Meg Lanning from Delhi Capitals is currently leading the list for the orange cap at TATA Women’s Premier League. She has so far scored 221 runs in five matches, having played all five innings as an opener. Her strike rate is pretty remarkable. Ellyse Perry is second on the list, with a difference of only 26 runs. She has led RCB to a decent run on the scoreboard on several occasions, and that has rightfully placed her in the second spot.
Her Australian counterpart, Alyssa Healy, has played only 4 matches to be in the third spot. She is likely to surpass Perry in the next match, where both will come face-to-face. RCB and UPW are scheduled to lock horns on March 15, 2023. Anyone who scores the highest will stay on top of the others for the next potential candidate for the orange cap.
Both teams last faced each other on March 10, 2023. It ended with UPW on the winning side after chasing the target of 139 in just 13 overs without any loss of wicket.
Shafali Verma is the only Indian player to feature in the top five for the orange cap. Verma so far has the highest strike rate of 190.43 in all her five innings. She has put up a total of 179 runs for Delhi Capitals.
A lot of runs for Lanning and Verma came from their first-ever partnership that contributed 162 runs against RCB in the season opener. Some of the best online sportsbooks predicted the same to happen again. While that never happened, DC has managed to maintain its dominance in WPL just behind MI.
Smriti Mandhana has not been at her best self, keeping her out of the list; however, her captain in the Indian team has entered the list of top ten contenders. Another match, and she could climb up the ladder to a higher rank. Harmanpreet Kaur is at the 10th spot with 129 runs and a strike rate of 181.69, second best after Verma. MI and GG will have a face-off today where Kaur can play her 4th inning.
Another Indian player to feature on the list is Harleen Deol, at the 9th position with 133 runs in 4 innings. Hayley Matthews is at 168 runs in total. There is a chance that she will bring Verma a rank lower, considering that she has played one match less than Verma.
Jemimah Rodrigues has been the backbone of her team, especially in the middle overs. Her absence from the list is, therefore, not surprising. Her fielding has been at the best level, one can rightly say. Both openers of DC are on the list. Next could be someone from the middle order, and everyone can guess it to be Jemimah.The contest to the orange cap is only going to get interesting in the TATA Women’s Premier League as the tournament draws closer to its conclusion. Gear up!