Can Royal Challengers Bangalore end their losing streak?
- RCB Women have lost all five of their matches in the WPL and are languishing at the bottom.
- UP Warriorz have four points from as many games and would be looking to strengthen their top three spot.
The match no. 13 of the WPL 2023 brings you a clash between UP Warriorz and Royal Challengers Bangalore from Dr DY Patil Stadium on Wednesday, March 15. UP Warriorz have won two and lost two. They walk into the game as favourites with the odds of 1.61
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RCB Women just can’t catch a break as they succumbed to their fifth consecutive loss on Monday. They head into this fixture with much higher odds of 2.10
Mandhana and her poor form costing RCB women
Smriti Mandhana was the biggest star for RCB but her form has turned out to be one of the biggest reasons for their failure. The captain has scored only 88 runs across five innings at 117 strike rate with a high score of 35. RCB still have a slim chance but they need to win all three games and they need their captain to deliver.
Our pick: UP Warriorz have an excellent bowling attack and a few in-form batters. We predict UPW to win the match at 1.61
Alyssa Healy’s UP Warriorz lost their previous game by eight wickets against the table-toppers Mumbai Indians but they did push them. Their bowling attack of Sophie Ecclestone, Deepti Sharma, Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Shabnim Ismail looks potent.
RCB Women came very close to winning versus Delhi Capitals, losing with only two balls to spare while defending 151. Ellyse Perry has been magnificent in the tournament but the rest of the batting line-up needs to step up.
Keep an eye on…
Sophie Ecclestone has snared eight wickets from four innings in the tournament, with best figures of 4 for 13. The world no. 1 bowler has a stellar record in T20 cricket and will be crucial here.
Ellyse Perry is the only consistent performer for RCB, scoring 195 runs at an average of 49 while striking at 137. She’s coming off back to back fifties and remains a key for them.