Mandhana, who is known for her elegant strokeplay, has accumulated 704 rating points. Meanwhile, hard-hitter Kaur has 702 rating points under her belt.
MI captain Harmanpreet Kaur said at the toss, "It's a special day for all of us, want to enjoy this moment. This is a good wicket to bat on, but there will be something in it for the bowlers as well."
Despite having less experience as a leader in the WBBL, Mooney said she puts her trust in the head coach Rachael Haynes.
India all-rounder Sneh Rana was named captain of Gujarat Giants after Beth Mooney was ruled out of the remainder of the inaugural Women's Premier League owing to a calf injury.
The Women's Premier League begins on Saturday with a clash between Gujarat Giants and Mumbai Indians in the opening match at the Dr DY Patil Sports Academy in Mumbai.
Lanning is the third Australian cricketer to be named captain by WPL teams, with Beth Mooney set to skipper Gujarat Giants and Alyssa Healy taking charge of the UP Warriorz.
Sent into bat by rival captain Beth Mooney, MI were off to a flying start despite losing Yastika Bhatia in the third over.
The explosive wicket-keeper batter had produced a match-winning 74-run knock in the title clash of the Women’s T20 World Cup against South Africa on Sunday and was adjudged the ‘player of the match’.
A dominant Australia on Sunday defeated hosts South Africa by 19 runs in the final to clinch a hat-trick of T20 World Cup titles and extend their domination in...
Riding on Beth Mooney's unbeaten 74 off 53 balls, Australia first posted a competitive 156 for 6 and then restricted the home team to 137 for 6.
After Australia lost dependable opener Alyssa Healy for 18, Mooney, who had struck 54 against India in the semifinal against India, did the rebuilding work...
South Africa showed commendable fighting spirit to upset England in the semifinal, but they will need to stitch together a perfect game to topple the mighty...
In a back-and-forth contest against the Women in Blue, Australia bowlers handled the pressure better showing why they are the top-ranked team in the world.
In a run chase where India required boundaries and rotation of the strike, chaos seemed to be at the forefront as they lost the top order inside the first 4...
Meg Lanning took on the attacker's role after the departure of Healy and Mooney. Gardner, too, struck in the middle with a handy 31 to help push Australia's...
The first edition of WPL, with team valuation of more than Rs 4600 crore and broadcast deal upwards of Rs 950 crore, has already started grabbing eyeballs.
Earlier, Megan Schutt (4/24) returned with a four-wicket haul as Australia dished out a clinical bowling display to restrict Sri Lanka to 112 for 8,
Gill enjoyed a record-breaking month in white-ball cricket in January, most notably in the ODI format, scoring big against both Sri Lanka and New Zealand.
The five teams -- Mumbai Indians, Delhi Capitals, RCB, Gujarat Giants and UP Warriorz -- will be bidding for 90 players in a list of 409.
Three Indian cricketers -- Smriti Mandhana, captain Harmanpreet Kaur and pace bowler Renuka Singh -- figure in the ICC Women's ODI Team of the Year announced...
The 30-year-old had taken time off from the game to focus on herself following Australia's gold-medal finish at the Commonwealth Games in August.
India have pushed Australia to the limit, but barring the sensational super over win, have failed to land the killer blow, be it with the bat or ball.
Trailing 1-2, India will need to eke out a win to stay alive in the five-match series.
The 19-year-old had played her part in India's Super Over win in the second T20I against Australia on Sunday smashing a 13-ball 26 not out with three sixes to...
In reply to Australia's score, India also ended at 187 for 5 in 20 overs with Smriti Mandhana top-scoring with 79 while Shafali Verma contributed 34.