Experienced in playing big matches Mumbai Indians (MI) strong team and performing well in the current season of Indian Premier League (IPL) Delhi capitals (DC) is expected to compete for the thorn in the first qualifier here on Thursday. It was not easy to beat the four-time champions Mumbai team in the IPL in the league stage but their 10-wicket loss to Sunrisers Hyderabad on Tuesday has upset their rhythm.
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The defending champions have aggressive batsmen and excellent bowlers but their batsmen could not play against the Sunrisers. His bowlers were also unable to get wickets and it was a good lesson for them before the important match that no match should be taken easily. Delhi’s middle order has failed to perform as expected. He has been mainly dependent on one or two players. Mumbai’s top order has done well.
The young Ishan Kishan (428 runs) has emerged as his leading batsman. Quinton de Kock (443 runs) will be ready to continue their superb form. After this, Suryakumar Yadav (410 runs) has played his role well. Hardik Pandya (241 runs), Kieron Pollard (259 runs) and Krunal Pandya (95), who are adept at playing long shots, have shown their skills well when needed. Pollard had also hit four sixes against the Sunrisers.
Mumbai rested their main bowlers Jasprit Bumrah (23 wickets) and Trent Boult (20 wickets) against the Sunrisers. Both of them have bowled deadly in the opening and death overs. Rahul Chahar and Krunal will have to forget the dhunai at the hands of Sunrisers’ David Warner and Wriddhiman Saha before taking the field against Delhi.
On the other hand, Ajinkya Rahane’s return to form is a good sign for Delhi. He played a match-winning innings of 60 against RCB. Shikhar Dhawan (525) is in excellent form but needs support from other batsmen. Delhi’s biggest concern is the form of Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant, who have not yet met expectations. His foreign players Shimron Hetmyer and Marcus Stoinis will also have to show their form in the crucial match. Captain Shreyas Iyer (421) will have to take charge of the innings.
Kagiso Rabada (25 wickets) and Enrique Nortje (19 wickets) of South Africa have successfully led his bowling department. Ravichandran Ashwin and Akshar Patel have handled the spin department well. This helped Mumbai beat Delhi in both the matches in the first league stage but Rohit said that that is history. Rohit said, “It is a fun format in which there is good play to be done consistently. You would like to remember the two wins over Delhi Capitals but we have to live in the current and constantly improve.
Teams are as follows ….
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Chris Lynn, Dhawal Kulkarni, Digvijay Deshmukh, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, James Pattinson, Jaspreet Bumrah, Jayant Yadav, Karen Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McLanegan, Mohsin Khan , Nathan Culper-Nile, Prince Balwant Rai, Quinton de Kock, Rahul Chahar, Saurabh Tiwari, Sherfen Rutherford, Suryakumar Yadav, Trent Boult.
Delhi Capitals: Shreyas Iyer (captain), Kagiso Rabada, Marcus Stoinis, Sandeep Lamichane, Ishant Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan, Shimron Hetmyer, Alex Carey, Mohit Sharma, Prithvi Shaw, Lalit Yadav, Avesh Khan, Akshar Patel, Tushar Deshpande , Rishabh Pant, Harshal Patel, Chemo Paul, Amit Mishra, Enrich Norje, Daniel Symes.
note- The match will start at 7.30 pm Indian time.