The WPL 2024 continues with RCB Women taking on the Gujarat Giants in match 5 on Tuesday, February 27. The match starts at 7.30 pm IST and is the second game of the season for both teams. RCB won against UP Warriorz while Gujarat lost to Mumbai in their campaign openers. 

Gujarat Giants and Royal Challengers Bangalore were the bottom two teams last season. While RCB finished fourth the Giants finished fifth last season. Both teams are looking for a turnaround. Hence a win is all that matters for both teams. The two teams defeated each other once each last season. 

Team Analysis

Royal Challengers Bangalore Women

The RCB Women are coming on the back of a win against UP Warrior. The side was lucky in many ways to win the match. It was only for Sobhana Asha’s five-wicket spell that RCB won the match.

They were very poor on the field with players misfielding. The skipper too grasped a few chances. She is yet to score a fifty in the WPL and should aim for one in this game. The spin trio of Asha, Sophie Molineux, and Georgia Wareham is key from here on. Thrown in Shreyanka Patil is in the mix as well. 

Gujarat Giants 

The side will be led by Ben Mooney who replaces Sneh Rana as the skipper. Alongside her, the management has chosen a fresh support staff which includes Nooshin Al Khadeer (bowling coach), Tushar Arothe (batting coach), and Gavan Twining (fielding coach).

Kashvee Gautam and Lauren Cheatle are ruled out of the season due to different reasons. Gujarat roped in Gautam for 2 crores and she became the most expensive player in the WPL 2024 auction. The franchise then named Mumbai’s Sayali Sathgare as a replacement at a reserve price of ₹10 lakhs.

Lauren Cheatle unfortunately was ruled out due to health problems. She was replaced by veteran Kiwi cricketer Lea Tahuhu. It will be interesting to see what kind of playing combination Gujarat head into the game. They are yet to finalize their best combination. 

Also Read: Watch Smriti Mandhana left stunned after a massive reception at the Chinnaswamy Stadium for RCB’s first game of WPL 2024

Key Factors

Pitch Conditions

The pitch at the Chinnaswamy stadium will be a batting-friendly wicket. The first 11 matches will be played in Bengaluru. Thus plenty of high-scoring encounters are expected to be played. We have seen a 170-plus total in the first game and a 150-plus total in the second game provide terrific games. 

With dew having an impact in the second innings teams prefer to chase. However, scoring on the always helps and there is always pressure on the chasing teams in T20s.

Form and fitness

Fitness-wise, The Gujarat Giants side has a few concerns. Two players Kashvee Gautam and Lauren Cheatle are already ruled out of the tournament due to different reasons. Gautam suffered a stress fracture in the toe of her left foot during a match days after the WPL auction.

For RCB, skipper Smriti Mandhana’s form is key. She has a best score of 37 in the WPL and is yet to score a fifty in the tournament. She scored 13 against UP Warriorz.

Tactical Acumen

Smriti was clever with her use of spinners while defending the target. The three spinners in Asha, Wareham, and Molinuex become key from here on for every game for the Bangalore side.

For Gujarat skipper Beth Mooney, her use of spinners in the middle-overs will be interesting as well. Playing alongside Alyssa Healy and Meg Lanning in international cricket, Mooney should have learned a few tricks.

Recent Venue Records (M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru)

Total matches 18

Matches won batting first 7

Matches won bowling first 9

Average 1st Inns scores 141

Average 2nd Inns scores 136

Highest total recorded 212/4 (20 Ov) by IND vs AFG

Lowest total recorded 99/10 (19.3 Ov) by RSAW vs NZW

Highest score chased 194/3 (19.4 Ov) by AUS vs IND

Lowest score defended 114/7 (20 Ov) by SLW vs RSAW

Who Will Score Most Runs For RCB Women: Smriti Mandhana / Sophie Devine

Who Will Take Most Wickets ForRCB Women:  Sobhana Asha / Sophie Molineux

BAN-W vs GUJ-W Today Match Prediction – Who Will Win Today’s WPL Match? WPL 2024, Match 5

RCB Women with their home support playing at the Chinnaswamy are better placed to win the match after making a winning start.

Also Read: Gujarat Giants sign Lea Tahuhu as the replacement for Lauren Cheatle

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