Womens Premier League (WPL 2023) league stages have concluded with Delhi Capitals Women finishing on the top of the points table. They have 6 wins in the 8 games they have played in the league stages.
Other than DC Women, Mumbai Indians Women and UP Warriorz have finished at No. 2 and 3 in the points table. And according to the rules of the league, both teams will have to play the eliminator to play the final on March 26.
MI Women also won 6 games in the league stage and finished at No. 2 while UP Warriorz won 4 games and finished at No. 3. Now, both teams will play the eliminator on March 24 at Dr. DY Patil Sports Academy, Navi Mumbai. Whichever team won that game will play the final against DC Women on March 26 at Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai.
We have seen some of the great performances in the WPL 2023 and now we are at the business end of the league. Let’s see the stats and the top performers in the WPL 2023.
Highest run scorer in WPL 2023:-
Meg Lanning is the highest run-scorer in the league so far with 310 runs in 8 innings. She has scored at an average of 51.67 and a very healthy strike rate of 141.55.
After Meg Lanning, Tahila McGrath is the 2nd highest run scorer with 295 runs in 7 innings of the 8 games she has played. She scored at an average of 59 and at a strike rate of almost 160.
The list was followed by S Devine (266 runs), Ellyse Perry (253 runs), and Alyssa Healy (242 runs).
So no Indian batters have made it into the top 5 till now. But there are still two games left. Let’s see how they go about their business.
Highest wicket-takers in WPL 2023:-
Sophie Ecclestone is top on the list with 14 wickets in 8 games. Her bowling average is 14 and has a four-fer as well in the tournament.
The list is followed by A Kerr (13 wickets), S Ishaque (13), H Matthews (12), and K Garth (11). So these are the top 5 wicket takers in the WPL 2023 and there is only one Indian bowler who is on the list.
Now, let’s talk about the knockout stages of the WPL 2023. At first, there is an important game between MI Women and UP Warriorz.
Mumbai Indians vs UP Warriorz
Mumbai Indians have had a very good season so far with only 2 losses in 8 games. They came into the eliminator with a 4-wicket win against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB W) Women. They restricted RCB W to 125 and they chased down the target inside 17 overs. Their openers have given them a good start and added 53 in the powerplay.
MI W lost some quick wickets but in the end, got over the line. A Kerr played a crucial cameo of 31 off 27 balls with 4 fours.
Strengths of MI Womens
They have a very good bowling lineup with two of their bowlers featuring in the top 5 wicket-takers list. Also, their openers looked good in the last game and A Kerr is also a very good all-rounder who gave balance to the team.
MI Womens will expect their middle order to step up in the important game with Harmanpreet Kaur herself will look to lead from the front with the bat.
On the other hand, UP Warriorz came in with the loss against the finalist DC W by 5 wickets. But they have one of the best batting lineups in the WPL 2023 with two of their batters in the top 5 run scorers.
UP Warriorz also has S Ecclestone, who is in very good form and is at the top of the wicket-takers list.
It will be a great contest in the eliminator between the two good teams.
Delhi Capitals sitting well at the top
DC Women is sitting well at the top and already qualified for the finals. They will wait for the game between UP Warriorz and Mumbai Indians Women and see who will be with them in the finals.
DC W’s all the batters are in good form and both the openers, M Lanning and S Verma are one of the most aggressive opening pairs in the WPL 2023. Let’s see how they do well in the final.
WPL 2023 Final Prediction
All the teams are looking good. But Delhi Capitals is one of the contenders to win the title in the inaugural season.
Let’s see what happens in the tournament. What do you think? Who will win the first-ever title in the WPL 2023? Whether it is UP Warriorz, Mumbai Indians Women, and Delhi Capitals Women? Comment your answer below.
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