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

Match: Mumbai Indians vs UP Warriorz

Date: March 18, Saturday, 3.30 PM IST

Venue: Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai

In the 15th match of WPL 2023, UP Warriors Women will take on Mumbai Indians Women at the DY Patil Stadium on Saturday, march 18. This will be the first double header of the day.

Mumbai Indians are sitting right at the top of the points table, having been unbeaten in the tournament so far. In their most recent game, Mumbai beat Gujarat by 55 runs. Batting first, the hosts scored 162 runs in their 20 overs on the back of good knocks from Yastika Bhatia (44), Nat Sciver (36) and Harmanpreet Kaur (51). Later in the game, Sciver and Hayley Matthews picked up three wickets each to help the Indians win by 55 runs.

UP Women, on the other hand, have won only one of their last four games. They come into this game on the back of a loss at the hands of RCB. Batting first, UP Warriorz posted a total of 135 runs on the board, which they were unable to defend. This was also RCB’s first win of the season.

While Mumbai Indians have already made it to the playoffs, UP Warriorz are almost out of the race, unless all the permutations go their way, which is going to be unlikely.

Ahead of the 15th 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 Navi Mumbai’s DY Patil Stadium, where both the batters and bowlers have done well this season. In the first game of WPL 2023, Mumbai scored more than 200 runs on this ground. One of the three five-wicket hauls of this season have also been taken at this ground.

The weather in Mumbai, meanwhile, is expected to be pleasant during the game which is in the evening. The temperature is expected to cross 30 degrees Celsius.

UP Warriorz team news and predicted XI

Team news: The UP Warriorz come into this game on the back of a loss to RCB, but are unlikely to fiddle with their playing XI.

Full squad: Deepti Sharma, Sophie Ecclestone, Devika Vaidya, Tahlia Mcgrath, Shabnim Ismail, Grace Harris, Alyssa Healy, Anjali Sarvani, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Shweta Sehrawat, Kiran Navgire, Lauren Bell, Laxmi Yadav, Parshavi Chopra, S. Yashasri, Simran Shaikh.

Predicted XI: 1 Alyssa Healy (capt, wk), 2 Devika Vaidya, 3 Shweta Sehrawat, 4 Kiran Navgire, 5 Deepti Sharma, 6 Tahlia McGrath, 7 Grace Harris, 8 Simran Shaikh, 9 Sophie Ecclestone, 9 Rajeshwari Gayakwad, 11 Anjali Sarvani

Mumbai Indians team news and predicted XI

Team news: Hosts Mumbai Indians are right at the top of the points table. They have already made it to the playoffs but if they lose the next game, they will lose their top spot.

Full squad – Natalie Sciver, Pooja Vastrakar, Harmanpreet Kaur, Yastika Bhatia, Amelia Kerr, Amanjot Kaur, Hayley Matthews, Chloe Tryon, Heather Graham, Isabelle Wong, Priyanka Bala, Dhara Gujjar, Humairaa Kaazi, Jintimani Kalita, Neelam Bisht, Saika Ishaque, Sonam Yadav.

Predicted XI: 1 Yastika Bhatia (wk), 2 Hayley Matthews, 3 Nat Sciver-Brunt, 4 Harmanpreet Kaur (capt), 5 Amelia Kerr/Chloe Tryon, 6 Pooja Vastrakar, 7 Issy Wong, 8 Amanjot Kaur, 9 Humaira Kazi, 10 Jintimani Kalita, 11 Saika Ishaque

Head to head record

This will be the second match between the two sides. MI won the earlier fixture between the two. UP scored 159 batting first, which MI chased down in 17.3 overs on the back of a half century by skipper Harmanpreet Kaur.

Five players to watch out for

Here we list five players to watch out for in the game

Alyssa Healy- batter, UP Warriorz

Alyssa Healy is the leading run-scorer for the UP Warriorz. In five games, the skipper has scored 186 runs in at an average of 46.5 and a strike rate of 153.71. In her last three outings, Healy has two half-centuries, peaking to form at the right time. The wicketkeeper batter brings with her the experience of 141 T20 internationals for Australia, from which she has a batting average and strike rate of 24.40 and 126.92.

Tahlia McGrath – all-rounder, UP Warriorz

Tahlia McGrath is the second-highest run-scorer for the Warriorz with 142 runs in four innings at an average of 47.33 and a strike rate of 157.77. McGrath scored an unbeaten 90 when UP and Mumbai met earlier in the tournament, and will be looking for a similar knock in the next game. In all, she has played 27 T20 internationals for Australia, scoring 615 runs at an impressive strike rate of over 142.

Hayley Matthews – all-rounder, Mumbai Indians

Hayley Matthews has scored 168 runs in five games at an average of 42 and a strike rate of 140. With the ball, she has taken ten wickets at an average of 10.5. She was not able to contribute much with both the bat and ball in the reverse fixture against UP, and will be looking to make amends for it this time around. From 82 T20 internationals, Matthews has 78 wickets and 1581 runs.

Amelia Kerr – all-rounder, Mumbai Indians

Amelia Kerr is another all-rounder you can pick in your fantasy team. With the ball, she has picked eight wickets at an average of 15.25 while with the bat, she has scored 64 runs at a strike rate of 172.97 from two innings.

Saiqa Ishaque – bowler, Mumbai Indians

Saiqa Ishaque is the leading wicket-taker of the WPL currently, with 12 wickets in five games at an average of 8.58, an economy of 5.66, and a strike rate of nine. She is also one of the three bowlers to take a five-wicket haul this season.

MUM-W vs UP-W – where and what time to watch the match live in India 

The match between UP Warriorz and Mumbai Indians 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 3.30 PM IST on March 17.

Check out our detailed guide on fantasy cricket for more tips and tricks. https://www.mpl.live/blog/todays-match-prediction/ 

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. 

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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