored 189 runs in five innings at an average of 47.25, making her the player to have in your fantasy teams for maximum points.
Hayley Matthews is another player who should be a part of your team, mainly due to her all-around exploits. The right-handed batter is second on the list of leading run-scorers in the competition with 156 runs in three innings at an average of 78.
The Windies skipper will open the batting with Yastika Bhatia, giving her ample time and opportunity to play big innings along with contributing with her off-spin bowling.
Another player who should be in the fantasy team is Mumbai Indians captain Harmanpreet Kaur. She set the tournament on fire with a blistering half-century in the inaugural game and will be a vital cog in the batting unit of the side in the middle overs.
Grand League Punts
The number one bowler in the world in T20Is, Sophie Ecclestone is coming into this game on the back of a four-wicket haul against the Bangalore outfit.
The left-arm spinner is known for her ability to bowl in the powerplay and at the death, and expect her to create havoc with the new ball against a right-handed batting heavy Mumbai unit.
Another England player who can help you gain maximum points is all-rounder Natalie Sciver-Brunt. In T20Is this year, the right-handed batter has scored 216 runs in five innings at an average of 72, the best among players with a minimum of five innings.
The leading wicket-taker in the tournament, Saika Ishaque will also be a player to watch out for in this clash. The left-arm spinner has scalped nine wickets in three innings at an average of 5.5 and a strike rate of 6.7.
UP Warriorz: Alyssa Healy (Captain & wk), Shweta Sehrawat, Kiran Navgire, Tahlia McGrath, Deepti Sharma, Grace Harris, Devika Vaidya, Simran Shaikh, Sophie Ecclestone, Anjali Sarvani, Rajeshwari Gayakwad
Mumbai Indians: Hayley Matthews, Yastika Bhatia (wk), Nat Sciver-Brunt, Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain), Amelia Kerr, Pooja Vastrakar, Issy Wong, Amanjot Kaur, Humaira Kazi, Jintimani Kalita, Saika Ishaque