It’s Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai Indians taking on the young squad of Delhi Capitals at the Wankhede Stadium. Both the teams have met 22 times previously, and both have won 11 matches each. In the last years’ IPL, Delhi Capitals won both the games against the Mumbai Indians.
Last year Delhi Capitals were at the bottom of the table and would like to make it to the playoffs this time. Mumbai Indians also could not make it to playoffs and were left at 5th position on the table.
It would also be exciting to see how both the teams play under the mentorship of Sachin Tendulkar for Mumbai Indians and Sourav Ganguly for Delhi Capitals.
Mumbai Indians have suffered a loss in the form of Lasith Malinga, not playing first six matches. They have a robust Indian core with likes of Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Hardik, Pandya, and Krundal Pandya.
With Quinton de Kock coming into the side, it would strengthen their inconsistent top batting order. Also, it would give Rohit Sharma 2-3 overs to settle down while Quinton de Kock can handle the scoring. They have likes of Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, and the experienced Yuvraj Singh in the middle order.
MI has good all-rounders in their side like Pandya brother, Ben Cutting, and Kieron Pollard. This would give the team different bowling options in the middle overs and also some power down the batting order.
Albeit MI has less number of Indian fast bowlers, but they do have a good bowling strength. Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, and Jasprit Bumrah will be the leading the fast bowlers. In the spin department, they have last years’ breakout performer Mayank Markande.
MI Probable Playing XI:
Quinton de Kock, Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan/Even Lewis, Suryakumar Yadav, Yuvraj Singh, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Mayank Markande, Mitchell McClenaghan.
Delhi Capitals lost Chris Morris due to an injury, and he won’t be available for the whole of this season. They have a young side with a young captain Shreyas Iyer and Ricky Pointing as the head coach.
With Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw top the order, followed by the likes of Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, and Colin Munro, they have a solid batting line-up. Colin Ingram has been in a great form lately and could be a suitable replacement for Munro in matches.
Delhi Capitals only have two experienced all-rounders Axar Patel, who has been playing some good cricket lately and Hanuman Vihari. With Chris Morris ruled out they have been unable to find his replacement yet.
The bowling lineup is excellent with Trent Boult and Kagiso Rabada leading the attack. They have a new signing Sandeep Lamichhane, who might play the joker for the team. With the experience of Amit Mishra, they have a decent bowling lineup capable enough to bring down any opponent.
DI Probable XI:
Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Colin Munro/Colin Ingram, Hanuman Vihari, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra/Sandeep Lamuchhane, Trent Boult, Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada.
What About the Venue:
The game is being played at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. The stadium is known for many of cricketing moments like Dhoni’s winning six in World Cup 2011.
Wankhede has long boundaries as compared to other grounds in India. Near to the Arabian Sea, seamers might get help in the initial overs. Also, the pitch has some turn, but that might be seen later in the day.
We have mostly encountered high scoring matches at Wankhede, and the same will be expected from this match.
Dream XI Fantasy Tips:
Key players for MI: Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock, Jasprit Bumrah, Krunal Pandya, Suryakumar Yadav.
Key players for DC: Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Kagiso Rabada, Colin Ingram, Trent Boult.