WPL 2024: MI win toss and elect to bowl first against DC, Harmanpreet and Ismail return

In a thrilling showdown at the Women’s Premier League (WPL) 2024, Mumbai Indians won the toss and chose to bowl first against Delhi Capitals at Arun Jaitley Stadium. Captain Harmanpreet Kaur and fast-bowler Shabnim Ismail make a comeback for Mumbai after sitting out of two matches due to injury. Delhi, playing their first home match, sees all-rounder Marizanne Kapp returning in place of Annabel Sutherland. The match promises to be a fierce competition as both teams aim to secure a spot in the playoffs.

Harmanpreet expressed her excitement about returning to the field, saying, “Don’t have experience of this pitch, so bowling first is the better option. I’m feeling good, nice to be back, new day and looking forward to it.” She also emphasized on the team’s performance, stating, “We’re doing a great job and we want to continue. Hopeful of getting good support from the crowd.”

Delhi’s skipper Meg Lanning shared her thoughts ahead of the match, highlighting the team’s progress in the tournament, “It’s a nice venue to play. We have got the squad to handle any conditions. We have got better with each game, different players standing up at different times, it’s important to keep winning though.” The rivalry between Mumbai and Delhi adds an extra layer of intensity, with Mumbai holding a 3-1 head-to-head record in WPL clashes.

Both teams have announced their playing XIs for the match, with Delhi Capitals featuring Meg Lanning (captain), Shafali Verma, Alice Capsey, Jemimah Rodrigues, Marizanne Kapp, Jess Jonassen, Arundhati Reddy, Radha Yadav, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Shikha Pandey, and Titas Sadhu. Mumbai Indians will have Yastika Bhatia (wk), Hayley Matthews, Nat Sciver-Brunt, Harmanpreet Kaur (captain), Amelia Kerr, Pooja Vastrakar, Amanjot Kaur, Sajeevan Sajana, Humairaa Kaazi, Shabnim Ismail, and Saika Ishaque on the field. The match holds significance as the winner will edge closer to securing a spot in the playoffs of WPL 2024.