The winner of this game will be decided by which side the “Law of Averages” goes with as both Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians are yet to win a game this season. Delhi is at the bottom of the points table with 3 losses in 3 matches while Mumbai is one spot above them in the 9th position with 2 defeats in 2 games. One team will register their first win of this season and it’ll be very interesting to see which team it will be.
Delhi lost their last game by 57 runs against the Rajasthan Royals while Mumbai was defeated by the Chennai Super Kings by 7 wickets in their last match. Both teams have been below par as a team and they must regroup and start winning before it’s too late for them.
Delhi Capitals have a good squad but they have been pretty average as a team. The bowlers have been very expensive and the batters have failed to get going. David Warner has scored runs but his strike rate has been on the lower side. Prithvi Shaw, Rilee Rossouw and others have also failed with the bat. Their batting unit depends heavily on the overseas batters and Prithvi Shaw and almost everyone is going through a lean patch except Warner.
Their bowling looks good the bowlers need to be disciplined with the ball. The likes of Anrich Nortje, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel and Khaleel Ahmed are the main bowlers for the Capitals. They were expensive in the last game. As mentioned earlier, Delhi needs to regroup as a team and bounce back strongly.
The bowling attack’s incompetence is a big factor in Mumbai’s poor performance in the first two games but the batting unit has also failed which is a big headache for the management. The likes of Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav and Cameron Green have failed to score consistently. Tilak Varma and to an extent Tim David are the only performers with the bat for Mumbai.
They face some serious issues with the ball as Jofra Archer was given a precautionary rest considering his elbow injury. And the other bowlers are not that experienced in the IPL. Kumar Kartikeya, Jason Behrendorff, Arshad Khan and Piyush Chawla must step up with the ball. Mumbai will depend on their batters to win them games.
Pitch Venue Report
The last game played here saw plenty of assistance for the pacers, especially with the new ball in the first innings. It’s expected to be similar in this game but overall, it will be an excellent venue for batting. The pitch at the Arun Jaitley Stadium is a good one for batting and the ground dimensions are on the smaller side as well. The average first innings score here is 177 runs and chasing sides have won 52% of the games played here.
Probable Playing XI
Delhi Capitals: David Warner (c), Prithvi Shaw, Manish Pandey, Rilee Rossouw, Lalit Yadav, Rovman Powell, Axar Patel, Abhishek Porel (wk), Kuldeep Yadav, Anrich Nortje, Khaeel Ahmed
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Cameron Green, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Nehal Wadhera, Tim David, Arshad Khan, Jofra Archer/Duan Jansen, Hritik Shokeen, Jason Behrendorff/Riley Meredith
Players to Watch Out For
Despite his low strike rate, David Warner has been the only batter amongst some runs for Delhi. He has scored 158 runs at an average of 52.67. He scored 65 runs in the last game against Rajasthan. Warner is not at his destructive best and he needs players like Prithvi Shaw and Rilee Rossouw to bat aggressively around him. He will be an important player in this game.
Anrich Nortje is the lead pacer for Delhi and he can wreak havoc if he gets some assistance off the deck for this match. He is one of the fastest bowlers in world cricket and can trouble the batters with his pace and bounce. Nortje picked up 2 wickets in his first game of this season against Gujarat.
Ishan Kishan scored 32 runs in the last match. He looked in good touch and played aggressively in the power play. Kishan can score big when on the song and MI team management and fans will be expecting him to do well in this match.
Jofra Archer, if he plays, will be the best bowler from Mumbai. He has a good record against David Warner and he can exploit Delhi’s struggle against high-pace bowling. Archer is capable with the bat as well and can score some runs if he gets the chance to bat.
David Warner vs Jofra Archer: Runs – 27, Balls – 31, Dismissals – 4 (T20s + T20Is)
Suryakumar Yadav vs Anrich Nortje: Runs – 18, Balls – 13, Dismissals – 1
Rohit Sharma vs Anrich Nortje: Runs – 20, Balls – 17, Dismissals – 2
Prithvi Shaw vs Jofra Archer: Runs – 14, Balls – 16, Dismissals – 2
DC vs MI Dream11 Team
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