Two of the most balanced sides, Delhi Capitals (DC) and Mumbai Indians (MI), are all set to lock horns against each other in the 34th match of the ongoing edition of Indian Premier League (IPL).
This is the second time these two teams will be facing each other in the tournament. The franchise of Delhi defeated the Mumbai Indians by 37 runs in their previous encounter at the Wankhede on March 24th. Mumbai will be looking to take some revenge in today's game and make their way to the second spot in the points table.
On the other hand, Delhi will be high on confidence as they seem to have a psychological edge over the side led by Rohit Sharma with a win in their previous game.
Even if you are not a fan of Delhi Capitals, you got to realize that this is actually a ‘revamped’ Delhi side. The players believe in themselves and their skipper, Shreyas Iyer, intoned that they have all the right things in their team which can help them to achieve the prestigious trophy for the very first time.
The side has been successful in outclassing many teams during the tournament with amazing performances.
With players like Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, and Shreyas Iyer at the top of the order, the batting line-up of Delhi is filled with complete match-winners.
Iyer has been consistently performing for his team with the bat and will be looking to continue his golden run in the tournament with another captain’s knock against Mumbai, later today. He has scored 266 runs in 8 matches that he has played so far in the league, with the help of a couple of 40+ scores and one half-century.
Delhi received a much-needed boost in their batting line-up with the addition of New Zealand’s explosive batsman Colin Munro in the last game. The left-handed batsman played a blistering knock of 40 off just 26 balls to give his team a strong foundation at the top. The team management and skipper will be hoping to get another gem of an innings from Munro if they have to put a big score on the board.
Rishabh Pant will be the center of attraction after his exclusion from India’s 15-member squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. The last time when these teams met each other, Pant played an amazing knock of 78 off just 27 balls to get his team to a mammoth total of 213 in their allotted 20 overs. The youngster has not spoken about the exclusion and will look to answer his critics with the bat tonight.
In the bowling department, Kagiso Rabada spearheads the pace attack along with Ishant Sharma and Chris Morris. Rabada has been one of the most destructive bowlers in the tournament so far. With 17 wickets to his name in 8 matches, he currently holds the ‘Purple Cap’ for taking the most number of wickets in the league.
The side will look to use Amit Mishra and Sandeep Lamichhane in today’s game as Feroz Shah Kotla has turned out to be a paradise for spinners.
Just like every season, when it seems that Mumbai Indians is losing all the momentum, they bounce back stronger and completely annihilate all the competition that comes their way. After losing a match against Rajasthan Royals, the side led by Rohit Sharma came back strong to defeat the Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore by 5 wickets.
Mumbai’s franchise will come into this game with a lot of confidence after the win and will look to continue their winning momentum against Delhi in their own backyard.
The batting department of Mumbai looks solid as Quinton de Kock (278 runs, 8 matches) has looked in sublime touch in the previous encounter of the team. De Kock played a thunderous knock of 40 off just 26 deliveries against RCB to give the team a solid start.
Even in the game against Rajasthan, the South African wicketkeeper-batsman played a mesmerising knock of 81 off just 52 balls but sadly ended up being on the losing side.
The onus of giving a strong start to the team will once again be on the shoulders of De Kock & his opening partner Rohit Sharma if they want to achieve or chase a big total.
Other batsmen like Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan would have to support the team with valuable contributions in the middle-order.
All-rounder Hardik Pandya has taken up the responsibility of finishing the games from Mumbai since the inception of this year’s league. The team management will be hoping for a little cameo from the 25-year-old cricketer at the end of the innings so that they can put a big total on the scoreboard.
On the other hand, the bowling department looks sorted with Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah, and Jason Behrendorff leading the pace attack. The side was keenly looking for a full-time spinner and Rahul Chahar has filled the void while Krunal Pandya is providing him the much-needed support from the other end.
HEAD TO HEAD
TOTAL MATCHES PLAYED – 23
DC WON – 12
MI WON – 11
MUMBAI INDIANS – Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Lasith Malinga, Jason Behrendorff, and Jasprit Bumrah.
DELHI CAPITALS – Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Colin Munro, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Chris Morris, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra, Keemo Paul, Kagiso Rabada, and Ishant Sharma.
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Sports Journalist by profession, a Cricket Fanatic by passion. Aayush Sharma has been following the game of cricket since childhood and considers Sachin Tendulkar as his idol. When in free time, he loves to read books or go out and play some gully cricket with friends. For him, Tennis ace Roger Federer and F1 Legend Michael Schumacher are the only sportspersons that reach the level of Tendulkar