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Mumbai: Women’s Premier League The first season of (WPL 2023) has reached its last stop. The five-team tournament has now been reduced to three teams only. The winner of the first season of the tournament will be decided on March 26. The team of Delhi Capitals has already reached the final and which team will present a challenge in front of it, it will be decided on Friday, March 24, where Mumbai Indians and UP Warriors will be face to face. The stage is set for the only eliminator match of the tournament and now it is time for the match to begin.
The last match of this season is to be played at DY Patil Stadium. In the points table, the second-placed Mumbai and the third-placed UP clash between a strong batting order and a formidable bowling attack. Although Mumbai seems to be a complete team but UP has excellent bowlers like Shabnim Ismail, Sophie Eccleston, Tahlia McGrath and Deepti Sharma.
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On one hand, Mumbai defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore in their last match, while UP Warriors had to face defeat at the hands of Delhi Capitals. If we talk about the mutual competition of Mumbai-UP, then the record is absolutely equal. Mumbai had defeated UP by 8 wickets in the first match, after which UP won the match by 5 wickets by dismissing Mumbai for just 127 runs in the second match.
Mumbai’s strong batting
Mumbai will once again expect good performance from their top order. Especially experienced Windies opener Hayley Mathews is continuously scoring strong runs. If she gives a good start, then Mumbai again has strong batsmen like Nate Siever Brunt, captain Harmanpreet Kaur, Amelia Kar. Then there are bowlers like Pooja Vastrakar and Iji Wong, who have the ability to hit big.
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However, it will not be easy for him to overcome UP’s left-arm English spinner Sophie Ecclestone, who has taken the maximum 14 wickets in the tournament. Apart from them, Deepti Sharma and Rajeshwari Gaikwad form the lethal spin trio, which is UP’s strength.
UP’s strength middle order
If UP wants to win, then it will need a strong start from its captain and opener Alyssa Healy. The performance of the Australian veteran has been full of ups and downs. Apart from them, the main responsibility of runs for this team has been taken up by explosive Australian all-rounders Tahlia McGrath and Grace Harris. Both have scored the most runs for the team. In such a situation, if the top order gives a good start, then Mumbai can be surprised at UP Patil Stadium.
However, he amelia taxWill have to overcome the spin of Saika Ishaq and Mathews. Kar and Ishaq have 13-13 wickets, while Mathews has 12 wickets. Apart from them, Siver Brunt and Wong also bowl economically.
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