It’ll be a face-off between Mumbai and Vidarbha for match no. 7 of the 2023 Senior Women’s Twenty20 (T20) Trophy on the opening day of the tournament. The game is scheduled to be played on the 19th of October, 2023, at 11:00 AM Indian Standard Time (IST) at KIIT Stadium, Bhubaneswar.
Mumbai – Jemimah Rodrigues (C), Riya Chaudhari, Manali Dakshini, Humaaira Kaazi, Simran Shaikh, Saima Thakore, Manasi Bodke, Janhvi Kate, Jagravi Pawar, Nidhi Gharat, Prakashika Naik, Fatima Jaffer, Niyati Jagtap, Nidhi Dawda, Sayali Satghare
Vidarbha – Disha Kasat (C), Bharti Fulmali, Latika Inamdar, Shivani Dharne, Komal Zanzad, Nupur Kohale, Ankita Bhongade, Kanchan Nagwani, Sai Bhoyar, Ayushi Thakare, Riddhi Naik, Arti Behenwal, Saloni Rajput, Arya Gohane, Gargi Wankar
Players to watch out:
The 30-year-old all-rounder was picked by the Mumbai Indians in the inaugural Women’s Premier League (WPL) auction but didn’t have much to offer for the team. Nonetheless, Kaazi was brilliant to watch last season as she notched up 133 runs from 6 innings, while also picking up a fifer in her only bowling outing. Kaazi has come under the spotlight following the WPL and it’ll be intriguing to see how she goes about her business this season.
The 21-year-old all-rounder found a home with the UP Warriorz’ at the WPL but failed to make the most of her opportunities. Simran had a notable run in the senior T20 season last year, scoring 128 runs from 6 innings, including an impressive 89, and in the Interzonal trophy, she chipped in with 71 runs from 6 games, and for her finishing skills will be one to be watched out for.
The 26-year-old all-rounder in the previous edition of the Senior Women’s T20 Trophy averaged 60.00 and racked up 300 runs from 8 outings. However, Disha failed to replicate the success in the Interzonals, accumulating only 58 runs from 5 innings, followed by a forgetful season with the RCB in the inaugural WPL edition. Disha will want to start fresh, eyeing another good domestic season.
The 32-year-old left-arm pacer excelled in the competition last edition, scalping 10 wickets from 8 innings. Komal made it to the RCB playing XI only once, returning figures of 0/22 (2) in her debut game. Komal is an experienced campaigner and will be looking to leave her mark this summer following an upsetting WPL campaign.
The KIIT Stadium, Bhubaneswar, offers favorable conditions for bowlers, particularly spinners, leading to an average score in the 90s. Batters face challenges on this track but can look to convert their starts once they find their rhythm.
With light winds, humidity at 66%, and the temperature forecasted to hover around 32°C, the conditions are pleasant for cricket. The overhead is expected to be mostly sunny and the chances of rain are minimal.
Fantasy playing XI:
Riya Chaudhari, Jemimah Rodrigues, Disha Kasat, Simran Shaikh, Humaaira Kaazi, Bharti Fulmali, Manali Dakshini, Nupur Kohale, Fatima Jaffer, Kanchan Nagwani, Arya Gohane
Date – October 19, 2023
Time – 11:00 AM IST
Venue – KIIT Stadium, Bhubaneswar
Broadcast – Access live scores for all the games of the tournament on BCCI’s match center web portal.