Gujarat Giants Women vs Delhi Capitals Women, Premier League Women 2023, 9th Match Match Details, Schedule, Highlights | ESPN.en
19:27 The players are making their way to the middle. Meghana and Wolvaardt to open the batting for the Giants. Meghana will be striking Kapp first. Here we go!
19:23 So the trades the Giants have made have already generated a lot of debate. The Giants hope Wolvaardt answers those questions with a great performance up front. They will need to get off to a good start, having also opted to hit. Less than 10 minutes until the start of the game now!
Mannan: “What does Wolvaardt bring to the team mix that Dunkley doesn’t? Don’t they have the same skill set?” — I’m just as stumped by that call, especially after what Dunkley did last game.
Shikha Pandey, Pacemaker of Delhi Capitals: (Lanning influence) I think she’s been very receptive. She is the captain of a bowler. I’ve been poking around in her brain a lot and she’s been really good. She has shown a lot of faith in the bowlers and I am happy to play with her. I’m happy to get the new ball and make the swing of it a huge weapon for me, hopefully I can start picking the first wickets soon. On the Indian side, I know everyone and I know how they do things. The atmosphere here is a bit more relaxed and I’m trying to learn and soak up as much as possible. I’m really blessed to be playing the WPL. We had a day off yesterday (when asked how they recovered after the loss to MI).
Well, ditching Dunkley is a huge decision, considering he hit an 18-ball fifty the last time he batted in the WPL. Sneh suggested it was a change made with his team mix in mind, though it’s hard to understand what exactly might be the reason for dropping someone in such good shape.
Laura Wolvaardt, batsman for the Gujarat Giants: It was amazing to have that World Cup at home. It was very motivating and I’m glad I was able to reach the final. Very happy to be here. I’m happy in that role (as a starter). Just grateful for the opportunity. I seek to learn everything I can. (About innovation) I’ll see what the game requires and hope it turns out well.
Capitals of Delhi XI: Meg Lanning (c), Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Laura Harris, Marizanne Kapp, Jess Jonassen, Taniya Bhatia (week), Minnu Mani, Radha Yadav, Shikha Pandey, Tara Norris
XI Gujarat Giants: S Meghana, Laura Wolvaardt, Harleen Deol, Ashleigh Gardner, Dayalan Hemalatha, Georgia Wareham, Sneh Rana (c), Kim Garth, Sushma Verma (week), Tanuja Kanwar, Mansi Joshi
7:00 p.m. It’s raffle time. Heads is Lanning’s decision, but it falls tails. The Giants will hit first. Two changes for Gujarat. Laura Wolvaardt and Georgia Wareham replace Sophia Dunkley and Annabel Sutherland. Lanning says the wicket will play out pretty much the same throughout. Laura Harris enters for Alice Capsey, who is unwell.
Let’s see what the conditions bring us. A fresh pitch for tonight’s game, and there’s a layer of grass. Relatively equidistant boundaries on both sides, and that could make things easier for bowlers. DC’s starters have been tough on short passes and over-the-top throwing, something the Giants will have to watch out for on this surface.
There have been four games so far at DY Patil Stadium, with the batting first team winning twice. In the last game, the ball dug into the surface one bunt and hitting wasn’t very easy in the early innings. Will that encourage the captain who wins the toss to pitch first?
This is how the points table seems currently. A win for DC will bring them closer to ME. One loss, and they’ll be locked in a three-way four-point tie with the Giants and the UP Warriorz.
6:30 pm Hello and welcome to ESPNcricinfo’s live coverage of WPL Game 9 between the capitals of delhi and the Gujarati Giants. Both teams come into this contest having endured contrasting fortunes in their last match. Mumbai Indians gave the Capitals a reality check while the Giants beat Royal Challengers Bangalore.
That sequence of results means the Giants, if they won tonight, could tie the Capitals in points. The Capitals would try to make sure that doesn’t happen, considering how strong they looked in their first two games. Much of his success in those matches was based on his starting partner not actually shooting and which could be tested against a relatively strong Gujarat bowling unit.
Speaking of the Giants, they have had to deal with an injury to their captain Beth Mooney, who has since been ruled out of the competition. Luckily for them, Sophia Dunkley seems not to have missed a beat since she was included in the eleven and laid the foundation for a vital victory against RCB a few days ago.
Lots of matchups, as always, including how the DC bowlers will fare against Ashleigh Gardner and Dunkley. It will also be interesting to see what kind of plans the Giants have to take on the likes of Jemimah Rodrigues, Shafali Verma and, of course, Meg Lanning. Either way, expect lots of entertainment, and for the entirety of this contest, I (Shashwat) will be your eyes and ears.
Sit back, relax and enjoy!