The UP Warriorz, placed third in the standings, will seal their playoffs spot if they beat the bottom-placed Gujarat Giants at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Monday.
Even if they win only one of their remaining two games of the league phase of the tournament, the Warriorz will still be through to the knockouts. They may just scrape through even if they lose both these games by small margins, but they would certainly not want such a situation.
For the Giants, even a win by more than 100 runs on Monday may not be enough to keep their playoffs hopes afloat. And that’s because of their horrendous net run rate.
The only team to have beaten table-toppers Mumbai Indians so far in the competition, the Warriorz would again be looking forward to their spin duo of Sophie Ecclestone and Deepti Sharma to deliver.
Clash of the top two
Calcutta: Table-toppers Mumbai Indians and the second-placed Delhi Capitals have both made the playoffs of the inaugural Women’s Premier League. Set to face off at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai on Monday, both teams would be looking to fine-tune certain aspects of their game before the knockout stage.
A win for Mumbai, though, will assure them of a top-spot finish in the league phase.
So far, Mumbai have had just one blemish in the form of the loss to UP Warriorz last Saturday. The DY Patil Stadium pitch being on the slower side led to their undoing to an extent, which implies there’s a possibility of Mumbai trying out spinner all-rounder Chloe Tryon in place of England pacer Issy Wong.
■ Gujarat Giants vs UP Warriorz at Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai from 3.30pm.
■ Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals at DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai from 7.30pm. Matches live on Sports18 1