WPL 2024 Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians: Smriti Mandhana or Harmanpreet Kaur, who’ll win?

Mumbai Indians captain Harmanpreet Kaur missed back-to-back matches in the 2024 season of the Women’s Premier League, after being ruled out of their heavy-weight clash against Royal Challengers Bangalore.

MI were led by stand-in skipper Natalie Sciver-Brunt in the absence of Harmanpreet, who was ruled out because of a niggle. Mumbai Indians won their opening two matches of WPL 2024 under the captaincy of Harmanpreet but lost against UP Warriorz with Harmanpreet on the sidelines.

Women’s Premier League

The Women’s Premier League (WPL) 2024 is expected to experience an electrifying encounter between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Women and Mumbai Indians (MI) Women. The RCB vs MI match will take place on Saturday, March 2.

Why Is Harmanpreet Kaur Not Playing In RCB Vs MI WPL 2024 Clash?

In a twist that has thrown a spanner in the works for Mumbai Indians’ (MI-W) Women’s Premier League (WPL) campaign, skipper Harmanpreet Kaur has once again found herself sidelined for the high-octane clash against Royal Challengers Bangalore Women at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Saturday.

WPL 2024: Why is Harmanpreet Kaur not playing vs RCB-W?

he talismanic leader, who was absent from the team’s last game against UP Warriorz due to an injury, is still nursing a niggle, forcing her to watch from the sidelines as her team navigates through the early stages of the 2024 season. This development comes as a blow to the defending champions, who have started their campaign on a high note but understand the marathon nature of the tournament and are unwilling to gamble with their captain’s fitness.
RCB Women, who’ll be enjoying the home advantage, have been a formidable force. They are, however, coming from a defeat against Delhi Capitals. MI Women, on the other hand, also started strong with wins in their first two games but stumbled in their last match against UP Warriorz in the absence of their captain, Harmanpreet Kaur.

Kaur’s absence was particularly felt as Mumbai Indians Women fell to a surprising defeat against UP Warriorz, marking MI Women’s first stumble in this year’s WPL. The team, under the interim leadership of Nat Sciver-Brunt, failed to defend a total of 161, falling short by seven wickets in a match that proved the significance of Kaur’s role both as a player and a strategic thinker on the field.

WPL Points Table 2024

Five out of six teams playing WPL 2024, barring Gujarat Giants, have 4 points each.

GG are yet to claim any points. DC, with an NRR of +1.271, are leading the table.

RCB are at number 2 while MI are number 4. UPW, with an NRR of +0.211, are at number 3. With close contests ahead, the scenario may change at any time for any team.

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