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MI-W 11/0 (2.4 ov, Hayley Matthews 5*, Yastika Bhatia 5*, Anjali Sarvani 0/5) – Live – Mumbai Indians Women vs UP Warriorz Women, Women’s Premier League 2023 2023, 15th Match Match Live Score, Summary | ESPN.in

3:27pm The players are making their way out to the middle. Yastika and Matthews to open the batting for Mumbai, rather unsurprisingly. Gayakwad with the new ball for the Warriorz. Matthews on strike, a slip in place.

This is how the points table looks like at the moment. A win and Mumbai will take a giant stride towards sealing top spot and a place in the final. A victory for the UP Warriorz, and they might just establish a bit of breathing room between themselves and the rest of the chasing pack. Plenty to play for today!

Jhulan Goswami: Before the tournament, we played a few matches among our group and we decided our best eleven. We made sure that they had enough time to settle time. The top order is doing well and the bowlers have been consistent. Pooja unfortunately got injured but apart from that, it is the same eleven we are playing. The wicket at Brabourne is slowing down a little but the outfield is quick. In the evening here, the ball was just seaming around a little. Bowling in the right areas against Healy and their batters will be key. I hope they consistently do what they have been doing so far. There is a big match tomorrow (between me and Charlotte Edwards). I am going to bowl five overs at her and if I don’t get her out, I will have to treat her.

Mumbai Indians XI: Hayley Matthews, Yastika Bhatia (wk), Nat Sciver-Brunt, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Amelia Kerr, Issy Wong, Humaira Kazi, Dhara Gujjar, Amanjot Kaur, Jintimani Kalita, Saika Ishaque

UP Warriorz XI: Alyssa Healy (c & wk), Devika Vaidya, Tahlia McGrath, Kiran Navgire, Grace Harris, Simran Shaikh, Deepti Sharma, Parshavi Chopra, Sophie Ecclestone, Anjali Sarvani, Rajeshwari Gayakwad

3pm It’s time for the toss. Harmanpreet gives it a spin. Healy calls heads, and she wins the toss. UP Warriorz will bowl first. Healy says she is unsure of how the surface will behave and cites her side’s better form when chasing as another reason to bowl first. Harmanpreet jokes that MI are getting used to her losing the toss. She says she would have batted first anyway. Unchanged XI for Mumbai; Parshavi Chopra gets a game for UP, replacing Shweta Sehrawat.

Let’s see what the conditions have in store for us. The pitch is to one side of the square, meaning that there is a shorter boundary. WV Raman reckons the bowlers will have to be accurate on this pitch that has largely been bater-friendly so far. He feels chasing could be the way to go for the captain winning the toss today. Aakash Chopra also reckons that the surface is filled with runs.

You can also follow live commentary of this match in Hindi here.

Grace Harris, UP Warriorz all-rounder: (On her batting) You can’t really take in last games into this game. But it is good to score runs and get some confidence in the Indian conditions. I am enjoying myself out there. It is a big game for us today. We are in third place at the moment. A few more wins and we might be able to lock in a playoffs spot. Against Mumbai, we are really looking forward to challenging ourselves against the benchmark team. Amelia Kerr is probably a big player for them and Harmanpreet Kaur. Looking to neutralise their best weapons. For us, Alyssa Healy needs to start big for us. We love the support from Mumbai and when I have come to India, I have only ever been here. The Aussie boys and the Indian boys have come in here to finish their ODI game and it has been good to get that support.

2:30pm Hello and welcome to ESPNcricinfo’s live coverage of Match 15 of the WPL between the Mumbai Indians and the UP Warriorz. I am Shashwat Kumar and I will be your eyes and ears for everything that happens tonight.

The Mumbai Indians have already secured a playoff berth, with three matches to spare. Their batters have thrived in batting-friendly conditions and even when stroke-making has not been very conducive, they have found a way to post above-par totals on the board.

Captain Harmanpreet Kaur has led from the front. Hayley Matthews and Nat Sciver-Brunt have also been pivotal, with Yastika Bhatia enhancing her reputation at the top of the order. Mumbai might even be tempted to give their fringe players a go, although they would ideally want to finish top, which would then guarantee a direct route into the final.

The UP Warriorz, though, still have plenty to do to finish in the top three. They sit on four points currently and while their fate is still very much in their own hands, they need to get back to winning ways, having lost their two most recent encounters.

Alyssa Healy has already shown what she is capable of. Tahlia McGrath, too, has provided glimpses of the destruction she can cause. There remains a question mark over whether Grace Harris will play, considering UP have not been hesitant to shuffle their pack and team balance. They have enough experience, firepower and pedigree to beat any side in the competition. Considering how indomitable Mumbai have looked, that might be easier said than done.

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