Royal Challengers Bangalore are off to a horrific start in the WPL 2023, losing all their three games till now. Sophie Devine stepped up with the bat in the last match, scoring 67 runs. She’s the leading run scorer for RCB with 96 runs in 3 matches. Smriti Mandhana and Ellyse Perry have contributed with 76 runs each. England’s captain , Heather Knight has played a brilliant part down the order, scoring 64 runs at a strike rate of 194.
Heather Knight is also the top wicket-taker for RCB with 4 wickets to her name. All-rounder Shreyanka Patil stepped up with 2 wickets in the last match. However, the pacers, Renuka Singh Thakur and Megan Schutt have failed to leave a mark in the tournament till now and only have one wicket each to their name, which hasn’t allowed RCB to win a single match.
Meanwhile, UP Warriorz started their campaign with a win but conceded a 42-run loss in their last match. Tahlia McGrath scored an unbeaten 90 runs in a losing cause but her batting performance would provide UP relief. Opener Alyssa Healy has failed to fire till now, with only 31 runs in 2 matches while Grace Harris, who played a match-winning knock in the first match, was benched to accommodate pacer Shabnim Ismail.
Off spinner Sophie Ecclestone has picked up 3 wickets in 2 matches while Tahlia McGrath and Deepti Sharma have managed 2 wickets each. Shabnim Isamil picked up a wicket in the only match she has played while Rajeshwari Gayakwad has struggled, conceding at an economy of 10.16 for her 1 wicket.
RCB Probable Playing XI
Smriti Mandhana (c), Sophie Devine, Ellyse Perry, Heather Knight, Richa Ghosh (wk), Poonam Khemnar, Kanika Ahuja, Shreyanka Patil, Megan Schutt, Renuka Thakur Singh, Preeti Bose
UP Warriorz Probable Playing XI
Alyssa Healy (c & wk), Shweta Sehrawat, Kiran Navgire, Tahlia McGrath, Deepti Sharma, Simran Shaikh, Devika Vaidya, Sophie Ecclestone, Shabnim Ismail, Anjali Sarvani, Rajeshwari Gayakwad
Alyssa Healy, Smriti Mandhana, Shweta Sehrawat, Heather Knight, Sophie Devine, Ellyse Perry, Tahlia McGrath, Deepti Sharma, Megan Schutt, Sophie Ecclestone, Shabnim Ismail