UP Warriorz eye final berth after tumultous season
Mumbai Indians missed out on a direct entry to the final by a whisker, but could still win this eliminator clash and reach the final spot without fretting too much. Mumbai Indians have odds of 1.51 to win this fixture, but that would take some doing against a determined and in-form UP Warriorz side.
UP Warriorz have been rather inconsistent through the season, somehow managing to sneak in to the eliminator at the very last minute. UP Warriorz have odds of 2.34 to win this fixture and make the finals, a proposition that seemed very farfetched at one point.
The third meet-up
These teams have met twice before in the competition with UP Warriorz losing the first outing by eight wickets, but then they came back strong to beat Mumbai by five wickets a week later.
UP’s mixed returns in the season were also due to them chopping and changing the side too much. The fourth overseas spot has been problematic for them with Grace Harris and Shabnim Ismail taking turns in the role. However, Harris, who has been incredible in the matches she has played, could win the battle for the eliminator.
Our pick: MI have a more complete unit and better batting quality to thrive on the surface. Back Mumbai Indians at 1.51 to win the match!
Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, boast of an array of all-rounders and a strong batting group, but have lost two of their last three matches, hence conceding the top spot to Delhi at the very last moment.
Keep an eye on…
Tahlia McGrath: The Australian all-roudner has shone in both matches against Mumbai Indians so far and seems like the best bet for UP Warriorz in the middle-order in the big game. She is the second-highest run-scorer in the WPL 202 season.
Harmanpreet Kaur: The MI batting line-up has revolved around the incredible Harmanpreet Kaur, who is also among the top 10 run-scorers this season. The captain could step up in this crunch contest.