Net run-rate a major concern for Gujarat
- Just winning won’t be enough for Gujarat Giants, with their net run-rate (-2.523) being the worst in the competition
- RCB women need to win both the remaining matches and hope UP Warriorz lose at least two of the three games
The two teams who are still in with a narrow chance of reaching the playoffs, Gujarat Giants and Royal Challengers Bangalore will clash in the match no. 16 of the WPL 2023. The contest will take place at Brabourne Stadium on Saturday, March 18. RCB head into the match as favourites with the odds of 1.60
Gujarat Giants are coming off a thrilling 11-run victory over Delhi Capitals. They have two wins in six matches and need to improve their net run-rate. Despite winning one more match than their opponents, Gujarat have odds of winning this match at 2.16
Three-way Battle for the Third Place
Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals have run away in the playoffs race with 10 and 8 points, respectively. RCB, UPW and GG are all in the race for the third spot. Warriorz are best placed amongst them with four points, having three matches in store. The team losing this match will most likely be eliminated.
Our Pick: RCB are starting to find their form with the bat as well as the ball. Back RCB to win the match at 1.60!
RCB would be delighted with how young Kanika Ahuja and Richa Ghosh steered them to maiden victory. While Ellyse Perry, Heather Knight and Sophie Devine have looked in good touch, Smriti Mandhana’s form remains a concern. Megan Schutt, Devine, Perry and Sobhana Asha have done well with the ball.
The Giants had big contributions from Laura Wolvaardt and Ashleigh Gardner against Delhi. Gardner’s return to form with the bat is a huge boost for them but she will have to deal with the pace of Schutt and Perry in this game.
Keep an eye on…
Sophie Devine picked 2 for 23 off four overs in the previous game and has looked in decent touch with the bat. She had smashed 66 in 45 balls versus Gujarat the last time these two teams met.
Laura Wolvaardt scored a superb 57 off 45 in the previous game versus Delhi. The South African batter has been in incredible form, having scored five fifties in the last six T20 innings