The second match of the inaugural Women’s Premier League will be played at Mumbai’s Brabourne Stadium between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals.
Meg Lanning, Australia’s world-cup-winning captain, will captain the Capitals, while India’s star opener Smriti Mandhana will captain the Royal Challengers. RCB’s big signings include Sohpie Devine and Elysse Perry, while Kanika Ahuja is the domestic player to watch.
In the auction, Ahuja, a batting all-rounder with left-arm spin, was signed for 3.5 times her base price. Jasia Akhtar, a rising talent from J&K, will join Jemimah Rodrigues and Shafali Verma in the Capitals squad.
Akhtar, an opening batter for India D, was the Senior Women’s Challenger Trophy’s second-highest run-scorer.
Megan Schutt brings a wealth of international experience to the RCB bowling attack, while Jess Jonasses serves in a similar capacity in the DC camp. It promises to be a thrilling match between two evenly matched teams.
The 2nd Match between Royal Challengers Bangalore Women vs Delhi Capitals Women will take place on March 5th, 2023 at Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai.
Match Details to Note
Match: Royal Challengers Bangalore Women vs Delhi Capitals Women, 2nd Match, Womens Premier League 2023
Date: March 05, 2023 (Sunday)
Time: 3:30 PM IST
Venue: Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai
Bangalore made some wise auction decisions in assembling one of the strongest teams in the Women’s Premier League. Every department has a wealth of experience. RCB paid INR 3.4 crores for Smriti Mandhana’s services, the highest bid of the auction.
Along with the international stars, RCB ensured that they got the best of Indian talent by signing Richa Ghosh and Renuka Thakur. RCB can field a deep batting lineup on match day with 5 batting all-rounders in the squad. Furthermore, they have three bowling all-rounders, giving the captain a lot of options.
Megan Schutt, who has years of international experience, will lead the bowling department. Sophie Devine of New Zealand is Mandhana’s opening partner.
RCB signed the New Zealand captain for a base fee of INR 50 lakhs. These two batters are expected to have a strong start on the powerplay. Heather Knight is another RCB batter who leads her national team. The English captain bats at number 5 for England and is a consistent middle-order batter.
This also provides Mandhana with leadership support, as Knight and Devine are on the team. Richa Ghosh has been in good form in the lower middle order and is one to keep an eye on.
Smriti Mandhana (c), Sophie Devine, Heather Knight, Megan Schutt, Kanika Ahuja, Erin Burns, Dane van Niekerk, Preeti Bose, Komal Zanzad, Disha Kasat, Indrani Roy, Shreyanka Patil, Asha Shobana, Poonam Khemnar, Sahana Pawar, Richa Ghosh, Ellyse Perry, Renuka Singh
Possible Playing XI:
Smriti Mandhana (c), Sophie Devine, Ellyse Perry, Heather Knight, Disha Kasat, Richa Ghosh (wk), Kanika Ahuja, Megan Schutt, Preeti Bose, Renuka Thakur, Komal Zanzad
Meg Lanning will face a significant challenge when she arrives in India to lead the Delhi Capitals in the Women’s Premier League. Megan Schutt testified after Australia Women’s semi-final victory over India that her calm demeanour is what helps them in pressure situations.
Lanning’s captaincy has the potential to have a far-reaching impact on Indian female cricketers. A rising star like Jasia Akhtar, who will be eager to showcase her talent on the big stage, will benefit greatly from a captain like Meg.
Lanning leads a powerful and promising batting order. Shafali Verma, a power hitter, could bat first alongside Jasia Akhtar. Both have a high strike rate and can help the Capitals get off to a fast start.
This squad contains several strong Indian players. The key Indian players to watch are Radha Yadav in the bowling department, Shikha Pandey as an all-rounder, and Jemimah Rodrigues as a batter.
All of them have significant impact, and Rodrigues, in particular, will be critical in this batting order. Rodrigues has the right mindset for T20 cricket, and if she gets going, the right-hand batter has the potential to win the game.
Jess Jonasssen, Meg Lanning, and Laura Harris are three key Australians to keep an eye on. They have a lot of experience and can make a big difference in the game.
Meg Lanning (c), Alice Capsey, Shikha Pandey, Jess Jonassen, Laura Harris, Radha Yadav, Minnu Mani, Taniya Bhatia, Poonam Yadav, Sneha Deepthi, Arundhati Reddy, Titas Sadhu, Jasia Akhter, Tara Norris, Aparna Mondal, Jemimah Rodrigues, Shafali Verma, Marizanne Kapp
Possible Playing XI:
Shafali Verma, Jasia Akhtar, Jemimah Rodrigues, Meg Lanning, Marizanne Kapp, Laura Harris, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Jess Jonassen, Radha Yadav, Shikha Pandey, Poonam Yadav
Royal Challengers Bangalore Women vs Delhi Capitals Women Head to Head
This is the first time Royal Challengers Bangalore Women and Delhi Capitals Women will clash against each other.
Royal Challengers Bangalore Women vs Delhi Capitals Women Head to Head Stats in T20s
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Royal Challengers Bangalore Women vs Delhi Capitals Women Toss Prediction
According to the statistics, neither batting first nor bowling first has a significant advantage. However, given that this is the first season and both captains will be trying to figure out the best combinations, it will be a good idea to bat first.
Royal Challengers Bangalore Women vs Delhi Capitals Women Pitch Report
This match will take place at Mumbai’s Brabourne Stadium. It has been a high-scoring venue for T20 cricket, with an average first-innings score of 165 runs in women’s T20Is. Both teams have a strong batting lineup, and the team batting first should aim for a total of 175 or higher to ensure a competitive total.
Brabourne Stadium has a good batting surface. It also provides slow turn at times, and bowlers like Jonnasen and Kanika Ahuja may be called upon. A sunny day with a high of 35 degrees Celsius is forecast.
Royal Challengers Bangalore Women vs Delhi Capitals Women Prediction
On paper, RCB are without a doubt the strongest team in this league. DC also packs a powerful punch, with a good mix of domestic and international players who bring experience and talent to the team. At the moment, we can only judge the two sides on paper and the current form of their key players. Royal Challengers Bangalore appears to have an advantage in this match and will be our match prediction favourites. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!
Royal Challengers Bangalore Women is the favourite to beat Delhi Capitals Women at the odds of 1.80.
Royal Challengers Bangalore Women vs Delhi Capitals Women Most Recommended Player for Bet:
Smriti Mandhana is a prolific scorer and one of India’s best opening batswomen. She has 2802 runs in T20 cricket and comes into this tournament fresh off an outstanding performance in the T20 World Cup, where she smashed her career-best score of 87 runs. She is familiar with the conditions in Mumbai, which is why we believe she will be the top scorer for RCB.