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Royal Challengers Bangalore vs UP Warriorz
Two sides, who need their captains – both world-class opening batters – to fire.
While bruised Royal Challengers will be looking for their first win in the tournament, Warriorz will be looking to add more points against their name to strengthen their position after a loss in the previous game.
With the teams still figuring out their right combinations, the captains of these two sides have made a few baffling choices in their respective previous games. Warriorz had brought in legspinning allrounder Devika Vaidya for the match against Capitals but did not bowl her in the game. Similarly, for the match against Giants, Royal Challengers replaced batter Disha Kasat with legspinner Poonam Khemnar, who ended up not bowling even a single over. Warriorz also picked fast bowler Shabnim Ismail in the second match for allrounder Grace Harris, who had single-handedly won them their first match.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (possible): 1 Smriti Mandhana (capt), 2 Sophie Devine/Dane van Niekerk, 3 Disha Kasat, 4 Ellyse Perry, 5 Heather Knight, 6 Richa Ghosh (wk), 7 Kanika Ahuja, 8 Shreyanka Patil, 9 Megan Schutt, 10 Renuka Singh, 11 Preeti Bose
UP Warriorz (possible): 1 Alyssa Healy (capt, wk), 2 Shweta Sehrawat, 3 Kiran Navgire, 4 Tahlia McGrath, 5 Deepti Sharma, 6 Grace Harris, 7 Simran Shaikh, 8 Devika Vaidya, 9 Sophie Ecclestone/ Shabnim Ismail, 10 Anjali Sarvani, 11 Rajeshwari Gayakwad
“I think every team is realising that to bowl on these wickets… they are batters’ paradise to be fair. There is no seam, there is no swing, quick outfield. It’s a real test as a bowling unit and I don’t think any team has been able to crack it yet. This is an area we improved on but we can get a lot more disciplined in terms of execution.”
Royal Challengers’ Sophie Devine after the loss to Giants