19th Match (D/N), DY Patil, March 21, 2023, Women's Premier League
(16.3/20 ov, T:126) 129/6

MI Women won by 4 wickets (with 21 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
31* (27) & 3/22

RCB search for consolation win against upbeat Mumbai Indians

Mandhana's side are eliminated, while Harmanpreet's team will want to make final tweaks before knockouts

Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur pictured at the toss  •  BCCI

Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur pictured at the toss  •  BCCI

Big Picture

A week ago, Royal Challengers Bangalore were languishing at the bottom of the table with zero wins. Mumbai Indians, meanwhile, were riding high on top of the table with a perfect five. Mumbai had sealed their top-three spot while Royal Challengers' chances were hanging by a thread. Earlier in the tournament, Mumbai had inflicted a heavy defeat on Royal Challengers the last time these teams had met.
Royal Challengers have roared back in some style since then. After a win against UP Warriorz, they went on to thrash Gujarat Giants by eight wickets in a high-scorer. Mumbai, meanwhile, were handed their first defeat of the tournament by Warriorz.
But following Warriorz's win against Giants on Monday, Royal Challengers have been eliminated from the competition*. Mumbai will have to turn up in less than 24 hours for this encounter, so Royal Challengers will want to make use of this chance to finish the tournament on a high.
Meanwhile, Mumbai, for their part, will want to hold on to the top spot which would give them a direct entry into the final. If Delhi Capitals beat them on Monday and go on to win their last league game against Warriorz, then there's a chance Mumbai might not finish first.
The teams' respective captains - two Indian stalwarts - have had contrasting fortunes. Harmanpreet Kaur has 205 runs with three fifties while Smriti Mandhana has crossed 30 just twice. Can Mandhana outdo her opposite number this time around?

Players to Watch

Having impressed enough with her bowling, Issy Wong showcased her batting skills in the match against Warriorz with a 19-ball 32 to resurrect Mumbai's innings. She has bowled superbly in the three games Mumbai have played at the DY Patil Sports Academy so far, making the most of the early swing on offer and finishing with figures of 1 for 7, 3 for 10 and 1 for 24 respectively. Her economy of 5.78 in the tournament is the second-best among players who've bowled a minimum of 15 overs.
Sophie Devine delivered a banging performance against Giants, smashing eight sixes and nine fours on her way to a 36-ball 99. In Royal Challengers' last two games, she's been effective with the new ball as well - removing Warriorz's openers in the first over and sending Giants' Sophia Dunkley back in the third over.

Possible XIs

Mumbai Indians: 1 Hayley Matthews, 2 Yastika Bhatia (wk), 3 Nat Sciver-Brunt, 4 Harmanpreet Kaur (c), 5 Amelia Kerr, 6 Issy Wong, 7 Humaira Kazi, 8 Dhara Gujjar, 9 Amanjot Kaur, 10 Jintimani Kalita, 11 Saika Ishaque
Royal Challengers: 1 Sophie Devine, 2 Smriti Mandhana (capt.), 3 Ellyse Perry, 4 Heather Knight, 5 Kanika Ahuja, 6 Richa Ghosh (wk), 7 Shreyanka Patil, 8 Disha Kasat, 9 Sobhana Asha, 10 Megan Schutt, 11 Preeti Bose.

Stats and Trivia

  • Saika Ishaque's economy rate is 5.63, the best economy in the tournament so far (minimum 10 overs)
  • Devine's batting strike rate against spinners during her 99 off 36 balls was 336.36. She scored 74 runs off 22 balls against spin on the day
  • Mumbai's bowlers have taken the most wickets (16) in the powerplay while Royal Challengers bowlers have taken the least (8)
  • Quotes

    "I'm so used to hearing chants for [Ellyse] Perry and [Smriti] Mandhana, and was feeling a bit left out. To hear your name and experience this atmosphere, it will stay with me for a very long time."
    Sophie Devine after her match-winning knock against Giants
    *1.30pm GMT - The story was updated after UP Warriorz's match against Gujarat Giants to say Royal Challengers Bangalore have been eliminated from the tournament

    Sruthi Ravindranath is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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