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IPL 2018 | MATCH 9 | MI vs DD | FANFIGHT PREVIEW

IPL 2018 | MATCH 9 | MI vs DD | FANFIGHT PREVIEW

THE STORY SO FAR, MI vs DD

Mumbai have never won the first game of the IPL in the last 6 years. Well, this year they’ve lost two in two. The 3-time champions went down to CSK in the first game, courtesy a smashing knock from Dwayne Bravo and were robbed of 2 points, in yet another nail-biter in Hyderabad. Mumbai could have won both games but as the phrase goes “when it’s just not your day” nothing works as planned. Mumbai now with a net-run-rate of -0.233 are tottering at 6th on the points table. Will MI vs DD yield them a positive result?

Delhi Daredevils are struggling to make a mark in the first phase of the tournament. A comprehensive defeat against KXIP and a 10-run defeat in a rain-curtailed has pushed them down to the 8th spot with a negative 0.8 NRR. At the Wankhede stadium, they’ve won only a single game out of the six games played. The youngsters and the experienced lads have to play in synergy if DD desire to reach the playoffs.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

OVERALL

AT THE WANKHEDE STADIUM, MUMBAI

PLAYED

20

PLAYED

6

MUMBAI INDIANS

11

MUMBAI INDIANS

5

DELHI DAREDEVILS

9

DELHI DAREDEVILS

1

Delhi suffered a 146-run defeat the last time these two teams met in the IPL.

VENUE: WANKHEDE STADIUM, MUMBAI

The turf here at the Wankhede Stadium assists both the pacers and the spinners. In the first game of IPL 2018, CSK were struggling at 6-84 before Bravo stepped in and played an absolute blinder. Shows, if the batsmen pick the right delivery, big scores are assured.

STATS AT THE WANKHEDE STADIUM

Matches played

58

Matches won batting 1st

29

Matches won batting 2nd

29

Average 1st innings score

163

Average 2nd innings score

151

Highest total recorded

235/1 by RCB vs MI

Lowest total recorded

67/10 by KKR vs MI 

Trivia: Ravi Shastri hit Baroda’s Tilak Raj for six sixes in a Ranji Trophy game at this ground. Shastri went on to score the fastest double-hundred in 123 deliveries.

TEAM NEWS

Mumbai will be without Pat Cummins for the rest of the tournament and his replacement is yet to be announced. They’re more likely to play the same eleven that lost to Hyderabad. Hardik Pandya’s fitness will be a concern. If he’s fit, he’s certain to feature in the playing 11.

A rain-curtailed game shouldn’t affect any changes. Maxwell’s return has strengthened the DD squad and they’re most likely to retain the same eleven that played the last game.

SQUADS

MUMBAI INDIANS 

Rohit Sharma(c), Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Mustafizur Rahman, Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Rahul Chahar, Evin Lewis, Saurabh Tiwary, Ben Cutting, Pradeep Sangwan, Jean-Paul Duminy, Tajinder Singh, Sharad Lumba, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Mayank Markande, Akila Dananjaya, Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan, MD Nidheesh, Mitchell McClenaghan.

DELHI DAREDEVILS

Shreyas Iyer, Chris Morris, Rishabh Pant, Glenn Maxwell, Gautam Gambhir(c), Jason Roy, Colin Munro, Mohammed Shami, Amit Mishra, Prithvi Shaw, Rahul Tewatia, Vijay Shankar, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Daniel Christian, Jayant Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Trent Boult, Manjot Kalra, Abhishek Sharma, Sandeep Lamichhane, Naman Ojha, Sayan Ghosh, Liam Plunkett.

EXPECTED PLAYING 11

MUMBAI INDIANS

Rohit Sharma(c), Jasprit Bumrah, Kieron Pollard, Mustafizur Rahman, Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Evin Lewis, Ben Cutting, Pradeep Sangwan/Hardik Pandya, Mayank Markande.

DELHI DAREDEVILS

Shreyas Iyer, Chris Morris, Rishabh Pant, Glenn Maxwell, Gautam Gambhir(c), Colin Munro, Mohammed Shami, Rahul Tewatia, Vijay Shankar, Shahbaz Nadeem, Trent Boult.

PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR

Ishan Kishan isn’t the biggest lad around. Nor has he produced the numbers yet for teams to consider him a major threat. But, he’s shown glimpses of how ruthless a batsman he can be. It’s early days for Kishan, but watch out for this pocket-sized dynamite. Dhoni’s tutelage? Well, the strokes he manufactures are certainly from the Jharkhand vault.

Strike-rate in IPL:130.07, Balls per boundary: 5.31

Mayank Markande in his first two games has made a fine reputation for himself. Markande is the purple cap holder after 2 games. 3 wickets in the first game and 4 in the second. Markande has bamboozled batsmen with his guile and batsman have struggled to pick him off the turf. The wristy tweakers have been a huge hit in the last 18 months. He’ll be a perfect fit for FanFight’s fantasy team.

IPL 2018 – Matches: 2, Wickets: 7, Economy-rate: 5.75, Strike-rate: 6.85

THE ROHIT SHARMA CONUNDRUM

Lazy elegance defines Rohit Sharma ever so precisely. Many accuse the stylish batsman of complacency but that’s how he bats. He’s scored 3 double hundreds in ODIs in that very manner. So all the doubts about his potential must be pushed to a corner. Here are his numbers in IPL

Matches: 161, Runs: 4233, Best: 109*, Strike-rate: 130.56, Balls per boundary: 6.12, Sixes hit: 174(2nd highest in the league)

Sharma has not had the best of starts to the tournament and his batting position also is a matter of concern. Should he open or must he bat at number 3? The best batsman in a team has to play the majority of the deliveries and Sharma is easily the most destructive batsman in the Mumbai Indians unit. Watch out for Rohit Sharma, because if he gets going, the scoreboard will go berserk.

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DID YOU KNOW?

Amit Mishra(20) and Jasprit Bumrah(17) are second and third on the list of players who’ve bowled the most number of no-balls in the IPL.

Gautam Gambhir has scored 36 fifties; a record he shares for the most number of 50’s in the IPL with David Warner. Gambhir is the only player to score 4000+ runs and not score a hundred.

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