Match Preview – RCB Women vs MI Women, Women’s Premier League 2022/23, 4th Match
Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (or Harmanpreet Kaur vs Smriti Mandhana)
At a press conference, Mandhana was asked about face-offs with Harmanpreet, and she said, “We haven’t played a lot of domestic cricket in the last four-five years and so didn’t get opportunities to share our experiences with the domestic players. We have played the overseas leagues and know how the setup benefits. So I am sure I can help the RCB girls and she can help the MI girls.”
And so, the seeds of some friendly WPL fire were sowed – Harmanpreet versus Mandhana.
A tough assignment then for Royal Challengers, as they look to turn around their campaign.
Having her batting services largely under-utilised for India, Pooja Vastrakar came in at No. 6 and showed her wares with an eight-ball 15. She could have a larger role to play for Mumbai Indians given she is one of the experienced players in the set-up. And don’t be surprised if allrounder Jintimani Kalita is given more to do in her second outing as teams can afford to try the domestic players before the actual crunch games kick in. Kalita impressed with her athletic efforts and caught Harmanpreet’s eye at Mumbai Indians’ two intra-squad warm-up games.
Mumbai Indians (possible): 1 Yastika Bhatia (wk), 2 Hayley Matthews, 3 Nat Sciver-Brunt, 4 Harmanpreet Kaur (capt), 5 Amelia Kerr, 6 Humaira Kazi, 7 Pooja Vastrakar, 8 Issy Wong, 9 Amanjot Kaur, 10 Jintimani Kalita, 11 Saika Ishaque
Royal Challengers Bangalore (possible): 1 Smriti Mandhana (capt), 2 Disha Kasat, 3 Ellyse Perry, 4 Sophie Devine/Dane van Niekerk, 5 Richa Ghosh (wk), 6 Heather Knight, 7 Kanika Ahuja/Shreyanka Patil, 8 Asha Sobhana, 9 Megan Schutt, 10 Renuka Singh, 11 Preeti Bose
“When I am in my zone, I am clear in the areas I have to pick, and it becomes easy for me. I need to just watch the ball and react instead of thinking about too many shots.”
Mumbai Indians captain Harmanpreet Kaur on her batting approach
“Obviously it [Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers] is a huge rivalry in the men’s game. They have set a brilliant win in their first game; they are a dangerous side.”
Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Heather Knight is excited about the contest