Delhi Capital and Gujarat Giants have entered the second leg of the tournament, TATA Women’s Premier League. Both teams will face each other on March 16, 2023, at Brabourne Stadium, at 7:30 pm IST. Meg Lanning-led DC stands a chance to make it to the playoffs after MI by securing 2 points to bring the total to 10 points. GG does not have a lot to play for except pride. Sneh Rana is worried about the team, and rightly so, since they have only won a single match out of five.
DC, on the other hand, has only lost to MI without losing an inch of dominance. RCB emerged victorious on March 15, 2023, by defeating UPW with 12 balls remaining. This tells that a bounceback is still in the talks. If RCB can do it, then, no offense, GG can do it as well, with a little bit of spirit in their game.
The previous meeting between DC and GG saw DC over-power their opponent with a 10-wicket win. GG was down by 9 wickets in 20 overs with a total of 105. Not a big score, agreed. However, it was chased by the opening pair Shafali Verma and the skipper, in just 7.1 overs. Meg kept her calm with 21 off 15 balls. Shafali Verma went all out by scoring an unbeaten 76 in 28 balls at a strike rate of 271.43.
That includes 10 on-ground boundaries and 5 on-air shots. Odds were in their favor on some of the best cricket betting sites. There was simply no answer to how fast they would conclude the innings. Middle order stayed in the resting area even though Jemimah Rodrigues was padded up. She has been phenomenal, by the way, with batting and fielding.
Ashleigh Gardner proved to be the most expensive bowler, having given away 22 runs in just a single over. Kim Garth managed that loss with an economy of 10 runs in 2 overs. That did not work, and the final winning run came from the very first ball of Georgia Wareham.
GG tried another set of openers in TATA Women’s Premier League 2023. Meghana departed after playing two balls, while Laura returned to the pavilion by scoring one run off two balls. Marizanne Kapp registered a fifer in the tournament, followed by Shikha Pandey with three wickets in her hands.
The only GG batter to work was Kim Grath. Restriction of the number of balls left could be a reason for the lower strike rate at a time when the opposite performance should have been delivered.
DC’s previous win was versus RCB, with 2 balls remaining to chase the target of 151. Call it a tough fight, but DC won nonetheless. GG was unable to chase 163 against MI by falling short by 55 runs throughout the innings.
DC has a strong opening pair complemented by a stronger middle order. GG is moving on the shoulders of Harleen Deol and Ashleigh Gardner, with the latter having showcased her capabilities already on the international stage.