DC vs MI: Delhi Capitals (DC) is all set to lock horns with Mumbai Indians (MI) in the 34th match of IPL at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium, Delhi. Both teams are strongly competing for the 2nd slot in the IPL standings with both teams having 10 points each in their kitty.
The Delhi Capitals have been on a winning spree. After winning three games away from home, the DC team will look to win one at home too. However, they are playing against an in-form Mumbai Indians and hence the stakes are further high. Given that both teams are in fine form, it will be interesting to see who’ll dominate.
Their previous encounter saw Delhi Capitals comfortably sealing a victory, and Rishabh Pant was indeed the star of the match for his stellar performance, scoring a quickfire 78 runs off 27 balls, taking their team total to a staggering 213/6. In response, Mumbai Indians could only manage to put up 176 runs on the board, as DC bowlers Ishant Sharma & Kasigo Rabada restricted the batsman to score big by taking 2 wickets each, ensuring that DC gets a 37-run win.
PREVIOUS GAMES FOR DC & MI
But this game is a lot different from their previous fixtures. Both teams are coming into this game after comfortably winning their previous games. Delhi Capitals sealed a 39-run victory against the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in Hyderabad. Though they couldn’t manage to set a good target for the home team, their bowlers did the job for them with Kasigo Rabada taking 4 wickets by giving away 22 runs, turning out to be the star of the match. Others too joined the wagon with Chris Morris (3/22) and Keemo Paul (3/17) bowled out Sunrisers for just 116 runs.
On the other hand, Mumbai Indians faced a confident Royal Challengers Bangalore, who were coming into the game after registering their first ever victory in IPL this season. RCB put up a decent performance with half-centuries from AB de Villiers and Moeen Ali taking the team total to 171/7. Their bowling too was good only until Hardik Pandya arrived at the crease. From a struggling 129/4 in the 16th over, MI managed to win the game and it was Hardik Pandya’s heroics that sealed the victory for MI. Hardik was phenomenal with his bat, by scoring an unbeaten 37 off 16 balls.
The games between MI and DC have always been that of equals. The stats state the same too. Out of the total of 23 games played between these sides, DC has just one more than MI. DC recorded 12 wins, while MI recorded 11. However, this minute difference explodes into a major one, when one looks at their performance in the Delhi stadium, where the hosts won 6 out of the 9 games played.
The Delhi pitch has turned from a slow pitch to a batting pitch, over the course of this season. The average score on this pitch are in the range of 150-155. This could be a result of the dew factor. As a result of which, the team winning the toss would mostly opt to field first.
Weather in Delhi may be of concern, as there is a slim chance of the city experiencing rains. However, the forecast states that rains will hit the city predominantly in the day and will soon clear up towards the evening. During the course of the match, the temperature is expected to hover around the 25-degree mark. The humidity will also increase towards the evening, inviting the dew effect to play its part in the game.
DC don’t really have a reason to seek changes. The current team has been winning games handsomely for the team and the aim will be to continue doing so. However, DC’s head coach recently hinted at Rahul Tewatia returning to the team. The possible trade for Rahul could be Amit Mishra. Colin Ingram, who was blessed with his second child, is yet to return to the team. His place was filled in by Colin Munro, who did well in the game against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Probable XI: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Colin Munro, Shreyas Iyer (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Chris Morris, Axar Patel, Keemo Paul, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Tewatia/Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma.
The Mumbai Indians too have sported a side, which one cannot complain about. The major blow to the team could be the absence of Alzarri Joseph. The West Indian pacer, who delivered a record-breaking performance against SRH, has dislocated his shoulder and hence getting ruled out of this year’s IPL season. However, this may not be a major cause of concern for the team as Jason Behrendorff and Lasith Malinga have been consistent in delivering for their team, with the ball.
Probable XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Jason Behrendorff, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah.
PROBABLE TOP PERFORMER
Kagiso Rabada – DC | Rohit Sharma – MI
FANFIGHT FANTASY CRICKET TEAM FOR DC vs MI
Shikhar Dhawan is yet to score a T20 hundred. He’s played 232 games & his highest score was the unbeaten 97* he scored against the Knight Riders.
Kagiso Rabada is at an all-time high. The 23-year-old is the highest wicket-taker this year with 17 wickets in 8 games. His strike-rate – 10.94 is the 2nd best in the league. Only Dwayne Bravo(10.42) has a better striking rate.
Shreyas Iyer, Shikhar Dhawan & Rishab Pant are 10th, 11th & 12th on the highest run-getters list. They’ve piled up 266, 256 & 245 runs respectively.
Hardik Pandya & Kieron Pollard have been in red-hot from this season. Hardik has scored at 191.75 runs per hundred balls while Pollard has massacred attacks with a strike-rate of 177.88.
Rohit Sharma hasn’t scored a fifty in his last 14 IPL games for Mumbai.
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Match Timings – 20:00 IST
The prediction is that the team batting second will have a major advantage. DC may have a slightly more edge over MI on this pitch.
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