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MI and RCB have different objectives ahead

MI and RCB have different objectives ahead

Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore will approach Tuesday’s match with different objectives. While one aims for the top spot on the points table, the other seeks a top-three finish, making a win crucial for both teams.

A victory will secure RCB a place in the top three, but a loss, depending on the margin, could open the door for Gujarat Giants and UP Warriorz to advance. Similarly, Mumbai Indians are battling Delhi Capitals for the top spot.

Both teams are coming off contrasting results in their previous games. Harmanpreet Kaur’s explosive 95 led Mumbai Indians to an improbable win over Gujarat Giants, while RCB narrowly lost to Delhi Capitals.

RCB is still searching for the right batting combination, relying heavily on players like Smriti Mandhana, Ellyse Perry, and Richa Ghosh. They will need impactful performances from players like Sophie Devine and Sophie Molineux in their final league game.

The outcome of this match will not only affect RCB and MI but also the other teams in the competition, setting the stage for an exciting finish to the league stage.

Match Details:
When: Tuesday, March 11, 2024, 7:30 PM IST
Where: Arun Jaitley Stadium, New Delhi
Pitch: Expect a low and slow pitch, familiar to both teams.

Team News:

Mumbai Indians: Unlikely to make any changes despite a minor setback in the previous game.

Probable XI: Hayley Matthews, Yastika Bhatia, Nat Sciver-Brunt, Harmanpreet Kaur, Amelia Kerr, Amanjot Kaur, S Sajana, Pooja Vastrakar, Shabnim Ismail, Humaira Kazi, Saika Ishaque

Royal Challengers Bangalore: S Meghana’s availability is uncertain, and there might be a case for bringing Simran Bahadur back into the side for strengthening fielding and lower-order batting.

Probable XI: Smriti Mandhana, Sophie Molineux, Ellyse Perry, Richa Ghosh, Disha Kasat/S Meghana, Georgia Wareham, Shreyanka Patil, Simran Bahadur/Shraddha Pokharkar, S Asha, Renuka Thakur

What They Said:

“Would tell the girls to keep their heads high and come back stronger the day after.” – Smriti Mandhana, RCB skipper, after her team’s 1-run loss against Delhi Capitals.

“It was a very big game for us, we had to win so that we wouldn’t put any pressure on us (going forward)… Definitely have an eye on finishing first to get into the final.” – Harmanpreet Kaur, MI skipper, after the win against Gujarat Giants.

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