As the final game of the Women’s Premier League (WPL) 2023 between Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians approaches, the race for the Orange and Purple cap has gotten closer. It’s because players on both teams are still in the running for individual honors and only need to win one more game to get their respective prestigious caps.
Notably, Meg Lanning’s Delhi will play Harmanpreet Kaur’s Mumbai Indians at the Brabourne Stadium on Sunday, March 26 for the coveted title in a big game. Even though many players in the league have done great things with both the bat and the ball, only two will get the Orange and Purple caps.
In terms of batting, Meg Lanning, who is the captain of Delhi, is currently wearing the Orange cap. With 310 runs in eight games, she has been a key part of Delhi’s run to the finals with the bat at the top of the order. Nat Sciver-Brunt, a flashy batter for the Mumbai Indians, has been pretty consistent for her team. She is third on the charts with 272 runs in nine games.
Hayley Matthews (MI-W), Harmanpreet Kaur (MI-W), and Shafali Verma (DEL-W), who each have 258, 244, and 241 runs, are also in the running for the cap. As long as the final match is still going on, everyone will be watching these players, who will be trying to make game-changing hits that could help them win the individual honor.
Here is how the Orange Cap table reads-
|1.||Meg Lanning||Delhi Capitals||8||310||72|
|2.||Tahlia McGrath||UP Warriorz||9||302||90*|
|3.||Nat Sciver-Brunt||Mumbai Indians||9||272||72*|
|4.||Sophie Devine||Royal Challengers Bangalore||8||266||99|
|5.||Hayley Matthews||Mumbai Indians||9||258||77*|
Purple Cap race wide open in WPL 2023
Though World No. 1 WT20I bowler, Sophie Ecclestone, at the moment leads the charts with 16 wickets in nine outings, the race is wide open for the Purple cap. Ahead of the highly-anticipated summit clash, the likes of Saika Ishaque (15 wickets), Amelia Kerr (13), Hayley Matthews (13), and Issy Wong (12) are in contention for the most wickets taken in the WPL first season.
As the tournament draws curtains on March 26, there will undoubtedly be movements in the standings. Considering Saika Ishaque’s current form, the spin sensation is well placed to lead the pack and clinch the Purple cap.
However, one cannot rule out Issy Wong, taking into account her four-wicket haul in the Eliminator which included a hat-trick. Another one of those game changing bowling performances can see her snatch the honour from Ecclestone and fellow teammates in the race.
Here is how the Purple Cap table reads-
|Position||Player||Team||Matches||Wickets||Best Bowling Innings (BBI)|
|1.||Sophie Ecclestone||Gujarat Giants||9||16||4/13|
|2.||Saika Ishaque||Mumbai Indians||9||15||4/11|
|3.||Amelia Kerr||Mumbai Indians||9||13||3/22|
|4.||Hayley Matthews||Mumbai Indians||9||13||3/19|
|5.||Issy Wong||Mumbai Indians||9||12||4/15|
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