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Women’s Premier League 2023: DEL-W vs GUJ-W Fantasy Preview and MPL Top Picks

Match: Gujarat Giants vs Delhi Capitals

Date: March 16, Thursday, 7.30 PM IST

Venue: Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai

The Gujarat Giants Women will square off against Delhi Capitals Women in the 14th match of the Women’s Premier League 2023 at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. The Capitals have won four of their five games and have already made it to the playoffs. A win in the next game, however, will take them right at the top of the points table.

In their most recent game, the Capitals beat RCB in a down to the wire game. Shikha Pandey, their top wicket-taker, took three wickets to help restrict the opponents to a first innings total of 150, which the Capitals chased down in the last over of the game. Their middle order comprising Alice Capsey, Marizanne Kapp, Jemimah Rodrigues and Jess Jonassen delivered with the bat.

Gujarat Giants, on the other hand, stand little to no chance of making it to the playoffs. They have lost four of their five matches, and are subsequently sitting right at the bottom of the points table. Most recently, Mumbai Indians beat them by a big margin of 55 runs. Despite three wickets by Ashleigh Gardner, the Indians posted a total of 163 runs, in reply to which the Giants could manage only 107. When Giants and Capitals met earlier this season, the Gujarat-based team won by 10 wickets.

Ahead of the 14th match of the WPL 2023, let’s look at the head to head total of both teams, pitch report, weather update and top picks for your MPL fantasy team.

Weather update and pitch report

The match will be played at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai, where we have seen both the batters and bowlers gain benefit from the pitch. But in general, it has been a decent track to bat on, with the average first innings score reading 165. Anything above 165 is going to be a competitive total at the Brabourne Stadium.

The weather in Mumbai is not too favourable on the night of the match. There is a 22% chance of rain. The temperature is expected to cross 30 degrees Celsius.

Gujarat Giants team news and predicted XI

Team news: The Gujarat Giants are right at the bottom of the points table. They have already made quite a few experiments with their playing XI and could repeat the same process for the remaining games. However, they have already been eliminated from the playoffs race.

Full squad – Sabbhineni Meghana, Sophia Dunkley, Harleen Deol, Ashleigh Gardner, Dayalan Hemalatha, Annabel Sutherland, Sneh Rana(c), Kim Garth, Sushma Verma(w), Mansi Joshi, Tanuja Kanwar, Laura Wolvaardt, Georgia Wareham, Monica Patel, Ashwani Kumari, Hurley Gala, Shabnam Md Shakil, Parunika Sisodia

Predicted XI: Sabbhineni Meghana, Sophia Dunkley, Sushma Verma (wk), Ashleigh Gardner, Annabel Sutherland, Dayalan Hemalatha, Harleen Deol, Sneh Rana (c), Kim Garth, Mansi Joshi, Tanuja Kanwar

Delhi Capitals team news and predicted XI

Team news: Delhi Capitals will be looking to displace Mumbai Indians from the top of the points table by winning the next game.

Full squad – Meg Lanning (c), Jemimah Rodrigues (vc), Shafali Verma, Alice Capsey, Radha Yadav, Shikha Pandey, Marizanne Kapp, Titas Sadhu, Laura Harris, Tara Norris, Jasia Akhter, Minnu Mani, Taniya Bhatia, Poonam Yadav, Jess Jonassen, Sneha Deepthi, Arundhati Reddy, Aparna Mondal.

Predicted XI: Meg Lanning (c), Shafali Verma, Alice Capsey, Marizanne Kapp, Jemimah Rodrigues, Jess Jonassen, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Minnu Mani, Radha Yadav, Shikha Pandey and Tara Norris.

Head to head record

This will be the second match between the two sides. In the reverse fixture earlier this month, the Delhi Capitals won by 10 wickets.

Five players to watch out for

Here we list five players to watch out for in the DEL-W vs GUJ-W game

Meg Lanning – batter, Delhi Capitals

Meg Lanning has played a big role in the campaign of Delhi Capitals in WPL 2023. She is the leading run scorer in the tournament with 221 runs in five matches at an average of 55.25. She scored an unbeaten 21 in the reverse fixture against the Giants and will be looking for an even bigger total in this game. Lanning brings with her plenty of experience – she has played 132 T20 internationals for Australia, scoring 3405 runs at an average and a strike rate of 36.61 and 116.37.

Ashleigh Gardner – Gujarat Giants

Ashleigh Gardner has not done well with the bat, having managed only 52 runs in five games. However, she has done well with the ball, having picked wickets consistently, including three wickets in the last game. Gardner has overall played 73 T20 internationals for Australia, from which she has a batting average of 28 and strike rate of 132.43. With the ball, she has picked up 53 wickets in the format.

Marizanne Kapp – all-rounder, Delhi Capitals

Marizanne Kapp has displayed fine all-round performance for the Capitals in the WPL 2023, scoring 89 runs and picking up six wickets in five matches. In her last outing, which was against RCB, Kapp scored a crucial knock of 32 and bowled an economical spell. In international cricket, Kapp has played 94 T20 internationals, from which she has 1178 runs and 76 wickets.

Shikha Pandey – bowler, Delhi Capitals

Shikha Pandey is the top wicket-taker for the Delhi Capitals and comes into this game on the back of a good spell against RCB in which she picked up three wickets.  Shikha has played 62 T20 internationals for India, from which she has 43 wickets and an impressive economy rate of 6.49.

Sophia Dunkley – batter, Gujarat Giants

The experienced batter was the player of the match in the last game for scoring 65 off just 28 against. Her experience will be very crucial to Gujarat if they want to win their last few league games. In 44 T20 internationals, the right hand batter and leg spin bowler has 652 runs and 13 wickets.

GUJ-W vs DEL-W – where and what time to watch the match live in India 

The match between Gujarat Giants and Delhi Capitals will be televised on the Sports18 channel in India and you can also watch the digital streaming on the Jio app. The match will begin at 7.30 PM IST on March 16.

Check out our detailed guide on fantasy cricket for more tips and tricks. 

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams. 

Umaima Saeed
A writer who primarily writes on cricket. As of 2021, she has covered cricket for more than a dozen publications.


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