Depleted Gujarat in needs of wins too
- Beth Mooney still doubtful
- RCB banking on all-rounders
Royal Challengers Bangalore have had a forgettable start to the season, but remain one of the best teams in the tournament. They have a strong batting line-up and good all-rounders and can be banked upon to come back into the season well. They have odds of 1.67 to beat Gujarat Giants.
The Giants, meanwhile, will continue to miss skipper Beth Mooney and while they have put in commendable performances, a win hasn’t come by in the two games. Can they beat a strong RCB side? GG have odds of 2.17 to win this game.
Can Mandhana go big for RCB?
A notable factor in the two RCB matches so far has been Smriti Mandhana starting off all guns blazing, perhaps powered by a longer batting line-up than she usually enjoys with the Indian team. That she has not been able to carry on after great starts could turn around this game given the form she is in.
Our pick: RCB have a strong batting unit for a flat track and are favourites to win. Back RCB at of 1.67 to win this one!
Ashleigh Gardner has been Gujarat Giants’ go-to player, but her batting role might need to be more well defined to get the best out of one of the world’s best all-rounders.
Keep an eye on…
Ellyse Perry is in good form and could play a big role in this crunch game. She has the ideal batting position and an improved bowling role with RCB.
Ashleigh Gardner won the Player of the tournament at the Women’s T20 World Cup, and has started off the WPL pretty well. Expect her to bat higher up the order than last game.